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"High school students cannot smoke."


October 12, 2017



Duolingo insists 高校生はタバコをすえません is correct, but there's no すえ option on the cards thing (at least for me). If I skip it shows 高校生はタバコをすってはいません, however there's no option for はい either.


Possibly because you left out the け in いけません? The cards I was given just now included て、は、いけ、ませ and ん.


Same problem. No "e".

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    Can anyone please explain to me why there is a "は” in between "すって" and "いけません"?


    Ditto here. There is already a は in the sentence at the start. I haven't encountered this kind of dual subject sentence before


    the whole ending はいけません added to theて form is the ending for a negative command. I am assuming that is is pronounced ha not wa because it is not a particle.( total beginner disclaimer)


    すっては いけません (吸っては 行けません)

    は is the emphasis particle.


    高校生はすってはいけません should be a valid answer for this. Much like in English, when you say 'smoke' as a verb, it is automatically implied that you're talking about tobaco/cigarettes. Note that the English sentence does not say "High school students cannot smoke tobaco", because no one would bother including the 'tabaco/cigarette' bit.


    ?すう(吸う)means to suck. タバコを吸う means to smoke. If you say 高校生はすってはいけません it just means "High school students cannot suck."


    The English sentence doesn't include specifically smoke tobacco, so I didn't include it. I know "すう" can also just mean "inhale, breathe," so does "タバコ" need to be included for that reason?


    I guess you could say it's just one of those things that differs between languages. In English, it's fine to just say "smoke" and people understand it as "smoke cigarettes". In Japanese however, you don't just say 吸う(すう)when talking about smoking cigarettes/tobacco, you always say タバコを吸う(すう).


    Shouldn't it be 高校生たち?


    Japanese nouns do not always have to specify the plural, the plural can be implied in most cases.


    I typed in 高校生はすってはいけません。I did not include タバコ because in a previous example 吸う alone stood for smoke. I feel based on this my answer should have been accepted.


    吸う is a transitive verb. It requires an object to be grammatically correct. It cannot be used alone, unlike the English verb "to smoke".


    High school students are physically unable to smoke cigarettes? They do in the United States, but not legally.


    Of course high school students can smoke. They simply aren't allowed to smoke at school.

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