In Japanese, almost any type of word can be attached to a noun to modify the meaning, or describe the qualities of that noun. However, depending on the type of word used, conjugation rules will differ slightly. For な-Adjectives
, they will always need to be followed by な
when used before a noun (when describing qualities/features).
Many words can take either な
when describing a noun. The difference in meaning is usually clear. Let’s take a look at both nuances.
(B) means that - (A) is a quality/feature of (B)
(B) means that - (A) is the type/purpose of (B)
When using な-Adjectives
to describe a noun, to avoid making this mistake, it can be helpful to think about whether you are describing a quality or the purpose of something.