4.6 The Sentence-Ending Particles ね (ne) and よ (yo)

In this module, we will explore the nuances of the Japanese particles ね (ne) and よ (yo), adding a touch of friendliness or assertiveness to your conversations.

The particles ね (ne) and よ (yo) are commonly used at the end of a sentence to convey certain nuances in conversations.


While both are used as sentence-ending particles in Japanese, they serve different purposes:

  • is used to seek agreement or confirmation, adding a friendly and engaging tone to the conversation, especially when shared knowledge or understanding is implied.
  • is employed to introduce new information, emphasising what the speaker wants to convey as potentially unknown to the listener.


Now, let’s take a closer look at how these sentence-ending particles are used in sentences via this short video created by Learn Japanese with Puni Puni Japan.


So to recap, ね is used to seek agreement or confirmation, or to invite the listener’s attention. It is often used to soften a statement or to make it sound more friendly and inclusive. Here are a few examples:


Kyou wa ii tenki desu ne.

It’s a nice weather today, isn’t it?

*天気: weather


Kyou wa atsui desu ne.

It’s hot today, isn’t it?

*暑い: hot


In contrast, よ is used to emphasise or assert information, or to provide new information. It adds a sense of confidence and assertiveness to a statement.

When pronounced with emphasis, it can give a strong command or suggestion, depending on the intonation, like an exclamation mark. So, using a soft intonation with a slight smile is the key to maintaining a friendly and approachable tone. Here are a few examples:


Nihon no shuto wa Toukyou desu yo.

The capital of Japan is Tokyo, you know.

*首都: capital


Ashita wa tesuto desu yo.

We have a test tomorrow, you know.

*明日: tomorrow

Exercise 1



Figures – Exercise

1 “Winter Tree Branches” (untitled) by Jordan Benton. Pexels. Licensed under Pexels licence.

2 “Winter Sunlight in Hokkaido” (untitled) by Chelsea TEY. Pexels. Licensed under Pexels licence.

3 “Heath” (untitled) by Evgeny Tchebotarev. Pexels. Licensed under Pexels licence.

4 “Walking a Dog” (untitled) by Chilmars. Pexels. Licensed under Pexels licence.



Learn Japanese with Puni Puni Japan. “Japanese Grammar—Japanese Particles yo (よ) and ne (ね).” YouTube video, 2:33. January 10, 2013. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxLBNw0AILI.



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