June 29, 2021

JLPT N5 Grammar: Sentence Enders in Japanese: よ yo


■ This sentence ender particle is usually used for emphasis. The speaker is fairly certain the information is correct. This can simply be to stress what the speaker is saying or it could be used to correct the listener’s understanding: contrary to what you may think…


Doesn’t look like he’s going to the party.

Oh, yes, he is going.
[literally: No, (he will) go.]


■ Cannot be used with a か question ender (it would contradict the assertiveness associated with よ)

■ The sentence ender ね usually indicates shared information, よ is usually for information the speaker assumes only he or she knows.

■ ね can be used after よ to mean, “I say X, don’t you agree?” 

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