May 24, 2013

The 'NO' particle

The NO particle is affixed to a noun and indicates possession. The construction for this easy Japanese grammar principle is easy to apply and use. It will definitely come in handy both in your Japanese conversation and comprehension - The construct is as follows:
Ex. 1 The dog's food. Inu no esa. Inu (dog) no = the dog's.
Ex. 2 Tom's car - Tommu no kuruma.
You might be asked, " Who's is it?" to which you could reply, it's mine, or, it's yours or, it's his, or it's theirs or its ours. In each case no would be used to indicate possession as in the following:

it's mine - watakushi no
it's your's - anata no (plural anata tachi no)
it's his - kare no
it's her's -- kanojo no
it's their's - karera no
it's our's - watakushi tachi nowho's? -  dare no?