Essay on Japanese Grammar Guide

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Japanese Grammar Guide
Tae Kim November 21, 2012

Contents
1 Introduction 1.1 The problem with conventional textbooks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1.2 A Japanese guide to learning Japanese grammar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1.3 Suggestions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 The Writing System 2.1 The Scripts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2.2 Intonation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2.3 Hiragana . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2.3.1 The Muddied Sounds . . . . . . . . . . 2.3.2 The Small 「や」、「ゆ」、and 「よ」 2.3.3 The Small 「つ」 . . . . . . . . . . . . 2.3.4 The Long Vowel Sound . . . . . . . . . 2.4 Katakana . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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3 Basic Grammar 3.1 Basic Grammatical Structures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.2 Expressing State-of-Being . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.2.1 Declaring something is so and so using 「だ」 3.2.2 Conjugating to the negative state-of-being . . . 3.2.3 Conjugating to the past state-of-being . . . . . 3.2.4 Conjugation summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.3 Introduction to Particles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.3.1 Defining grammatical functions with particles . 3.3.2 The 「は」 topic particle . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.3.3 The 「も」 inclusive topic particle . . . . . . . 3.3.4 The 「が」 identifier particle . . . . . . . . . . 3.4 Adjectives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.4.1 Properties of Adjectives . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

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3.9 3.10

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3.4.2 The na-adjective . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.4.3 The i-adjective . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.4.4 An annoying exception . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Verb Basics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.5.1 Role of Verbs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.5.2 Classifying verbs into ru-verbs and u-verbs . . . 3.5.3 Appendix: iru/eru u-verbs . . . . . . . . . . . . . Negative Verbs . . . . . . . . . . . .

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