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Do Japanese use simile?

Postby sulee154151 » Sun 02.28.2016 9:29 am

I've looked at various comparative forms, but I can't find a suitable equivalent to the Western construct. Would a Japanese person ever say something like "That sumo wrestler is as big as Mount Fuji."?
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Re: Do Japanese use simile?

Postby y suzu » Tue 07.05.2016 3:23 am

As a native Japanese, we usually don't compare a sumo wrestler to Mt. FUJI, but we usually say
あのお相撲さん(相撲とり)は、山のように大きいね。
ano osumousan(sumoutori)wa yama no you ni ookii ne.
lit. That sumo wrestler is big like a mountain
That sumo wrestler is as big as a mountain.

grammatically, A is as ... as B. is
A は B と同じくらい...です。
But colloquially we say
A は B のように…です。
ex.
あのお相撲さん(相撲とり)は、山のように大きいですね。
ano osumousan(sumoutori)wa yama no you ni ookii desu ne.
lit. That sumo wrestler is big like a mountain.
That sumo wrestler is as big as a mountain.

If a non-native Japanese speaker says "あのお相撲さんは富士山のように大きいです。"
ano osumousan wa fujisan no you ni ookii desu.
That sumo wrestler is as big as Mt. FUJI.
, we feel you have a great respect to the sumo wrestler and our culture, so i feel very delighted.
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