N5 Lesson 1: 3/8

denotes sentence topic
as for...


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Sentence topic +
Pronounced "わ"
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[topic marker/particle・clarifies the context of actions that take place within a sentence]

[は is known as a non-logical particle as it does not change the logic of the sentence depending on what noun it is appended to]

[は emphasizes what comes after it, while が emphasizes what comes before it]

[Unlike が, は cannot be used to describe things that you are seeing/experiencing in the moment (right now)]

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私(わたし)トムです。
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I (as the topic of this sentence) am Tom. | As for me, I am Tom.

Genki I 2nd Edition : Page 42 & 93
みんなの日本語 I : Page 14 [CH 1]
[DBJG] A Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar : Page 21, 516 & 521
Tae Kim's Japanese Grammar Guide : Page 33