"There are no pets."
Verb conjugation thing. I believe it comes from the "iru" verb which means 'to be' (animate objects).
いる verb form います affirmative form いません negative form
Care to explain the difference between ある and いる? When should I be using each one?
いる for smth have brain. ある For smth have no brain. smth have brain but dead...we use ある.
ある is for the inanimate like a table. いる is for the animate like an animal or a person.
What about fungi? Technically closer relation to animal but has no brain. Also bacteria/etc?
As I understand it the difference is: ペットはいません。- There are no pets. (Emphasis on lack.) ペットがいません。- There are no pets. (Emphasis on pets, as if to imply that there are other things, just not pets.)
Okay, I'm completely lost. If i click on any of the words individually, it gives me different characters than the actual solution. It's so frustrating!
Why is the topic indicator necessary here? The "There are no" could refer to nothing but the pets.
What's the difference between desu, masu, imasu, and arimasu? I'm so confused...
です polite ending for nouns/adjectives.
ます polite ending for verbs.
あります is the verb ある+ます and it means "exists (for inanimate subjects)"
います is the verb いる+ます meaning " exist (for animated subjects)"
I really feel it should be ga and not wa. :/ Maybe I'm just super out of practice, but I thought it was always ga that came before aru.
think out of boundary, remember it is always learning the rules first only to find out exceptions & variations later.
は is pronounced as "ha" and becomes "wa" if it is used as a particle.
わ is pronounced as "wa" all the times.
Not wrong. は is fine. With 'は' the sentence translates to "As for pets, there are none." To paraphrase Tae Kim, think of が as an identification particle - not as a subject particle.