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に を particles

Postby ChrisBG » Fri 10.21.2005 12:52 am

Hey all, great site - I just found it and I'm finding it so helpful. Anyway, take this sentance for example...

えい語がじょうずにはなします。

what I am puzzled about is why the last particle is ni. (I have always thought it was the wo ('o') particle). Can anyone help me here? I meant to ask my teacher at school but I forgot and now it's the weekend. Thanks in advance,

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RE: に を particles

Postby nprz » Fri 10.21.2005 1:34 am

The method of turning a na-adjective into an adverb is by putting ni after the adjective.
Changing an i-adjective into an adverb is done by changing the i to a ku.
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RE: に を particles

Postby Harisenbon » Fri 10.21.2005 1:35 am

The に there is turning a noun into an adjective.

the noun じょうず (good) is being changed into an adjective (well).

This serves the same function as the "ly" ending in English.
for Example:
文法的 -- Grammatical
文法的に -- grammatically

Does that help?
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RE: に を particles

Postby ChrisBG » Fri 10.21.2005 1:38 am

Ah, I see. Thanks for your help guys. :)

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RE: に を particles

Postby ChrisBG » Fri 10.21.2005 1:38 am

Ah, I see. Thanks for your help guys. :)
EDIT: double post, sorry.

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RE: に を particles

Postby InsanityRanch » Fri 10.21.2005 9:23 am

shouldn't the original sentence be either:

英語 を 上手に話ます

or

英語 が 上手に話せます

?

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RE: に を particles

Postby AJBryant » Fri 10.21.2005 11:56 am

There's a more simple explanation. "Jozu" is being used as an adverb to modify "hanasu", and the Japanese adverbial marker for non-"-i" adjectives is "ni".

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