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Japanese Adverbs?

Postby Sumi » Thu 09.28.2006 9:58 pm

I've run into a little problem with adverbs. I'm not exactly sure on how to make a Japanese adjective into adverb and what it exactly modifies. Since Tae Kim's site is having some technical difficulties, this doesn't make it any better.
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RE: Japanese Adverbs?

Postby chikara » Thu 09.28.2006 10:31 pm

i-adjective replace い with く
na-adjectives replace な with に
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RE: Japanese Adverbs?

Postby tanuki » Thu 09.28.2006 10:34 pm

Have you tried rich-san's suggestion of changing the encoding to UTF-8? That works for me.
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RE: Japanese Adverbs?

Postby Sumi » Thu 09.28.2006 10:43 pm

This might seem like a stupid question, but what does an adverb exactly modify? And, can someone give me an example on how they are used in Japanese, please?
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RE: Japanese Adverbs?

Postby tanuki » Thu 09.28.2006 10:48 pm

Adverbs modify verbs. Easy, huh? :)

EDIT: Well, not always, but that was the quick and easy answer.
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RE: Japanese Adverbs?

Postby Sumi » Thu 09.28.2006 10:52 pm

Oh, I didn't see that. たぬきさん、どうもうありがとうございます。So would this be correct?

女の子に大きく太っています。

I'm not exactly sure if that the grammatics of that sentence is precise, but I tried.
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RE: Japanese Adverbs?

Postby LaughingMan » Fri 09.29.2006 12:01 am

Sumi wrote:
Oh, I didn't see that. たぬきさん、どうもうありがとうございます。So would this be correct?

女の子に大きく太っています。

I'm not exactly sure if that the grammatics of that sentence is precise, but I tried.


Yeah, I'd say it's right, although the sentence itself is a little rude to the imaginary girl that you're talking about. :D

Also, like in English grammar, Japanese adverbs modify adjectives. Consider the following:

彼はいい人です。 (He is a good person.)
彼はすごくいい人です。 (He is a very good person.)

EDIT - Changed the adverb to make it show these adjective -> adverb rules.
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RE: Japanese Adverbs?

Postby Oyaji » Fri 09.29.2006 12:15 am

Here are a couple of simple examples of adverbs that won't offend anyone. :)

「太郎は、速く走りました」 adjective 速い(hayai) → 速く(hayaku)
"Taro ran fast."

「花子は、上手に歌いました」 adjective 上手(jouzu) → 上手に(jouzu ni)
”Hanako sang well."
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RE: Japanese Adverbs?

Postby AJBryant » Fri 09.29.2006 1:30 am

女の子に大きく太っています。


女の子大きく太っています。And that's not really a good sentence in Japanese or English. "The girl is largely fat"? Ick.

Try regular, simple adverbs modifying regular, simple verbs. Things like "dance well," "run fast," "talk quickly," or "walk quietly."

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