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"Do you have a pencil?"


July 4, 2017



I would have just said "鉛筆がありますか?" but that might sound rude...


That is c loser to "is there a pencil"


Both mean "do you have a pencil", but using 持つ specifically asks whether they have a pencil on them at the moment, whereas ある asks whether they have a pencil in general. If you have a pencil at home but you aren't carrying it with you, then only ある would apply, not 持つ.


I would've said the same ^^;


duolingo keeps using particle を for situations of possession, where i could've sworn i learned we were supposed to use が when show possession, such as "i have a pencil"


The use of を and が has no direct association with possession. Perhaps you can quote an example in Japanese to explain your idea.


You're confusing the two verbs used for "have".

鉛筆を持っています。- I have a pencil (on me at this moment).

In this sentence, the pencil is the direct object. It is being possessed directly by the subject (which is commonly elided due to previous context). を is therefore the correct particle.

鉛筆があります。- I have a pencil (but I may or may not be carrying it).

This time, the pencil is the subject of the sentence. They are literally saying "there is a pencil". That is why が is used here.


I got it right cuz I figured what the app was trying to do, but wouldn't you just say "あなたわえんぴつありますですか?" why is that not the way to go? Thanks


The sentence you wrote is full of mistakes. The particle is written as は, you need a particle before verbs, in this case between えんぴつ and あります, です is only used in noun sentences, ある is a verb so you only need ありますか. So the correct sentence would be "あなたはえんぴつがありますか。", though you don't really need to use "あなた" in this context since it's obvious who you're talking to. And they can both work, though ありますか can also mean "is there".


MO- TTE - I- MASU -KA.. ugh we get it duo! Lol


「あなたは鉛筆を持っていますか。」=correct answer.

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