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"There are six desks."


July 24, 2017



muttsu = むっつ


What is wrong with つくえ六つがあります


3 ways of putting counters

  1. 机が六つあります
  2. 机六つがあります
  3. 六つの机があります


The が should be after つくえ


The object you are talking about is the chair, so you must understand like: Talking about chair (机が) There are 6 (六つあります)


Why が instead of は as the particle here?


ある is not used with は. First, は sounds contrastive. It would mean something like "out of all possible objects it's these 5 desks that exist". It sounds like the whole universe now is limited to the existence of these desks. Second, this utterance is in fact a fragment of a double が predicate.


I wrote ろく instead of 六 is it truly wrong ? and why ?


Because roku is phonetic and by writing ろくつ you are attempting to subvert the norms of the Japanese language.

六 is the concept of the number 6 in writing and it has different pronunciations depending on the use.

六 ろく roku "six" 六つ むっつ muttsu "six(things)"


The prononciation changes when we use pieces counting "つ" See the site in the tips section of the lesson


Why the use of "masu" and not "desu" ?


Becuase we are using the verb "ある" which means "to be/to exist". You're basically saying 6 chairs exist.


What is the difference between テーブル and 机?


Tables テーブル are flat surfaces on legs of varying shapes, sizes and uses. Dining tables can seat many people, coffee tables are usually lower to the ground, end tables are small and used for holding things next to beds/chairs/couches, cafe and restaurant tables are usually round, etc.
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A desk 机 functions as a work space and typically only has room to seat a single person with shelves/drawers built into it on one side for storage; school desks, writing desks, computer desks, etc.
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