100 Grammar Points


32. This これ・この

This and that.

Actually Japanese also has one more. There is also “that over there” – but we will get at that later.

There are two words in Japanese that are translated as “this” in English:

kore – When “this” is not connected to a noun – hang on, you will get it in a minute.

これ は 何 です か?
kore wa nan desu ka?
What is this?

これ は ねこ です。
kore wa neko desu.
This is a cat.

  • HINT: To say “This is” or “is this” the kore will probably be followed by a は wa

– When you put “this” before a noun, use kono

この ねこ は ポチ です か?
kono neko wa pochi desu ka?
Is this cat, Pochi?.


いいえ。 この 犬 は ポチ です。
iie kono inu wa pochi desu.
No. This dog is Pochi.


  • HINT:  It may seem strange at first, but after a while, This and That will become second nature!

100 Grammar Points


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