わ (Female Assertion) Japanese Grammar Lesson
Grammar Type: Particle
Essential Meaning: Weak Female Assertion Marker
Construction: Sentence + わ
- わ is used by female speakers to express a weak assertion or volition. わ can also indicate friendliness or intimacy depending on the context.
- わ can follow any declarative sentence, but it can NOT follow volitional forms of verbs. It would be redundant to combine a volitional verb ending with a volitional ending particle.
- E.g. *私は行きましょうわ。[I will go.] わ cannot follow volitional verbs.
- わ cannot be used in interrogative sentences because there would a mismatch in meaning between the assertive わ and the interrogative か.
- E.g. *ジャクソンさんは学生ですかわ。[Is Mr. Jackson a student?]
- E.g *ジャクソンさんは学生ですわか。 [Is Mr. Jackson a student?]
- Other sentence final particles besides か (such as ね or よ) can be used in conjunction with わ, but they must go after わ.
- E.g. 私は行くわね。[I will go, OK?]
- E.g. 私も行くわよ。[I will go too.]
私も明日のパーティーに行くわ。[I will go to the party tomorrow too.]
大木さんはまだ学生ですわ。[Oki-san is still a student.]
大木さんはもう帰りましたわ。[Oki-san already went home.]
この部屋は小さいわ。[This room is small.]
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