"That is not right, you know."


June 19, 2017

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I said ちがいますよね。and it was counted wrong. is that right?


i think the ne particle is for when you're looking for confirmation. it's like saying 'isn't it'?


Whether or not it's looking for confirmation is sort of based on the tone in which it's said though. Sometimes it's used to express uncertainty, but it can also be used as a statement. Like, it would be the difference between "can you give me confirmation" and "take this opportunity to agree with what I'm saying".

When their English prompt is simply "you know", but よ and ね comes down to how you think "you know" is being used, so both should be accepted as the correct answer.


I've never heard the ね in a case like this, only よ.


I wrote ちがいよ and got it wrong. Can someone explain why I need the ます?


In proper Japanese sentence structure sentences end with 'desu', 'masu', etc. 'Masu' (or 'mashita' as the past tense) will always come after a verb. So while 'Chigaiyo' would be technically correct, it would only be so if you were on the streets talking with friends, while 'chigaimasuyo' would be the right way.


Actually, ちがいよ would technically be incorrect, as よ follows a rentaikei (連体形, or 'dictionary form'), which is ちがう (in plain) or ちがいます (in polite speech).

ちがい is called the renyôkei (連用形, 'using form'), and it's the form you use for most conjugations (except negations and commands). For example, you can see it's also used as the stem to paste -ます onto.


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ちがいよ sería técnicamente incorrecto, porque la partícula よ debe ir despues de un rentaikei (連体形, o 'forma de diccionario'), que sería ちがう en informal o ちがいます en formal.

ちがい es un renyôkei (連用形, 'forma de uso'), y es la forma que se usa para la mayoría de las conjugaciones (excepto negativos e imperativos). Por ejemplo se puede ver que es una raiz a la que se le puede añadir el -ます.


So may I ask what would be the equivalent to よ but following a renyôkei?


So ちがい is a verb?


違う(ちがう)is a verb ("to be different / to differ from"), and ちがい is a(n incomplete) conjugation of it.


ちがい is also a noun meaning difference


True, but that's a substantiation/gerund (i.e. turning a verb into a noun) of ちがう, which in Japanese is made using the renyoukei (conjugative 'stem').


Actually, 違い (the ますform) is conjugated from the verb 違う meaning to differ or to be different from. So, literally 'it's different' in this usage.

Whereas, the noun 違い means difference.

I believe the less polite answer would be 違うだよ! or 違うんだよ!


It would be like forgetting to conjugate something, so it would sound very off. Like, "I went run. " instead of "I went running."


Why does Duolingo teach an incomplete verb (違い)? It made me think it was an い adjective rather than a verb so I wrote 違いです instead of 違います. Why didn't they just teach it as 違う?


Why use "wrong" when you can use "nOt RiGhT"?


違い also means different or distinct. It isn't necessarily wrong.


Presumably you're talking about the word as used in a different context. We're talking about the word as it is used in the Japanese equivalent of, "That's not right."

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Can you say そうじゃないですね。?


why is it "masu" here instead of "desu".?


It's a conjugation of the verb 違う rather than a use of the noun 違い. 違い means "difference", so 違いです would mean something along the lines of "that's a difference" rather than "that's wrong"


Can the sentence be written with kanji? If yes, is it like this: 違いますよ?


I'm using the method where you choose the blocks and the lady pronounced it "chingai"?


Japanese people often say "ng" (the sound at the end of the English word "sing") for the sound that we write in romaji as "g".

There is an interesting discussion of it here:



In english something "is" wrong, but it seems like in Japanese something "is being" wrong. Is that why ます is used and not です?


It uses ます instead of です because you're conjugating the verb 違う rather than using 違い, which is a noun. 違い means something like "difference", so the meaning would be different from using 違う.


Why can't you say 間違っていますよ ?


why is それは違うですよ wrong here?


You don't really use です with verbs like that. It'd be a bit like saying "that is is different". When making a verb polite you use the ます form, turning it to 違います.


Can i say chigai desuyo ?


Not really, that means something different. 違い looks like an adjective but it's a noun meaning something like "difference".


What the ね does is make clear that the persons wants/needs confirmations or isn't sure about what they said. よ at the end of the sentence basically is a exclamation mark. Translating the よ as "you know" seems strang to me – but I also learnt Japanese to German, which makes a lot of the English translations here sound confusing to me.


So, when よ is at the statement, is it kind of like "contrary to what you said"?


Potentially. It can also be like "I'm certain (of what I just said)", or "in case you didn't know".


I said しがいます is that wrong?


Yes it has to be 'chi' = ち instead of 'shi' = し. So 「ちがいます」 or 「違います」.

Edit: also you need to add the 'yo' (よ) because it literally means that you are saying something you think is new for the listener.


The よ is for emphasis, not about information.


Well thats a phrase I'm never going to use


I haven't yet tried, but would "です" also work instead of "ます" when combined with ちがい? Or is one of the two specific when using chigai?


~ます is a suffix that makes the phrase polite to the listener; it is added to what is officially called the 連用形, renyoukei, or also sometimes the i-stem (because for go-dan verbs (that have 5 different stems) it's the one ending in a vowel of the i-line).
So, the verb 違う, which is a go-dan verb, changes to 違い to have the sufix ~ます attached.

違います is a verb, in polite form, non-past tense.

です on the other hand, has two usages; one is to state equivalences between two nouns, or to state that A is a characteristic of B : ( [Bは]Aです。)
The other usage, is just to add a sense of politeness to sentencesn ending with an i-adjective (that are a lot like verbs, in that they change with tense, negative, etc.)

So, while when you add ~ます you just add politness level, but the verb remains the same and it's a verbal phrase: 違う = 違います = "it differs",
with です you need a noun, and you state something about that noun. A way to make a verb a noun is to add のこと (colloquially shortened to の or even ん) to the dictionary form of the verb, with a meaning like "the thing of doing..., the action of doing"
違うのです = it's the action of being different, it's different.

You convey the same meaning at the end, but using a verb or a noun of an action. "it differs" vs "it's different".
The grammar used changes, you cannot just switch ~ます and です, they are linguistically very different beasts.

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    I typed in 「違うですよ。」  I think was was incorrect because of the 「う」 and because of the 「です」. I thought I've heard people say 「違う’」to me in the past, which may be informal (not sure). Also, I figured [です」 for "That is" would fit, but apparently not.


    In English this sentence sounds kinda rude! What is the tone of saying this in Japanese? Is it rude or just emphasising your point


    From what I've been told, this phrase is actually like a polite way of saying 'no'.

    Not sure about 'よ' tho...





    This has changed everyone. First, I’ll go around saying this, next, every time a young person appends “Yo” to a sentence, I will assume it’s a loanword. Finally, I will imagine every bear I see saying thing, both real and metaphorical.


    Is そうではありません right?


    Why 違いましょう is wrong?


    That's the polite volitional form and means something more along the lines of "let's be wrong" (or, depending on the context, something like "let's not do that")


    This Jo help to reales someone to understand that person wasnt right in reallity


    How is this phrased used? Can you use it in a morality sense? Or is it just for correct and wrong answers?

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