Grammar

PARTICLE KA (か)


The particle KA (か) is used to form questions. Simply place this particle at the end of the sentence to turn the sentence into a question. No other structural modification is needed.

松本(まつもと)さんです
Matsumoto san desu ka.
Is it Mr./Mrs. Matsumoto?

大丈夫(だいじょうぶ)です
Daijoubu desu ka.
Are you all right?

Note that the Japanese language doesn’t use the question mark with the particle か. It’s actually useless, since か already indicates that the sentence is a question. However, it’s common in spoken Japanese or in a colloquial way, to get rid of か at the end of the sentence. In such a case, the ascending intonation will indicate it’s a question, or a question mark can be added when writing in an informal way.


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  Posted on May 21, 2012, 11:12:07 AM #4

Sonejidh



The sound files are not new, but you need to have samurai access to listen to them. I forgot to mention that since I have it allways active. Glad I could help anyway.
  Posted on May 21, 2012, 7:13:17 AM #3

Spade6179



Hm, those sound bytes are new.

Thanks.
  Posted on May 20, 2012, 4:10:49 PM #2

Sonejidh



Yes, every question ends with the ascending intonation even if か is used. You can listen to the above examples to hear it.
  Posted on May 9, 2012, 6:43:32 AM #1

Spade6179



Do you still use the ascending intonation if か is in the sentence?
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