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To put it as directly as possible, based on my experiences and learning, the best way to describe the article の appearing at the end of questions, after verbs, is to convey a stronger sense of curiosity than simply asking the question without it. If you're familiar with the んですか?[noun]なんですか? construction, it plays a similar role. You might think of it as: ...


For a slightly less technical but infinitely more practical explanation, the small form of つ、in modern, living Japanese can be used to affect any combination of phonemes. Any. The best way to think of っ is that whenever you see it, you make a slight pause, then a more percussive following phoneme. This can even apply to a っ found between two vowel sounds, ...


Yes this just means, in standard Japanese, 「例によって例のごとくだ」. And it means the same as 「例によって例のごとしだ」. や is a sentence ending particle used in Kansai. ごとく is the 連用形 of ごとし in old Japanese, and thus (例によって)例のごとく is mainly used adverbially. In your example, it's directly followed by だ/や because 例によって例のごとく is treated as a fixed expression.

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