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Question to Teacher: How come there is a WA after the word TOKI?
Course 3 Lesson 10: Yumiko's Cavity (Mini Conversations)
Post Date: 2005-07-06 16:25:38
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2005 Jun 28
In conversation 8, there was a sentence:
"Canada e kita toki WA, .....?"
I wonder why is there a "wa" after the toki?
Can't it be:
"Anata we canada ni kita toki, ....?"
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JFZ Teacher (Kanako)
Post Date: 2005-07-06 16:38:20
2003 Mar 03
1) カナダに きたとき
なんさいでしたか。(KANADA NI KITA TOKI
NANSAI DESHITAKA) = How old were you when you came to Canada?
2) カナダに きたとき、なんさいでしたか。 (KANADA NI KITA TOKI NANSAI DESHITAKA) = How old were you when you came to Canada?
You can say either way. But if there is the topic marker WA after the TOKI (= when), it sounds like "the time" (the day she/he came to Canada) is emphasized.
"ANATA" (= you) is a hidden subject. You don't need to say the subject when it is understood.
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