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I can't catch the grammar of the following sentence
In the previous text there was no reference to 100人.
What is the function of は here? Is it a contrastive marker used instead of を?
What is the meaning of the sentence?
Now I am so jealous that I am able to kill at least 100 men.
Am I right?
asked Nov 24, 2015 at 19:57
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You're correct, this kind of は means "at least".
- 3個は食べられる。 I can eat at least three.
- ここに3人はいる。 There are at least three people here.
- 3時間は待つ必要がある。 We have to wait at least for three hours.
number + は does not mean "at least" in sentences like this:
- 5個のりんごがある。3個はまだ青い。 There are five apples. Three of them are still green.
- 10年は長い時間だ。 Ten years is a long time.
answered Nov 25, 2015 at 1:54
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