A Japanese phrase particle
, similar to wa
but without any contrastive function
is used like wa
, but places the emphasis
on the word
(s) it modifies. For example...
Ano hito wa nihon-jin desu
That person is Japanese (as opposed to American, French, etc).
Ano hito ga nihon-jin desu
That person is Japanese (he is the one who is Japanese, not someone else).