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Nov
6
comment Trouble understanding this apology: 我々が…謝罪
What's wrong with 我々, の and 謝罪?
Nov
6
comment Trouble understanding “また何処かで会えると 素敵ですね”
Notice that in "it would be great", the subject is also implied :)
Nov
6
comment When should I replace kanji with hiragana?
"could in principle also be read かいさん" could be misleading, since 海山{かいざん} seems to be an existing word (I admit I didn't know till I looked it up).
Nov
6
comment Questions about this sentence
I don't agree with the "almost as if it was all setup -- fabricated" part. Where do you get this from?
Nov
6
answered Questions about this sentence
Nov
6
answered Why do Japanese speakers have difficulty pronouncing “L”?
Nov
2
answered What's the word or phrase used specifically to describe someone who is only concerned with physical appearence of others?
Oct
30
comment Using で instead of に with いる
Yes, that is pretty much my suspicion as well. Kind of similar to the phenomenon of "One of my friends think ..." in English.
Oct
29
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Oct
27
revised Can someone explain the logic of the grammar “とは限らない”
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Oct
27
answered Can someone explain the logic of the grammar “とは限らない”
Oct
27
comment Why is も used instead of が in the sentence 「日本ではクモを見ると良いことがあると言う人もいますよ」
But actually, I realize I was wrong too, since having the は under the quotation would mean "There are also/even people who say that [seeing a spider is a good thing in Japan]." which is slightly different from yadokari's translation.
Oct
27
comment Why is も used instead of が in the sentence 「日本ではクモを見ると良いことがあると言う人もいますよ」
Yes @By137, I mean "as opposed to other places". We're not disagreeing about what the sentence is likely to mean. I just didn't want yadokari to think that having は under the quotation is not grammatically valid.
Oct
27
comment Using で instead of に with いる
I guess that's grammatically possible, but it's unlikely that's the intent of the sentence. Why would people think the luck of seeing a spider depend on where you see it?
Oct
26
accepted ~たい forms of double-subject sentences
Oct
26
accepted Confusion between causatives and intransitive-transitive
Oct
26
accepted When does a suru-noun require し in front of a purposive-に?
Oct
26
accepted “y”-sound insertion after intervocalic ん
Oct
26
comment Imperative used instead of conditional form
Although I can see how 言えども would become 言え, why would すれども become しろ? Whether it's semantically 命令形 or not, I don't know, but it seems that in form it is the same as 命令形.
Oct
26
comment Do people use the ending ~まい?
I'm not sure you're right about まい tending to appear more in formal writing. To me, it seems that the diachronical factor is the important one, not the formality factor. Do you have any examples of contemporary formal writing where まい is used?