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Aug
18
comment List of Japanese counter words
@MarkHosang who decides what is correct or not if not the people using the language?
Aug
18
comment List of Japanese counter words
"+ 船 (sen) for ships". Really? Don't see this in the page you link to. Sure you don't mean 隻 or 艘?
Aug
18
revised Why do children call themselves by their name?
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Aug
17
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Aug
14
comment What exactly is “なの” (nano)?
You are correct that (な)の in the affirmative is feminine speech, but you might want to mention that in questions, it is neutral (at least in standard (Kanto?) Japanese, western speakers might feel differently).
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.