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Why is iru used here?

Stefan-Minehan May 28, 2015, 9:39 am
Hello on one of the mega cards it states 'Isu wa kirei ni narande iru.'

Surely because they are in-animate it should be aru?

Thanks :0
Why is iru used here?
keiko-rocket-japanese-tutor May 29, 2015, 10:07 am
Hi Stefan,

There are two different uses of "iru".

1. Use it like a verb to say "there is/there are", using "aru" for non-living things and "iru" for people/living things. 

2. Use it with another verb. "narande(narabu=line up) iru" which means (chairs) are lined up. Here, "iru" is used with the verb "narabu". When you use "iru" with another verb preceding it, it means that something is going on - describes what is taking place. 

I hope this makes things clear for you.
Why is iru used here?
Stefan-Minehan May 29, 2015, 11:39 am
Ah ok, thanks

S, its like when we say tabete iru (is eating) ?
Why is iru used here?
keiko-rocket-japanese-tutor May 30, 2015, 7:25 am
Yes that is correct
eg.
miteiru - seeing/watching
kiiteiru - listening
Why is iru used here?

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