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KAI particle

mandorJapanese ExplorerMon, 03 May 2010 20:41:08 +0000
Today I stumbled upon following example of sentence

今晩の番組で何かあるかい? konban no bangumi de nanka aru kai ?

As I understand from dictionary , this particle signifies "yes/no" question. Are this particle usual for colloquial language only or its regular particle ?

Regards,
アレクス
Sayaka MatsuuraJapanese CertifiedSun, 09 May 2010 21:11:01 +0000
アレックスさん、

The ending particle KAI is very colloquial and only used in casual situations - and also, mostly used by male speakers.

In Colloquial speech, KAI is used instead of KA to mark a question. KAI has a softer, friendlier tone than the rather abrupt KA.

-Sayaka
mandorJapanese ExplorerWed, 12 May 2010 15:06:10 +0000
Wakarimashita Osewani narimashita !
Sayaka MatsuuraJapanese CertifiedMon, 17 May 2010 01:29:46 +0000
Dou itashimashite!

-Sayaka
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