"This hotel is small."

Translation:このホテルは小さいです。

June 10, 2017

13 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Ted620393

How come in this sentence, when saying something is small, the "です" is required, but in the other examples where we were saying something was big, it was not needed?

June 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Islacorn

"です" is formal. You'd use it for talking to someone you don't know or talking to someone who is superior to you. We don't have anything like it in english. You can write this sentence as "このホテルは小さい。" and it would translate the same.

June 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/FonzieSquirrel

So long story short: It's not required and we need to flag this?

July 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/TheBryce

Yes.

July 15, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/ImADorkIDo

no, a majority of the time you will be seen as rude if you dont use the polite form in japan

February 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Judy504160

ですis not necessary

June 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/FonzieSquirrel

IKR? We should flag it also.

July 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/JohnPMChappell

このホテルは小さいです。

June 28, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/BarbaricWafflez

No kanji this time?

September 29, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/hollt693

小 is. It just isn't as complicated as most kanji so it blends in.

November 1, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/GoldCrono

Your brain didn't have to register it is "kanji" when you read it quickly. It just registered it as a symbol you knew. You're learning. :)

December 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/mrvolans

小 is kanji tho

December 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/BradIrvin1

It should give you a correct score if you use desu or if you dont use it.

July 26, 2017
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