〜は [〜は] (ha-2)
Meaning: 'ha (wa)' used to indicate contrast
Example: I don't eat /meat/ (but I do eat fish).
JLPT Level: 3
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- ha (Note use of は to indicate contrast vs. indicating the topic of a sentence.) [Amatuka]
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|Amatuka||The 'normal' negative sentence would be 私は肉を食べない。'I don't eat fish'.|
With the object marker を overridden by は this implies that not eating meat is in contrast to eating something else (for example fish).
Note: When Japanese refer to meat (肉) they generally would not understand that as including fish (魚).
|Amatuka||This contrastative は can fit in places that you might not expect. Take 生きている '(she's) alive.' vs. 生きてはいる '(she's) alive (but not well).'.|| |
|Amatuka||P.S. How's the Hero / Villain / Hostage example?|| |
|Kana-chan||Very helpful :)|| |
|khyron||In your comment, you said "私は肉を食べない。'I don't eat fish'”, but obviously you meant to say 'I don't eat meat'. I also liked the hostage example! :-)|| |
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