Japanese Plural

Japanese Plural

If you're trying to learn Japanese Plural you will find some useful resources including a course about Plural and Singular... to help you with your Japanese grammar. Try to concentrate on the lesson and notice the pattern that occurs each time the word changes its place. Also don't forget to check the rest of our other lessons listed on Learn Japanese. Enjoy the rest of the lesson!

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Japanese Plural

Learning the Japanese Plural is very important because its structure is used in every day conversation. The more you practice the subject, the closer you get to mastering the Japanese language. But first we need to know what the role of Plural is in the structure of the grammar in Japanese.

Japanese Plurals are grammatical numbers, typically referring to more than one of the referent in the real world. In the English language, singular and plural are the only grammatical numbers. Here are some examples:

English PluralJapanese Plural
Pluralfukusuu - 複数
my bookwatashi no hon - 私の本
my bookswatashi no hon - 私の本
our daughterwatashi tachi no musume - 私たちの娘
our daughterswatashi tachi no musume - 私たちの娘
I'm coldwatashi wa samui desu - 私は寒いです
we're coldwatashi tachi wa samui desu - 私たちは寒いです
his chickenskare no niwatori - 彼の鶏
their chickenkarera no niwatori - 彼らの鶏

As you can see from the example above, the structure of the Plural in Japanese has a logical pattern. Locate the Plural above and see how it works with the rest of the sentence in Japanese.

List of Plurals in Japanese

Below is a list of the Plurals and Singulars in Japanese placed in a table. Memorizing this table will help you add very useful and important words to your Japanese vocabulary.

English PluralJapanese Plural
alligatorwani - ワニ
alligatorswani - ワニ
bearkuma -
bearskuma -
birdtori -
birdstori -
bulloushi - 雄牛
bullsoushi - 雄牛
catneko -
catsneko -
cowmeushi - 雌牛
cowsmeushi - 雌牛
deershika - 鹿
many deerooku no shika - 多くの鹿
doginu -
dogsinu -
donkeyroba - ロバ
donkeysroba - ロバ
eaglewashi - ワシ
eagleswashi - ワシ
elephantzou -
elephantszou -
giraffekirin - キリン
giraffeskirin - キリン
goatyagi - ヤギ
goatsyagi - ヤギ
horseuma -
horsesuma -
lionraion - ライオン
lionsraion - ライオン
monkeysaru - サル
monkeyssaru - サル
mousenezumi - ネズミ
micenezumi - ネズミ
rabbitusagi - ウサギ
rabbitsusagi - ウサギ
snakehebi - ヘビ
snakeshebi - ヘビ
tigertora -
tigerstora -
wolfookami - オオカミ
wolvesookami - オオカミ

Plural and Singular have a very important role in Japanese, therefore they need very special attention. Once you're done with Japanese Plural, you might want to check the rest of our Japanese lessons here: Learn Japanese. Don't forget to bookmark this page.


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