Translation:The weather is nice today.
I was given the prompt "Select the missing word: 今日は天気が____です。" I selected わるい, and this was said to be incorrect, the right answer being いい. Why is "the weather is bad today" considered wrong? There was no context and no indication that I had to say the weather was good. Is there some grammatical mistake there that I'm missing? Thanks x
Dear Aaron, well spotted. It’s called “bi-dakuon” meaning “nasal”. Pronouncing “nga” is considered to be a correct way and media pronounce が in this manner. However, this is not how が is pronounced in western Japan. You can read more about it here, http://en.rocketnews24.com/2016/08/25/only-one-out-of-five-japanese-people-can-pronounce-these-hiragana-can-you/ But I’d say, you won’t have to make an extra effort to pronounce が with nasal nga. The robot must be programmed to pronounce this way. I’m from Tokyo but personally, I feel it’s too posh. Good luck to your studies :)
Well, it's the difference between "the weather is nice today" (は) and "today's weather is nice" (の). There's also the factor that the は shows that "today" is the topic, the thing that we have been talking about, while the weather is the aspect of "today" that is being commented on in this sentence -- if the discussion had instead been centered on weather and this sentence commented on the weather of today, it would likely have used 今日の天気は. (Unless there was a contrast being made -- "well, yes, yesterday it was bad, but TODAY the weather is fine" -- in which case it would have been 今日は天気は!)
よい is an alternative reading of the adjective 良い (the kanji for いい, although this is often/usually written entirely in hiragana).
よく is the adverbial form of よい / いい, as well as the stem for the negative form よくない.
This sentence needs an adjective, so よく would not be correct.