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However, despite the risk, I have to ask.
How can I tell whether the が in a sentence is the "Subject Marker" version, or the "But" version?
All I can tell from the two examples given in the Particles page is that the "Subject Marker" version comes after a noun, and that the "But" version always comes after the "Subject Marker" version, and sometimes at the end of the sentence, as a sort of cliffhanger.
Can anyone tell me whether my assumptions are correct, or if I need to know something else?
Any help would be much appreciated.
Thank you for your time, guys.
Well, actually I can.
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To directly answer your question, though, the conjunction が will occur after a verb, whereas the subject marker will appear after a noun. (If you can't tell whether you're looking at a verb or a noun, then the meaning of が isn't your primary problem anyhow. ) The conjunction が will also usually have a comma after it (or maybe an ellipsis if nothing comes after it); in speech, there will usually be a pause. So I don't think there are any ambiguous contexts where it might look like it has either meaning.
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