NIHONGO#001 IMASU/ARIMASU(KODOMO GA IMASU / TSUKUEGA ARIMASU)

In Japanese, we say “kodomo ga imasu” as “there’s a kid”. So in this case, “kodomo” means a kid and “~ga imasu”  means “there’s ~”. But on the other hand, we say “tsukue ga arimasu” as “there’s a desk”, in this case “tsukue” means “a desk” and “~ga arimasu” means “there’s”.

So how do we use “imasu” and “arimasu” correctly? Usually “imasu” is used when we mention something that moves like humans or animals and “arimasu” is used when we mention something DOESN’T move like desks, chairs and foods.

 

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