［な］Adjective + だ
［な］Adjective + な + Noun
Part of Speech
- 魚は大好きだ。I love fish. (Fish are loved by me)
- 大好きな野菜です。A vegetable that I love.
な-Adjectives are mostly words of foreign (Chinese/English) origin. This is why they have evolved to require unique conjugation rules.
- とても綺麗。Very pretty. (Natural in Japanese)
- とても外。Very outside. (Unnatural in Japanese)
A pretty painting.
A pretty woman.
A free day.
A quiet room.
That over there is beautiful.
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な-Adjectives – Grammar Discussion
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Andulien’s perspective of there always being a な is a nonstandard way of analyzing things. You could similarly say there is always a だ after な adjectives except in cases where there isn’t and that would be just as valid as his view.
The standard way to look at it is that you just have the な adjective and then you add stuff based off how you use it.
But he didn’t say there is always a な except when there isn’t…
All he said is that there isn’t a な when the adjective is next to a verb.
And I was showing appreciation because I was trying to figure out why there wasn’t a な
Anyways it doesn’t matter I have some more basic grammar points to struggle to understand
If you read his posts you can see he used words like “left off” and “omit.” And in the way he compares な adjectives to い adjectives, he makes me think that he believed that な adjectives have a な at the end of them.
As mentioned earlier in the thread if you want to use a な adjective on a verb you need to use に after the な adjective instead of な.
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