Watashi no vs. Watashi mo

Kurisuchan October 14, 2009, 1:03 pm
Hajime Mashite! I just began studying Japanese a few days and I have a question. I am on Lesson 1.1 and noticed a difference between two phrases: 'Watashi no' in "Watashi mo genki desu, arigatō." (Lesson 1.0) and 'Watashi mo' in "Watashi no namae wa Kenī desu, anata wa?" (Lesson 1.1) What is the difference between the no and the mo? What exactly does Watashi mean? Thank you! - Otis
Watashi no vs. Watashi mo
Sayaka-Matsuura October 14, 2009, 8:00 pm
Konnichiwa Otis-san, Excellent question Otis-san. First, 'Watashi' is used for both _"I"_ and _"me"_ by adult speakers of both sexes. 'Watashi __no__' translates as _"my/mine"_. 'Watashi __mo__' translates as _"me too"_. Now lets take close look at the two connecting particles, no and mo. :idea: __ (no) _"apostrophe 's"___ When the particle (no) is placed between two nouns, it makes the first noun into a modifier of the second. When the first noun is a personal name or a noun referring to a person, such as Watashi, it generally describes the following noun (item) as belonging to that person - indicating POSSESSION. For example, Watashi __no__ ie desu. = Literally translates as _"I - 's - house - is."_ Meaning _"It is my house."_ The noun + no combination shows POSSESSION. :idea: __ (mo) _"also"___ (mo) marks something as being in addition to something else. Thus, (mo) indicates that the noun it follows is connected in some way in addition to something or someone else that has been previously mentioned in the given context. _[A specified item or person] + も = [A specified item or person] too / also / as well_ Suppose your colleagues are planning on attending a business conference, you think you will join them, and politely say... 私も行きます。 Watashi mo ikimasu. _"I will go too."_ So think of (mo) as the INCLUDER, and (no) as POSSESSOR. I hope this has cleared up some questions! - Sayaka
Watashi no vs. Watashi mo
Kurisuchan October 14, 2009, 8:14 pm
Arigatō Sayaka-san!

That does make sense, thank you for the quick response!
Watashi no vs. Watashi mo
Sayaka-Matsuura October 15, 2009, 8:09 pm
You are very welcome Otis-san!
Watashi no vs. Watashi mo

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