How's the weather?

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How's the weather?

Post by Kirtar » Sun 02.21.2010 12:36 am

Hey guys,

I was recently givin this sentance, and it just seemed weird to me:

天気をどう思いますか。

This sentance is asking how the weather is.

Would this sound better?:

天気はどうですか。

Or if there is another, better way to say it, please let me know.

Thanks!
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Re: How's the weather?

Post by furrykef » Sun 02.21.2010 6:16 am

The original sentence is fine; it means, "What do you think about the weather?" 〇〇をどう思いますか is the general pattern for "What do you think about _____?" It may seem strange if you translate it literally, but many idioms do. :)

お天気はどうですか (or just 天気 without the お) is also perfectly fine.

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Re: How's the weather?

Post by Mike Cash » Sun 02.21.2010 6:44 am

I would take the first as asking an opinion regarding the weather in the future, in conjunction with a time/place/event already understood between the two speakers.

In other words, not "How's the weather?" or "What do you think of the weather?", but "What do you think the weather will be (at/during/for xxx)?"

Alternately, it could be asking for an opinion of what one thinks of the weather of a given area in a general sort of way.
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Re: How's the weather?

Post by Kirtar » Tue 02.23.2010 2:33 pm

Makes sense. I just wasn't sure, becuase there wasn't much context referring to weather within the text.

Thanks for the help!
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Re: How's the weather?

Post by two_heads_talking » Tue 02.23.2010 4:30 pm

By using omoimasu... Or in this case omoimasuka in the sentence you are asking a non-direct question. From what I remember, the Japanese do this so as not to pigeonhole someone into 'having' to answer a question a certain way..
By asking what do you think, you give the other person a more broad spectrum to answer from than by saying How's the weather?

Less direct questions generally are more polite as well, but that's more inuendo than anything else.

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