I know that there are tons upon tons of resources on this question because I did a thorough search in google before this post but they don't seem to address my case. I saw this used in a tutorial that I recently looked at:
Here the tutorial used は for the ATM. And then I saw another example like this:
Right here they use が for to say there is no water. Now I know that は and が are interchangeable but the tutorial won't accept my answer(I'm using Memrise). The question is:
How do you say "Is there an ATM?"
and my answer was
So is that a correct way to say it or is it not? What is it implying if it is. I saw SO MANY different things said for は and が. Here are some of them for example:
- が puts emphasis on the word before it and は puts emphasis on the word after it.
- は is used when we are familiar with the object and が is used when we are introducing an unknown one to the one we are talking to.
- は is used when you want to say that the object は puts an emphasis on is the only one that matters. "わたしは。。。" meaning I am... I don't care about other people, as far as I am concerned... and が is used to make the object "pop" and be distinguished from others: "わたしが。。。" if we use the が when we are in a group of people it means: Not the others but ME. It notes that out of all the people in the group I am the one that's concerned in this sentence.
There are many more since I looked at a lot of sources but every source seems to put a different spin on it. Are all of these bullet points correct?
I really seem to have a problem with learning by jumping from resource to resource since they all change so weirdly and they confuse me as to what's right and what isn't. Any idea how to help with that? Any particular resource I can look at and stick with?
Sorry for the long question I just needed to add these last few paragraphs to improve my learning in general.