Ga as Emphasis

Particles (助詞; Joshi) in Japanese have lots of rules. We think everyone who learned Japanese faced this problem at least once. Especially how to choose wa (は) or  ga(が) in the sentence.

Today, Joshi-kun showed us one function of “GA (が)” which is “Ga as Emphasis”

▲ Let’s take a look at Joshi-kun script again.

Joshi-kun

なんで7月7日にページ開始かって?そんなこと・・・俺「が」したいからに決まってるだろ

Nande shichigatsu-nanoka ni peeji kaishikatte?

Sonnakoto…ore [ga]* shitaikara ni kimatteru daro.

Why did this page choose to open today?

Definitely because I said so.

Ga as Emphasis is usually used in the speech for the Overly-self-confident or Ore-sama (俺様) type characters.

Since Ga is used for emphasis or distinguish someone or something from others. In this case, Joshi-kun wanted to emphasize himself in the sentence. However, wa(は) is used for the topic marker or show the contrast. Thus, using “wa” will pull down Joshi-kun priority.

Table: Comparing [wa] and [ga] for Jo-shi kun.

「は」したいから

ore wa shitai kara

I want to do that

or

I (unlike others who don’t) want to do that

「が」したいから

ore ga shitai kara

I am the one who want to do that

or

Unless I decided, no one can do.

☆彡Other useful expressions.

~に決まっている/~に決まってる(口語l)

~ni kimatteiru/ ~ni kimatteru (colloquial)

▲How to use: Verb Casual/ い-adjective/な-adjective/Noun + に決まっている

▲Meaning: show strong conviction about a prediction on something.

俺「が」したいからに決まってる

Definitely because I said so.

※Caution!! ~に決まっている is usually translated as “Definitely” or “Absolutely” but it’s different from 「~に違いない」which is a softer expression and 「~に相違ない」which is used in written language.  And since it’s a strong conviction, you can’t put 「~が、しかし~」in the same sentence.

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Phew~ how was that?

We hope Joshi-kun helps you understand more about Wa(は) and Ga(が)usage.

There are more functions regarding Wa and Ga. We hope Joshi-kun will teach us more next time!

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References and Read more:

http://www.learn-japanese-adventure.com/japanese-particles-wa-ga.html

http://japanese.about.com/library/weekly/aa051301a.htm

http://nihonshock.com/2010/02/particles-the-difference-between-wa-and-ga/

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