Location: Behind V-plain, い-Adj-plain, な-Adj + な or copula, N + な or copula.
- Women and children use の with a low intonation to emphasizes an explanation and to solicit familiar empathy.
- When a man, woman, or a child uses it with a rising pitch, の turns the sentence into a question.
Gender: The falling tone is used by both men and women but the rising tone is used predominantly by women.
※Only adult women would use の behind the formal form of the copula (です／でした／etc.).
明日行くんですの。(Someone) is going tomorrow.
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