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Can you ever use さんです?

October 2013

Can you ever use さんです?

In Japanese you always use さん when referring to others (except for yourself or your in-group). However when answering questions about others, is there ever a time you would add です after さん?

For example, from a third person perspective, when answering a question about a story read in a classroom where the main character is のりこ.

Question:

What is the name of the main character?

おもな とうじょうじんぶつ は だれですか。 (or however you would say this)

Which answer is correct?

のりこさん or can you say: のりこさんです (It is のりこさん)?

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