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Learn the difference between Japanese grammar and English grammar.

There are many difference between Japanese grammar and English grammar. Although the order of sentence tells you the function of main sentence parts in English, the particle is a grammar marker in Japanese. In a Japanese sentence, all words which are nouns is normally followed by a particle, which tells you the function of the noun it marks.

Here are some examples for you to learn the difference between Japanese grammar and English grammar.


Learn the order of writing. [Subject -> Object -> Verb]


"I love you" - in English.
"I You Love" - in Japanese

In this case, we would like you to learn the order of writing in Japanese.

"I" is the subject of the sentence and comes at the beginning of the sentence like English. However, "You" is the object or noun of the sentence. Therefore, it is placed before the verb, which is "Love" in this case.

In English - I (Subject) love (Verb) You (object or noun)

In Japanese - Watashi wa (Subject) anatao (object or noun) aishiteru (Verb)

Do you see the difference?

We place Subject first, followed by Object and Verb afterwords.


Learn how particles are used.


"I ate Japanese food" - in English.
"I Japanese food ate" - Japanese

As explaine, "I" is the subject of the sentence and comes at the beginning of the sentence. "Japanese food" is the object of the sentence. So, it is written before the verb, "ate" in this case.

This time, we would also like you to learn about how the particle function in a Japanese sentence.

"Watashi", "I" is followed by the particle, Wa. It marks the subject of the sentence. Japanese food is followed by the particle, Wo, and it marks the object of the setence.

So, particles are always written after the object or noun they mark.


More about particles


"I went to see a movie by car" - in English.
"I by car movie went to" - Japanese

Because of particles, the Japanese sentence can be more adapatable in a way.
The above example shows another particle, de (by), and the order of its Japanese sentence is "I by car movie went to".

However, you could also write:

how particle is used

In this case, the order of its Japanese sentence is "I movie by car went to".

But, remember, the verb is always written at the end of the sentence.




Today's Question:
So, how to write the following sentence in Japanese?

Please re-write the following sentence, "I like an apple" in Japanese.
Is the order write?




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