Choosing and deciding

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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The most common expression to ask about choice is X to Y to, dochira (no hoo) ga ii desu ka (formal) ‘Which is better, A or B?’ or X to Y to, dotchi ga ii? (informal). Dotchi is an informal form of dochira ‘which.’ The second to ‘and’ is often dropped in informal conversation, while it is kept in formal contexts.

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