For example, someone who was born without an arm, or has an extra leg and wants to be able to express this in words. Or perhaps in a fantasy setting have retractable wings, and wants to tell people this.

"I have wings"
"I have an extra arm"
"I only have nine fingers" etc.

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    Which do you want, a generic term (single word) for "deformity/anomaly", or a sentence pattern "I (do not) have X in/on my Y"?
    – naruto
    Oct 25, 2017 at 11:59
  • more of a sentence pattern. Like is it 「翼がある」, 「足がない」etc or? Oct 25, 2017 at 12:01

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(何に)手・足・胃・頭・鼻 がある。 (X has) a hand/leg/stomach/head/nose.

should be sufficient.

If you need to quantify, you could say

狼男には耳が2つある。 A werewolf has two ears.

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    Ok so it was ある after all, but I see, you have to use に after the being in question. So if i were to say 'I have wings on my back' it would be: '私の背中には翼がある, right? Oct 25, 2017 at 12:09
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    Yes you could say that. に is commonly a location marker, after all.
    – keithmaxx
    Oct 26, 2017 at 2:17

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