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Translation:Please read page 7.

July 4, 2017



How would you say please read seven pages, rather than please read page seven?


I guess you'd say something like "nanamai no pe-ji wo yondekudasai" (you'd use a counter)


You're pretty much right Dan, but I think it's more natural to put the counter after を. That is, 「ページを7枚読んでください」


I don't think the Duo course goes into the intricacies of Japanese numbering (where there are specific counters for round objects, long-and-thin objects, flat-paper-like objects, etc.), but i recommend Tae Kim's free Japanese grammar guide (Google it) to fill in the gaps this course misses.


Why does "Page" have capital letters


As far as I know it should not be capitalised.


I get this sentence as "please read seven pages"


I think both readings are possible, but you need to figure out the right one by the context. My guess is that "Nページを" references "page N", whereas "Nページ" means "N pages". Here are a few examples I found on WWWJDIC:

Making references to number of pages:

私は更に50ページ読んだ。 = I read fifty pages further.

私は60ページ読んだが、一方彼は10ページしか読んでいない。 = I have read sixty pages, while he has read only ten.

Making references to a specific page:

94ページを読んで下さい。 = Please read page ninety-four.

日本地図の3ページを開けなさい。 = Open your atlas of Japan to page 3


Maybe one way to remember this is that with the を afterwards, the word ページ is treated as a noun, while without the を, ページ is almost like an artificial "counter word"? I don't know anything about this, though, so maybe what I said doesn't make any sense.


I think for it to be 7 pages you would need to include a counter like 枚 (mai)




If you had instead wanted to read 7 pages, the translation is: "七ページをお読みください"


According to Jisho (and my gut feeling) 読み is a noun, not a verb, and I don't think お belongs in that context either.


You're half right, in that 読み is generally considered a noun. However, you probably haven't come across keigo ("polite language") very much yet. The grammar structure お + [verb stem] + ください is a middlingly polite way to ask someone to do [verb] for you.

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