Home › Forums › The Japanese Language › Past tense な-adjectives BEFORE a noun This topic contains 5 replies, has 2 voices, and was last updated by ZoomlionX2 1 year, 10 months ago. Viewing 6 posts - 1 through 6 (of 6 total) Author Posts March 21, 2018 at 11:03 am #50520 ZoomlionX2Member Not quite sure how to ask this clearly, but I’m looking for the な-adjective equivalent of this い-adjective usage (from the lesson http://www.textfugu.com/season-4/i-adj-conjugation/3-3/#top): さむい日 Cold day さむかった日 Day that was cold あつい日 Hot day あつかった日 Day that was hot So, I’m not looking for, for example: くるま は あんぜん でした The car was safe I’m also not looking for this: あんぜんな くるま は 。。。でした The safe car was I’m looking for the correct way to say something like this: あんぜんな （？）くるま は 。。。 The car that was safe… I hope my question makes some semblance of sense. March 21, 2018 at 5:00 pm #50521 JoelMember だった. =) あんぜんだった くるま Also, worry not – your question was perfectly clear. March 29, 2018 at 8:44 am #50524 ZoomlionX2Member Thanks Joel! March 29, 2018 at 11:27 am #50525 ZoomlionX2Member Follow-up question: Does this mean that you only add な when the adjective is before the noun in polite speech? In other words, you drop the な in casual when the adjective precedes the noun? March 29, 2018 at 12:26 pm #50526 JoelMember Nah, you still need the な, but only when it’s positive and non-past – it disappears when you start conjugating. The な is used to connect な-adjectives to nouns, just as の is used to connect nouns to other nouns. March 30, 2018 at 5:58 am #50529 ZoomlionX2Member Thank-you! Author Posts Viewing 6 posts - 1 through 6 (of 6 total) You must be logged in to reply to this topic.