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Grammar detail: 連体詞(れんたいし)

連体詞(れんたいし) - rentaishi (adjective that is not い or な)
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れんたいし
is a term used for adjectives which are neither
けいようし
(the majority of normal い and な adjectives) or
けいようどうし
(adjectival nouns). In English rentaishi go by various names, including 'pre-noun adjectival' (to indicate they are adjective-like in form, and typically come directly before nouns), or 'attributive adjectives'.
There are approximately 170 rentaishi (or words which can be used as rentaishi) in Japanese, and some of the most common examples are:
  • さる
  • おお
    きな
  • どの
  • その
  • この
  • たん
    なる
  • ほん
  • いわゆる
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See also:
  • Grammar search: adjectives
  • 連体形(れんたいけい) - attributive (noun-modifying) form

Kanji used in this grammar

レン   つれる to take, to lead   
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タイ   テイ   からだ body   
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シ    part of speech, words, poetry   
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ケイ   ギョウ   shape   かたち    かた    
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ヨウ    contents   いれる to put in   
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ドウ   うご to move, to stir   うごかす to shift, to move   
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ダイ   タイ   おおきい big   おおいに very much   おお-    
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タン    simple   
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ホン   book   もと origin   
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