Translation:It is a house.
hahaha! That's a bad Google translation. It thinks you're saying YOU are a house rather than IT is a house (because the subject isn't written, just implied). "いえです" does NOT mean "I am home" in the sense of "I am AT home".
Amm, so how would we say "I'm AT home?" Not in the "I'm just arriving" (which would be "ただいた", right?) kind of way, but as in someone calls you on the phone and asks you *where are you?" And you want to say "I'm home". Maybe いえがいます?
Thanks in advance! :)
いえがいます makes no sense. You can either say:
いえにいます "I'm at home."
いえがあります "There is a house."
います is only used when you refer to humans and animals. For non-living things and plants you need あります.
Well, it is google translate, which ALWAYS is crap, unless used for singular words. And even then it's often crap for Japanese. Seriously, it can't even mean "I am home", that's "tadaima"...yeah...it just has "家/いえ/ie" as home" and "です/desu" as "I am"...which is wrong as well.
I think the full gamut of possessive pronouns is possible (and in a number of formulations: it is, this is, that is, there's). For example, it just accepted "That's their house" for me. It's just a case of Japanese not needing to restate things that are already present in the context. Here there's no context, so all the pronouns work.
Just my thoughts. Is there something wrong with using it, or is it just a fail? Will report it for now.
I wrote "These are the houses," which I thought would be ok. It "corrected" it to the nonsensical "There has the house." I doubt that's natural in any English dialect and as such should be removed from the system, but presumably it's trying to get at some sort of valid translation that's quite different than "It is a house." My question is: what would it be?
EDIT: Trying to get a better guess at the above, I tried "I have a house." It corrected this to "It has a house." Does this mean the full set of subject pronouns really ought to be accepted with "has a house"? And what's the logic?
EDIT 2: After the system accepted "There is a window" for まどです, I tried "There are houses" here. It corrected it to "There's her house." There's certainly more to this sentence than meets the eye :)
EDIT 3: Got so interested, I made a longer post about it: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/27340887
Why is there desu at the end? It shouldn't be arimasu? I ve been taught that we should use arimasu for inanimated objects and desu for animated ones like humans and animals
です is like the verb "to be" (and its conjugations am/is/are/etc.)
あります is like the verbs "to exist" or "to have" (but only for inanimate objects).
The word you're thinking of that's like あります but for living things is います.
いえです = "It is a house."
いえがあります = "Houses exist." or "I have a house."
犬です = "It is a dog."
犬がいます = "Dogs exist" or "I have a dog."
What is the difference between いえ and うち? Don't they both mean "house"?
'desu' translates to 'It is' thus the sentence would be 'It is a house'
It sort of is. For the english translation though, we need context and an actual verb since "house" is not a complete sentence but "it is a house" is. いえです is a complete sentence so thats what it translates to.