Question Word + か + わかる(1)
(1) 覚える、決める、知っている and so on
About Question-phrase + か
Adverbial Particle: 副助詞 - Highlights uncertain things '不確かであること'. This is the same か as in どこか 'somewhere'.
Sentence Ending Particle: 終助詞 - Highlights doubts and questions '疑問や質問'. This is a direct question.
In the case of the adverbial particle か and 'uncertain things', this will almost always be followed by a word that is seeking information about the uncertain thing.
- 忘年会に社長が来るか分かりますか？Do you know if the CEO is coming to the end of year party? (Literally, 'If the CEO is coming, do you know?')
- これで足りるか分かる？Do you know if this is enough? (Literally, 'If this is enough, do you know?')
- 何でこのビルを壊すか知っていますか。Do you know why they are destroying this building? (Literally, 'Why they are destroying it, do you know?')
- お祭りは何時に終わるか知ってる？Do you know what time the festival is going to end? (Literally, 'What time it will end, do you know?')
Do you know where I am?
Have you decided when you are going to the art museum?
Do you know what kind of flavor(s) he likes?
I do not know who he likes.
Do you know what was erased?
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Question-phrase + か – Grammar Discussion
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@DonChanHype Thank you for your comment! I have added かどうか and some other grammar points to the related section. I have also included the Tae Kim link that you provided in the Readings section. Cheers!
Thanks as always!
It might be helpful to include sentences that use the nominalization のか as well, since I’ve been getting confused when seeing that out in the wild. For example, this WaniKani sentence: 「字がきたなすぎて、薬方に何が書いてあるのかさっぱり分かりません。」
In this grammar point, か comes right after the verb, with no nominalizer, but のか can happen as well, right?
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