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Postby Edvent » Thu 02.09.2006 5:34 pm

Hi All!

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Clay's Grammar sektion about how to say "I think..." contains following example:

- なっとう は おいしい と 思います。
- nattou wa oishii to omoimasu.
- I think Natto is delicious

Well, I don't understand what the "to" stands for... why isn't it like this:

- なっとう は おいしい 思います。

Could anyone explain to me? Would be nice :)
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RE: i think...

Postby richvh » Thu 02.09.2006 5:40 pm

The to particle is used for quoting, and follows the quoted thought or speech.
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RE: i think...

Postby IkimashoZ » Thu 02.09.2006 6:19 pm

There are also many other meanings for this と and other ways of setting off subordinate clauses. Tae Kim's guide does an excellent job of explaining all this.

Peforming actions on subordinate clauses
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RE: i think...

Postby AJBryant » Fri 02.10.2006 12:18 am

As has been said, it's the "quotative particle."

Even when there are no actual quotation marks, think of it as the equivalent of the English "that" -- as in, "I think that it's delicious" (おいしい思います), "he said that he wouldn't come" (来ないいいました) or "I heard that it's expensive" (高い聞きました).

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RE: i think...

Postby keatonatron » Fri 02.10.2006 3:46 am

To understand the と article, I think 言う is a good example to use.

名前を言った。
He said his name.
名前はJOHNと言った。
He said (that) his name is John.

You can do the same thing with 思う, but in English we say "think about" instead of just "think [object]" so it isn't a good example...

名前を思った。
I thought about his name.
名前はJohnと思った。
I thought "his name is John."
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RE: i think...

Postby Edvent » Sat 02.11.2006 11:31 am

AJBryant wrote:
As has been said, it's the "quotative particle."

Even when there are no actual quotation marks, think of it as the equivalent of the English "that" -- as in, "I think that it's delicious" (おいしい思います), "he said that he wouldn't come" (来ないいいました) or "I heard that it's expensive" (高い聞きました).

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