Asked • 05/23/19

When is it okay to use あります with a living subject?

When learning Japanese everyone's taught いる is for a living thing and ある is for non-living things. However, I recently saw the following sentence ... >あと、サッカー選手でもあります。 ... which ends in ある / あります for a living subject, assuming were not talking about a dead soccer player! Now the following make uses of ある sense to me: > 〜である > 〜がある > 〜にある But in my mind these adhere to the living/dead rule learned in those first Nihongo classes all those years ago. So where does もあります fit in? How should I think of this in English (equivalent phrase)?

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