So I’ve asked a similar questions before here, think I’m right here but just wanted to make sure

So the sentence ‘Yesterday 3 guests came over to my house’, am I right in saying it can be said in the two following way?




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    We don't accept bulk translation checks that does not focus on on specific use or words, grammar point, sentence structure, etc. Are you concerned with は/が? How to use numbers? Please explain.
    – naruto
    Commented Apr 26, 2020 at 11:10
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    Was only really wondering that the sentence makes sense regardless of the structure at the start. Well also In the first sentence GA is used after the word for guests but before stating how many there are whilst in the next one WA is used after saying 3 guests
    – Pmckeown2
    Commented Apr 26, 2020 at 11:24

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This is perfectly correct and natural (except that you used no kanji).


So you made three changes: 1) used は instead of が, 2) moved さんにん, and 3) moved わたしのうちに. Among this, 3) is perfectly okay, but you usually should not do 2), and you should never do 1).

  • You have to use が instead of は because "guests" has not been introduced in the discourse (See: What's the difference between wa (は) and ga (が)?).
  • さんにん is basically adverbial (i.e., modifies a following verb), so it is usually placed somewhere between が and きました. Instead, you could have said さんにんのおきゃくさん to say "three guests" like in English, although it might sound a little stiff and unnatural in a casual conversation (See: How to list numbers of things)

The following sentences are valid alternative ways to say the first one:

  • 昨日お客さんが3人私のうちに来ました。
  • 私のうちに昨日3人のお客さんが来ました。

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