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Verb comes at the end of the sentence

Like English, the subject comes at the beginning of the sentence. But the verb comes at the end of the sentence. All other information (what, when, where...) comes in between the subject and the verb.

subject

わたし

other information

when, where, with, to, by .... etc

verb

はなします

Word order between the subject and the verb

In between the subject and the verb, the word order is not very important as long as the words have the correct particles. In this part, you can change the word order without changing the meaning of the sentence.

subjectother informationverb

わたし

ともだち

スカイプ

はなします

I talk with my friends on Skype.

both OK

わたし

スカイプ

ともだち

はなします

I talk with my friends on Skype.

Words describing a noun

Words describing a noun are always placed right before the noun.

describing word

noun

Adjective describing a noun

たかい

くるま

expensive car

Noun describing another noun

トヨタ

くるま

Toyota's car

Phrase describing a noun

きょねん かった

くるま

The car that I bought last year

The reason / cause

The reason / cause is placed at the beginning of the sentence.

reason / causeresult

あめですから

テニス

しません

I do not play tennis because it is rains.

reason / causeresult

たくさん

はたらきましたから

つかれました

I am tired because I worked a lot.

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