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Sentence help.

Postby Cid_Highwind » Sun 11.06.2005 4:57 pm

Is there anything wrong with this sentence?

Anata no neko ga kuro deshita ka ne.

Does it mean:

"Your cat was black, right?"

Point out whatever is wrong please.

Thanks.
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RE: Sentence help.

Postby KeroGero » Sun 11.06.2005 6:18 pm

From what I know, the only thing wrong is the "ka ne" combo. Remove one or the other, and the sentence makes sense, though the meaning might change a little:

「あなたの猫が黒でしたか」
Anata no neko ga kuro deshita ka.
Was your cat black?

「あなたの猫が黒でしたね」
Anata no neko ga kuro deshita ne.
Your cat was black, right?
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RE: Sentence help.

Postby Cid_Highwind » Sun 11.06.2005 6:27 pm

Ok, so ne is used in stead of ka?
I was looking to say the second one, so

Anata no neko wa kuro deshita ne.

is

You cat was black, right?
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RE: Sentence help.

Postby Harisenbon » Sun 11.06.2005 8:13 pm

I could be totally wrong on this, but I think using the past form of the adjective black might be a bit more natural than just the noun+でした.

あなたのねこはくろかったね?
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RE: Sentence help.

Postby aoeuaoeuaoeu » Sun 11.06.2005 10:44 pm

I also think that past adjective would be more natural, (あなたの猫は黒かったですね)
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Postby mandolin » Sun 11.06.2005 10:58 pm

Yay, conjugation, my weakest point, right next to my terribly small vocabulary.

SO, my related question is... would it really be 'kurokatta' or 'kuroikatta'? I thought when it was an adjective and not a noun, it would have the 'i'.
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Postby Harisenbon » Sun 11.06.2005 11:09 pm

The adjective usually has an い ending, but when い adjectives conjugate, they change in the following pattern
くろい -- Present
くろくない -Negative
くろかった - Past
くろくなかった -- Past Negative
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Postby Cid_Highwind » Mon 11.07.2005 2:31 am

I never even knew that. How can an adjective have a past and negative form?
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Postby Harisenbon » Mon 11.07.2005 2:44 am

it was not black
黒くなかった
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RE: Sentence help.

Postby netarou » Mon 11.07.2005 5:22 am

Anata no neko ga kuro deshita ka ne. (It is your cat that is named Kuro, isn't it?)
This Japanese sentence is grammatically correct but sounds as if you were an elderly person.
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RE: Sentence help.

Postby Harisenbon » Mon 11.07.2005 7:04 am

ネタロウさん、
クロという猫というよりも、彼は「あなたの猫の色が黒かったでしょう?」と聞きたがっていたと思います。
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RE: Sentence help.

Postby netarou » Mon 11.07.2005 8:27 am

Harisenbon-san,
I wanted to inform everyone that the ending particle "ka ne" was not wrong but sounds as if a speaker were an elderly person.
And this sentence "Anata no neko ga kuro deshita ka ne" is grammatically correct but means both "It is your cat that is black, right?" and "It is your cat that is named Kuro, isn't it?", so it lacks precision.
I am sorry for having bothered you.

my suggestion:
Anata no neko wa kuroin deshitakke.
あなたのネコは黒いんでしたっけ。
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RE: Sentence help.

Postby Harisenbon » Mon 11.07.2005 10:02 am

全然邪魔ではありません!いつもNetarouさんのコメントが役に立つと思います。ただ、Cidさんの聞いていた文のニュアンスを気づいたかどうか、確認したかった。

やっぱり「あなたの猫は黒いんでしたっけ。」は一番自然ですよね!
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RE: Sentence help.

Postby InsanityRanch » Tue 11.08.2005 12:59 am

Cid_Highwind wrote:
I never even knew that. How can an adjective have a past and negative form?


Japanese -i adjectives are in fact stative verbs. They conjugate like verbs and can complete sentences like verbs.

sushi ha oishii. Sushi is delicious. (plain form)

kinouno sushi ha oishikatta. The sushi last night was delicious. (plain form)

You can add "desu" to either of these sentences to make them more polite, but they are perfectly good sentences without desu. And "da" would be incorrect after an -i adjective.

Also, in normal conversation, I have been corrected by Japanese friends for saying something like "oishii deshita". If you are simply trying to say something WAS delicious in a natural way (as opposed to portraying a certain kind of person in dialog), I have been told that "oishikatta desu" is more natural than "oishii deshita".

もし以上は正しくないところがあれば、先輩たちか日本人に直されてくれませんか?

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RE: Sentence help.

Postby netarou » Tue 11.08.2005 2:20 am

Harisenbonさん、ごめんなさい、私の書き方が大げさすぎましたね。
気を使わせてしまったようで、垂オ訳ないです。
あと、私がやたらとあやまるのはあいさつみたいなものなので、どうか気にしないで下さいね。
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