Making sense of な- adjectives and の- adjectives
- October 14, 2020
- Posted by: Janus Academy
- Category: Blog
Making sense of な- adjectives and の- adjectives : Two adjectives that you have been using unknowingly ever since you started studying Japanese. As usual, we can’t fit everything in one blog but we’ll try our best to give you an understanding of na- adjectives and no- adjectives.
Compare and contrast
Like what we mentioned above, both na-adjectives and no-adjectives are part of the basics that you learn when studying Japanese. Most of the readers today will probably think about how they’ve learned or at least heard of na- adjectives alongside ii-adjectives but have never heard of no –adjectives before. Yes, you heard us, we said –adjectives. We are sure that you have heard of and are quite familiar with な- adjectives but unknowingly, you’ve been using no-adjectives since you started studying the basics of Japanese! Does 女の子 (onna no ko: girl) ring a bell? Well, we’ll talk more about both na-adjectives and no-adjectives below along with a few examples to help you out so get ready and buckle up boys and girls!
When learning Japanese adjectives, you are usually introduced to ii-adjectives and na-adjectives. Ii-adjectives are quite self explanatory as these words modify a noun and end with ii. Na-adjectives however, do not end with an -ii and it essentially acts as a noun as conjugation rules for both are the same. Also, na-adjectives can directly modify a noun by attaching な(na) between the adjective and the noun.