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Translation:My elder sister

June 10, 2017



Is distinguishing the number of something (in this case sisters) usually based on context? Otherwise, what indicates that we're talking about more than one sister here?


With this word alone, we can not judge whether "sister" in this sentence is singular or plural.

If it need, we add words. I looked other questions about numbers in here 'Dualingo'.

"つくえが 二つ あります。 " 訳: There are two desks.

あねが 二人(ふたり) います。 I have two elder sisters.


So does this mean that saying わあたしの姉たち is incorrect


I agree with you.

I think ABOSaltiさん's phrase is close when you change from singular to plural.


Japanese language does not have "a" (singular), "s" (plural), but I wanted to say that there are another ways of expressing it.

I confused you, I'm sorry. ごめんなさい。(´・_・`)


Nothing, it could mean one or more elder sisters. Also ane, refers to your sister, oneesan would refer to somone elses. There is a difference in politeness when referring to your own family or someone elses.


Why would you use 私の if あね already means it is about your own sister? Is it because if you would use the kanji, you would not have known (お姉さん vs 姉)? Or because あね could mean other things out of the context of this lesson?


Why is my older sister not an appropriate answer when every other question follows the convention of older instead of elder?

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    What's the different between older and elder? I'm not a native english speaker so please help me


    Elder is more formal than older. Elder can also be used as a noun to refer to older people, usually seniors. (E.g.: respect your elders)

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      Thank you a lot!


      I saw for other exercises that people wanted to use elder and couldnt. But here elder is the correct answer. It would be nice if duo became consistent on that


      I'm a beginner to Japanese but older sister and elder sister means pretty much the same thing therefore both should be correct answers...


      I would like to point out that this is a phrase and not a sentence. There's not a verb here.


      couldn't you just say あね as it refers to your own older sister anyway rather than 私のあね?


      "Whatashino" means "my"?


      Yes watashi means 'I' or 'me' and 'no' is a particle of possesion, indicating the conection between the subject and object


      This type of grammatical insight is what duolingo is missing from the course.

      Thanks for taking the time to help out. The community on duolingo is just great.


      Fully agree. At least as far as the Android app is concerned. Thank goodness for the volunteers.


      Not between subject and object, at least not in the traditional grammatical meaning of those words, but between possessor and possessed.


      "No" is used for a couple things, including possession. In that case, it works just like adding "-'s" to a word. "Watashi" means "I", so "watashi no" is "me's".

      yes so you say "my" in 4 syllables and yes its weird ok


      漢字ー私の姉 Hope this is useful.


      What if you don't know whether the sister is older or younger? Then you can't just say "your older sister"... Is there a way to just say "sister" that doesn't indicate age relative to the other person?


      Yes, it is 姉妹 (しまい).


      あねたち means sisters?

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        I think means "older sisters". "Little sisters" is いもうとたち. "Sisters" in general is しまい




        To say "I'm the older sister" would あねです?be correct? Is it impolite to say something like that?


        With a Japanese keyboard i wrote 私の姉 why is it wrong?

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