Difference between this two sentences

Hey guys.

Does any one know what’s the difference between this two sentences:



How would you translate them in english? Do they mean the same for asking what someone will do on Wednesday?


I think they are pretty much the same with a bit of difference in nuance.

水曜日に何をしますか。 = What are you doing on Wednesday?

水曜日に何がありますか。= What (plans) do you have on Wednesday? Or What do you have going on Wednesday?

I usually hear the first of the two. I usually hear the second used like this
水曜日に何かありますか。(Do you have something going on Wednesday?) (not sure if you’ve come across this grammar pattern yet or not, but 何か means “something.”)

This is all just based on what I’ve gathered from experience here and may be COMPLETELY wrong. But i hope it helps!

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What will you do on Wednesday?


What do you have on Wednesday?

The first is likely seeking an activity (for example, I learned to answer with something like “I will play tennis” or “I will go shopping”), while the second one is searching for something like “I have work” or “I have school” or “I have tennis class.”

ある also functions to translate as “There is…” in some instances, so 水曜日にアルバイトがあります can quite literally translate to “There is a part-time job on Wednesday.”

Hope this helps a bit!

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