Japanese Grammar! 日本語文法!

Today’s lesson will be on the word particle の (no). The Japanese word particle の (no) is used in a couple of ways. One way is to indicate possession. For example:

  • That is Maeda’s bag.
  • それがまえださんのかばんです。
  • それが前田さんの鞄です。
  • Sore ga Maeda-san no kaban desu.

As you can see in this example the word particle の acts as an ‘s in English.

The の particle is also used to combine nouns together. This means that the の particle has a wide range of uses other than just a possessive particle. For example:

  • I am a student at Juuban College.
  • わたしはじゅうばんだいがくのがくせい。
  • 私は重版大学の学生。
  • Watashi wa Juuban daigaku no gakusei

There are a couple of things to note here with the phrases, “(A) student at Juuban College” and “(A) student of Juuban College”.  One, there is no “a” or “the” function in Japanese.  That’s why the “A” is in parentheses.  Second, the の particle in this instance can mean “at” or “of” in English.  This just goes to show how flexible the の particle is.

This covers the basics of using the word particle の. If you have any questions, leave a comment below or send me an email at colormeindie@gmail.com

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