How to use でも ( = demo)

「魚でも日本語の先生になれますか?」

= Sakana demo nihongo no sensei ni naremasu ka?

= Even a fish can be a Japanese teacher?

Hi, everyone!

We are your guest teachers for today, Sakana (Fish) Sensei!

We are going to teach you how to use でも ( = demo)

We will teach you the basic usages and also the one that may not cover in your text book.

:pinkcandy2: How to use:

1. but:

There are a few ways to say “but / however” in Japanese.

けれども ( = keredomo)

けど ( = kedo)

( = ga)

だが ( = daga)

しかし ( = shikashi)

しかしながら ( = shikashinagara), etc.

Unlike けれども ( = keredomo) けど ( = kedo) ( = ga), you can’t connect sentence with でも ( = demo) .

I am busy today but I am free tomorrow.

:rrrr: 今日は忙しいけれども、明日は暇です。

= Kyou wa isogashii keredomo, ashita wa hima desu.

:rrrr: 今日は忙しいけど、明日は暇です。(casual/more conversational)

= Kyou wa isogashii ashita wa hima desu.

:rrrr: 今日は忙しい、明日は暇だ。(written form)

= Kyou wa isogashii ga, ashita wa hima da.

You can’t connect sentences with でも( = demo).

X 今日は忙しいでも、明日は暇です。(wrong)

= Kyou wa isogashii demo, ashita wa hima desu.

You say something first and then start a new sentence with でも ( = demo).

今日は忙しいです。でも明日は暇です。

= Kyou wa isogashii desu. Demo ashita wa hima desu.

You can also start a sentence with しかし ( = shikashi) / だが ( = daga) but compared to them, でも ( = demo) is much more casual.

しかし ( = shikashi) / だが ( = daga) is used more in writing.

でも ( = demo) is for casual conversation.

It would be unnatural to use しかし ( = shikashi) in conversation.

:?: 今日は忙しいです。しかし明日は暇です(Not natural in conversation.)

= Kyou wa isogashii desu. …continue reading