"Is there money?"
19 CommentsThis discussion is locked.
for reference, if you are bringing up a topic, it should be は (as in questioning), if you are saying something related to your money が makes more sense.
So what you will usually see is 「お金はありますか？」for questions and「お金があります」for facts about yourself as in "I have money". However you can use both が and は in both cases, it just depends of the context and how do you wanna change a topic or not.
For those who are grammar-challenged like myself, hope the following scenario will help.
1) You're with a friend who you know is pretty damm poor. He tells you he recently met this gorgeous gal and wants to take her out on a date. He asks you whether you have any money, to which you respond「お金があります」(Read: Yeah, I got the money).
2) The next day, he tells you he wants to marry this beautiful gal. You look him up and down and blurt out 「お金はありますか？」(Read: Do you even have money?)
From what I read from other comments: は is used for marking the topic, of something that is already established, and が does the same but expresses a new idea, or adds new information. In this case money is something that is well established, while things like emotions and tastes require が.
This sentence doesn't seem to fit any of the exceptions to the rule of があります. https://www.learn-japanese-adventure.com/arimasu-imasu-existence.html