ことが and ことは

Kayron January 6, 2011, 11:52 am
みんなさん、こんにちは!

I recently listened to lesson 3.2, and I have a grammar question - when/why does the phrase ことが become ことは? The sentence it was used in is as follows:
Question: おさけをのんだことがありますか?
Reply: いいえ, おさけをのんだことはありません。おいしいですか?

Why does this change happen? Is it because it's a (negative) answer to a question?
Also, about adjectives+くて - if I understood correctly, that suffix is added when you're using more than one adjective in a sentence.

ありがとうございます。
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ことが and ことは
Pascal-P January 6, 2011, 11:54 pm
Basically, yes, the "wa" in the second case shows contrast, and, generally, in a negative sentence, "ga" can change to "wa".

In the first sentence, the "ga" is used to mark the subject, being the "drinking" of the sake. However, the emphasis is on the implied "Anata wa", as in:

As for YOU, have ever drank sake?

In the reply, the "ga" changes to "wa" to place the emphasis on the "drinking", ie.

No, (I) have never DRANK sake.

This implies that the responding person may have had prior knowledge about sake, but has never actually, drank sake.

The "wa" is contrastive. For example, Kutsu o kaimasu > Kutsu wa kaimasen.

General Idea: when "ga" is present in a negative sentence, change it to "wa"...Read More
Basically, yes, the "wa" in the second case shows contrast, and, generally, in a negative sentence, "ga" can change to "wa".

In the first sentence, the "ga" is used to mark the subject, being the "drinking" of the sake. However, the emphasis is on the implied "Anata wa", as in:

As for YOU, have ever drank sake?

In the reply, the "ga" changes to "wa" to place the emphasis on the "drinking", ie.

No, (I) have never DRANK sake.

This implies that the responding person may have had prior knowledge about sake, but has never actually, drank sake.

The "wa" is contrastive. For example, Kutsu o kaimasu > Kutsu wa kaimasen.

General Idea: when "ga" is present in a negative sentence, change it to "wa".

Yes, -kute is used when listing adjectives. The usage in the lesson, atatakaku te mo
tsumetaku te mo... Also uses the mo...mo.. construction which is used to mean both or either.

So its: both warm and cool/ either warm or cool.

It can also be used with nouns.
Eg. Sakuya-san wa, sushi mo tenpura mo suki da ne? Ms. Sakuya likes both sushi and tempura doesn't she?

Note, the loss of the "ga" in "ga suki da", since the double particle "mo ga" doesn't exist.
ことが and ことは
Kayron January 7, 2011, 10:27 am
Pascal,
Thanks for the detailed explanation. It all seems much clearer now. I really wish the course would put more emphasis on these little grammar points (which they might have in the grammar section, didn't get there yet)...

Kayron
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