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Question to Teacher: Which particle should be used, NO or DE?
Course 3 Lesson 2: Mikami Sensei ()
Post Date: 2003-08-14 04:10:38
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2003 Apr 23
To watch somethign ON tv
I have my Japanese 1 final today and would like clarification on the particle used to indicate watching something ON tv.
I know I've seen the particle "no" used, however, howabout the particle "de". I have a faint recollection that I heard it on a listening comprehension?
Are these both correct?
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JFZ Teacher (Kanako)
Post Date: 2003-08-14 04:25:13
2003 Mar 03
1) テレビのニュースをみます (TEREBI NO NYUUSU O MIMASU)
= I (am going to) watch the news of TV.
2) テレビでニュースをみます (TEREBI DE NYUUSU O MIMASU)
= I (am going to) watch the news on TV.
Both of them sound fine to me, but the second sentence is grammatically correct if you would like to say I am going to watch the news
The particle の (NO) is used as a possession marker. So if the first sentence is used, it sounds like you are saying I am going to watch the news that TV shows (TV's news).
The particle で (DE) is;
A: The event location marker (See Course 2/Lesson 5 Grammar)
B: The by which means marker (See Course 3/Lesson 2 Grammar)
So the particle of the second sentence is B. Let me give you some examples.
1)おはしでたべます。(OHASHI DE TABEMASU) = I eat with chopsticks.
2)ラジオでべんきょうします。(RAJIO DE BENKYOU SHIMASU) = I study on the radio.
3)クレジットカードでかいます。(KUREJITTO KAADO DE KAIMASU) = I buy with a credit card.
Hope it helps!
Kanako @ YesJapan