Tuesday, September 15, 2009

物 (もの) is a very versatile word. Putting it at the end of nouns affects those nouns, and putting it at the end of a verb's stem turns that verb into a noun. Generally speaking, 物 means an "article" or a "thing." For instance, 食べ物(たべもの) is "food," literally "eat-thing/thing for eating'. 化け物 (ばけもの) is "monster/evil thing." Additionally, 物 can be used to refer to as a thing or things in general, as "thing/s" is in English, i.e. "それは私の物だ" ("that [thing there] is mine") or "物には..." ("as far as things are concerned, ...")