My question is pretty straightforward (I think): I was reading a story from an app for learning Japanese and came across this phrase:


So far, I have only studied basic grammar, and my primary learning source has been Tae Kim's guide. There he states that I shall not use を with the potential form, and thus follows with examples where を is "substituted" with が or は. So, is my quotation an exception? An error? A colloquialism?

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    I shall not use を with the potential form - this is not true. Using が/は is barely possible, but much less natural for the sentence.
    – sundowner
    Nov 21, 2022 at 23:33


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