"Are there flowers?"


June 19, 2017



Why is this ha and not ga? I was taught it should be ga

June 26, 2017


Me too!

June 27, 2017


I think は can be used like this to emphasize that it's flowers that are here.

July 1, 2017


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 「お金ありますか?」for questions and「お金あります」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.

August 4, 2019


Why do I need an "o" before "hana" It should be optional

June 19, 2017


As of now it is optional. But from my understanding, certain things that are considered honorable have お before it, such as おさけ、おげんきです、おちゃ、etc.

July 29, 2018


Ohana means family

November 2, 2018


Both o and wa are optional in colloquial Japanese. But if we have to stick to strict grammar I guess the answer makes sense.

August 3, 2017


Why is it 'arimasu' here while flowers are animate objects? Shouldn't it be ' imasu' ? Or do you use 'arimasu' because.. the flowers aren't seen as alive?

April 27, 2018


Plants are usually considered inanimate in Japanese. There's a good discussion of the categories of animacy for Japanese on wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Animacy#Japanese

Generally, people and animals are animate, and non-living objects and plants are considered inanimate. (There are exceptions, like robots can go either way depending if you are emphasizing their animate properties or not).

June 19, 2018
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