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"It's not one o'clock."


June 29, 2017



What is the で for?


ではありません is simply the negative of です. The "で" is the same in both : ですcan be thought as a "contraction" of であります.


Thanks for this, plenty of other questions have people trying to explain this and none are as good as this.

If you were to say であります, apart from sounding weird, is it OK to say it?


and the は? why is it there?


Im not a pro but i think it is closest to the word 'is' (sorry if this doesnt help im not a pro)


ではありません is a single word, not component pieces, the individual parts do not serve independent purposes. They are just the parts of a word. I guess duo is just trying to get you to spell it out to pay attention to the spelling.

I suppose that it may be another word that used to be a whole phrase (like こにちは) which maybe be why it used the character ha to create the wa sound, but I am not sure.

But, either way, it is just the negative form of です. So if you are speaking politely and you say something is something else you would end the sentence with desu and if you are saying it isn't something then you would end with dewaarimasen (but with the character ha instead of wa).


Why doesn't でわありません work?


It is では, not でわ.


Why is は not needed as a topic marker?


the verb であります does not requires the topic marker (and i think he is the only one to do that)

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