Minna no Nihongo 2 Chapter 26 Section B3

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This is another article concerning on using the ‘-n’ (-ん) or -n desu’ (-んです) ‘s grammar pattern on Japanese language. Basically it is a pattern for spoken language used in a conversation which is classified as informal pattern. The pattern itself is used with an example using interrogative pronoun such as doko (どこ) to ask for a location of a place, itsu (いつ) to ask for time of event, activity’s occurrence, nani (なに・何)to ask for something in general and dare(だれ・誰)to ask for someone or person. This article is using the question presented Minna no Nihongo 2 chapter 26 section B part 3 on page 5 and before the answer is presented, we will give an example as follows :

Combining with interrogative pronoun doko (どこ) :

Kanji       :



Hiragana    :



Romaji            :

Ima doko de shigoto wo tsutomete irundesuka.

…byouin de kangofu toshite shigoto wo tsutomete imasu.

Meaning     :

Where do you serve to work right now ?

…I serve on my job as a nurse at the hospital.

Combining with interrogative pronoun itsu (いつ)

Kanji       :



Hiragana    :



Romaji            :

Itsu okaasan no tanjyoubi purezento wo kai ni ikun desuka.

…ashita hou ga ii kamo shire nai no.

Meaning     :

When are (we) going to go to buy mom’s birthday present ?

… I think tomorrow would be better.

Combining with interrogative pronoun nani(なに)

Kanji       :



Hiragana    :



Romaji            :

Nani wo taberun desuka ?.

… pan wo tabemasu

Meaning     :

What do you eat ?

… I eat bread.

Combining with interrogative pronoun dare(だれ)

Kanji       :



Hiragana    :



Romaji            :

Dare to saikon shite irun desuka ?

… daigaku jidai no tomodachi to saikon shite imasu.

Meaning     :

With whom do you remarried ?

…I have been remarried with my friend from my college time.


Below are all of the answers of all the questions based on the above pattern. We can see the full questions and problems in Minna Nihongo 2 book chapter 26 practice B part 3 on page 5 :


Kanji                   :

この写真はどこで 撮ったんでしたか


Hiragana            :

このしゃしんはどこで とったんでしたか


Romaji               :

Kono shashin wa doko de tottan deshitaka ?

… kinkakuji de torimashita.

Meaning           :

Where did you take this picture ?

… I took it at the Kinkakuji temple.


Kanji                  :

いつ 引っ越ししたんですか。

。。。来月の 3日に引っ越しします。

Hiragana            :

いつ ひっこししたんですか。

。。。らいげつの みっかにひっこしします。

Romaji               :

Itsu hikkoshi shitan desuka ?

… raigetsu no mikka ni hikkoshi shimasuka ?

Meaning           :

When did you move ?

… I move at 3rd next month.


Kanji                   :

だれに その 話を聞きたんでしたか。


Hiragana            :

だれに その はなしをききたんでしたか。


Romaji               :

Dare ni sono hanashi wo kikitan deshitaka ?

… Tanaka-san ni kikitan desu.

Meaning           :

From whom did you hear that story ?

… I heard (it) from Tanaka.


Kanji                   :

何を 捜して いるんですか。


Hiragana            :

なにを さがして いるんですか。


Romaji               :

Nani wo sagashite irun desuka.

… hocchikisu wo sagashite imasu.

Meaning           :

What are you searching ?

… (I am) searching for stapler.

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