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〜の [〜の] (no)
    Meaning: 's, of
    Example: Fred's car. / Dixon of Dock Green
    JLPT Level: 4
    Category: grammar
    Author: Amatuka

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no (の) can be used in Japanese in so many ways that it's amazing.

One way is to show ownership:

This is my room.

Since in Japanese, no plurals exist this particle can act like an 's


Kelly's car is very old.

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ex #631   フレッド君車はどこにありますか。[fureddo kun nokuruma ha doko ni arimasu ka] 
Where is Fred 's car?  
ex #632   フレッド君ですか。[ fureddo kun no desu ka ] 
(Is this) Fred 's ?  
ex #5327   「これはペン?」「私。」「koreha dare no pen?」「watashi no。」 
"Whose pen is this?" "Mine."  
ex #8637   リリー靴はどこにあるか知りません。 
I don't know where Lilly's shoes are.  

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  See Also:  
  • na    (の can be used in modifying words with nouns much as な can with na-adjectives.) [Amatuka]
  • no-2    (Don't get の 'makes noun phrase' mixed up with の 'use noun to modify word'.) [Amatuka]
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AmatukaNote how the object may be omitted if it is understood from context. 
Amatukaの can be used in other ways which you will come across later in Japanese study. 
AyumiAlso traslates as "of".
Tree of the forest/the forest's tree:
mori no ki = mori no ki
(forest of tree) (forest 's tree)
9000"koreha dare no pen" -- probably "kore WA dare no pen KA"? 
metaphistIt's my understanding that 'ka' is usually left out in casual speech, where questions can be implied through intonation, but you should always use 'ka' in writing, of course. 
slack.hideoI think that even in writing you can ommit the か in casual situations, simply putting the '?' as Miki did. In this context, adding か may change the nuance, I guess. 
kadoka66I was once told that adding ka at the end like that can make the question sound sort of interrogative or even threatening in some way.

EX Who is behind this Graffiti?

Prof3ssor MGWNice

DogbreathsanTo 9000 You've pointed up the difficulty of writing about wpeech. As written, the sentence is correct, but when spoken the 'ha' character changes to the 'wa' pronunciation. Just one of those little things that makes Japanese so special. An example would be これはゾンビですか?, Kore wa Zonbi Desu ka??, a manga/anime series. 
nrehvwhat about joushi + no.. for example..

Thai e no sotsugyouryokou wo tanoshiminishite iru.

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