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"I exit the convenience store."


July 29, 2017



Can anyone explain why its 「を」and not 「に」?


When talking about premises or enclosed area, the basic form to remember easily would be

X に if you are entering, going into, embarking X;

X を if you are exiting, leaving, departing X

While there are more advanced considerations and exceptions involved when composing complex sentences, it is always easier to start from the basic form and add the other parts you need in order to minimize mistakes


Can you use から instead of を ?


Ni is the target particle so if you were using it would mean you are exiting a place and entering to that, at least that's what i think


The rule of thumb I've come up with is that に specifies where you go. Entering a bank obviously means the bank is where you are going. Exiting however, is not. You dont automatically know where one ends up when exiting a building, thus に is not relevant.


I "leave" the convenience store is a more natural verb to use


Would the less formal version be, 「コンビニを出る。」?

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