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Using こと、もの

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This is how you say 'thing'

Koto - intangible things

いいはありません。
ii koto wa arimasen.

There isn't anything good.

大事なを教えます。
daiji na koto o oshiemasu.

I will tell you an important thing.

昨日のはすみませんでした。
kinou no koto wa sumimasen deshita.

I am sorry about what happened yesterday. (yesterday's thing)

Mono - tangible things

その黒いものは猫かなあ。
sono kuroi mono wa neko kanaa.

I wonder if that black thing is a cat?

おいしいものが食べたい。
oishii mono ga tabetai.
I want to eat
something good.

One useful phrase using koto is:

どういうこと?
dou iu koto?
What is the meaning of this?

This phrase is used whenever the listener isn't sure of the motive of the speaker.

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