JLPT N1 Grammar (zo / ze)

Meaning

ending particle; adds force or indicates command

How to use

Phrase
ぞぜ

Learn Japanese grammar: (zo / ze). Meaning: ending particle; adds force or indicates command.

These are masculine expressions and emphasizes the speaker’s will or opinion. It can be used as an invitation, e.g. “let’s”, however it can come across as commanding when compared to the volitional form ~しよう (~shiyou).

These both are used the same way, but ぞ (zo) is more commonly used in real life, while ぜ (ze) is mostly only used in anime and manga.

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Example #1

がんばるぞ!
ganbaru zo!
I will do my best!
Example #2

さあ、はじめるぞ!
saa, hajimeru zo!
Here goes!
Example #3

いっしょにべんきょうするぞ。
isshoni benkyou suru zo.
Let's study together!
Example #4

おくれてるぞ。
okureteru zo.
You are too slow.
Example #5

かれにさからうとこうかいするぞ。
kare ni sakarau to koukai suru zo.
You'll regret it if you cross him.
Example #6

とまらないとうつぞ。
tomaranai to utsu zo.
If you don't stop, I'll shoot!
Example #7

このらーめんはおいしいぜ。
kono raamen wa oishii ze.
This ramen is delicious!
Example #8

だれもうたがいやしないぜ。
dare mo utagai ya shinai ze.
Nobody will suspect you.

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