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Japanese Demonstrative Adjectives Made Simple For Beginners

What's a demonstrative adjective in Japanese?

Demonstrative adjectives describe nouns and their position. They're placed after the noun.

There are three demonstrative adjetives in Japanese. They are as follows:

English Katakana/Hiragana Romaji
This この Kono
That その Sono
あの Ano
  • この----> *Kono-------->*It refers to an object or person near to the speaker
  • その----> Sono--------> It refers to an object or person near to the listener
  • あの----> Ano---------> It refers to an object or person far from both the speaker and the listener

Examples:

  • Whose is this umbrella?

  • これはだれの傘ですか?

  • Kore wa dare no kasadesu ka?

  • This bag is mine

  • この かばん は わたし の です

  • Kono kaban wa watashi nodesu

  • That dog is yours.

  • その犬はあなた次第です。

  • Sono inu wa anata shidaidesu

  • That is John's bag

  • あの かばん は ジョン さん の です

  • Ano kaban wa jon-san nodesu


Author: Ichika
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