Verb + （の） + かい
［い］Adjective + （の） + かい
Noun + （なの） + かい
［な］Adjective + （なの） + かい
かい will usually be used directly after the word/phrase that it is highlighting. In the case of verbs and い-Adjectives, の may be inserted before かい. For な-Adjectives and nouns, なの may be inserted directly before it. However, の (or なの) are frequently omitted, due to how casual かい is.
- このドーナッツを食べたいのかい？Do you want to eat this donut?
- このおもちゃが欲しいのかい？Do you want this toy?
- 彼女は綺麗なのかい？Is your girlfriend pretty?
- 彼はいい人なのかい?Is he a good person?
- お前も一緒に行きたいんかい？Do you also want to come with me?
- 大学生なんかい。中学生だと思った。You are a college student? I thought you were a middle schooler.
- 勉強してるのかい？Are you studying?
- また鍵をなくしたんかい。You lost your keys again, didn't you?
Do you really want to go?
Is just this enough?
Are you really going to go wearing that hat?
What's wrong? Are you embarrassed?
You don't want to watch this TV program?
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かい – Grammar Discussion
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かい is often discussed in conjunction with だい as masculine question markers. Are there any plans to add だい to this grammar point or have one of it’s own?
@Johnathan-Weir Of course it is in plans
When after a noun or na-adjective, would contracting …なのかい？ to …なんかい？ be correct, in the same way that …なのだ can be contracted to …なんだ in casual speech?
(Last time I checked, …なんかい wasn’t accepted by Bunpro - not sure about now)
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