How to Use "No" in Japanese

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Learn how to use the word "no" in Japanese and get expert tips and instruction on understanding Japanese adjectives and grammar in this free foreign language video.

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YUU ASAKURA: I introduced a particle "no" in a previous lesson, and I wanted to add some more. Before I use it as of--as more like a possessive, "My, yours." And in this case, I used the same particle, "no," "of" as almost like an adjective. You can explain some things, color, material using "no." Let us look at the example. I am explaining about a car, "kuruma", and the first one is "kuro." "Kuro" means black. That is a color. I will say, "Kuro no kuruma." So it is "Black car." And the next one is Toyota. That is a brand, right? So you can use the brand name, "Toyota no kuruma," so Toyota's car. And the next one is--well, let us say we are talking about this toy car made of wood. "Ki" is "wood." So, I say "Ki no kuruma." It means "a car made of wood." So, we went over a color, it is a brand, it is a material. So, "no" is a very useful particle and also very versatile, so you want to be careful with this.


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