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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)!


Jul
3
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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?
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Jun
12
revised What are the rules for substituting の with ん?
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Jun
12
answered What are the rules for substituting の with ん?
Jun
8
comment A tough translation
@TsuyoshiIto I agree, the sentence seems to be missing some things.
Jun
8
revised A tough translation
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Jun
8
answered A tough translation
Jun
7
comment What are the exceptions of using に and で with regard to 住む and 勤める?
@gibbon, I don't think it makes sense to demand that comments provide insight to non-native speakers. Chocolate noticed other words which are peculiar in a similar way. To search for patterns is common for finding answers to questions, so Chocolate is helping others who might be able to use the hint to provide an answer. I find that a perfectly valid use of comments.
Jun
7
comment How should I use 始める (はじめる) and 始まる (はじまる) as a suffix to intransitive verbs?
A more interesting question might when to use ~始める, ~出す and ~てくる. For the situation I'm imagining you want to use this for (boiling water or food), I think 沸いてきた sounds more natural. Can't explain exactly why, though.
Jun
6
comment Can Hiragana or Katakana stand alone?
@Chocolate Haven't heard that one before. What does it render to in a kanji/hiragana mix?
Jun
5
comment List of suppletive honorific and humble forms
@TsuyoshiIto I think the OP wants triplets of neutral-word/謙譲語/尊敬語. I don't know if 父 is 謙譲語 strictly speaking, but I can see that you can regard it as such, since it is the most appropriate way to reference your own father (私の父)
Jun
1
comment Use of になります in the context of time
"to leave which is conditioned by becoming 10 o'clock". Where do you get this from?
Jun
1
comment Polite speech and うち よそ
Sometimes 謙譲語 is used for he/she e.g. 私の妻が参ります. This is exactly why it is important to understand the うち/そと concept.
Jun
1
comment What is the te-form of 問う?
Most, if not all, Hyojungo speakers pronounce 問う differently from say 塔 (the former as 2 vowels). But in either case, that doesn't seem to be a useful rule of thumb, since it's 負って, 付きまとって, 争って etc.