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Often confused by how much you can simplify implications

Postby Shiroisan » Sun 04.03.2011 12:43 am

In my textbook it often says how you can (and should if you want to sound normal) often leave out nouns and pronouns just like in other languages when it is clear what is being talked about. Often times, I'm unsure how to do this.

For example:
person 1: Can you pick up groceries?
person 2: Yes, on the weekend.


So how can I simplify person 2's statement without being grammatically incorrect?

1) kimi wa kanbutsu wo ero ka?
2) ee, shuumatsu wo shimasu.

that's my attempt. doesn't that just say "weekend does"?? I'm confused.
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Re: Often confused by how much you can simplify implications

Postby sei » Sun 04.03.2011 9:23 am

I would take off the きみは. If it's a one on one conversation there is no need to make clear whom you're talking to, right?

And if it was a casual conversation, I'd probably not use the "を します" at the end of the second sentence. Maybe end it with just a particle... (で?) But that's already too advanced for me... :sweatdrop: It would probably be agrammatical. :P

But that's my beginner's opinion. :P
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Re: Often confused by how much you can simplify implications

Postby NileCat » Sun 04.03.2011 12:04 pm

1-a 食料品を買ってきてくれますか?
1-b 食料品を買ってきてくれる?
1-c 食料品、買ってきてくれる?

2-a ええ、週末に買ってきます。
2-b ええ、週末に行きます。
2-c ええ、週末に。
2-d うん、週末に。
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Re: Often confused by how much you can simplify implications

Postby Shiroisan » Sun 04.03.2011 4:35 pm

NileCat wrote:1-a 食料品を買ってきてくれますか?
1-b 食料品を買ってきてくれる?
1-c 食料品、買ってきてくれる?

2-a ええ、週末に買ってきます。
2-b ええ、週末に行きます。
2-c ええ、週末に。
2-d うん、週末に。



Oh man, I was afraid that I was going to be THIS wrong... my language bar doesn't work for crap so please bear wwith my romaji...

Question for you NileCat, is there a reason you used shokuryouhin over kanbutsu? are those words not interchangeable?
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Re: Often confused by how much you can simplify implications

Postby becki_kanou » Sun 04.03.2011 6:02 pm

I'm not Nilecat, but kanbutsu sounds old-fashioned. It's more like dry-goods or sundries than groceries.
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Re: Often confused by how much you can simplify implications

Postby AJBryant » Fri 04.08.2011 5:48 pm

becki_kanou wrote:I'm not Nilecat, but kanbutsu sounds old-fashioned. It's more like dry-goods or sundries than groceries.



That's why they can wait till the weekend for 'em. ;)

Regular groceries? When you need 'em, you NEED 'em. ;)
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