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Proper usage of "Ga" and "Wa"

Postby deelicious » Fri 01.29.2010 2:25 am

Hi there!

Yep, I'm new to the forum. :D
And yes, I did read the rules but somehow couldn't find a previous topic where this question had already been asked. So... I thought I'll just give it a shot here. I've been studying Japanese for some time (I can read and write KANA) and I can't seem to understand when which is used. My Japanese friend couldn't explain it to me and said "Even for japanese it's difficult". So... is there a clear rule when to use "wa" and when "ga"?

For example:

Watashi wa Suisu-jin desu.
That's pretty clear as in "I AM swiss."

Watashi wa kore ga suki ja nai.
But here it means something like "(concerning me) I don't like this."

Kare ga suki
"I like him."

Fugu ga tabetai (is this correct?).
I want to eat Fugu.

Watashi wa tebeteiru.
I am eating.

So up to here I'm thinking that "wa" somehow replaces the "I am","me" or another subject, while "ga" relates a subject to a verb or adjective. Although.."wa" does that too. You see, clearly I'm confused :sweatdrop: so if anyone could help (or redirect me to the topic where it's been previously explained) it would be much appreciated. :)

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Re: Proper usage of "Ga" and "Wa"

Postby ss » Fri 01.29.2010 7:05 am

Welcome to TJP.

Please take your time to read through these threads, they contain a lot of useful information.

Ga vs Wa
Should I use wa or ga in this situation
wa versus ga
Why ga instead of wa
The Ga question
Nattou wa oishii - wa and ga problems!!!!
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Re: Proper usage of "Ga" and "Wa"

Postby deelicious » Fri 01.29.2010 8:11 am

Thanks a lot, I didn't see those! Hehe chotto hazukashii ne~ :blush:
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Re: Proper usage of "Ga" and "Wa"

Postby jimbreen » Fri 01.29.2010 6:53 pm

deelicious wrote:Thanks a lot, I didn't see those! Hehe chotto hazukashii ne~ :blush:


If you get a chance, read Jay Rubin's "Making Sense of Japanese" (formerly "Gone Fishin'"). It has the best analysis of wa/ga that I have read.

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Re: Proper usage of "Ga" and "Wa"

Postby becki_kanou » Fri 01.29.2010 10:00 pm

jimbreen wrote:
deelicious wrote:Thanks a lot, I didn't see those! Hehe chotto hazukashii ne~ :blush:


If you get a chance, read Jay Rubin's "Making Sense of Japanese" (formerly "Gone Fishin'"). It has the best analysis of wa/ga that I have read.

Jim


I'm very happy to hear you recommend it, Jim, as I just bought it for my mother for her birthday! I know I've been favorably impressed with his translations of Murakami Haruki, so I figured it was a safe bet, but it's good to hear a recommendation from you.
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