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nani de iku n' desu ka.
Nihon de wa doko ni irassharu n' desu ka.
What does the n' mean? I haven't encountered it before this book. Also the book uses nani in a sentence. Isn't it supposed to be nan? Unless used alone? Thanks in advance! ^_^
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(1) when emphatically giving reason or offering an explanation.
(2) when asking for an explanation with concern
(3) when displaying emotional emphasis
I think your example fits into category 2 above.
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As far as your book using n' in the romaji, there's a reason that's not very clear from those particular examples.
It's used for the ん kana. There's quite a few words/phrases that are someone ambiguous when writte out in roman letters. Like "manichi".
Is it ma-n-i-chi or ma-ni-chi?
man'ichi is more clear, and you know it's んい and not に.
I wasn't exactly sure which sort of answer you were after for the n' so I figured I'd cover the base that rich hadn't already.
Nani vs nan... I think nan would fit there better, myself. nan de iku ndesu ka. Maybe someone further along than I am would be able to give a reason your book uses the full 'nani'. Hrm.
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Or did you mean something else?
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