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Dec
21
comment How does ウァ differ from ワ and ヴァ?
@H0efi, what do you mean "are the same"? They're obviously not the same. But when used for Japanese, they are pronounced the same, /wa/. When used to describe foreign pronunciation, there are no clear rules. But there seems to be a convention to transcribe Latin /va/ as ウァ.
Dec
20
answered How does ウァ differ from ワ and ヴァ?
Dec
19
revised Double subject construction?
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Dec
19
revised Double subject construction?
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Dec
19
comment Double subject construction?
@snailplane, whoops, you're right. I'll update my answer. Thanks
Dec
19
comment Why is 間{かん} used to denote some amounts of time but not others?
@oldergod, yes, but 一分間, 一ヶ月間 and 一年間 also exist, which I suppose is what is causing the confusion.
Dec
19
answered Double subject construction?
Dec
19
answered Where does the suffix 〜がる come from?
Dec
17
answered Except for pitch, what are the differences in pronunciation between Kansaiben and Tokyoben?
Dec
17
accepted 形容詞 ending in /ei/ and /ii/
Dec
17
comment Is みんな being used as a “counter”?
@Tim, in the examples みんな is used as an adverb, so it's not a case of が-elision (皆, 全て can be used as adverbs even in registers where you wouldn't omit particles). As for 世界の子供はみんなが私を知っています, it's not incorrect, but I believe it's not very common since 世界の子供 and みんな refer to the same thing.
Dec
17
comment How do you write the sound “wu”?
@ogicu8abruok, thanks, but that video is not available in my region.
Dec
17
comment How do you write the sound “wu”?
@ZhenLin, well [β] is already an allophone of /b/ in Japanese, so that just confirms my theory that /v/ doesn't exist (for all) in Japanese. That it is supposed to represent a labiodental voiced fricative, is confirmed here: ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E3%83%B4 "有声唇歯摩擦音"
Dec
14
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Dec
14
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Dec
14
comment How do you write the sound “wu”?
@ogicu8abruok, well, it depends. I guess it is an indication that it should be pronounced as /v/, but most people don't (or can't). Actually, in most cases people would write ブ, not ヴ. クリスマスイブ is more common than クリスマスイヴ (my intuition, plus Google hits, for what that's worth), and pronouncing it /-ibu/ is much more common than pronouncing it /-ivu/ (I would take the latter either as snobbery or an attempt to explicitly show how it's written).
Dec
14
answered How do you write the sound “wu”?
Dec
14
comment How do you write the sound “wu”?
@Dono, I guess you're right in principle, but it's kind of a gray area. Japanese has ヴ (although I believe it's never mandatory to use it), but I wouldn't consider /v/ to be part of native Japanese phonetic inventory.
Dec
14
comment Usage of けど / でも
@xTCx, and yes, you're right it appears after nouns and na-adj, but when this happens, were are really also talking about subclauses. So e.g. 緑だけど is [緑だ]けど, where 緑だ means "it's green" and けど means "although". I.e. "Although it's green" or "It's green, but". When だけど stands alone, だ can be seen a subclause by itself.
Dec
14
comment Usage of けど / でも
@xTCx, yes だけど is just だ + けど. だ refers to the previous sentence (or something in the discourse). So だけど is kinda like "In spite of that", where だ has the same function as "that" and けど has the same function as "In spite of". But when it starts a sentence, it's often more natural to just translate it as "But".