Lesson 174: Using は to indicate possession instead of の
One way to express the sentence Yuko's eyes are big in Japanese would beゆこさんの目は大きいです, which is perfectly acceptable. However, using the particle は, we could write the sentence without the possessive particle の like this: ゆこさんは目が大きいです.
In the latter sentence, which sounds more natural in Japanese, we do not have to directly specify that the big eyes are Yuko's. It is inferred that they belong to her because she is the topic of the sentence.
The table below includes more examples of this pattern using は instead of の.
|Yuko's eyes are big.||
yuko san no me ha ookii desu.
|Yuko has big eyes.||
yuko san ha me ga ookii desu.
|Jon's house is old and near the park.||
zyon san ha ie ga hurukute, kouen no tikaku desu.
|Her father is a teacher.||
kanozyo ha otousan ga sensei desu.
|picture; drawing; painting; sketch||
|Her new paintings are really beautiful.||
kanozyo ha atarasii e ga totemo kirei desu.