Languages › Japanese Japanese Particle: To Share Flipboard Email Print Yasuhide Fumoto / Getty Images Japanese Essential Japanese Vocabulary History & Culture Japanese Grammar By Namiko Abe Japanese Language Expert B.A., Kwansei Gakuin University Namiko Abe is a Japanese language teacher and translator, as well as a Japanese calligraphy expert. She has been a freelance writer for nearly 20 years. our editorial process Namiko Abe Updated February 25, 2020 Particles are probably one of the most difficult and confusing aspects of Japanese sentences. A particle (joshi) is a word that shows the relationship of a word, a phrase, or a clause to the rest of the sentence. Some particles have English equivalents. Others have functions similar to English prepositions, but since they always follow the word or words they mark, they are post-positions. There are also particles that have a peculiar usage which is not found in English. Most particles are multi-functional. Click here to learn more about particles. The Particle "To" Complete Listing It connects only nouns and pronouns, never phrases and clauses. It translates into "and". Kutsu to boushi o katta. 靴と帽子を買った｡ I bought shoes and a hat. Eigo to nihongo o hanashimasu. 英語と日本語を話します｡ I speak English and Japanese. Contrast It indicates a comparison or contrast between the two nouns. Neko to inu to dochira ga suki desu ka. 猫と犬とどちらが好きですか｡ Which do you like better, cats or dogs? Accompaniment It translates into "together, with". Tomodachi to eiga ni itta. 友達と映画に行った｡ I went to a movie with my friend. Yuki wa raigetsu Ichiro tokekkon shimasu. 由紀は来月一朗と結婚します｡ Yuki is going to marry Ichiro next month. Change/Result It is commonly used in the phrase "~ to naru （～となる）", and indicates that something reaches a goal or new state. Tsuini orinpikku nokaisai no hi to natta. ついにオリンピックの開催の日となった｡ At last the opening day of the Olympics has come. Bokin wa zenbu dehyakuman-en to natta. 募金は全部で百万円となった｡ The total amount of donations reached one million yen. Quotation It is used before such verbs as "~ iu（～言う）", "~ omou（～思う）", "~ kiku （～聞く）", etc to introduce a clause or a phrase. It is normally preceded by a plain form of a verb. Kare wa asu kuru to itta. 彼は明日来るといった｡ He said that he will come tomorrow. Rainen nihon ni ikou to omotteiru. 来年日本に行こうと思っている｡ I am thinking of going to Japan next year. Conditional It is placed after a verb or an adjective to form a conditional. It translates into "as soon as," "when," "if," etc. A plain form is usually used before the particle "to". Shigoto ga owaru tosugu uchi ni kaetta. 仕事が終わるとすぐうちに帰った｡ I went home as soon as work was over. Ano mise ni iku tooishii sushi ga taberareru. あの店に行くとおいしいすしが食べられる｡ If you go to that restaurant, you can have great sushi. Sound Symbolism It is used after onomatopoeic adverbs. Hoshi ga kira kira to kagayaiteiru. 星がきらきらと輝いている｡ The stars are twinkling. Kodomotachi wa bata bata to hashirimawatta. 子供立ちはバタバタと走り回った｡ The children ran around making lots of noise. Cite this Article Format mla apa chicago Your Citation Abe, Namiko. "Japanese Particle: To." ThoughtCo, Feb. 16, 2021, thoughtco.com/japanese-particle-to-4077331. Abe, Namiko. (2021, February 16). Japanese Particle: To. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/japanese-particle-to-4077331 Abe, Namiko. "Japanese Particle: To." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/japanese-particle-to-4077331 (accessed May 17, 2021). copy citation How to Use the Particle Ni in Japanese How to Use Particle De in Japanese The Meaning of 'Nani' in Japanese Japanese Lesson: Particles "O" and "No" Particle (Bakari) Sentence Ending Particles in Japanese Japanese Greetings and Parting Phrases Most Common Sentence Ending Particles in Japanese Sentences (2) The Meaning of '-N Desu' in Japanese Basic Japanese: Ordering at a Restaurant All About the Japanese Particles Wa and Ga What Is "Kedo" in Japanese? Verbs of Change: Naru How to Express Your Thoughts in Japanese Using the Japanese Particles "Wa" and "Ga" Correctly The Conditional "Nara" and the Song "Shiawase Nara Te o Tatakou"