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いて / 刻んじゃう

eeky

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Hi,

1. 空港には数百台のタクシーがいて、皆客引きしていた。

Why is いて used with an inanimate subject?

2. 「人間を切り刻んじゃう、マグルの変人のこと?」

刻んじゃう = 刻んでしまう, yes?
 

lanthas

 
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1. It just happens, apparently. The reverse (ある for animate things) is also possible, see same link.

2. I don't see what else it could be really.
 

Toritoribe

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Yeah, 皆客引きしていた shows that the actual subject is taxi drivers. In fact, as nekojita-san wrote in the thread linked above, 隣の家の前にタクシーがいる has a nuance that the engine is running, the driver is in the taxi and waiting the passenger. Furthermore, 空港には数百台のタクシーがあって sounds like the airport possesses hundreds of taxis to me.
 
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