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what is the difference between

それが人の本質だからでは

and

それが人の本質だから

saw this in an episode of attack on titan

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This では is short for ではないか, which roughly means "..., isn't it?". For example, 夢では means "It's a dream, isn't it?" or just "Isn't it a dream?".

それが人の本質だからでは
= それが人の本質だからではないか

It's because that is the true nature of humans, isn't it?

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  • Can では be also short for ではない?
    – Jimmy Yang
    Aug 4 at 3:01
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    @JimmyYang Yes, see this answer. But usually いいえ or an ellipsis is present when non-interrogative ではない is intended. Otherwise the sentence would look too confusing.
    – naruto
    Aug 4 at 4:31

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