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Japanese and Japan
I’m trying to put a sentence in Japanese into English. The following is what I have made. Which is more natural #1 or #2?
1. Temperature in Okinawa is much higher than in Tokyo. [general statement]
2. The temperature in Okinawa is much higher than in Tokyo. [general statement]
First I made #1, but I began to wonder if #2 might be better. What do you think?
 
  • timpeac

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    English (England)
    I’m trying to put a sentence in Japanese into English. The following is what I have made. Which is more natural #1 or #2?
    1. Temperature in Okinawa is much higher than in Tokyo. [general statement]
    2. The temperature in Okinawa is much higher than in Tokyo. [general statement]
    First I made #1, but I began to wonder if #2 might be better. What do you think?
    It's definitely 2. I initially felt that 1 could never be right, but when I read your comment about "general statement" and I can see your confusion.

    I'm not sure why you can't use "temperature" in this way to make a general statement, but it certainly sounds odd. I think it must be because it's short for "the temperature that one will feel if one is in Okinawa" or similar. Of both I would prefer "Temperatures in Okinawa are much higher than in Tokyo" because the temperature can always vary but whichever it is, on average, it is higher in Okinawa.
     
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