I’m trying to understand the line in bold from the song “Unlasting” by LiSA:


What I don’t understand is the use of あります here. I think it can be translated as “Somehow you seem to be happy”. However, unless I miss something, あります(有る) should be used for inanimate objects while for animates one should use います(居る).

Thanks! 🙏🏻🙇🏻

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    while for animates one should use いります(居る) います, not いります.
    – istrasci
    Jun 5, 2023 at 15:22
  • You are right - I edited it. Thanks. Jun 6, 2023 at 6:23

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In this case you want to consider であります as a whole. であります means "to be or is" and is being applied to 幸せ (happiness). So 幸せであります is something like is happiness, be happiness, or etc in a literal sense. The ように here also signifies that this is intended as a wish or hope. Also the どうか at the beginning is like "please" or adds emphasis onto this wish or hope.

So this line is something like (without explicitly expressing どうか):


I hope that you are happy

Explicitly expressing どうか as "truly"

I truly hope that you are happy

  • How about the 「どうか」part? Any meaning it adds doesn't translate into English?
    – Mentalist
    Jun 7, 2023 at 2:32
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    どうか in this case is like "please" or adds emphasis onto the wish that "you are happy". From an English perspective, depending on the context it could be translated into "please", "truly", "really", or etc. Jun 7, 2023 at 6:34

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