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When to use 'ja'......

Sometimes a 'ja' gets thrown into a German sentence. Can anyone tell me how to use it and what it means? Danke!

October 2, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ANDMAN2201

It is used in a similar way to "you know":

Morgen gehe ich ja ins Kino.

Tomorrow I'm going to the movies you know.

It often identifies statements that are actually already known.

In addition, as mentioned in other comments, the word appears in sentences that are intended to highlight a particular statement. For example, in

Das ist ja toll!

That's great!

In this sentence, by the way, the emphasis is on "Das". Depending on the situation, this sentence construction can even express surprise:

Das ist ja (or "aber") toll! (Hätte ich nicht gedacht.)

That's great! (I wouldn't have thought so.)

October 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Itschi187

Ja ne ist klar!

October 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hoges.110

Interessant Andman - danke!

October 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hoges.110

Is this text looking frightfully small, or is it just me?

October 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MatthiasBe612802

You mean something like "Das ist ja sehr interessant" or "Das habe ich mir ja schon gedacht." This is called Modalpartikel in German, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modal_particle and it expresses how the speaker thinks about a certain statement.

October 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hoges.110

Okay, okay...Danke everyone! You've been very kind in responding. We'd better end this discussion now. All the best with your German! ♡♡♡

October 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Julian_R_Fitz

I have been also very confused by this to.

October 3, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RhysHislop1

second this!

October 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/shaikGafoo

It is like "YES" or "OK" in English.

October 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hoges.110

Danke shaikGafoo! Es it jetzt mir klar....Alles Gute! ♡

October 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TheLord2k1

I wanna know too
i heard that they use it as the meaning of "just" and "so"
but i still dont know

October 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JoeMaul

it's just a stronger affirmation of a statement. eg. "Das ist gut" or "Das ist ja gut" or even stronger "Das ist ja schon sehr gut"

October 4, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hoges.110

That's a good way of remembering it! Vielen Dank! :)

November 20, 2018
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