Drill: えいご_はなしません。

Kira Resari
Asked 8 months ago


In the drill "えいご_はなしません。", I had the options to answer, among others, で and を. I chose を and was marked down as wrong, the supposedly correct answer having been で, but I am sceptical.


Yes, "えいごではなしません。" is a correct sentence, translating to "I don't speak in English.", but is "えいごをはなしません。" not also a correct sentence, as in "I don't speak English?" Or does はなします necessarily require the particle で?


And if "えいごをはなしません。" is not a correct sentence, how else would you say "I don't speak English."?

Hello Kira Resariさん! I understand your confusion and I believe what you are saying is also correct! It is really case by case, so I would have to look at the drill and the lesson to make sure that I understand in what kind of situation the sentence is being used, to the most appropriate answer! So will you give me the drill number if you can? Then I can make sure! Also, in Japanese we do not really say えいごをはなしません although it is not wrong. To say "I don't speak English," we mostly say "えいごははなしません" Anyhow, will you let me know exactly which drill it is that you are working on and I can further illustrate?:) Thanks! Cheers

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で is more appropriate because you are using english as a "tool" to speak. Think just like how you in "スプーンで食べます” you are using a spoon to eat. I'm not too sure if the usage of を is incorrect or no, but I don't think I've seen it before the verb 話す before.


If I'm having trouble figuring out if I should use を or not I always ask myself "what".  For example, "what do you talk?" the answer would be with を and "what (tool) do you use to talk" the answer would be with で. I can't think of an example where I'll be using を before it, maybe the more experienced people can help with that?  A random example: "さくらちゃんとえいごではんします” So here you are using the english language to talk with Sakura.


For 食べる it would be "what do you eat" and "what (tool) do you use to eat" It's much clearer than the other verb. Example: "スプーンでりんごをたべます" Using a spoon to eat an apple.


That's how I understand it at least. Some verbs can be a bit confusing to figure out. Hopefully that was helpful! If it didn't answer much then I hope somoene with more experience answers you.

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