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Contrasting in Japanese: 「は」vs 「なら」 ‎Could you please explain the difference between using Aは~ですand Aなら~です? For example: 魚が好きですか。 鶏肉は好きです。 魚が好きですか。 鶏肉なら好きです。 Is one more formal than the other or nicer to use? Or does it depend on the situation?
Aug 10, 2018 5:05 PM
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---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Fomality level: same Meaning: almost same but slightly different. Friendliness: Both are unfriendly answers, because both don't answer the question directly. It is "嫌み(IYAMI)". ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- - The basic function of は is "emphasize". - なら = に+あら(未然形 of なり ) = ならば -(minus) ば Aなら(A ならば):if it is A, then.... ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 魚が好きですか。- The questioner exepects yes answer. 鶏肉は好きです。- The answerer, emphasizing "鶏肉", implies "I don't like fish" 魚が好きですか。- The questioner exepects yes answer. 鶏肉なら好きです。 - The answerer, replying "If it is 鶏肉, I like it", strongly implies "I don't like fish"
August 11, 2018
There is no difference of being formal nor nice, nor depending on the situation. With my few knowlegde about English, I think the translation of the two answers are the same, "I like chicken", however, each one includes a amall difference of the feeling. 魚が好きですか。Do you like fish? 鶏肉は好きです。(No, I don't, but) I like chicken. This answer imagines us this person somply wants to say "I like chicken (comparing with fish)". 魚が好きですか。Do you like fish? 鶏肉なら好きです。(No, I don't, but) I like chicken. This answer imagines us this person wants to say "I like chicken (if I can talk/request about other food)". I hope this was helpful and please wait for better answers.
August 11, 2018
Jackdaddy
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