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Differences between KARA and NODE (Lesson 28)

We use both KARA and NODE to explain a reason. For example, if an adjective, KAWAII (cute, pretty), is the reason, you can say either KAWAII KARA or KAWAII NODE. But when you use them with NA adjectives or nouns, KARA becomes DAKARA, and NODE becomes NANODE. Let’s suppose, for example, YAKUSOKU (a promise) is the reason. YAKUSOKU is a noun. So, if you use KARA, you say YAKUSOKU DAKARA. If you use NODE, you say YAKUSOKU NANODE.
KARA and NODE mean almost the same thing. But if you use NODE, your explanation will sound softer. That's because N in NODE sounds softer than K in KARA. So, NODE is used more often in business and on formal occasions. People want to sound gentler and more cordial at such times.
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