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What the heck is This?

Postby kentaku_sama » Sat 11.07.2009 12:17 am

So I've done genki for a while and I can't really understand why this is used in this context:

ブラジルに行ったことがありますか?  
  Response:  メキシコならいkったことがあります、 ブラジルに行ったことがありません

 Why say that instead of : ブラジルにいった? Or ブラジルに行きましたか? 

And what in the heck is が doing at the end of after a verb. Is it stating that that clause is a subject or what? :|

Someone plz explain these forms to me.
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Re: What the heck is This?

Postby furrykef » Sat 11.07.2009 12:22 am

Xことがありますか = Have you ever Xed?

が at the end of a sentence -- that is, after a verb -- means "but" (or sometimes something more like "and").

Q: Have you ever gone to Brazil?
A: I've been to Mexico, but I haven't been to Brazil.

If instead the question were ブラジルに行きましたか?, then it would mean, "Did you go to Brazil?" -- similar, but not the same and will sound unnatural if the other question is intended.

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Re: What the heck is This?

Postby kentaku_sama » Fri 02.05.2010 1:09 pm

Ariagtou wakatta
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