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Turns sentence A into a question (casual).
  1. Turns sentence A into a question (casual).
  2. Used by young males to make an assertion (ending in A)
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なぜ            
Why are you cold with me ?
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あなた             
Why are you with a pig ?
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それで   どう する     
And what do you do ?
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What kind of person is your mother?
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         いつ ある     
When's the Japanese certification test?

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Construction
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ANoun
だい
Basic Examples:
どんなスポーツだい (. What kind(s) of sports?)

Aい adjective
だい
Basic Examples:
どれ (Which one is short?)

Aな adjective
だい
Basic Examples:
なぜかなだい (Why (are you) quiet?)

AVerb: Casual
だい
Basic Examples:
っただい (Who said (that)?)

ANoun
だい
Aな-adjective: (without な)
だい
AQuestion word
だい
Basic Examples:
どこだい (Where?)

Notes
Used primarily by adult males. Cannot be used with yes/no questions.
Related Expressions
かい
Where this grammar is found


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(14 years ago)
Used for WH-questions in informal male speech.
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Used by young males to make an assertion (ending in A)
  1. Turns sentence A into a question (casual).
  2. Used by young males to make an assertion (ending in A)
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I'd be fine if it was me.
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    なんて     
It's a complete lie that I'm moving.

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ANoun
 
Aな-adjective: (without な)
 
 
だい
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3nzo
Level: 1
Is this form commonly used? Should I use it with regularity or not?
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11 years ago
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できるだけ
Level: 28
No. だい is quite masculine and not used much in regular speech (at least by people around me - Kansai). I see it more often in media where speech differences may be played up a bit (novelist Higashino Keigo is especially fond of だい, and of かい) but using it in real life is kind of comparable to (Kanto women) ending sentences with わ.
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shirokitsune
Level: 1041
ねぇこのさいビキニだれだいえっ? is an example sentence but it makes me feel like without context or a picture that it is a woman speaking when this is a masculine grammar point. I was fairly confused from reading it and then the grammar usage point. The feminine ねぇ at the beginning also kind of makes the sentence a little odd as you start feminine and switch to masculine and back to feminine with なの。
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8 years ago
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マイコー
Level: 272

You're right - it isn't the best representative sentence. I'll be removing it. Thanks.

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|マルコ|
Level: 110

I think this grammar point needs some rework, I'll list the additions/changes I think it needs:

A)It should be titled under だい, and possibly include んだい separated in the same page, one of the difference being (quote from DoBJG) "Questions with だい, and those with んだい, correspond to questions without のです and those with のです in formal speech, respectively."

B)Another difference is in their construction:

だい can follow only な type adjective stems, nouns and noun equivalents. The following sentences are ungrammatical because だい follows a verb or an い type adjective.

a. *だれがくだい。Who is going? WRONG
b. *どれがおもしろいだい。Which one is interesting? WRONG

んだい can follow verbs and い type adjectives.

C)DoBJG describes だい as "A sentence final particle which indicates an interrogative word question in informal male speech. " so both the fact it accompanies an interrogative word (、どこ、なに etc...) and the fact is male speech, should be mentioned.

D)This is a third, separate usage of だい:

だい can also be used with declarative sentences for emphasis in boys' speech:

a. これはのだい。

This is mine.

b. くんだい。

I will go, too.

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3 years ago
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マイコー
Level: 272

Added the additional usage patterns, added the note about male speech in the Notes area, and added the second meaning!

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3 years ago
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