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Possession

Showing possession is one of the easiest grammar points in Japanese, yet one of the most important. All you have to do is add の after whoever it is that possesses the object.

For example, to say that something is mine or my simply add の after 私 (わたし), 僕 (ぼく), あたし, or 俺 (おれ) and then follow that の with the object. watashinokuruma

それは私の本です。
That’s my book.

僕の携帯はどこですか?
ぼくのけいたいはどこですか?
Where is my cell phone?

その赤い靴はあたしのだ。
そのあかいくつはあたしのだ。
Those red shoes are mine.

俺の彼女はからもらったよ。
I got it from my girlfriend.

The の is not limited to simply showing that it is mine, but can also show that it is his or her things as well.

彼のノートはどれ?
Which notebook is his?
その黒いの。
That black one.kuroino

Did you catch that last part? We used の after 黒い to show that the possession was on the black notebook, but can adjectives really possess objects?

You can add の to an adjective to show that are talking about that particular one.

どれが好き?
Which do you like?
私が好きのはあの赤いの?
I like the red one.

私は二つのケーキを持ってきたよ。食べたいのはどれ?
I brought two cakes. Which do you want to eat?
イチゴのを食べたい!
I want to eat the strawberry one!ichigono

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