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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
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
Jul
23
comment Is the difference between On and Kun readings greater than just the pronunciation of the character?
1 might be true in general, but there are special cases, see ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
Jul
23
answered How to know which On reading to use?
Jul
22
awarded  Nice Question
Jul
20
comment Are 弱い相互作用 and 強い相互作用 unnatural?
@Gradius, is 弱気 really pure yamato kotoba? ki is 音読み.
Jul
18
comment dekireba/dekitara
@gibbon, the question seems clear enough to me. Maybe you should make it clearer what you find ill formed?
Jul
3
awarded  Enlightened
Jul
3
awarded  Nice Answer
Jun
15
comment Getting your haircut in Japan
@sawa There does seems to be some confusion about this use of すく: oshiete.goo.ne.jp/qa/6307695.html. And for what it's worth, my dictionary (KENKYUSHA新ポケット和英辞典) lists LH as the pitch for 梳く, which is also how I would say it. My dictionary and I have been wrong before, though, so I'll try asking some 標準語 speakers.
Jun
15
comment What is the difference between 残念ながら and 残念なことに
別れている does not mean "am breaking up with you", it means "have broken up with you". ている for change-of-state verbs expresses then completed state.
Jun
15
comment What is the difference between がる and ぎみ?
Plain wrong. ぎみ does not mean "full of".
Jun
15
comment What is the difference in terms of grammar between きり and っぱなし?
That should be a compound noun.
Jun
13
answered What rules should be followed when saying “we”?
Jun
12
comment What are the rules for substituting の with ん?
@sawa I assumed the asker was only asking about the "genitive" の. Edited to clarify my assumption. It's obvious from your examples that different rules apply for substantivizing のs.
Jun
12
revised What are the rules for substituting の with ん?
Clarified scope