Asked • 03/22/19

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.

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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 .
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