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kyrajc

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In the sentence "後ろに 立っている のわ 誰 です か?" (might not be grammatically correct, it's from a multi-lingual language-learning website), I'm really confused about "のは," or "no wa." When do you use のは, and what does it roughly translate to in English?
 

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That would be the topic marker は. A technical translation would be: "Concerning the one standing in the back, who is it?", and more naturally: "Who is the one standing in the back?"

Was this sentence from a website claiming to teach Japanese, or from a user's post on that website? In the first case, it might be best to find another learning source - writing は as わ is a pretty egregious error.
 

Toritoribe

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わ might be just a typo the OP made, since she used は correctly in the title and the rest two in her post.

の is a pronoun to represent "person", which is equivalent to "one" in English, as already mentioned.
 
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