また (mata) Meaning Japanese Grammar - Again

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また (mata) Meaning Japanese Grammar - Again

The term また (mata) means again, once again, in addition, furthermore.

また is used to indicate something "that repeats", for this reason depending on the context of the sentence it can have different meanings which indicate more, moreover.

In this post we learn more about the meaning of また, how it is formed, and when また is used through real example sentences.

How また is formed

また can be used both as an adverb and as a conjunction.

また as a conjunction is usually found at the beginning of a sentence or after a to mean again:



Let's meet again.

When used as an adverb また is often associated with the particle も to form the expression また~も, which means besides, in addition to:


It is okay if you go, in addition it is also okay if you don't go.

The kanji of また is (また)

また as a conjunction: "again"

The most common use of また is as a conjunction to mean again, once again.

In general, また expresses the idea of something that repeats itself, be it a situation or an action.


He studied again.

From the example we see how また is found at the beginning of the sentence to indicate that the subject performs the indicated action again, in this case study ((べん)(きょう)する).

また as an adverb: "besides"

The second use of また is as an adverb to indicate in addition, besides.

As an adverb また is used to add more information than what has been said, indicating that something or someone "is also" something more:


That poem is sad, and it is also an emotional lyrical composition.

Examples of また


See you tomorrow!


Did you do it again?


Contact me again please.