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Quiz Today

Postby rizu » Mon 10.30.2006 9:37 pm

こんにちは、みなさん!

今日テストがありました。 I would like to check here and see if I made any mistakes (I am in my first year of formal Japanese classes). The quiz today was on past-tense, but... my questions aren't on past tense. I wanted to make sure I correctly used some of the terms that the teacher has not taught the class yet.

Quiz question: Write 3 sentences of what you did this weekend. Write 2 sentences of things you did not do.

せんしょう (haha, just realized I put "last week" instead of "this past weekend".. oh well) 私はマサチュセッツに行きました。 土曜日に私の友だちにデパートに会いました。 日曜日に私の母と母のうちで朝ごはんを食べました。
私の猫を見ませんでした。 日曜日に私は買いものをしませんでした。 金曜日に私のおじいさんを見ませんでした。でも、父を見ました。

Please feel free to correct my basic Japanese... but my real question is; did I use 母 と 父 correctly?
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RE: Quiz Today

Postby Dehitay » Mon 10.30.2006 9:44 pm

yeah as long as they're your own parents, it's still ok to use 母 and 父. I could understand everything. Only problem I see is that 'last week' would be spelled せんしゅう not せんしょう. But you said you didn't even mean to use that anyways.
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RE: Quiz Today

Postby rizu » Mon 10.30.2006 9:48 pm

oops. I meant senshuu (せんしゅう). Yeah, I was supposed to put senshuu no shuumatsu (If that even makes sense..........or... at least I assume I was supposed to... the class is very basic so maybe no one else put it either and I won't get any points off. If there is a word for "last weekend" I don't know it and she hasn't taught it.)

Thank you for your feedback!
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RE: Quiz Today

Postby Mukade » Tue 10.31.2006 2:38 am

rizu wrote:
土曜日に私の友だちにデパートに会いました。


Just a minor change in particles:
土曜日に友達にデパートで会いました。

I also dropped the 私の in 私の友達, because it would pretty much be understood. I would continue to do the same in all your sentences, since it would be understood that you are talking about your grandmother, mother, father, etc. The only one I would leave is 私の猫.

rizu wrote:
金曜日に私のおじいさんを見ませんでした。でも、父を見ました。


Although in English we say "I saw so-and-so," in Japanese, the proper word would be "to meet."

So:
金曜日におじいさんに会いませんでした。でも、父に会いました。


rizu wrote:
Please feel free to correct my basic Japanese... but my real question is; did I use 母 と 父 correctly?


Yes. In fact, the only time you tend to use 母 and 父 in that way (without the honorifics) is when you are talking about your own parents. This is one other reason why putting 私の in front of each would be redundant.
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RE: Quiz Today

Postby Mike Cash » Tue 10.31.2006 11:19 am

Remember to distinguish between "see" (view something) and "see" (meet someone) when using Japanese.
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RE: Quiz Today

Postby rizu » Tue 10.31.2006 2:14 pm

Thank you for the replies.

土曜日に友達にデパートで会いました。
I should probably have changed this sentence a bit. Although it works either way, it would probably be more 'correct' if I changed it to...
土曜日にデパートで友達に会いました。
I'm not sure exactly when I get the quiz back, but we shall see what they say!

And I will remember the difference between "see" (view something) and "see"(meet someone). I was torn while I was writing it, as I wasn't sure which one I should be using.

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