View topic - Naze and Doushite...?
To me there isnt much distinction between the two but i think i would doushite more often when i want to use it alone.
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Whereas 'naze' literaly means 'why'.
But I'm probably wrong, just my own personal observation...
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Naze keki o tabetta?!
Why did you eat cake?
Nazenara (stand-alone because) keki o tebette hoshikatta.
Because I wanted to eat cake.
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Oh and why do people put a 'no' at the end of some of these words? I usually here 'nande no?' Does the 'no' have to be said even with a question word or is it optional? I seem to get very very confused with this.
Bleh, one more question(sorry), is there a way to use any of the 'whys' without meaning to ask something? For example:
Person 1: Who is this child?
Person 2: Why shes my child, of course.(sorry but Im not sure if that sentence came out right)
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The 'why' from Person 2's dialogue functions only to set a certain emphasis on the sentence, and Japanese has its own words to add emphasis.
Person 2: Watashi no kodomo ga ndesu. <- "ndesu" is the affirmation.
(lit.) My child is.
"Ndesu" is a contraction of 'no desu' which is used for something that is a fact, not an opinion (an opinion would put 'yo' at the end of the sentence). Hontou is also another word to add emphasis.
Person 2: Hontou, watashi no kodomo ga ndesu.
Really (in fact), that is my child.
I'd really like it if someone were to correct me.
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