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N5 Lesson 5: 4/12




Starting Point + から


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About から

から can have several different meanings in Japanese, depending on which part of the sentence it is in, and what comes before/after it. It is often translated as 'from'. In these cases, it just means 'with (A) as a starting location, (B)'. In this grammar construction, から comes directly after the place that is considered the starting point.

This form of から is the closest to the 'base' meaning of the word in Japanese, as the nuance of から can almost always be thought of as meaning 'from' in some way.


This form of から does not require when used after nouns or な-Adjectives, as that would change the meaning to 'because'.


  • (えき)からバス()

    I came from the station by bus.

  • アメリカから()ました

    I came from America.

    ~から来ました usually has a set meaning of 'I am from ~' when talking about a country.

  • この(くつ)(かあ)さんからです

    These shoes are from my mom.

  • 学校(がっこう)からパーティー()

    To go to the party from school.

  • 仕事(しごと)から(かえ)

    To return home from work.

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から – Grammar Discussion

Most Recent Replies (2 in total)

  • hetore



    On this review, I typed の instead of から and got a wrong answer, but is it really wrong?

  • machinaeZER0


    It feels awkward to translate2時から始まります as “It starts from two o’clock.” Obviously here から is being taught as “from,” but it feels like either this sentence should use something other than から (probably not) or it would be better served with a more natural translation like “at” (which could be right, but isn’t the translation we’re being taught). Would it make sense to revisit including this sentence as currently written/translated, or am I just a weirdo?

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