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Sentence Order when Counting Inanimate Objects?

Hi all!

I'm seeking a little clarification on numbers and counting inanimate objects as it's presented in the "home" section. I've been trucking along inputting the number before the object for several exercises with no issue, as in 八つ いす が あります. But I've just had that sentence marked wrong, with a correct solution of いす が 八つ あります given.

Is there some reason why eight doesn't precede the object when other numbers thus far have? Does it have to do with the number, object, or pronunciation? Or is one order or another completely incorrect, and should I be reporting them for that reason?

ありがとう in advance!

Smiles, Erin :)

June 7, 2017



Counters in Japanese pretty much always follow both the noun they modify and the particle that modifies that noun.

Example: 本を四さつ 読みます。 (I read four books)

You can also put the counter in front of the noun it modifies and connect it with the particle の, which I believe emphasizes the number.

Example: 四さつの 本を読みます。 (I read four books)

Hope this helps! 頑張ってください!

Edit: Just to add on to this, it's the same for animate objects.

Example: 犬が 三びき います。(There are three dogs)

Example: 三びきの 犬がいます。(There are three dogs)


Perfect! Thank you so much for all the great examples! :)

Smiles, Erin :)


No problem! Good luck learning Japanese!

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