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Subject: Re: Negated topic in subordinate clauses
From: Glenn
Date: Fri, 29 May 2009 13:44:29 GMT
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> Hi, I have been wondering about this question for a while now and haven't found an answer anywhere online.
> Can a topic marker used to mark the negated phrase be used in a subordinate clause? I know that topic markers can not appear in them. However, I have seen some sentences like this, (as a random example),
> 犬じゃない私は犬を食べる。
> Doesn't this violate the rule of not using topic marker in clauses, since じゃない = で は ない?

It's fine when it's used for negation, yes. There was a post about this a few years ago that seems to have disappeared into the vaccuum of the Google cache, so I couldn't find it, but what I did find was evidence that it's OK: 元気じゃない人 (2,950 hits for that exact phrase).

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