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All About Japanese Particles: ぜ (ze)

[Serie: All About Japanese Particles]

Note: Adds force to a sentence. When it overlaps with zo (#67), it is somewhat less emphatic. Ze is used mostly by men.

1. Used to make a declaration to someone or underscore a point.

Saki ni iku ze.
I’m going on ahead. / Leaving now. See you there.

Sono shigoto, kimi ni tanonda ze.
I’m counting on you to do that job. / It’s [the job’s] up to you now.

Ganbaru ze.
I’m going to give it my best shot. / I’m hanging tough.

– Source: All about particles – A handbook of Japanese function words


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