6.6 The Sentence-Ending Particle よね (yone)

The sentence-ending particle よね (yone) combines the nuances of the sentence-ending particles よ (yo) and ね (ne), adding a specific nuance to the entire sentence. In this module, we explore its usage.

In Module 4.6, we we explored the nuances of sentence-ending particles. よ introduces new information, indicating what the speaker believes is unknown to the listener. ね seeks agreement or confirmation, suggesting the information might be shared knowledge. よね combines these functions, used to confirm information the speaker thinks the listener might already know. Thus, よね is not for conveying completely new information.

  • よ (yo): Used for introducing new information the speaker believes the listener doesn’t know.
  • ね (ne): Used for seeking agreement or confirmation on shared knowledge.
  • よね (yone): Used for confirming information that the speaker suspects the listener might already know.

In formal speech, よね, like よ and ね, typically follows the verb endings です and ます.

Now, let’s take a look at some examples to get a better grasp of it!



For example, if you are fairly certain that your friend in a higher year level will come to university tomorrow, but you want to confirm it with her, you would say:


Ashita daigaku ni kimasu yone.

You’re coming to university tomorrow, right?


For example, if you notice that it is colder than usual and you want to seek agreement with your teacher, you would say:


Kyou wa samui desu yone.

It’s cold today, isn’t it?

When seeking agreement, よね (yone) can be used, but you may also opt for ね (ne) as an alternative:


Kyou wa samui desu ne.

It’s cold today, isn’t it?

Both expressions convey a similar meaning, but the former emphasises slightly more that it is unusually cold compared to other days.

Understanding and using the Japanese sentence-ending particles よ, ね and よね revolves around the nuances of conversation, who you’re speaking with, and your intended message. Although mastering these subtle details may take some time, don’t stress about it. Actively listening and practicing with these particles is the best way to master their use in everyday conversations!

The following exercise will assist you in gaining a better understanding of how to consider these factors in order to effectively convey your intentions and foster meaningful communication.

Exercise 1




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