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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)!


Dec
4
answered Can 猿 technically mean “ape”?
Dec
4
comment I have no idea what this is saying. Can you have two topics in a sentence?
A straight copy from where? From something that might be a bit loose on punctuation?
Dec
4
comment Questions on イケてる
I agree with the gender-specificity of イケメン and that it comes from "men", but I always thought there was a wordplay implied, i.e. イケ面, good looking face
Dec
1
comment Where does「えっと」come from?
Do you have any sources for this claim? Also, I don't see why you compare 言えないと which means "If _ cannot say" and 行かないと which means "If _ do not go". The parallel of 行かないと would be 言わないと.
Nov
30
comment How can I express that X is as big/small/fast/… as Y?
Did you try consulting a dictionary? eow.alc.co.jp/search?q=nearly+as eow.alc.co.jp/search?q=as eow.alc.co.jp/search?q=not+as
Nov
28
comment Difference in word use: 父親 母親 両親 父母
@Chocolate, 父親 and 母親 are not Sino loanwords (unless maybe you pronounce them ふしん and ぼしん =)
Nov
28
comment 形容詞 ending in /ei/ and /ii/
@Dono, thanks, you are right, now I'm embarrassed for not thinking it through before asking. I still feel there's something special about /ii/, though.
Nov
28
comment 形容詞 ending in /ei/ and /ii/
Whoa, how did I overlook 大きい, good one. @ZhenLin, great observation, I found something here: shin-araragi.jp/zakki_bn/bn_01/zakki0901.htm, but yes, as you said it does look like a special case.
Nov
27
comment 形容詞 ending in /ei/ and /ii/
@Dono, yes, I wasn't 100% sure that was actually a form of べき, but that is also suggested on the linked page.
Nov
27
asked 形容詞 ending in /ei/ and /ii/
Nov
27
comment Why does 今度【こんど】 mean “next time”?
This explains the usage well, but doesn't really explain why 今度 can mean "next time" whereas e.g. 今回 can not.
Nov
25
comment What is the difference between ずに and ない-form?
@Chocolate, except in Western dialects it's quite common to use 座らんと立って話した :)
Nov
22
comment Are there any common grammatical errors made by native Japanese speakers?
Maybe this should be community wiki? There also seems to be some confusion between the imperative of ichidan verbs and godan verbs ending in -iru and -eru. Is it しゃべれ or しゃべろ, みれ or みろ etc. There might be some dialectal influence on this too, not sure.
Nov
22
comment Insertion of “y” sound between vowels
@alexandrec, glottal stop does occur in Japanese (see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_phonology#Glottal_stop_insertion) but as you wrote, (usually) not between particles and what they attach to.
Nov
21
comment What are the “slots” in the Japanese agglutinative verb system?
(3) tabe-rare-sase-takat-ta `wanted to be forced into being eaten' I think you mean "wanted to force into being eaten"
Nov
21
answered Understanding the particle や in the phrase “今や”
Nov
21
comment Typo or am I missing something? 「ドイツ語も勉強しないとですね。」
Related: japanese.stackexchange.com/questions/4846/…
Nov
21
answered Which forms of a verb do I need to memorize to distinguish ichidan from godan?
Nov
21
comment Which forms of a verb do I need to memorize to distinguish ichidan from godan?
I think you have to be clearer about your assumptions/definitions. Depending on definition, only "suru" and "kuru" are considered irregular in Japanese, in which case "Irregular Ichidan verbs ending in iru and eru" is unclear. Also, for regular verbs, you could argue that you only need to remember one form, as long as you remember the conjugations.
Nov
21
comment Can the particle は be used twice?
I'm not sure I agree with this. In e.g. 九月には彼は日本に帰ります none of the はs have to be contrastive.