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 (rōmaji 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 ha 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 ha chūsha ga dekinai.
    Cannot park in this place. (Maybe can park in some other place.)

Etymology 2[edit]

Conjunction[edit]

では (rōmaji 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 (つぎ)画面 (がめん) ()る)をタイプして (つぎ)画面 (がめん) (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 ()しながら v です)
      De ha C-v (tsugi no gamen o miru) o taipu shite tsugi no gamen ni susunde kudasai. (Sā, yattemimashō. Kontorōrukī o oshinagara 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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