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"Why is the movie scary?"

Translation:そのえいがはなぜこわいんですか?

June 16, 2017

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    Since there is no 'that' i thought this sentence would be fine without その. Am i wrong?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Morhlon

    Duolingo likes to translate "the" as その for some reason or another..


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LinguDemo

    Japanese really doesn't have a word for "the", so I guess that was the closest equivalent they found.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/joaopedrofn00

    I thought the same...


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LinguDemo

    Wait, why is なぜ after the は here? Shouldn't it be at the beginning, like とうして?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/empty.mind

    Can anyone explain the function of ん in this sentence?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jamoozy

    My understanding is that the ん adds the implication that the asker of the question would like an explanation. They are not merely looking for a "yes" or "no" response.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dvkndn

    I'm marked as correct without the N. But Yes I also curious what is that N for


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NOYLLOPAJ

    I believe it's along the lines of "...is it the case that...". It's not technically necessary for the sentence to make sense, but it changes the question just slightly to make it more inviting for the other person to reply.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JohnAndrew30216

    There is no that in this sentence so why is その necessary


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ben8372778

    Probably so that your sentence does not refer to all movies


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JackVincent95

    not having その does not make this sentence necessarily refer to all movies. If you and the listener are already talking about a movie it would sound weird to say その unless you wanted to specify which movie you are refering to out of multiple options.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Emi580993

    映画はどうしてこわいですか is fine. Reported.

    As has been pointed out, if they want to prompt その they should use "why is that movie scary?"

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