I’m making a card game based on Japanese grammar. So far I’ve been using my own grammar knowledge, but I figured having someone who actually speaks Japanese help would be a good idea before I got too much further.
In the game players make a sentence out of cards. Requiring the sentence to be make sense would cause several problems, so I decided to put rules on the cards instead. For example, a 形容詞 card might say that the next card has to be a 名詞 or です, and the 名詞 might say that the next card has to be another 名詞, a 助詞 or a copula. During play, the part of the card that says what specific word it is will be covered up, so the categories have to be chosen in such a way that the sentence works no matter what words they end up being, within the categories. Particles are an exception to this rule, because they’re never covered up, so maybe other exceptions can exist too.
Some initial questions I have:
- When can particles go after non-noun words? Can all particles go after nouns?
- Where do adverbs go in a sentence? Do they affect the rest of the syntax at all?
- Can auxiliaries (other than ない) be used as words? What type of word is 食べよう (or よう, if that’s a word)?
- Cure Dolly complained about 従う being labelled as intransitive because it has an object. Can that object be を-marked?