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Kenny_ July 23, 2010, 6:56 am
Why does one add n to iru.  Like in Lesson 9.1

ie....Itsu kara Toyko ni irun-desu ka?

I thank you in advance.

Domo arigato gozaimasu.

ケン べライル
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Sayaka-Matsuura August 5, 2010, 9:33 am
ケンさん こんにちは!

This is an excellent question. You will here this ending 〜んですか (~n desu ka) many times in colloquial Japanese. Maybe you'll start using it too! Let's just say that it's an informal version of the simple - のですか (no desu ka).
The ん (n) instead of の (no) in there makes the sentence sound softer and friendlier. There is no direct translation of this to English.

Try saying it yourself and note the difference - which sounds softer?
Tokyo ni iru no desu ka? (とうきょう に いる の ですか?)
Tokyo ni iru-n desu ka? (とうきょう に いるん ですか?)

The ending 〜んですか also kindly invites the listener to answer...Read More
ケンさん こんにちは!

This is an excellent question. You will here this ending 〜んですか (~n desu ka) many times in colloquial Japanese. Maybe you'll start using it too! Let's just say that it's an informal version of the simple - のですか (no desu ka).
The ん (n) instead of の (no) in there makes the sentence sound softer and friendlier. There is no direct translation of this to English.

Try saying it yourself and note the difference - which sounds softer?
Tokyo ni iru no desu ka? (とうきょう に いる の ですか?)
Tokyo ni iru-n desu ka? (とうきょう に いるん ですか?)

The ending 〜んですか also kindly invites the listener to answer.

- Hope that helps!

Sayaka
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Kenny_ August 8, 2010, 7:08 am
どうま ありがとう さやかさん! わかりました!

ケン です
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Sayaka-Matsuura August 16, 2010, 2:45 am
どういたしまして!

-Sayaka
いるん

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