では

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Japanese[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Compound of particle (de, at, in, on, locative particle) and (wa, topic particle; no English equivalent).

Particle[edit]

では (romaji de wa)

  1. at, in a place (as the topic of a statement)
     (かれ) (いえ)ではおとなしい。
    Kare wa ie de wa otonashii.
    [As for] In the house, he is quiet. (Otherwise, he may be not quiet.)
    ここでは駐車 (ちゅうしゃ)出来 (でき)ない。
    Koko de wa chūsha ga dekinai.
    Cannot park in this place. (Maybe can park in some other place.)

Etymology 2[edit]

Conjunction[edit]

では (romaji de wa)

  1. well, so, well then (used at the start of a sentence as an interjection or conjunction, leading in from the previous statement)
    • From the Emacs tutorial (English)
      では C-v (次の画面を見る)をタイプして次の画面に進んで下さい。(さあ、やってみましょう。コントロールキーを押しながら v です)
      では C-v (つぎのがめんをみる)をたいぷしてつぎのがめんにすすんでください。(さあ、やってみましょう。コントロールキーを押しながら v です)
      De wa C-v (tsugi no gamen o miru) o taipu shite tsugi no gamen ni susunde kudasai. (sā, yatte mimashō. Kontorōru kī o oshi na gara v desu)
      Now type C-v (View next screen) to move to the next screen. (go ahead, do it by depressing the control key and v together)
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