"My blouse is nowhere to be seen."


June 23, 2017

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For anyone who needs a way to remember do ko ni mo: In the movie Finding nemo (Finding Ni mo) (Where Ni mo?) They cant find nimo so its as though hes everywhere and no where at the same time (positive sentence for anywhere) negative for (no where or not anywhere)


Except the english translation isn't entirely correct.

"My blouse is nowhere to be seen" should be 「私のブラウスがどこにも見えません。」


Don't need desu at the end...its still a correct translation without it.


Isn't です always unnecessary? Since it does not cause any change in conjugation... Can a native speaker confirm it for us?


The です makes the sentence more polite


If you mean always unnecessary for i-adjectives, then yes. In those cases, its a politeness marker. But it is technically necessary when it serves as a copula, for example, after nouns and na-adjectives.


As far as i know, the です is not necessary, but it makes the sentence more polite.


Why is it が here and not は?


が kinds of makes the blouse the subject, while は gives it a context of "as for the blouse, ...". With は, you were already kind of talking about the blouse, while が suddenly throws attention on it specifically, most likely without prior conversation about the blouse. You wouldn't really say "As for the blouse, it is nowhere to be found" It's weird that you were already talking about the blouse and then suddenly said that it's nowhere to be found. A few strange contexts could be made I guess, but が makes more sense.

That being said, は should be acceptable as well.

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Ga emphasizes what precedes in a sentence, wa what follows. Want to say "My BLOUSE has disappeared"? - Use ga. "My blouse has DISAPPEARED"? - Use wa


So what's wrong with「私のブラウスどこもありません」?

Isn't 「ありません」the polite form of 「ない」?

Can't be used instead of ?

And is the in 「どこも」absolutely necessary?


I guess that your example should be acceptable too.

Yes, ありません is the polite form of ない. Sometimes, people simply prefer to use the construction of negative plain form + です when they want to be polite, because words with -ません rather have some certainty and firmness.

I suppose that should be accepted as well instead of because the sentence is negative. However, it would sound weird using は unless you haven't established it earlier in the conversation.

And in the end... yes, the in どこも is needed because you are describing the location.


Can someone explain this? It's like my blouse where is not held?


も is appended to mean "every" so that いつ (when) becomes いつも (everywhen, that is, everytime or all the time) for example.

When used in the negative it becomes none.

So, どこにも=everywhere どこにもない=nowhere.


「私のブラウスどこにもないです。」should be accepted.


It's now accepted.


Yeah, I'm curious about this as well!


Can anyone explain why it's どこにも rather than どこもに? どこも with a negative verb means nowhere or "not anywhere," doesn't it?


Why isn't わたしのブラウスがどこもないです。acceptable?


Hii! I guess this is the same problem as we have it with sentences which start with には for example. You kinda just need it here.. :-D



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    is the 私の at the beginning really necessary? I thought if you just said "blouse" it would be assumed to belong to the speaker...


    私のブラウスはどこも見ない Can anyone give me any insights on why this may be wrong? Thanks.


    “Nowhere to be seen” is an English idiom. Probably it can't be translated literally into Japanese and they just say “My blouse is nowhere”.


    Could it be どこでもない?


    It is weird that the に is inserted between どこ and も


    No, it would be weird if it wasn't. Case particles always come before も and は.


    "nowhere to be seen?"

    Going from EN to JA, this phrasing is extremely confusing and off-putting.

    And が in the JA translation is stupid too.



    Surprised it accepted 俺のブラウス - is it likely somebody would call themselves 俺 and admit to owning a ブラウス? I'd read supposedly 俺 usually has a "traditionally" masculine feel to it.


    can I put です after any verb? like idk ペンは買わないです or ペンを買うです


    You can say 買わないです but you cannot say 買うです。


    No 見る ? So where does seen come in? If your blouse is covered under other clothes and therefore not visible, would you still say "私のブラウスがどこにもないです"


    It's not literal.
    どこにも = anywhere
    どこにもない = nowhere

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