Homework Translations (Potential Verbs)

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K-Bear
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Homework Translations (Potential Verbs)

Post by K-Bear » Sat 08.30.2014 6:22 pm

Hello, it's nice to meet you! My name is K-Bear and I'm currently working on my second degree in Japanese Studies at a university near my hometown. Currently, I'm in my 3rd semester of the language and classes have just restarted. I was hoping to get some feedback on 3 of my English to Japanese translations. I would appreciate any help you can provide. Thank you!

We have just started potential verbs, and I'm having some trouble deciding how to structure my sentences and which particles to use, please let me know if these are correct.

1. I was unable to eat a green pepper when I was a child, but I can eat it now.
私がこどもの時はピーマンが食べることができませんでしたが、今たべられます。

2. I am glad because I was able to become a lawyer.
べんごしになることができたので、うれしいです。or べんごしになれたので、うれしいです。
Between the two, which one would be better to use?

3. Where can I buy cheap clothes?
安い服はどこが買えますか?
どこには安い服が買えますか?<- I'm leaning towards this one.
Grammatically speaking, are they both correct? If so, which one would be better?

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Re: Homework Translations (Potential Verbs)

Post by Ranja » Sun 08.31.2014 1:05 am

こんにちは。
K-Bear wrote: 1. I was unable to eat a green pepper when I was a child, but I can eat it now.
私がこどもの時はピーマンを食べることができませんでしたが、今たべられます。
or
私がこどもの時はピーマンが(or を)食べられませんでしたが、今はたべられます。
K-Bear wrote: 2. I am glad because I was able to become a lawyer.
べんごしになることができたので、うれしいです。or べんごしになれたので、うれしいです。
Between the two, which one would be better to use?
Both are equally good.
Since you are a lawyer and thus a grown man, it may sound better to use a more grown-up phrase:
べんごしになることができて、うれしくおもっています
K-Bear wrote: 3. Where can I buy cheap clothes?
安い服はどこ買えますか?
どこには安い服が買えますか?<- I'm leaning towards this one.
Grammatically speaking, are they both correct? If so, which one would be better?
Grammatically both are equally right (with a little correction).
I think the latter is slightly more natural. You use the former when you want to put stress on 'cheap clothes' (although the nuance is subtle and you can use them vice versa.)

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Re: Homework Translations (Potential Verbs)

Post by K-Bear » Tue 09.02.2014 11:49 am

Thank you very much.
I will definitely continue working on my particles. I was having trouble deciding what to put in the 3rd sentence, I can't believe I forgot about で... -_-;

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