[JLPT grammar] How to Connect Words in Japanese: Te-form vs. と

Today I am going to share the homework correction quoted from my JLPT course!
The student’s sentence is not correct. Can you find the mistake?


[Student’s sentence]





[My correction]

My younger sister’s car is small and old.


The と is used to connect nouns in parallel;


However, と cannot be used for anything other than nouns. 小さい is an i-adjective, so と cannot be used with 小さい.

To simply connect words, use the te-form;
小さい dictionary-form
小さくて te-form

You can use te-form conjunctions for any part of speech.

Tanaka-san has long hair and is tall.

My cat is quiet and cute.

In the morning, I drank coffee and ate bread.

In the morning, I ate bread and a banana.


I hope my explanation helps you. 😊


The above correction is just a taste of what my JLPT all-in-one course has to offer (today’s is from the N5).

Our course provides detailed Japanese grammar explanations and personalized feedback on your homework submissions to help you master the language. With homework assignments included in each lesson, you’ll have ample opportunities to practice and improve your skills. Enroll now to receive easy-to-understand support and start your journey towards fluency.



Need Support From a Professional Teacher?

The JLPT All-In-One course consists of 180 exclusive modules for each level. The levels are, N5, N4, N3, N2, N1 (N2 consists of 240 modules). You can prepare for the JLPT exam for 10 minutes a day as all JLPT subjects are broken down into daily lessons to maximize quality and quantity.

You will receive emails regarding what you need to study for the day, as well as words of support and guidance in the emails.

Submissions of your completed homework are from your PC, laptop, tablet, or smartphone. Chika Sensei will give you personalized feedback, emboldening your knowledge of the language.

>>Click here to tour the course!