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43. The location particles に and で

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Lesson 43: The location particles に and で

We use the particle for saying that something is present at a certain location.

English Japanese
I am in the United States. べいこくにいます。
beikoku ni imasu.
I have a car at home. うちにくるまがあります。
uti ni kuruma ga arimasu.

Note how あります is translated with to have in the sentence above.

When an event or action is happening at a particular place, we use the particle instead of .

English Japanese
I will buy rice at the shop. みせこめいます。
omise de kome wo kaimasu.
I drank a beverage at home. うちでものみました。
uti de nomimono wo nomimasita.

Note the in front of みせ. The is an honorific prefix, showing respect to the person or object you are talking about. There are several words that commonly go together with this prefix. For example, it can also come in front of みず to make みず. Using is polite, and in casual speech you would just say みず and みせ.

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