Basic Japanese Sentence Structure
Let me preface this post by saying, I am still learning all the nuances of this topic so please forgive me if I make any mistakes. In this post I will discuss very basic Japanese sentence structure. I hope this will be helpful to those of you like me that have just started to learn Japanese.
In English we learn very basic sentences such as:
I eat pork.
- I is the Subject
- eat is the Verb in present tense
- pork is the Object
Subject + Verb + Object
In Japanese （日本語） this would be written:
わたし は ぶたにく を たべます。
” I pork eat.”
- わたし is the subject meaning “I” （わたし＝私）
- は is the topic particle
- ぶたにく is the object (ぶた （豚） is the word pig, にく （肉） is the word for meat, so together it is “pig meat” or “pork”)
- を is the object particle
- たべます is the Verb “eat” in present tense, affirmative and masu form （ますけい）.
Subject + TP + Object + OP + Verb
I hope that you found Grammar #1 useful. Please provide me with your feedback or questions. In the next installment, we will expand our simple sentences to include: Questions and Verb Tenses. You can find all of the Grammar Series by selecting GRAMMAR from CATEGORIES in the site menu.