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Two phrases ending with the same particle?

Postby Nihongo No Gakusei » Tue 06.09.2015 5:49 pm

私は質問がある. What do you do if you have two phrases in a sentence that seem like they should end with the same particle? Say, "I ate with chopsticks in Toukyou"? Would this be "東京で箸で食べた"? Or is it invalid to have two で phrases?
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Re: Two phrases ending with the same particle?

Postby richvh » Wed 06.10.2015 9:06 am

I think it would be more usual to say 東京に箸で食べた。And not because 箸is using で, but just because にis the better particle for the context.
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Re: Two phrases ending with the same particle?

Postby Nihongo No Gakusei » Thu 06.11.2015 12:19 pm

Hmm... now I am confused. I was taught three location particles: で for verbs of action, に for verbs of state or rest, and へ for verbs of motion. Is this inaccurate? Or is 食べる considered a verb of state/rest rather than action?
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Re: Two phrases ending with the same particle?

Postby richvh » Fri 06.12.2015 10:33 am

There's more to it than that. に indicates a specific location, で a more general location. Googling 東京に食べ and 東京で食べ I get roughly the same number of googits.
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