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I have stumbled upon instances where "は + verb" is used in situations where I thought "を + verb" should be used. For example recently I've seen "その覚悟はしてました" (I was prepared for that) and "楽な道は選ぶな" (don't choose an easy road).

Is there a difference? And if there is, what's the "rule" when to use "は" instead of "を"?

Thanks in advance.

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It's a question of emphasis. "I am prepared for that." "Do not choose the easy way." –  Zhen Lin Jul 15 '14 at 18:17

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は is normally used a subject marker, but its also used for emphasis by slightly subverting its standard usage. When used this way, it's usually to show contrast the object with some other object. In your example sentence (その覚悟はしてました), the speaker indicates that they're prepared for the eventuality that their conversation partner just mentioned, but maybe not some others.

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Okay. Thanks for the answer! –  RadonBust Jul 15 '14 at 19:33
は is often a topic marker not a subject marker, that is が. –  Tim Jul 15 '14 at 21:46

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