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The は particle is frequently when expressing negative things, not just in the case of "ではない" (じゃない) but in a form like form "XはYがない". While there is some nuance difference, I think for the most part "には意味がない”,"では意味がない”, and "は意味がない” have a similar meaning. You can do a web search and see that they are all used in similar situations. However, in the ...


Let me caveat this answer by saying that I've only been learning for a year and use of は is a mind bending subject. First of all, は does not mean 'be'. If you really think this then you have a serious misunderstanding. In your example the function of 'be' is provided by です. は is the topic or contrast marker. For me the distinction between topic and contrast ...


「ジョンさんはうちととしょかんでべんきょうします。」 This sentence is grammatical but it does not sound very natural for a couple of reasons. 1) Use of 「うち」. In this sentence, the speaker is NOT ジョン. When native Japanese-speakers hear just 「うち」, we would tend to think it refers to the speaker's home as @broccoli forest states in the comment above. To avoid that, you can use ...


As you said yourself, じゃ is just the colloquial form of では。If the sentence was written more "properly" it would be: 相手では意味が無い See: では・じゃ

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