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を usage question.

Scykoh
Asked 5 years ago

In one of the drills from "The Times Who Say に" this pops up.


"Fill in the blanks: きょう、日本ご__ 二じかん __ べんきょうします。"


The correct answer is "を, (blank)" but this has left me a tad confused. 日本ご and 二じかん are both nouns. Can を be used to connect two nouns?

My only guess to what is happening is 二じかん is an adverb in this case, and the verb of the sentence is actually 二じかんべんきょうします which を is connecting to 日本ご.


Is this what's going on or am I missing something here? Thanks a ton for any advice!

Hi Scykoh, Welcome the the wonderful (and vastly different to English) world of Japanese grammar! So there is a couple things going on here firstly unlike with English prepositions and articles (In, on, a The, an etc) Japanese particles (を、の、に、が、は etc) don't always come strictly before the words they are 'linking' your other words to. In this case を is actually linking the noun 日本ご(Japanese(language)) to the Verb べんきょうします(To Study)。二じかん means 'for 2 hours' and is made up of the number 二 (2) then the word じ (hour/s) and the particle かん which takes にじ (2o'clock) and turns it into '2 hours' . So all together we get きょう、日本ごを二じかんべんきょうします。Today I will study Japanese for 2 hours. Hope this has helped feel free to ask me to clarify anything else if not, and don't worry after awhile you'll get used to how the grammar works and picking up on which particles are doing what will become second nature!

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