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Dochira ka

Postby rachxo » Sun 09.12.2010 7:10 pm

Hi! I am going through JLPT tests and am wondering why one of the answers to this question is... dochira ka... the sentence is dochira ka suki na hou wo totte kudasai.

What does dochira ka mean? Or, why is it ka and not ga, ha or de?(the other options) I thought it would be ga.........Thanks again!
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Re: Dochira ka

Postby Ongakuka » Sun 09.12.2010 7:34 pm

か tends to indicate possibility - for example -

何かあった something (?) happened.

なぜかあのときははっきり覚えてない for some reason (?) I don't remember that time clearly

黒か白か、どちらか選んでください please choose one (?) black or (?) white

The question marks I put in to show how か is used where there are different possibilities. It's not a great explanation, I hope it makes sense.
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Re: Dochira ka

Postby rachxo » Mon 09.13.2010 2:17 pm

That really helped! Thank u so much. Your examples were clear and I think I understand better now. :)
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Re: Dochira ka

Postby takiras » Tue 09.14.2010 4:07 pm

The way I like to think of this combination of interrogative + か is as an answer to a question involving the same words.

どこか - Somewhere
どこです - Where?

何か【なにか】 - Something
それは(です) - What's that?

いつか - Sometime
いつ来ます - When will (you) come?

なぜか - For some reason (somehow)
なぜそうしました - Why did you do that?

どうか - In some way (somehow)
お箸を使い方はどうです - How do you use chopsticks?

誰か - Someone
が好きな歌手です - Who are your favourite singer(s)?
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Re: Dochira ka

Postby rachxo » Tue 09.14.2010 9:08 pm

Takiras, that made a lot of sense... good way of looking at it! Arigatou ne! :)
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