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BASIC phrase! let me know if this is correct pls

Postby damkay » Wed 01.19.2011 10:44 pm

pls let me know if there is other ways to sat this, may a formal way or something...

watashi wa neko ni mita!
i saw a cat!
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Re: BASIC phrase! let me know if this is correct pls

Postby Dustin » Wed 01.19.2011 10:58 pm

damkay wrote:pls let me know if there is other ways to sat this, may a formal way or something...

watashi wa neko ni mita!
i saw a cat!


Almost there!

わたし は ねこ を みた
watashi wa neko o mita
( using the sound rather than the actual "ha" and "wo" particles ised in place of wa and o sounds )

を (wo/o) is the direct object marker. I saw a cat. I ate sushi. I bought a camera etc.

the most common use of ni is a directional marker showing the end location of an action, for example:

スーパー に いきました
suupaa ni ikimashita
I went to the supermarket.

There are other uses for ni as well, which you will come across later on.

P.S. Remember that if you were already talking about yourself you can drop the watashi wa.
No need to say I went for a walk. I saw a cat. simply, I went for a walk. (I) saw a cat.
( Easiest way to remember this is to think of watashi wa as.. "As for me" which it is closer to )
Once we know you are talking about you, you don't need to keep reminding them basically. :)


Keep up the good work :)


***Oh yeah, you can also use "neko o mimashita" mimashita is the polite form of mita.***
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Re: BASIC phrase! let me know if this is correct pls

Postby AssassinWarrior » Wed 01.19.2011 11:15 pm

you could use (watashi wa) neko o mimashita..this is a formal past compared to the informal "mita"
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Re: BASIC phrase! let me know if this is correct pls

Postby PuriPuri » Wed 01.19.2011 11:35 pm

"Neko ni mita" sounds more like "I was seen as a cat" XD
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Re: BASIC phrase! let me know if this is correct pls

Postby chikara » Wed 01.19.2011 11:51 pm

Dustin wrote:... the most common use of ni is a directional marker showing the end location of an action .....
PuriPuri wrote:"Neko ni mita" sounds more like "I was seen as a cat" XD

To me "ni mita" means "looked" so I would interpret "watashi wa neko ni mita" as "I looked at the/a cat".
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Re: BASIC phrase! let me know if this is correct pls

Postby Dustin » Wed 01.19.2011 11:52 pm

chikara wrote:
Dustin wrote:... the most common use of ni is a directional marker showing the end location of an action .....
PuriPuri wrote:"Neko ni mita" sounds more like "I was seen as a cat" XD

To me "ni mita" means "looked" so I would interpret "watashi wa neko ni mita" as "I looked at the/a cat".



Just saw this, thanks for clearing this up :)
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Re: BASIC phrase! let me know if this is correct pls

Postby chikara » Thu 01.20.2011 12:00 am

Dustin wrote:Just saw this, thanks for clearing this up :)

My earlier post should have read;
To me "ni mita" means "looked at"
:blush:
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Re: BASIC phrase! let me know if this is correct pls

Postby Dustin » Thu 01.20.2011 12:10 am

chikara wrote:
Dustin wrote:Just saw this, thanks for clearing this up :)

My earlier post should have read;
To me "ni mita" means "looked at"
:blush:


I got the gyst of it ^_^
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Re: BASIC phrase! let me know if this is correct pls

Postby damkay » Thu 01.20.2011 10:16 am

YEAH thaks that explains a lot!, then ni is most used to refer to places, just for now right ? very well :D
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Re: BASIC phrase! let me know if this is correct pls

Postby chikara » Thu 01.20.2011 6:27 pm

damkay wrote:YEAH thaks that explains a lot!, then ni is most used to refer to places, just for now right ? very well :D

You may find the section on Particles used with verbs from Tae Kim's Grammar Guide helps you understand the use of を (o) and に (ni).
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Re: BASIC phrase! let me know if this is correct pls

Postby AJBryant » Fri 01.21.2011 12:55 am

PuriPuri wrote:"Neko ni mita" sounds more like "I was seen as a cat" XD


THat would require a use of the passive verb, not the active. ;)
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Re: BASIC phrase! let me know if this is correct pls

Postby Ongakuka » Mon 01.24.2011 3:40 pm

"Neko ni mita" sounds more like "I was seen as a cat" XD


you're thinking of 'neko ni mieta'
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