How to form the plural in Japanese

How to form the plural in Japanese

You want to learn how to use the plural in Japanese? You've come to the right place! Scroll down and see the short Japanese lessons complete with useful examples. Apples, houses, books... we'll teach you everything you need to know about the plural in Japanese.

Japanese nouns - plural

The plural is used, in general, to talk about more than one object. Examples in English would be 'dogs', 'cats', 'houses' and 'children'. Unlike English, nouns in Japanese generally have the same form in both the singular and the plural.

Examples

tobira
doors
otokonoko
boys
kodomo
children
isu
chairs
otokonohito
men
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Step 5 : The plural in Japanese

The plural is important in Japanese when you need to talk about more than one thing. Using the nouns šomotsu, isu and doa (book, chair, door) which you learned in Step 3, learn the plural of each of these words by heart. This is easy in Japanese, because in Japanese, the plural is usually the same form as the singular. You can scroll to the top of this page to see a short lesson about the Japanese plural including useful examples. After you've learned the plural of šomotsu, isu and doa, you can move on to Step 6 (Japanese demonstrative pronouns).

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