This article will give you all of the knowledge you need on the Japanese word dare, including its Japanese definition and translation, example sentences, related expressions and more!
What does dare mean?
The Japanese word dare ( 誰、だれ) means who. As is true in English, this is a really useful word that you can use in all kinds of questions. Also note that dare no stands for whose, while dare mo can mean either nobody or everybody (don’t worry, it’s not as hard as it sounds!).
Think of the pronunciation as da-le, with the “le” a bit like the beginning of “lemon” (despite what the romaji might suggest, there is no true “r” sound in Japanese outside of yakuza movies).
Below, we take a look at some examples of how to use dare in Japanese.
To make it easier for you, I have written each sentence in full Japanese kanji on the first line, followed by roman letters (romaji), and hiragana, with the English meaning coming last.
Example sentences using the Japanese word dare
Dare desu ka?
Who is it?
Dare ga ichiban tsuyoi no?
Who is the strongest?
Sono onna wa dare?
Who is that woman?
Ano ojisan wa dare darou?
I wonder who that (older) guy is?
Dare no = Whose
Dare + the possessive -no particle forms dare no (誰の), which translates as whose.
Sumimasen. Dare no kuruma desu ka?
Excuse me. Whose car is this?
Jyaa, dare no sei na no?
Whose fault is it then?
Dare mo = Nobody
Dare mo can mean either nobody or everybody (but not at the same time 😉 ). Distinguishing which meaning is easy from the context. When the verb is negative, dare mo means nobody. When it’s positive, it means everybody. Easy as beans, right?
Dare mo yaritakunai shigoto
Work that nobody wants to do
Dare mo atarashii koto wo hajimeru no ga kowai.
Everybody is scared of starting something new.
Nande sonna koto wo shita no ka, dare mo wakarimasen.
Nobody knows why he did that kind of thing.
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