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26 Apr 2008, 03:10 #1

How does one refer to a group or refer to yourself as a group in Japanese? My guess is:

Watashiwa tachi (insert group name here) desu. "we are *group*" and Karerawa tachi (insert group name here) desu. "they are *group*".

Is this correct? .___. I don't know if the ordering on wa-tachi is right. .___. Also, I know there are multiple end caps for referring to things, wa and ga but I don't know the difference there. Thanks for your time.

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26 Apr 2008, 03:14 #2

You are using it correctly


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26 Apr 2008, 03:16 #3

KanataFurude @ Apr 25 2008, 10:14 PM wrote: You are using it correctly
good :D Argiato Gozaimasu :D

Another thought occured to me... how do you refer to objects? I don't know the word for object, is it still anata for one object, and anata tachi for multiple objects, + a diffrent end thing like "wa and ga" making it refer to object, or is it a seperate word entirely I havn't learned yet?

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27 Apr 2008, 03:02 #4

To say object, you say mokuteki and to say many objects, it is ooku no mokuteki. Is this helpful?


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27 Apr 2008, 04:13 #5

KanataFurude @ Apr 26 2008, 10:02 PM wrote: To say object, you say mokuteki and to say many objects, it is ooku no mokuteki. Is this helpful?
I think so, so If I want to say "look at that sign/billboard" I would say

"Mokuteki wa kanban"? My Japanese is really pretty limited, anything is helpful lol.

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27 Apr 2008, 12:51 #6

Well you said now: Look at the object. Are you trying to refer to it as "it"? You could say: keijiban o mi nasai, to say look at the billboard.


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27 Apr 2008, 13:14 #7

KanataFurude @ Apr 27 2008, 07:51 AM wrote: Well you said now: Look at the object. Are you trying to refer to it as "it"? You could say: keijiban o mi nasai, to say look at the billboard.
Hmmmm. I'm still trying to figure out all the different words for referring to objects or people properly, it's kind of confusing... :mellow:

So, if you want to say look at (insert object here) it is "(Object) o mi nasai"?

ok, but what if you just want to identify something or ask what its called?

IE:

"What is that strange object"

"That is a car"

ect. I don't know how to say that.

I hope I'm not boring you with questions lol

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27 Apr 2008, 13:28 #8

Is no problem

That is a car: sore wa kuruma de aru.
What is that strange object: nani aru sore kimyou mokuteki


If you were pointing at something and not saying what it was (like, "look at that") you would use sore.


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27 Apr 2008, 20:56 #9

KanataFurude @ Apr 27 2008, 08:28 AM wrote: Is no problem

That is a car: sore wa kuruma de aru.
What is that strange object: nani aru sore kimyou mokuteki


If you were pointing at something and not saying what it was (like, "look at that") you would use sore.
Wow I gotta copy this all down, useful stuff. arigato gozaimasu. I might ask more questions later.

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30 Apr 2008, 21:44 #10

Ok. Glad I could be of the help.


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