Can you use the dictionary form of a verb with "か"?


#1

Like 食べるか、飲むか。 I’ve never heard it like this, so I’m curious. Since this form is casual, do you just say it like you are asking, or something else?


#2

I’ve only heard か used that way in anime and games to exaggerate the question being asked. In daily speech it’d be far more natural to ask 食べる? with a rising tone, or say something like 食べるの? with the の being used to ask for clarification. That being said, there may be some situations that call for it that I’m not aware of, seeing as I don’t live with the language in Japan.


#3

Technically, you can. It is completely grammatically correct to attach か to dictionary/informal verbs, but it is often considered blunt, so it really isn’t done. Instead, question marks are used in text and a questioning tone is used in speech, like in English questions.


#4

It can be pretty blunt, as said, and sometimes can mean things like 知るか which is basically “How should I know? / Who cares?”

However, in quotes and embedded questions this is okay. So 田中さんは「わかるか」って言った is okay.