"My teacher teaches piano and guitar."


June 12, 2017



If i users と instead of も here, would that be incorrect?

June 14, 2017


That would give us a slightly different meaning here. 'To' would mean 'my teacher teaches piano and guitar' and nothing else. 'Mo' is more like "my teacher also teaches piano and guitar' along with what ever else she's teaching me.

June 18, 2017


This is very helpful. Thanks!

June 18, 2017


If that's the issue, would it be correct to use 「プアノやギターを」?

June 28, 2017


What's the や particle? Never seen that before

July 11, 2017


や is like と but it means "things like ect." while と is for very specific things

July 13, 2017


Not sure if I get it but I'll do research on it. Thank you!

July 13, 2017


It would not be correct because that is implying 先生 teaches more thab piano and guitar which is not what the sentence is saying.

July 13, 2017


I was replying to this statement: << 'Mo' is more like "my teacher also teaches piano and guitar' along with what ever else she's teaching me. >> I don't fully understand yet what the sentence is supposed to say, but if that statement is correct it is similar to the usage of や. If it's not correct, I don't understand the nuance of も and how it is different from や or と

July 13, 2017


I would guess using "ya" implies the teacher teaches something else that the listener doesnt know. While "mo" adds to what the listener already knows the teacher teaches.

July 30, 2017


Gah. I wish there's a feature where we can save comments for future reference. Thanks. :)

October 6, 2017


Thanks, I hope info like this will be added to the theory part of the lessons eventually

November 24, 2017


Whats the meaning of the trailing も particle before the verb? Is this always the case with も?

i.e. "noun も noun も verb"

June 19, 2017


{[(apple too)(orange too)]←were eaten}

も doesn't affect the verb directly. も means too, also, in addition to, and the like.

June 23, 2017


Just to be clear, in this structure every word with the the particle も is its own unit, instead of the second も relating to the union of the first two words, right?

Following your example, it would be [(apple)も][(orange)も] and not [([(apple)も]orange)も] Is this correct?

June 28, 2017


1) Yes, that's right.

2) You're correct. It's [(apple)も][(orange)も].

In my example, も is just listing what were eaten aside from what was probably mentioned before.

Aさん: バナナだけを食べた。
A: I ate only the bananas.
Bさん: リンゴもオレンジも食べた。
B: You ate the apples and oranges too.

The "appleも" and "orangeも" have no effect on each other.

July 1, 2017


What is the difference between "食べた" and "食べました"?

October 27, 2017


Politeness. Masu-forms are more polite than ta-forms. Google has a nice chart if you search "Japanese summary of verb conjugations"

December 9, 2017



June 30, 2017


The "mo + mo" structure is kind of like the English "both + and" structure.

"....piano MO gitaa MO oshie masu." --->

"(My teacher) teaches BOTH piano AND guitar."

But it also leaves it open to include other things. So instead of saying, "She ONLY teaches piano and guitar", it is kind of like, "She teaches both piano and guitar (and maybe a few other things that may or may not have already been mentioned earlier in the conversation)."

There are similar structures in the Romance languages too!

August 4, 2017


I realize now you probably meant you were confused about all their parantheses and brackets, and not the particles themselves haha. It confuses me too ;n; so I can't help with that!!

August 4, 2017


I wonder same thing. I thought this wpuld be wo

June 22, 2017


If a noun is followed by も then you don't need を as well. も can also be used to replace は/が e.g. わたしはがっこうにいきます。ゆうこさんもいきます。

July 7, 2017


The articles on this one really confuse me.

June 12, 2017


It might help to think of も's as "even", like in "even guitar, even piano, my teacher teaches all of that".

June 13, 2017



June 18, 2017


Also, they are particles, not articles.

June 14, 2017


Oh, yes. I did know that. Momentary brain lapse. Lol Thanks for the correction!

June 18, 2017


Could this course be any less consistent about when it accepts kanji?

January 10, 2018


Why is 私 used here and not in any other sentences?

June 26, 2017


It is being used as a possesive. Without it, it's just "a teacher", not "my teacher".

June 27, 2017


My answer was: 私の先生はピアノとギターをおしえます  and Duo says that correct is 私の先生はピアノとギターもおしえます It replaces を by も and I am not understand this.

October 21, 2017


I still don't understand it well and make the same mistake. Can someone explain it ?

November 9, 2017


It said that I used the wrong word but I actually only missed a character... も I'm bout ever really sure why it's used

November 10, 2017


Why are the kanjji for sensei not offered in the given words?

December 13, 2017


So も seems to be used for list constructions, but does it also imply a part of speech? Like here it is used for listing objects, but would it also list subjects? Like "やさいもなっとも好きです "?

January 9, 2018



May 30, 2018
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