Compound of particle (na, attributive form (連体形) of auxiliary verb (da) or copula particle used after the adjective verbs (形容動詞)) and (no, particle to nominalize).


(na no

  1. (chiefly women's speech) used to indicate soft assertion.
    Sore ga kore na no.
    That's this.
    • 1896, Izumi, Kyōka, Bakeichō (化銀杏)[1]:
      Nani mo Yoshi-san ni nikai o kashite oite, kō itchā warui keredo, hajime-kkara kono uchi wa kirai na no.
      Despite we’re renting out the upstair to Yoshi-san, sorry but I say, I don't like this house from the beginning.
  2. (chiefly women's speech) used to indicate intent of question.
    Dōshite anata wa baka na no?
    Why are you being stupid?

Usage notesEdit

This word has an intonation of falling if in the assertive sentence and raising if in the interrogative sentence.

Sometimes (yo) or (ne) is suffixed as also feminine usage.

  • (ひと)のこととやかく()っちゃいけないのよ」とアリスは、ちょっときびしく()いました。「すっごくぶさほうなのよ」
    “Hito no koto toyakaku itcha ikenai no yo” to Arisu wa, chotto kibishiku iimashita. “Suggoku busahō na no yo”
    “You should learn not to make personal remarks,” Alice said with some severity; “it’s very rude.”

However, when (da) or (sa) was suffixed, it has rather a masculine nuance.

  • 「じゃあなんなのさ?」「(じょ)(せい)(くち)から()うようなことじゃないわ」「ああ、いいよ」ピーターは(すこ)しいらいらして()いました。
    “Jā nan na no sa?” “Josei no kuchi kara iu yō na koto ja nai wa” “Ā, ii yo” Pītā wa sukoshi iraira shite iimashita.
    “Then what is it?” “It isn't for a lady to tell.” “Oh, very well,” Peter said, a little nettled.

Related termsEdit

  • なのだ (na no da, used in the strong assertion)
  • なのです (na no desu, used in the polite assertion)
  • なので (na no de, used as resultative conjunction)
  • なのに (na no ni, used as contrastive conjunction)