# 相手の日本人 or 日本人の相手?

If I wanted to describe the person I was speaking about as being Japanese, to me it seems natural to say: > 日本人{にほんじん}の相手{あいて} ... however, one time a Japanese teacher told me it's more correct to say: > 相手{あいて}の日本人{にほんじん} ... but that never sat right with me. To me the first way seems more logical because it goes from more general to more specific. Is 相手{あいて}の日本人{にほんじん} more correct? If so, why?

YUTAKA K.

tutor
I also agree with you. Because in 日本人{にほんじん}の相手{あいて} , 相手　is subject .
Report

08/11/21

## 2 Answers By Expert Tutors

By:

Tutor
5 (94)

Japanese tutor with 12 years of experience.

## Still looking for help? Get the right answer, fast.

Get a free answer to a quick problem.
Most questions answered within 4 hours.

#### OR

Choose an expert and meet online. No packages or subscriptions, pay only for the time you need.