みなさん, こんにちわ! I have a question for all assembled today that will make me look like a GIANT tard, but I'll risk it anyway - Is a double particle ever used? This question arose from my friend and I who are both learning Japanese. We try to converse in Japanese as much as possible. Anywho, I said to my friend, (at the time we were eating apples) りんご が だいすき です. He corrected me, saying that a double particle is used, making it りんご *は* が だいすき です. Which is correct?
Double particles and TASTY APPLES
February 23, 2010
February 24, 2010
Konnichiwa Will-san, First, double particles can be used in some occasions, however, りんご は が だいすき です is INCORRECT. You will rarely see が particle before or after other particles, such as は. Think of が as the bully-strong particle that doesn't like to be seen together with another particle. So, the correct way to say "I like apples a lot" is: りんご が だいすき です. :P Now, what double particles exist in Japanese? Particles such as *ni*（に), *de*（で), *kara*（から) and *made*（まで) can be combined with "wa" to show contrast. がっこう *に は* いかない。I won't go to school (but I will go somewhere else). がっこう *で は* たべる。I eat at school (but I don't eat somewhere else). がっこう *から は* あるけない 。I can't walk from school (but I can walk from somewhere else). がっこう *まで は* あるける 。I can walk to school (but I can't walk to somewhere else). -Sayaka :P
February 27, 2010
Wow, really comprehensive answer. :) Thanks so much.
March 1, 2010
どういたしまして Will-さん！ You are very welcome. -Sayaka :P