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Maverick...

Maverick...

こにちは In Grammar news letter #4 the sentence reads こひはすきですか。 If coffee is the subject or the improtant point of the sentence why don't you use が instead? Thanks
6054

6054

こんにちは! This sentence is asking a question, and ka (か)is used to indicate this. I hope this helps
CatPanda

CatPanda

[quo]*Quote from * Maverick... こにちは In Grammar news letter #4 the sentence reads こひはすきですか。 If coffee is the subject or the improtant point of the sentence why don't you use が instead? Thanks[/quo] You don't use "が" or ga to denote the subject unless it is a new subject, or if you want to emphasize that it is COFFEE that you like. With は in that sentence it is emphasizing that you LIKE coffee. So more it's a matter of whether or not this is a new subject being talked about or if it is emphasizing one or the other.
Sayaka-Matsuura

Sayaka-Matsuura

Konnichiwa! Ah, yes, the difference of は(wa) and が (ga) can be a bit tricky. In the sentence: *コーヒーはすきですか?* -the particle は(wa) is used to mark コーヒー _("coffee")_- There is no real equivalent in English for the Topic particle は (wa). But to give you an approximate idea of the effect of は (wa) in English, we can use _"As for..."_ or _"Speaking of..."_. So, the sentence would roughly translate as _*"As for coffee, do you like it?"*_ Some notes on は(wa)... *__は Wa Marks the Topic__* A topic is the word about which the rest of the sentence provides information – in other words, anything that a speaker wants to talk about: an object, location, person, and so on. :arrow: は (wa) marks a previously introduced and understood topic in the conversation. :arrow: は (Wa) is used to mark something that is familiar to both the speaker and the listener, or something that is obvious and they are both aware of. :arrow: は (wa) sharpens the contrast between two items, and can be used more than one time in a single sentence. While は(wa) is used to mark something that is familiar to both the speaker and listener, が (ga) is used when a situation or happening is just noticed or newly introduced.
crush23

crush23

yeah
crush23

crush23

sure
crush23

crush23

fun

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