This entry is the successive from a previous entry the, “The Difference between は and が”. Please check it out first, and come back here again.
How to make the object in Japanese: “Noun + を”
First of all, if you have learned basic Japanese grammar, you probably know how to make the object in Japanese. Yes, it is “Noun + を”. For example, “I will read a book.” is 「私は本 を 読みます。」, “I study Japanese.” is 「私は日本語 を 勉強します。」, and “I have a pen.” is 「私はペン を 持っています。」 This is the basic knowledge on how to make the object in Japanese.
Exceptional Japanese object:”Noun + が”
Did you read the previous entry? Then, welcome back! I just wanted you to know how to make the subject in Japanese. If you read the previous entry you know you can do it two ways; “Noun + は” or “Noun + が”. But sometimes, “Noun + が” is used as the object. Here is an example of it.
“I like coffee” is 「(わたしは)コーヒー が 好き」, not 「(わたしは)コーヒーを好き」、”I need you” is 「(わたしは)あなた が 必要です。」、”I want a new camera” is 「(わたしは)新しいカメラ が ほしい」 and “I love you” is 「あなた が 好き」。
Okay, then what is the common points above? The common rules are like that. When “Noun + が” is used as the object, the noun is also emphasized and prominent, in other words it is a specific object you are talking about. Rather than a general one. This is the same rule I explained on the last entry;The Difference between は and が.
We feel the strong power from the verbs; “like(好き)”, need(必要), want(ほしい). In this case, using “Noun + が” as the object becomes more natural.
We have seen the 2 types of “Noun + が”, as the subject and the object. But they have same the core image. Which is, that が has strong power anytime!
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