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Follows A; turning the sentence into a yes/no question (casual).
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     している けど       かい  それとも    かい  
You look green. Are you an alien, or maybe a kappa (mythical sea creature) ?
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   できる  かい  
Can you handle it?
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  うれしくない  かい  
Aren't you happy?
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トミー       かい  
Tommy, can you hear me?
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パリ  いった こと  ある  かい  
Have you ever gone to Paris?
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        いい かい  
Can I play some music ?
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 まで ベートーベン          こと  ある  かい  
Have you ever listened to Beethoven's Ninth?

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ANoun
 
Aな adjective
 
Aい adjective
 
AVerb: Casual
 
 
かい
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Can only be used with yes/no questions.
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In the 'Quick Info/Links' table, it says that a similar meaning is てげる which I'm almost certain has nothing to do with it ^^
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13 years ago
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Thanks - removed it.
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13 years ago
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Umm . . . the explanation says that after a verb you need のかい, but many of the examples are missing the の. Is it optional?
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11 years ago
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The の is indeed optional. The の is used in instances where you're trying to ascertain more detailed information pertaining to your question.
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11 years ago
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Years Studied: 8
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oh! So for other questions, you don't need の?
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11 years ago
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I have just been told by a Japanese English teacher that this grammar construction would only ever be used in written Japanese, and even in written Japanese, women would never use it. Apparently, it is not used in conversations by either men or women.

So, in conversation, the sentence るのかい? would become るの? or る?
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11 years ago
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I have definitely heard it in the last 2 or 3 days, hehe. I hear the other forms you gave more often, but I do hear the かい. Hopefully someone can comment on it, as what I gave above is simply anecdotal information.
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11 years ago
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I hear it all the time on アニメ. I know that's probably not the corroborative source you were looking for, but there it is. Most of the time I see it used by middle-aged to elderly people (both men and women, but probably more by the former), especially when they are speaking in a kind tone to younger people or children. I've also seen it in , in similar situations. Here's what [i]Japanese: The Manga Way[/i] has to say about it: "In colloquial speech, かい is sometimes used instead of か to mark a question. Most commonly it has a softer, friendlier feeling than the abrupt か, but the right tone of voice in a contentious situation can make it even more forceful than か."
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10 years ago
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I hear かい a lot too in spoken Japanese - it does seem more heavily weighted toward the menfolk, but I have heard women use it. I have to say though, I don't think I've [i]ever[/i] seen it in writing, unless it was dialogue in a book or something.
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10 years ago
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I've seen it used by both women and men when chatting. I use it myself (girl).
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10 years ago
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I've only ever used it when talking to close guy friends or children. I can't say I hear it very often at the school I teach at and definitely never at the office.
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10 years ago



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