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"What do you buy?"


June 22, 2017



So the way to ask this would be 何を買いますか? Why is をused here? I entered 何かいますか and got it wrong, could someone explain to me what the difference between the two sentences is?


かいます is an action Verb. Hence we need a particle to show the object upon which it is acting. When you say 何 かいます- there is no relationship between what and buy 【what 】 【buy 】. It is like randomly blurting "what" "buy"

The sentence 何を買います is : 【what 】<--【buy 】 the を helps establish this relationship between what and buy


Rofl, thank you for the image of someone randomly yelling "WHAT BUY??????" in a dollar store.


を indicates direct objects.


I think を is used to mark 何 as an object, isn't it!?


We all missed that "wo" the first time, didn't we? :D


Not if you already know a language with cases. をlooks like it puts the previous word into accusative. I'll probably be proven wrong, but it works for now. :)


And the funny part is that some will have brooded over whether it will be needed this time!


Nani wo kaimasu ka?


When を is used as a particle (which is almost always) you pronounce it as 'o'. Also I think nani is almost always shortened to 'nan',but I'm not sure about that.

Thus: nan o kaimasu ka


なに is not shortened to なん; they are simply different pronunciations used depending on what follows the word. They're not interchangeable.


i entered かいを何ですか and it was wrong why is nani the object instead of kai?


Think of what as a pronoun. It's substituting something that you are buying. Like "What are you buying? I'm buying a thing" What's the object of the second sentence? "A thing". And as what is substituting "A thing", it's also an object.


and side question what is the difference between desu and masu


です is a (polite-form) copula that usually means a form of "to be"; ます is just a suffix that turns a regular verb into its polite form.


What's the diffefence between wa and o as subject markers? Is o used for objects specifically?

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