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Do the Japanese use he/she as the topic of a sentence?

Postby helephant » Sat 03.15.2014 4:27 am

I am writing a little diary entry to practice my Japanese and find myself wanting to say he or she to avoid constantly repeating a person'a name. For example (excuse my clumsy Japanese):

サーミくんはバナナが一番好きです。彼は毎日に食べます。(trying to say Sammy likes bananas best. He eats them every day).

Is using he or she in this way something a native speaker would do? If so, what are the right pronouns to use? My textbook has 彼 and 彼女 as vocab. Are they the right ones to use?
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Re: Do the Japanese use he/she as the topic of a sentence?

Postby Dustin » Sun 03.16.2014 4:58 am

Generally, Japanese try to avoid using pronouns, unlike English speakers where we seem to default to them. They generally try to stick with names.

That being said, once your topic has been shown with the first sentence, it can be dropped from the rest and assumed until it changes.

A handy way to think of は is like "as for”, and with repeated sentences it can sound really redundant.

Also, に is not needed after 毎日.

サーミくんはバナナが一番好きです。毎日食べます。
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Re: Do the Japanese use he/she as the topic of a sentence?

Postby helephant » Sun 03.16.2014 6:32 pm

Thanks very much!
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