"No, I do not live in Kyoto."


June 8, 2017



Why the extra ha(wa) next to ni?

June 8, 2017


It's to add emphasis by making きょうと the topic as well as the target of the に particle.

It's like the difference between "I don't live in Kyoto" (neutral statement of fact) and "I don't live in Kyoto" (emphasis on Kyoto, as though you're making a specific point about that place, maybe in contrast to somewhere else). It's subtle and not required, but adding the は changes the tone

July 2, 2017


its funny how duolingo does such a bad job with grammar, and leaves people in the forum to do the job for them...

December 23, 2018


It's also what makes it great. Duolingo knows it can't teach us everything on it's own, so it's relying on the forums. Even though I have to agree that they have to give at least a few courses for grammar.

May 10, 2019


Agree with you 100%. Duo should have a section on grammar so that people don't have to ask the same questions over and over again.

July 21, 2019


Yes but there's grammar on the same place the little buttons above the lesson where you can test to jump them

July 28, 2019



May 21, 2019


It's be nice if duolingo was consistent here, the previous question was exactly the same but Tokyo instead of Kyoto and は wasn't even an option to add to the answer.

April 24, 2019


Shouldn't Kyoto be written in it's Kanji form? I was using Lingodeer for Japanese, and decided to back to duolingo and I'm not entirely sure if kanji is used at all in the early levels Duo

December 27, 2017


In this level, not yet. I tried to write with Kanji anyway with my keyboard and it's still accepted.

December 27, 2017


I typed it in kanji and it was accepted.

February 3, 2018


Wow thank you! I get it now! :D

September 20, 2018


When you have a negative sentence, with ません you had the extra particle, it is a gramatic rule

June 20, 2017


That was also throwing me off

June 10, 2017


Same, can someone answer this????

June 11, 2017


Huh, I didn't have the ha/wa on mine, but it said it was correct...

July 9, 2017


Yeah, same with me. The system 'paused' for a second before telling me I was correct, so I knew it wasn't quite what they were going for. Now I see.

November 23, 2017


Wondering about that too...

June 14, 2017


But why? It just adds confusion

June 24, 2017


You can write without it. I wrote and it was correct. The は is ony yo emphasize.

August 24, 2017


I didn't put it, but for those who did, I'm assuming it was after ni?

January 3, 2018


I really wish this stuff was explained instead of just having to get the answer wrong enough times until we get it right. Duo lingo thinks it's so great, but can't even manage to explain things to us when we're supposed to be learning them.

March 13, 2019


京都に = In Kyoto 京都には = regarding being in kyoto/within the context of being in kyoto

June 22, 2017


Would you ever say 京都で...? Maybe で would be "at" in this context?

June 23, 2017


で particle with place mean, that something happens in it. に can mean, that something only is here.

April 9, 2019


Perfect explanation, thanks!

June 27, 2017


I think its a double particle. Its to make kyoto the topic. Ni as a location particle cant be replaced unlike ni as a time or destination etc particle and so to make kyoto the topic you just add another particle to make には

June 13, 2017


Honestly, just let us write freely in hiragana.

July 9, 2017


Names of cities should really be taught in Kanji. You'll rarely see cities written in hiragana. Kanji would be more useful for travelers.

August 1, 2017


They will probably introduce kanji for cities later.

August 29, 2017


duolingo is incredibly inconsistent with kanji... Its a pretty shite way to learn it, i wish they gave the option to make it all kanji, or turn it off alltogether...

December 23, 2018


I agree. Having furigana would also help a lot, if they could add it. Specially with words that have incorrect or missing audio.

January 11, 2018


きょとすんでない。 no?

Edit (informal form): 京都に (in Kyoto) すんでない (don't live)

I know most books teach the moderately formal, but I'd highly recommend getting acquainted with the informal somehow. It's more likely people will speak informally to you.

June 18, 2017


Thats correct in the casual form. 京都に住んでない。But DL seems to be about polite form.

June 22, 2017


But he didn't use the に

June 22, 2017


Yeah, I always forget the articles. Thanks Phillip. Brandyn, thanks a little less. ごめんね!

June 23, 2017


Pretty far off.

June 22, 2017


I only have one ん。。so if i used it on すん。。then thats no another ん for いません

September 11, 2017


I left off the い in でいません. Why is this still correct?

September 27, 2017


It may have just considered it a spelling error and given it to you anyway.

December 10, 2017


In spoken Japanese, the い in ています-style continuous/progressive verbs is often left off.

February 3, 2018


I don't understand the difference between does live in and doesn't live in. I know this is a vague statement. There's something I'm not understanding yet about tsun and dei.

October 28, 2017


which one is the verb ''to live'' ?

December 10, 2017


すんでいる :)

December 10, 2017


ありがとうございます ^ ^

December 10, 2017


Yeah what the heck? I already answered this question without the ha and got it right before.

June 12, 2017


What is the literal translate of each word?

December 23, 2017


いいえ no きょうと Kyoto に in は (topic marker) すんでい live ま I do せん。not

December 24, 2017


"sum" live, "tei" (progressive), "mas" (politeness) "en" not.

April 26, 2018


Is there a way to explain why you can't just use "は"? If it were "いいえ、きょうとはすんでいません", couldn't it translate to "As for Kyoto, I do not live there." meaning basically the same thing?

January 21, 2018


きょうとはすんでいません is wrong. It literally translates to Kyoto doesn't live, as if Kyoto is a person's name, which doesn't make sense.

January 21, 2018


Since Kyoto itself is a place, you need to have place particle (に). Using は in this sentence will imply that Kyoto is somewhat a person.

January 22, 2018


are you sure?

December 10, 2018


why do i need to use で before いません?

October 10, 2018


what is the verb LIVE?

December 10, 2018


This is the second such instance in this lesson sequence, in which there is no tile or tile combination for i-masu-n There is no tile for a standalone -n

April 9, 2019


What is that symbol between the ni and n? Is it some kind of kanji?

May 13, 2019


It took me at least 5 tries before I got the correct options to write it correctly. Each time something was not available. That was frustrating and I worried I wouldn't be able to get through it.

June 2, 2019


I used the kanji form for the whole sentence like it taught in a previous lesson and i got it wrong. Apparently i was supposed to use the hiragana form. Why?

June 9, 2019


What does niwa means?

July 28, 2019


Why is で there, is it a particle or part of the word すんで?

July 30, 2019


Why is ません broken up like that? I've never seen ませ used on its own.

December 4, 2017


Why is the particle "ni" being used here? Isn't the particle for places "de"?

December 22, 2017


translation does not match the available hiragana

January 29, 2018
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