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Question to Teacher: Should it be GA or WA in the example given in this lesson?
Course 2 Lesson 2: The Zoo (Grammar)
Post Date: 2020-08-25 14:16:12
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2020 Jul 29
ぎんこうの うしろの ほんやは やすいです。
The bookstore behind the bank is cheap.
shouldn't ga be used instead of wa here?
i remember george saying ga follows the "thing being described"
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JFZ Teacher (Kanako)
Post Date: 2020-08-31 01:20:50
2003 Mar 03
The example sentence is using the following sentence pattern that is taught in Course 1 Lesson 2.
[Topic] + WA + [description].
The topic of the sentence is ほんや (HONYA/the book store) and it is described as やすい (YASUI/cheap).
You can use GA instead of WA if you want to emphasize “the bookstore behind the bank”.
A: えきの まえの ほんやは やすいです。
(EKI NO MAE NO HONYA WA YASUI DESU)
= The bookstore in front of the station is cheap.
B: いいえ、ぎんこうの うしろの ほんやが やすいです。
(IIE, GINKOU NO USHIRO NO HONYA GA YASUI DESU)
= No, the bookstore behind the bank is cheap./ No, it is the bookstore behind the bank that is cheap.
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