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Subject: Re: difference of の and 野
From: Maikeru (trainee40yahoo.com)
Date: Thu, 11 Oct 2001 20:23:09 GMT
> こにゃにゃちは！ あたなは 月野虎 と 月の虎 です.
> Is と also used for "or"? Also, is 月野虎 the same as 月の虎 ? I am just asking this due a thing in 美少女戦士セーラームンの5の少女. There names are so&so of the so&so. and の means of. So does that mean that 野 means the same? Also, in Dragon Ball Z, the Z is ゼット、 what does Zetto mean?
> I would like to thank you on this help. THanks!
I'm not 100% sure, but I think many times you can translate と as "or" and it doesn't make any difference, but Japanese has a few different words for "or" (which I don't think are as commonly used as in English).
野 means field and has nothing to do with the particle の. They use it as the kanji for all of the sailor soldier's names as a pun. The particle の does have a kanji (之) but it isn't used except for in names.
Also, just for your information, you said 5の少女 but remember that in Japanese you have to use counter words to count things (you can't use the number by itself. For people, 人 is used, and so you'd say 5人 (ごにん).
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