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N5 Lesson 7: 4/13


Which (of three or more), What (kind)

どの precedes a noun, どれ follows a noun


Demonstrative, どの + Noun


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About どの

どの is classified as a 'pre-noun adjectival' in Japanese. These are a special type of word that do not conjugate, which means that they will always appear in the same form. どの comes from the same family of words as どれ and どこ, and is used for asking about 'which' thing someone will choose.

In these examples, we can see that どの may be used to ask a question, or it may also be used in a similar way to 'whatever', or 'whichever' in English.


どの is only used when there are 3 or more possible choices, and どっち)・どちら) will be used when there are only 2 possible choices.

  • (あか)(あお)どっちいい
    Do you prefer red or blue?
  • どの(いろ)()
    What color do you like?

In the first example, the speaker is asking specifically about 2 options 'red or blue', so どっち will be used. However, in the second example, since the answer could be any color, どの will be used instead.




    Which sushi restaurant is good?


    Which restaurant will you go to?


    Which brand will you choose?


    Which computer do you like?


    Which tea will you drink?

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      どの – Grammar Discussion

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      • LotBlind


        Feels a bit confusing to say “done follows a noun” since it doesn’t have to come after anything.

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