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Which fits better in the following sentences, は or が?

A: あそこ に おとこのこ (A) います。

B: その おとこのこ(B) 8さい です。

The most straight forward answers are:

A: あそこ に おとこのこ います。There is a boy over there.

B: その おとこのこ 8さい です。That boy is 8 years old.

[place] に [(a) living/moving thing(s)] います。

= There is/are [(a) living/moving thing(s)] (in/at) [place].
 
[X] {Y} です。= [X] is/am/are [Y].
 
Then what happens if I put は and が the other way around?
 
A’: あそこ に おとこのこ います can mean: The boy is over there. However, if I already knew about the boy and if I want to tell where he is, then I would start the sentence with “the boy,” i.e. おとこのこ あそこ に います。so the sentence: あそこ に おとこのこ います sounds quite a bit awkward.
 
B’: その おとこのこ 8さい です implies that there are many other boys around and that that boy in particular is 8 years old and others are not, so this does not fit the photo.
 

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