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  5. "びょういんを出ます。"


Translation:I exit the hospital.

September 28, 2017





How would you command other people to "exit the hospital"? Just curious.


Requests use the て form. 病院を出ってください


And for a command, you can drop the kudasai to make it a command and not a request.


Why "the" hospital instead of "a" hospital? (It marked "I exit a hospital" as incorrect)


Probably because no one says "I exit a hospital" and is generally unuseful.


Its probably just not added as acceptable translation. As always, report it. As for the commentor below, you might use "a hospital" instead of "the" if you're talking to someone who might not know which hospital you left (talking on the phone).

"What are you up to?" "Going home, I just left a hospital."

If you said "the hospital", they might assume a local one, so you can intentionally keep it vague to draw more emphasis on the fact you were just at a hospital, and not the fact you're leaving a specific one. I'll admit, its not incredibly common, but thats a use case.


I have a general confusion. It seems unnatural to me to use を, because when you “go out of a hospital”, the hospital does feel like a direct object. (Think of this as a monologue. I guess I'll have to get used to it.)


What about "I am leaving the hospital"?


Or « i leave the hospital »


No "dashi" here for exit?


出す/だす、 出る/でる are 2 different verbs. To exit is 出る. 出す means to give out, to produce. 切符を出す produce one's ticket お茶を出すserve tea. Of course you may well 病院を出す when you are being asked to donate something to the charity...


This is the intransitive/自動詞 version of this verb, 出る、with which を is used to mark the 'spatial mobility context' rather than the direct object of the verb (which an intransitive verb could of course, not have.)

If you sit and think about this for a minute it probably makes sense; when you exit a hospital you're not really acting on the hospital; you are exiting and the hospital is the location that action is taking place in. So 病院を出します doesn't really make sense.


I spoke to a Japanese linguistics professor and he said this is incorrect. Here was his response:

"Direct object is a syntactic category which is ALWAYS and ONLY marked by を. Semantic relations are another story though—it's true that it's not a patient, the role that tends to correspond with a direct object "place being left" is best considered a source, which would most often correspond with a "from" phrase. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thematic_relation#Major_thematic_relations "


It sounds like the professor has a more thorough understanding of it than I do, but i'm not quite sure what information you're trying to convey. I don't disagree that the direct object is always marked by を; I wanted to explain why a verb that traditionally doesn't accept direct objects appears to be accepting one in this sentence.

Is his correction that this sentence is in fact accepting a direct object? Is it that my characterization of '病院を出します' as an incorrect sentence is wrong? Or is it that the purpose of this particle is not to mark the location through which motion takes place?


Why isn't "I left the hospital" okay?


The Japanese sentence isn't in past tense. Unless this verb is different from the others we've learned, the past tense would be 出ました instead of 出ます.


Wouldn't "I will exit the hospital" work as well?


It is a possibility.


I tried it and it was rejected. Im pretty sure it is a valid translation though.


Is there any reason the present progressive is not an appropriate translation? "I am exiting the hospital"

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