Tuesday, June 7, 2011

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This installment brings you the useful sentence endings: “…ki”and “…yaki.” This is a conjunction to express a reason, and is similar to “…(da)kara” and “…(na)node” in standard Japanese. This conjunction is used quite often so it’s very important to remember. Here are two example sentences.

“Kare wa kurasu de ichiban ashi ga hayai ki, riree no daihyou ni erabareta.” This means, “Since he is the fastest runner in the class, he was chosen as captain of the relay team.”

“Kanojo wa kurasu de ichiban bijin yaki, hoka no kurasu no danshi mo kanojo o minikuru.” This means, “Since she is the most beautiful girl in the class, even the boys from other classes come to see her.”

The difference of using “ki” and “yaki” is that “yaki” comes after noun and “ki” comes after other parts of speech (e.g. verbs, adjectives etc.).

Taken from vol.26 (October & November, 2008. Great Figures in Kochi)

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