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8. Absolute Beginner #8 - Using the Japanese Verbs Arimasu/Imasu


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Practice making your own sentences here, and let us know if you have any questions! :)

 

avatar mar

こんにちは。 :smile:
when i whant to say the man has a wife can i say “otoko wa tsuma ga imasu” ?
and when i whant to tell someone there friend wife etc is here, do i say “anata no imoto (little sister) ga imasu”?

When i was in japan i asked if they have chokolate or postcards etc by asking “onigiri ga arimasu ka” was that wright? :sweat_smile:
thank you

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Shaffique-san,
konnichiwa! :smile:
You’re right; ‘neko ga imasu’ can mean both.
If you add ‘watashi wa’, it clarifies the meaning. Well done. :sunglasses: :thumbsup:

Natsuko (奈津子),
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avatar Shaffique

To be clear that I’m saying ‘I have a cat’, should I say ‘watashi wa neko ga imasu’ instead of simply ‘neko ga imasu’ since the latter can also be taken to mean ‘there is a cat’?

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benさん
こんにちは。 :smile:
That is either ’私は2人(ふたり)の姉がいます’ or ‘私は姉が2人(ふたり)います.’

Dirk san,
Konnichiwa. :smile:
‘my grandfather passed away’ is ‘watashi no sofu wa nakunarimashita.’

Yuki 由紀
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avatar Dirk

What do you use when the person just passed away? Like my grandmother died and I stand at her grave…

avatar ben

 I have two older sister.
私は2姉がいます
right?

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Aidan
Konnichiwa. :smile:
Yokudekimashita. well done.
Yuki 由紀
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avatar Aidan

スーパーがあります。 :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

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Adrian san,
Konnichiwa.
That is ‘私は犬がいません.’
The wa must be はbecause it is a particle.

Andy san,
Konnichiwa.
Yes, the sentence indicates two meanings.
It depends on the situation.
:smile:
Yuki  由紀
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avatar Andy

Konnichiwa!

So am I understanding this right, Neko ga imasu means both; there is a cat and I have a cat?

Arigatou gozaimasu!