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"There are a big gate and a small gate at this school."


October 20, 2017



*There is a big gate and a small gate at this school


would このがっこうでは大きなもんと小さなもんがあります be an acceptable translation too? I thought で meant "at"


You use に with あります.


Except に wasnt available either. Answer uses neitherに nor で


Yeah, but not everybody uses mobile version. I try to type it on a computer and really want to know why cannot it be 「学校では」

It seems very logical to me, to translate the sentence the way princeorion did.

Reason "There is no で in the selection" does not teach me anything, I learn nothing from that explanation.


Again, this is because, for location, you use に with あります rather than で.

Let's take a look at using different particles with あります and how it affects the meaning of the sentence:

Duolingo's sentence looks something like this:

school は gate が あります ーー As for the school (emphasis), it has a gate.

If we introduce に, the sentence changes meaning slightly:

school には gate が あります ーー In/at the school (emphasis), there is a gate.

school に gate が あります ーー There is a gate in/at the school.

Perhaps the use of に or には may imply that the gate is physically part of or inside of the school, while the use of only は is more flexible, and only implies that there is a gate belonging to the school.


このがっこうは小さなもんと大きなもんがあります。wasn't accepted


It's because you wrote small and big in a different order than the original sentence. A language check cannot accept such liberties in translation, even if the semantics are correct, because it might mean that the user has memorized the words incorrectly.


Thats because you have the size of gate in the wrong order.

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