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N5 Lesson 2: 3/12

Isn't it?, Right? (Sentence ending particle)


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About ね

is classified as a sentence ending particle in Japanese. It may also be pronounced as ねえ. is used when the speaker is looking for agreement from someone, or wants confirmation about something. Due to this, it is often translated as 'right?', or 'isn't it?'. To use , simply add it to the end of almost any sentence.

As we will cover in our lesson about the sentence ending particle , can almost be thought of as the opposite. is used when expressing a shared opinion, a shared thought, or generally something you think will be agreed with by the listener. However, な focuses almost exclusively on the speaker, and their own thoughts.

Fun Fact

and are very frequently combined together to make the sentence ender . This is used purely when you expect the listener will agree with you.

  • 松下さんかわい
    Matsushita-san is cute, isn't she?


is much weaker than でしょう or だろう, and is sometimes said purely out of habit, without much nuance of 'right' at all.


  • いいです

    That's good right?

  • 美味(おい)しい

    It's delicious, isn't it?

  • !?


  • (さむ)

    It is cold, isn't it!

  • いい質問(しつもん)です

    That is a good question, isn't it!

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ね – Grammar Discussion

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  • BanjoCollie


    In the sentence “昨日、忙しかったね。︎” 忙しい is the adjective ‘busy’ correct?
    I assume it is using adj + くなる to make it ‘to be busy’ and then conjugating to past tense.
    But shouldn’t that be 忙しくなった?

  • nekoyama



    忙しかった is just the normal past form of 忙しい, i.e. “was busy”.

    Also, 忙しくなる means to become/get busy.

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