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は and 好き in 大仏は好きですよ


28 Jan 2012
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They say that everithing you like must be marked with が in Nihongo, but if I use は instead, would it be wrong? Can I omit です too?


22 Feb 2008
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They say that everithing you like must be marked with が in Nihongo, but if I use は instead, would it be wrong?
は works as a contrastive marker, thus, it implies that the speaker likes Daibutsu but doesn't like something. For instance, it's used in the following context.

A: 菩薩は好きですか?
B: いいえ、そんなに好きじゃないです。でも、大仏は好きですよ。
A: Do you like Bosatsu?
B: No, I don't like so much, but I like Daibutsu.

Or, it works well in the following context, too.

A: 大仏を見たことがありますか?
B: いいえ、まだ見たことはないです。でも、大仏は好きですよ。
A: Have you ever seen Daibutsu?
B: No, I haven't yet, but I like Daibutsu.

In this case, "I like Daibutsu" is contrasted with "I haven't seen Daibutsu yet".

Can I omit です too?
Yes. It's a non-polite/casual version. Incidentally, 好きよ is used by female.
21 Jun 2017
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EDIT: LOL, of course I would end up writing at the same time as Toritoribe-san and getting ninja'd. Still curious if I got this right at all.

Are you familiar with the way が and は are chosen? Basically, the choice of は vs が changes the voice/focal point of the sentence, and you want to choose the right one for any given context. It's a hard thing for me to fully grasp as a native English speaker, since English uses tone and stress for that purpose, but Mike Cash once suggested a "rule of thumb": は puts the focus after it, while が puts the focus before it.

Of course, は can also be used to show contrast. Things like, "I don't like pasta, but I like bread," if I understand correctly.

So I'm not 100% certain about this since I'm still pretty much a complete novice, but I think:


Focuses on telling someone that it's daibutsus that you like, e.g. when answering a question about what you like.


Could be contrasting that you like daibutsus (and not something else), or could be putting focus on the fact that you like them, e.g. maybe an answer to a question about what you think of daibutsus.

You could also do:


To avoid all of those connotations.

Of course, if I got any of that wrong, I'll leave it to the others to correct me.
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