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    trunklayer
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    Sorry for bothering everyone, but there is something I want to ask. I once saw an anime scene where three characters confirmed a question in three different ways:
    1st character: 本当です。
    2nd character: 本当だ。
    3d character: 本当じゃ。
    I know that 「です」 is polite and 「だ」 is casual, but what about 「じゃ」? Is it casual or polite?
    Also, if I use 「です」, shouldn’t I use 「ではありません」 instead of 「じゃありません」?
    And if I use 「じゃありません」, shouldn’t I use 「じゃ」 instead of 「です」?

    #49194

    Joel
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    じゃ is Hiroshima dialect for だ. It gets confusing, I know – I’ve had to teach it to myself so that I can translate a drama series that I’ve been doing. Also, から becomes け, so だから becomes じゃけ, which sounds like something completely different. Et cetera.

    In the case of ではありません, you tend to use では in writing and じゃ in speaking.

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    trunklayer
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    Thanks for the help!

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