Hi everyone! Shall we start this week’s JAKWOW-J?
This week we’ll be looking at the word ‘ただ’. It’s got a lot of meanings, so it’s really useful!
ただで働く [tada de hataraku] – Working for free
In this case, ただ implies free.
ただの冗談のつもりだった [tada no jyoudan no tsumori datta] – It was just intended as a joke.
However, in this sentence it’s being used as ‘just’
そのシャツはかわいい！ただ、ちょっと高いね。。[sono shatsu ha kawaii! tada, chotto takai ne..] – That shirt is cute! However, it’s a bit expensive…
In this final sentence, ただ is used to mean ‘however/but’, mostly at the beginning of a negative sentence. In more formal written situations, you can also write it as ただし．
今週のジャックワウが終わりました！じゃ、次回まで！[Konshyuu no JAK-WOW ga owarimashita! Jya, jikai made!]
Well, that’s this week’s JAK-WOW finished! Until next time!