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How do you say free in japanese?

As in the context:

This book is free.

What's the word for 'free' here?

January 20, 2018

10 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Dcarl1

Im just starting Japanese, but I find wordreference an amazing resource for languages. It's way beyond a dictionary. It gives you alternate meanings, compound forms, idioms, etc. Very useful.

January 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/No--One

It's modified with the noun "ただ". ただ can also mean "only" or "merely".

January 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Seattle_scott

この本はただです。

January 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Evan709075

I recently learned this word on my exchange and it's 無料(むりょう) In the context of your sentacne you would use it like この本は無料です。(このほんはむりょうです。) Hope that helps!

January 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/BJCUAl

Just confirming your post. 無料 and ただ both mean free of charge. Antonym:有料.

January 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/No--One

I suspect that 無料 is a more prestigious choice. When the Duolingo site language is set to Japanese, it mentions how it's a "無料サービス".

January 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/fa1046

You are right. 無料 is often used in formal conversation and official announcement, while ただ is usually used in informal conversation and casual text.

February 13, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Keith_APP

On my exchange means being an exchange student in Japan?

January 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/KeithWong9

Apart from 無料(むりょう)、ただ(タダ),

One more common word that mean free - サービス (coming from English word service. Seems that Japanese people consider service as free stuff!)

  • この本はサービスです (This book is free)

Also when you buy stuff and there is a complimentary item, it is called おまけ(御負け)

  • この本はおまけです (This book is complimentary)

You can of course use the imported word フリー

  • この本はフリーです (This book is free)
January 23, 2018
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