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"This is there."

Translation:이것은 거기에 있습니다.

January 21, 2018



How can this thing (next to me) be over there (close to you) at the same time?


Remember that "이것" technically means "this one," but is just being used as this in "this" phrase and "은" is the subject marker. "거기" means "that (which is next to the listener, and not the speaker)" and "에" is basically the location marker.

So this phrase depends on the context of the sentence and what question is being asked. A situation where this would make sense would be if someone asked:

Q: 그것은 어디에 있습니다? A: 이것은 거기에 있습니다. Q: Where is that (the thing/item next to you)? A: This (the thing/item next to you) is there (the thing/item is from/located next to the person asking the question.)

Hope this help!


Why would 거기 be used in the sentece instead of 저기. When 저기 means "there"?


Both 거가 and 저기 mean "there". I found the following explanation on an online forum;

여기 = here = next to me (to the person who speaks) 거기 = there = next to you (to the addressee) 저기 = over there = far from both of us.

So 저기 is not used because it refers to something across the room...while 거기 may be within an arm's reach.


I thought 이것이 should be accepted, since it lacks a context?


I know this comment is 2 years ago, but just leaving this to help others who may be confused on the same topic.

이것 means "here", the questions asks for "there", so you would need to use 거기, however, saying 거것이 should be accepted.


there was a sentence just like this one except we were supposed to say 이것은 저쪽에 있습니다 and duolingo did not accept 이것은 저기에 있습니다 so why is that one wrong and this one right?


Maybe because 저쪽에 indicates a direction and 저기에 does not (rather location of something). 이것은 저쪽에 있습니다 = this is that way (direction) 이것은 저기에 있습니다 = this is there (location)


그 is for the closer 'there' and 저 is for more far 'there'.


Is it possible to say 이것은 거기습니다 ?

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