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JLPT N4
Edit  Amatuka
Meaning
's, of
Fred's car. / Dixon of Dock Green
Edit  Amatuka
Formation
See also
Phrases
フレッドくんのくるまはどこにありますか。
Where is Fred 's car?
Edit  #631 Amatuka
フレッドくんのですか。
(Is this) Fred 's ?
Edit  #632 Amatuka
「これはだれのペン?」「わたしの。」「。」
"Whose pen is this?" "Mine."
Edit  #5327 Miki
リリーのくつはどこにあるかしりません。
I don't know where Lilly's shoes are.
Edit  #8637 Sakuratree
Discussion and comments
no (の) can be used in Japanese in so many ways that it's amazing.

One way is to show ownership:

This is my room.
これは私の部屋です。

Since in Japanese, no plurals exist this particle can act like an 's

So:

Kelly's car is very old.
ケリーの車はとても古いです。
Sakuratree
Note how the object may be omitted if it is understood from context.
Amatuka
の can be used in other ways which you will come across later in Japanese study.
Amatuka
Also traslates as "of".
Tree of the forest/the forest's tree:
mori no ki = mori no ki
(forest of tree) (forest 's tree)
Ayumi
"koreha dare no pen" -- probably "kore WA dare no pen KA"?
9000
It's my understanding that 'ka' is usually left out in casual speech, where questions can be implied through intonation, but you should always use 'ka' in writing, of course.
metaphist
I think that even in writing you can ommit the か in casual situations, simply putting the '?' as Miki did. In this context, adding か may change the nuance, I guess.
slack.hideo
I was once told that adding ka at the end like that can make the question sound sort of interrogative or even threatening in some way.

EX Who is behind this Graffiti?

この落書きは誰の仕業か?
kadoka66
Nice

わたしを分かります
Prof3ssor MGW
To 9000 You've pointed up the difficulty of writing about wpeech. As written, the sentence is correct, but when spoken the 'ha' character changes to the 'wa' pronunciation. Just one of those little things that makes Japanese so special. An example would be これはゾンビですか?, Kore wa Zonbi Desu ka??, a manga/anime series.
Dogbreathsan
what about joushi + no.. for example..

Thai e no sotsugyouryokou wo tanoshiminishite iru.
nrehv