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Eating at a friends house wth question

Griffith
Asked 6 years ago

You are invited for dinner at a Japanese friend's home. You are in the middle of eating something unidentifiable. What should you say?

 

This is the question...

 

Then you have

 

kore wa oishii desu ka


and

kore wa oishii desu ne

 

... How do I actually know it could be ne? Isn't ne used to agree with the other person...

 

If the thing you we're about to eat was weird and you didn't know what it was... wouldn't you want to actually ask if this is good?

 

I personally think both of these could be right... But of course if you want to be super polite I guess you could say yeah this is great... but I have no freakn clue what it is... personally I'd ask is this good what is it?

 

Help me understand how you came to the conclusion that ne is more correct in this statement?

 

Thanks

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“Kore wa oishii desu ka?” is a question that asks “Is this good?” On the other hand, “Kore wa oishii desu ne.” means “This is good, isn’t it?” Since the speaker is eating the food right now, it would be strange to ask if it is good or not.

If he/she asks “Kore wa oishii desuka?” BEFORE he/she tries it, it would be suitable. So, if the two sentences are the only choices, I would choose “Kore wa oishii desune.”

But I agree with you that if I were offered something unidentifiable, I also would like to ask “What is this?” first. So, in this situation, I would say “Kore wa nandesuka? Oishii desune.” Or, I would like to ask “Kore wa oishii desuka?” before I try it. (This question could be rude though. The person offered the food because he/she thinks it’s good;)

As you say, “ne” is used to agree with the other person. But it also is used to confirm that the other person agrees what you said. Please take a look at the examples,

“Amanda-san ha ii hito desu ne” (Amanda is a good person, isn’t she?)

“kono tesuto ha muzukashii desu ne” (This test is difficult, isn’t it?)

Please let me know if you have any more question regarding “ne.”

Masako
Answered 6 years ago