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I speak Japanese semi-natively, but have never studied Japanese grammar formally (only the stuff I've picked up here and there). I'm very interested in grammar in general, but do not know much of the terminology specific to Japanese. Looking forward to learn (and teach)!


Mar
27
comment Why is “学生” made “plural” in this newspaper article?
I agree with @istrasci, the default interpretation without たち is just one student. There's also the question of whether it was all the design majors, or just some of them. My default reading of the given sentence is that it's all of them.
Mar
16
comment Use of する to describe one's colour
Maybe I should be asking a new question, but native speakers: how natural do you found this sentence compared to 象は灰色だ? I find 灰色をしている unnatural unless the 灰色 is modified, as in 像は綺麗な灰色をしていた.
Mar
16
comment Is “げえしゃ” a valid pronunciation of “芸者”?
Completely off topic, but is 英語を話せます being taught as correct in school? Or even as the only correct choice? To me, this choice is at best marked, and 英語が話せます the preferred choice. (Yes, I know that を is gaining ground among younger speakers, and I respect this as evolution of the language, just wondering how accepted it is in prescriptive environments)
Feb
25
comment How to negate “べき”? (ie. “should not”)
@l'électeur, it's google.co.jp/… . Not accepted by everyone, but quite common.
Feb
25
comment How to negate “べき”? (ie. “should not”)
ないべき is very common, although it is probably a relatively new usage not used/accepted by all.
Feb
18
comment Can 勝手に決める by itself carry a negative connotation?
If B's plans make B lose and A win, how is that a selfish action?
Feb
18
comment Can 勝手に決める by itself carry a negative connotation?
Can you explain the situation? If the addressee makes a selfish choice and loses to the speaker, would that be a negative thing for the speaker? I just don't understand where this situation would apply.
Feb
6
comment はは or おかあさん what should be used?
Probably not that important, but do you mean a lawyer?
Feb
3
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Jan
23
comment usage of ていた in 俺の一撃は、彼のもう一本の剣にギリギリで弾かれていた
My guess is that the past perfect was used to give the nuance of "It all went by very fast, and only afterwards did I realize what had happened, namely that... ". But as you say, hard to be sure without context.
Jan
19
awarded  Yearling
Nov
29
answered Explaining phrase お客様各位【きゃく.さま.かく.い】
Oct
21
comment What is the meaning of 座っておいで?
@DariusJahandarie, you're right. Hm... the use of おいで as an imperative without any (even weak) sense of "come" strikes me as outdated, but I won't argue with the dictionary.
Oct
21
comment What is the meaning of 座っておいで?
Can you provide more context? I just want to make sure it's おいで and not e.g. おいて. おいで means "come", and I guess "Sit then come" is possible, but not very likely.
Oct
17
answered How did the originally honorific forms of address 君、お前、貴様 become informal or even insulting?
Oct
10
answered meaning of “目{め}に見えるほど、〜”
Oct
10
comment Japanese writings in Brazil
That would be 堕落{だらく}, not 墜落{ついらく}
Sep
30
comment Difference between 「なるベく」 and 「なるべき」
なるべく is an adverbial form, なるべき is an adnominal form.
Sep
30
answered Making 「たくさん」act as a full-fledged 形容動詞{けいようどうし}
Sep
24
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