Basic Expression Course

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Basic Course
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Basic Expression Course

Lesson 3: Nounですか

In this lesson, I will teach you how to ask questions in Japanese.


[Noun] + ですか。Are you…?
Is it…?
[Noun 1] + は + [Noun 2] + ですか。Are you a…?
Is it a…?
Notes①か is a particle,it’s used to ask a question.
②In Japanese questions, [。] is more often used than [?], but both are okay.

Example Sentences:

In English, the Yes or No is based on the truth.
But in Japanese, the はい or いいえ is based on the question form(Positive or Negative).

【はい is used when the question asked matches the answer.】

A: Is Mr.Tanaka a university student?

B: Yes, he is a university student.


A: なかさんですか。
A: Are you Mr.Tanaka?

B: はい、なかです。
B: Yes, I’m Tanaka.


A: トムは学生がくせいではありませんか。
A: Tom isn’t a student, right?

B: はい、学生がくせいではありません。
B: No, He is not a student.

【いいえ is used when the question asked doesn’t match the answer.】

A: なかさんですか。
A: Are you Mr.Tanaka?

B: いいえ、谷口たにぐちです。
B: No, I’m Taniguchi.


A: さっですか。
A: Are you a writer?

B: いいえ、べんです。
B: No, I’m a lawyer.


A: トムは学生がくせいではありませんか。
A: Tom is not a student, right?

B: いいえ、学生がくせいです。
B: Yes, he is a student.

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