Difference between ではありません and ありません. When do I need to add the では in front of ありません?



is meant to express something isn't, while


is meant to express the lack of or nonexistence of something (if concrete, something immobile).

学校ではありません。 (It's) not a school.

学校ありません。 There's no school.


ありません is the negative polite form of あります. You use it to describe that something "doesn't exist". Ex.:

ここに車がありません。 There are no cars here.

ではありません on the other hand, acts as the negative form of です. Ex.:

私は猫ではありません。 I'm not a cat.

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