[JLPT grammar] The difference between はがす and むく

Today I am going to share the homework correction quoted from my JLPT course!
The student’s sentence is not correct. Can you find the mistake?


[Student’s sentence]





[My correction]

→ バナナは皮をむいて食べます。
Bananas are peeled and eaten.


はがす is used when you remove something that is attached to the surface, while むく is used to remove a covering in order to access what is inside. You should use むく because you are going to remove the banana skin, which covers the surface of the banana, in order to eat the inside of the banana.


Peel the shell off a boiled egg.

The peel of mandarin oranges is easy to peel.

Remove the sticker from the bottle.

Remove the poster from the wall.


I hope my explanation helps you. 😊


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