"Our bookshelf is small."


June 21, 2017



"Uchi" meaning 'our'? I was asking myself: "Where is the 'watashitachi'...

June 26, 2017


Uchi is we, uchi.no is our

July 14, 2017


Yep and yep.

July 9, 2017


内 (うち) does not denote "our"; it is implied by the context.

September 9, 2017


Ok so this really means "the bookshelf at home"? Like I shouldn't use uchi no if I am talking about a bookshelf at the office?

February 17, 2018


uchi means home -> so using uchi is to mentioning the things at my 'home' -> the things belong to everyone at the 'home' -> which is belong to 'our'

September 22, 2018



January 20, 2018


Uchi means 家(house) and also me(kansai dialect) . Technically the question is wrong. If our should be うちらの

February 11, 2018


Wouldn't we be "watastachi"? 私たち

August 23, 2019


Doesnt uchi also mean home/house? 家(いえ) home/ house 家(うち) home/house ... this confused me cause i didnt know "we/our" but i knew home in both ways :/

June 24, 2017


just like flower and flour are pronounced the same 家, 内, 打ち etc. mean different things

June 25, 2017


Which one should be used here, the one meaning primarily "home" (家) or "inside" (内)?

February 9, 2019


You can think of it like "our fridge is acting up" - you understand the speaker's talking about the fridge at home, and 'our' refers to the family/household. The Japanese version is sort of coming at that from the opposite direction

July 2, 2017


In this sentence, it kind of gets the meaning from "our house's" bookshelf.

January 15, 2018


What is the difference between うち and 私たち(わたしたち)?

July 17, 2017


Uchi means home so when you use it to mean our I think it makes it more personable.

July 18, 2017


Pls help. Why is there any need to add the particle は

June 21, 2017


は marks the subject of the sentence. It shows we are talking about the bookshelf.

June 21, 2017


は marks the topic of the sentence. が marks the subject.

July 15, 2017


OK so then, why are we not using が in this sentence? I thought が is meant for making clear statements about things. I thought, that by using は, the sentence sounds more like "talking of our bookshelf, it is small"

while using が sounds more like "our bookshelf is small"

February 9, 2018


People explain this the wrong way all the time, which is why I was confused too...

The way to see it is this. WA marks both the subject and the topic in a sentence, while GA is used for the subject only, when the topic can be changed.

To understand this better, what I found useful was to try to understand what is a topic and what is a subject. In English the topic of a sentence is always the subject. I think the only way to alter that is to use the passive voice. In Japanese, the subject and the topic can be different. The best example I have encountered thus far is when talking about how many brothers you have or someone else has. You use WA to mark the topic (who is it that we are talking about) and GA for the subject (BROTHERS). Thus I can use Anata Wa, and I am talking abotu YOUR brothers and how many you have but if I switch to Mr. Tanaka San WA then I am talking about Mr. Tanaka's brothers and telling you how many he has. Same thing with say, cat's... I can be talking about a house that has many cats living in it... The cats are not the topic, it is the house...

I am not a native speaker so if someone thinks otherwise or knows better, do correct me but so far this explanation has helped me a lot...

July 9, 2019



July 19, 2018


my IME turned ほんだな into 本棚, but I used が - is that the problem?

November 29, 2018


I thought "we" was こっち, but i think I'm a little bit confused

July 1, 2017


こっち means "here" or "over here."

January 15, 2018


When do you use "wareware". I hear that a lot from Japanese shows, but dont know the context

November 7, 2017


It's an old form of watashitachi.

November 7, 2017


What shows? I see it in mangas and in historical shows but that's it. I have never heard it outside of that... It is an old fashion way of saying Watashitashi...

July 9, 2019


So I typed ちさい and it was marked wrong. What am I missing?

November 13, 2017


It's ちいさい

November 13, 2017


What's the difference between 小さい ( ちいさい) and 小さな (ちいさな) ?

June 2, 2018


小さい is an "i" or "true" adjective - it can directly modify nouns without any help. ちいさ(な)is a 'na' adjective - it needs 'na' to help it modify nouns. Also please see above.

June 2, 2018


Please tell me what is the difference between uchi and satsu

June 22, 2017


Uchi means "I, we, our" depending on the context, and satsu is used for counting books.

June 23, 2017


My dictionary says small in 小さな (ちいさな) Is it a な or an い adjective?or both ways are correct??

July 6, 2017


Chiisai is an i adjective. But there is also chiisa, meaning small also and it is a na adjective. When do you use which? Depends on the sound. Lots of languages say things in a certain way or use certain words in a certain way because it sounds better and/or is easier to say. Similarly there is ookii meaning big which is an i adjective and ooki a na adjective - like kirei na...

July 7, 2017


There was no period card present, but why not just make it automatic?

October 12, 2017


They don't have punctuation for any sentence, any language. They also don't check for punctuation.

January 15, 2018


The question accepted "本棚は小さいです" without the うちの. But without it, you don't really get the connection to the English word "our".

March 8, 2019


Why 家 instead of うち is wrong?

July 6, 2019


Huh, the kanji for bookshelf (hondana) looks like tree then two moons. I wonder why it's composed that way. Is it because it used to take two months to make a bookshelf out of one tree? Kind of fun to think about.

July 13, 2019


So glad duo removed the need to write in formal japanese, casual so much easier

July 30, 2018


I forgot to add desu

November 28, 2018


How about duolingo giving any hint before using new words, gosh!

January 7, 2018


https://chat.whatsapp.com/EDnLYHTZnRO7LZOaHoAklm whatsapp group for learners of japanese

August 3, 2017
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