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I'm learning Japanese on Duolingo.

I was wondering:

学校は日本にあります means 'The school is in Japan'

What is the difference between 学校は日本にあります and the Japanese translation of 'There is a school in Japan'? I thought arimasu could be translated as 'there is'...

Thanks in advance

  • Your question title asks about です, but you don't mention です anywhere in the question itself. Could you please edit your question to clarify a bit? – snailcar Feb 16 at 14:58
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If I am not mistaken this question is not about です at all (if so, please change the title). It seems to be a matter of focus and of what is already known.

学校日本にあります。

means 'Talking about the school, it is in Japan.' We know of the school and we give extra information about it.

On the other hand,

日本に(は)学校あります。

takes Japan for granted (so to speak) and we say something about it: 'In Japan there are schools.'

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