Questions tagged [subordinate-clauses]

従属節. Clauses subordinate in form and unaffected by main clause phenomena such as topicalization.

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が in subordinate clauses

Since you can't use は in subordinate clauses, it looks to me like が is forced to take on both roles, so how would we distinguish them? For example, if we have the sentence 僕が好きな動物 how do we ...
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「は」vs 「が」 in subordinate clauses

I'm confused about「は」vs「が」 in subordinate clauses. I do appreciate there are inumerable questions on this subject, but to go through all of them hoping to find the exact answer I want would take ...
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Unsure about this usage of か

I recently encountered this sentence: 床には血痕が残っている。かなり時間が経つのか血が固まっている。 I believe I understand that the second part is saying the blood is dry (or has hardened) because quite some time has passed. I'...
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Why can の and が both mark subjects in relative clauses?

夢のある人 and 夢がある人 I understand that both have obviously the same meaning, but why is it also correct to use の, which, as I learned, has the function of either a possessive particle or of a ...
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clause ending 分

まあ桃は普段から笑顔な分、つかみ所のないやつだがら多少気持ちはわかるけど。(talking about how people can find momo hard to deal with) 基本が少ない分、技術が必要なんだよね。ま、そういうわけでクロールとかに比べれば平泳ぎは持久性あるよ (talking about the breatstroke relative to the ...
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~か ~かどうか 相対テンスの質問

僕は任務を完成したかどうかを確認しました。 I checked if you had finished the mission. 僕は任務を完成するかどうかを確認しました。 I checked if you would finish the mission. 僕は沖縄さんがドーナツを食べるかどうかを確認しました。 I checked if 沖縄さん ate donuts. ...
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Indirect question marked with かが

My questions relate to the following two sentences taken from the website referenced below. The goal of the lesson was to explain the uses of ということ but I'm more concerned with the choice of particles ...
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Should the tense of predicate in main clause be the same as the tense of predicate in the relative clause?

It is a very basic question that I need to be confirmed. Consider the following sentence (taken from a book titled Essential Japanese Grammar by Masahiro Tanimori and Eriko Sato). ...
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“私が知っている人” or “私の知っている人”?

I have been reading What's the difference between wa (は) and ga (が)? In the "contrastive wa" section, there is this example sentence: わたしが知っている人はパーティーに来ませんでした。 As 7600+ people have read that ...
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Is nominalization necessary in 「彼が戻るのか知らないんです。」?

Do we need to nominalize 彼が戻る with の to create an interrogative clause? Is B not enough? A: 彼が戻るのか知らないんです。 B: 彼が戻るか知らないんです。
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“~たい”-form and associated particle usage

My question is about the "~たい"-form ("want to"). I know that in a sentence containing this form, you can use は to mark the person who desires something. For example, "私は、東京に行きたい". But then I came ...
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What is the use of ごと in this clause?

This is the whole phrase and the sentence I don't understand is in bold: そして、コルド大王の息子で 悪の帝王と呼ばれるフリーザは 千年に一度あらわれるという 「超サイア人」のウワサを不快に思い、 サイア人を、 彼らが住む惑星ベジータごと、 宇宙から消滅させてしまうーーーー。 So "消滅させて" ...