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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)!


Aug
14
comment What exactly is “なの” (nano)?
Ah, and also 大変よ and 大変ね are used, mainly in feminine speech. Yeah, I realize it's confusing.
Aug
14
comment What exactly is “なの” (nano)?
仕事は大変の? is ungrammatical. You might be confusing things, since you mention 高いのよ without saying that this is mainly feminine speech.
Aug
12
revised Imperative used instead of conditional form
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Aug
12
comment Imperative used instead of conditional form
@ZhenLin, basing this only on my gut feeling, I would think it's a similar parallel phenomenon going on in both spheres, rather than a translation... there definitely seems to be something going on with conditionals <-> subjunctives <-> imperatives. Maybe a good question for linguistics.stackexchange.com
Aug
12
comment Imperative used instead of conditional form
@Gradius, thanks, very interesting, 放任法. Didn't know that word, now I have something to google for. And yes, I completely forgot to think about imperatives of adjectives, like 遅かれ早かれ.
Aug
12
asked Imperative used instead of conditional form
Aug
11
comment Adverbial form: 楽しみに or 楽しみで?
@Chocolate, that should be an answer.
Aug
10
comment Why are there 3 ways of writing in Japanese?
@silvermaple, (Chinese) Hanzi to reading is definitely not 1-to-1, although more so than in Japanese. "it matches the spoken language so beautifully"... that might be the case for standard Mandarin, but it's not necessarily the case for a huge number of Chinese dialects.
Aug
9
answered What is the difference between あっての and とあって?
Aug
7
answered Word order: what does 迷惑きわまりない modify?
Aug
6
answered Why are there 3 ways of writing in Japanese?
Aug
6
comment Why are there 3 ways of writing in Japanese?
@sawa, the question is not (specifically) about "describing the usage today", but rather "why are there". Although I agree that questions with "Why" can often be answered in many different ways, I think that a historical view would definitely be one of them.
Aug
6
comment Why are there 3 ways of writing in Japanese?
"it would be the equivalent if every verb in English could be put in the past tense solely by adding '-ed'". Are you assuming a one-to-one mapping between kanji and reading here? There is no logical reason why you couldn't read, say, 読了 as yonda, 行了 as itta, and 食了 as tabeta.
Aug
6
answered Why do children call themselves by their name?
Aug
5
comment 外回り, 内回り instead of 時計回り, 反時計回り
@sawa, I'm just saying that the direction of clock movement might not have been the most intuitive indicator available when the term was coined. In 100 years, if everybody uses digital watches, the term might again not carry much intuition.
Aug
1
comment 外回り, 内回り instead of 時計回り, 反時計回り
@sawa, I'm completely guessing here, but maybe the expressions are older than clocks. And as you know, in the southern hemisphere, sunclocks move counterclockwise =)
Jul
31
comment Where exactly in your body is “心”?
"Where's your soul"? I think once we've established that こころ doesn't refer to an internal organ or a part thereof, the question is meaningless (or at least philosophical and therefore off-topic).
Jul
25
comment Grammatically correct, yet improper?
Interesting answer, but it's still not completely clear to me. To me it seems that what OP is trying to move is not 私, but もらう.
Jul
23
answered How to know what Okurigana signify?
Jul
23
comment Is the difference between On and Kun readings greater than just the pronunciation of the character?
@Chris, some times only context (beyond 送り仮名) can give you the right pronunciation. E.g. 解{と}く and 解{ほど}く