View topic - Probelms with the particles ha/wa, de and ga
I've had Japanese class for a while and I've gotten familiar with the ha/wa particle, but not much with the ga particle. Also with the de particle, when to use it as opposed to the ni particle? I can't understand when to use the other one or the other one. I was wondering if you could "school" me on these particles.
Also how do you type in japanese katakana, hiragana, and kanji? Do I need a certain keyboard or something.
Thanks in advance. ~
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FAQ's are handy.
wa and ga:
Wa is a topic particle. Any time something has the postposition 'wa' you can say "as for <word>," watashi wa = "As for me,"; kyou wa = "As for today,"
ga is emphatic, used to stress something to differentiate it from a number of other choices. Often it is used to answer a question. "Who is the student?" "I am the student (as opposed to the other 2 people with me, who are not students)".
certain adjectives must be used with 'ga'. Like 'suki' (likeable).
neko ga suki desu. = I like cats.
More literally, that is "Cats (not dogs, gerbils, rats, horses) are likeable."
de and ni.. a little more difficult, but I'll try:
first, ni can mean a few things. It can mean the place where something is located now, or as a destination (in time or space).
de will show where action took place, so the person is there, but they also did/are doing something there.
I was at the theater.
I watched a movie at the theater.
eigakan ni imashita.
eigakan de eiga o mimashita.
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