Lesson 20 My oh my
“My” is commonly used in Japanese with terms like マイホーム and マイナンバー. But this often leads to the mistake Takeshi makes.
Bob: Hi, Takeshi. I didn’t see you last weekend. What were you doing?
Takeshi: I was moving into new my home.
マイホーム is one word in Japanese, so Takeshi puts “new” before it. But “my home” in English is two words, and adjectives (形容詞) like “new” must come after possessive pronouns (所有格の代名詞) like “my.” So Takeshi should say, “I was moving into my new home.”