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  5. "ゆうびんきょくは、もうしまっています。"

"ゆうびんきょくは、もうしまっています。"

Translation:The post office is already closed.

June 22, 2017

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

whats up with the comma?


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

The comma, or 読点 (とうてん), is used to mark pauses and breaks in sentences. It is often used after は in sentences such as this. Consider the English sentence "As for the post office, it is still closed." The comma in the English sentence is put in the same place as it is in the Japanese equivalent.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Joe264823

I thought ha is such a natural mark in the sentence, that it would not need a comma


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/arcferrari248

郵便局はもう閉まっています。


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

What is, "The post office is still closed. " 郵便局は, まだしまっています。?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ahenobarbu2

"As for the post office, it is already closed." Wouldn't that be the best translation ?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sotnosen93

Too literal. "As for [...]" is generally just used to illustrate the idea that は marks the topic, it's not actually a very natural English translation.

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