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N5 Lesson 5: 11/12

To, Toward


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About へ

is a particle used when describing a place that someone or something is 'moving toward', or 'in contact with'. In many cases, the particles and are interchangeable, but there is a slight difference in meaning. focuses more on the distance/effort required to get between (A) and (B), while focuses more on the connection between (A) and (B). always comes after the noun signifying the destination.

In these examples, while they may seem the same at first glance, shows that there is a space between (A) and (B), while puts the emphasis solely on the destination. This is why common expressions such as 'city/country name ようこそ' sound very polite. It is like saying 'Welcome, and we acknowledge your journey/effort to get here'.

In the TV-show example, this commonly means 'thank you for your effort to watch this particular show, out of all the ones you could have chosen'.




    Welcome to Osaka.


    To here?


    I go to Osaka by train.


    To go to Kobe.


    To return to one's house.

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へ – Grammar Discussion

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  • hachiwara


    Hey! I just noticed a small typo in “Thank you”

  • Pixel_Vapour


    I’m very confused by this

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