Grammar

INTERROGATIVE PRONOUN NANI / NAN (何)


The general interrogative pronoun NANI (何) is used to ask the question WHAT.

(なに)
Nani?
What?

何人(なんにん)
Nannin?
What nationality?

何 is also pronounced NAN (なん) when the word that follows begins with d, t or n.

これ(なん)です
Kore wa nan desu ka.
What’s that?

Moreover, that modulation often occurs when asking about a quantity:

何冊(なんさつ)
Nansatsu?
How many (books)?

何人(なんにん)
Nannin?
How many (people)?

何曜日(なんようび)
Nanyoubi?
Which day of the week?

何日(なんにち)
Nannichi?
Which day of the month?

何月(なんがつ)
Nangatsu?
Which month?


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  Posted on Aug 10, 2016, 8:21:38 AM #6

Administrator



Yes of course, fixed, thank you.
  Posted on Aug 9, 2016, 8:24:10 PM #5

Ilaria



Example #3: pronounced NAN (なん) when the following word begins with d, t or n.
Kore wa NANI desu ka
should be
Kore wa NAN desu ka.
  Posted on Jul 7, 2016, 1:15:33 AM #4

Tatewaki



I think the Romaji for the second audio is wrong. It says nannin instead of nanijin.
  Posted on Apr 21, 2014, 6:09:33 PM #3

Accordian



I understand now. Thanks for the help. It is greaty appreciated.
  Posted on Apr 21, 2014, 12:25:33 PM #2

Element



It is said " this modulation often occurs when asking about a quantity" (i would add "or a property) as in the examples mentionned below with "nan" pronunciation.

The exception is the first example なにじん "what nationality?". What might be confusing is writting such examples in kanji.
何人 is pronounced NAN'nin "how many people ?" or NANI-jin "what nationality ?'. Meaning depends on context.
  Posted on Apr 20, 2014, 6:10:16 PM #1

Accordian



So if you write 'this modulation often occurs' that means there are a few exceptions. Could you please tell us 1 or 2? Thanks for the lessons though, they're really helpful.
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