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持っています and あります

 

the EXACT difference.

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I've always thought that 持っています/もっている means 'have' but more like "holding" and あります more like "there is/are" so everything was okay
till I read a native speaker post that says "すかいぷもっています" I have a Skype.

I really got confused.
can any one explain with more details and examples, please?

For learning: Japanese
Base language: English
Category: Other

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    Yes, 持って(い)ます(polite form)/持って(い)る(casual form) literally means "to have" "to possess" or "to be holding" something, and あります(polite form)/ある(casual form) means "There is/are ~~".

    But we often use both to mean "to have", eg;

    スカイプアカウント持ってます。
    スカイプアカウントあります。

    PS3持ってるよ。
    PS3あるよ。


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