In いっすんぼうし, a very popular fairy tale, this line appears:

だいじんは からだは ちいさいけれど げんきな
いっすんぼうしを たいそう きにいり
じぶんの いえで はたらかせることにしました。

Is 「だいじんは からだは」 grammatically correct? What would be done to make this more correct?

  • It couldn't be more correct.
    – user4092
    Commented Nov 11, 2014 at 2:52
  • I thought it was, but I've never seen it before, so I'm a bit curious about it.
    – molonsha
    Commented Nov 11, 2014 at 2:55
  • 2
    Why did you believe it was incorrect? What rule did you think the construction violated?
    – jkerian
    Commented Nov 11, 2014 at 5:05

1 Answer 1


The sequence 体は小さいけれど元気な serves as an adjectival block which modifies [一寸法師]{いっすんぼうし}. 体は小さいけれど元気な一寸法師 is object of the verb 気に入り, in turn. [大臣]{だいじん}(は) is its subject. So, the whole sentence has kind of a nested structure, and the two は belong to different levels respectively.

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