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Postby Edvent » Sat 01.14.2006 12:44 pm

Hi all!

Got a question about making questions!

What is the difference between making a question with "ka" and with "no/nano" ?

I absolutely can't find an answear to this...
maybe someone can help me
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RE: Difference of making Questions...

Postby SaigoNoBan » Sat 01.14.2006 1:04 pm

どうも Edventさん! お元気ですか。

First of all, ending with の (in an affirmative sentence) means "the fact is that"... By itself it sounds feminine, so males stick a copula after it.

書く。 = ”I write”
書くの。 = ”Fact is I write” (女)
書くのだ (Often it becomes 書くんだ) = ”Fact is I write” (男)

This is called "explanatory の" Because it is often used to explain a reason of something. Like, if asked, どうして晩御飯がない? (Why isn't dinner ready... er, I think..。;)) You could say, 書いているのだ。 (Fact is I am writing right now)

Now, in questions, you cannot use the plain present copula to end the sentence so it falls off:

書きますか? = ”Do you write?”
書くの? = ”Is it that you write?” (Formally, it would become, 書くのですか?/書くんですか?)

If a sentence ends with a plain present copula, it changes from だ to な before the の:

7時 だ。 -> 7時 なの(だ/です)。

And as a question:

7時なの?

Mehr dazu hier: ;)
http://www.guidetojapanese.org/particles3.html
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とうとう戻ってきました!^_^ お待たせしました
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RE: Difference of making Questions...

Postby amego » Sat 01.14.2006 1:08 pm

hello! i think ka is more formal while no is colloquial...often, no becomes -n

nani o shite imasu ka What are you doing?
nani o yatte iru no>>> nani o yattenno? Watcha doing?

http://www.csse.monash.edu.au/~jwb/afaq/colloquial-contractions.html
http://www.csse.monash.edu.au/~jwb/afaq/no-da.html
http://www.thejapanesepage.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=2265
hope it helps :D
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RE: Difference of making Questions...

Postby Edvent » Sat 01.14.2006 1:26 pm

Ah now I understand a little bit better, thx!!

It was just because I somewhere saw this:
"kimi wa gakusei nano = are you a student?"
an I asked myself:
"why isn't it: kimi wa gakusei desu ka"

thx again for the detailed answear! :)
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