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で vs. に

Alexandra
Asked 6 years ago

In this sentence こうえん で はしりました。 wouldn't be correct to use に instead of で? Isn't はしる a motion verb?

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Great explanation! I agree with you about the difference between こうえんではしりました and こうえんにはしりました.

But actually, we CAN say 日本では人が優しいです. This is interesting!  I don't know how to explain why at this point;  Maybe because it means 日本では人が優しくなります or 日本では優しい人に会えます(?)   I need to think about this some more;

Also, the verb いる usually takes the particle に.  The verb いる is used to descrie "exsitence," not an "action."  So, the sentence should be 日本には優しい人がいます.

Hope this helps.

Masako
Answered 6 years ago

Ops! I accidentally removed Hawaiianboy-san's answer for this question! I asked him to write it again; Basically, he wrote that both particles can work but mean different situations. こうえんではしりました (I ran around inside the park.) こうえんにはしりました(I ran toward the park.) His answer is correct. Sorry about this, Hawaiianboy-san!!

Masako
Commented 6 years ago