I read the first sentence in a graded reader, and I'm wondering why the author chose the first grammar pattern over the second.



What is the difference in meaning between these two phrases, or, if the meaning is relatively similar, why would you choose to use one over the other?

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    絵本とピアノとテレビはあります。 <-- You'd use が as in 「絵本とピアノとテレビあります。」 to mean "There are ~~~" in normal situations...
    – chocolate
    Jun 12, 2018 at 15:17

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See in depth explanation: Use of も in this sentence.

In brief

  • 絵本ピアノテレビあります translates roughly to "There are (many things such as) picture books, a piano, and a television."
  • 絵本ピアノテレビあります translates roughly to "There is a picture book, a piano, and a television (and that's exactly it)."

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