Nouns and noun phrases

Authored by: Naomi H. McGloin , Mutsuko Endo Hudson , Fumiko Nazikian , Tomomi Kakegawa

Modern Japanese Grammar

Print publication date:  October  2013
Online publication date:  March  2017

Print ISBN: 9780415571999
eBook ISBN: 9780203856628
Adobe ISBN: 9781135151393


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In Japanese a noun is not accompanied by articles such as ‘a’ and ‘the,’ and generally there is no distinction between a singular and a plural form. Hon, for example, can be ‘a book,’ ‘the book,’ ‘books,’ or ‘the books.’ Japanese nouns, moreover, are not marked for gender as are in many European languages.

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