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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)!


May
16
comment Stative verbs: ~ている vs ~てある vs ~(ら)れる
@IgnacioVazquez-Abrams Either your books are wrong, or you are reading them wrong. The ている form of change-of-state verbs describe the state of the action having completed. This has been discussed to length in other threads, see e.g. japanese.stackexchange.com/questions/3122/…
May
15
comment How to say “quarter to” or “quarter past” some hour?
@Chocolate So... 3時15分前 is not 標準語?? I would need evidence to believe that.
May
11
comment Difference between 丸い and 円い
@Jesse I agree that 丸く might be more common, but do you have evidence that 円く is wrong? A similar point, though: to write まる, you would use 丸 even if it means a circle, maybe to avoid confusion with 円{えん} which is a word meaning circle by itself, whereas there's no 丸{がん} by itself AFAIK.
May
11
comment Is タオル used for the towels used at onsen?
oh dang, just saw chocolate's comment...
May
11
answered Is タオル used for the towels used at onsen?
May
11
comment What is the difference between 一緒【いっしょ】に and 二人【ふたり】で?
@oldergod An example on eow.alc.co.jp/… : 二人ともそう思ってるんだ。We both feel the same way.
May
11
comment What is the difference between 一緒【いっしょ】に and 二人【ふたり】で?
@DaveMG Maybe assumption is the wrong word. "both" is only applicable when the context is 2 persons. 二人で is applicable with any number of persons in the context. "Are 0 or 1 or 2 of you coming?" "We're both going" vs. "Are 0 or 1 or 2 or 3 or... of you coming?" "二人で行く". Thus 二人で restricts the answer to 2 persons (out of the context) whereas "both" needs not make any restriction, since there were only 2 persons in the context to begin with.
May
10
comment What is the difference between 一緒【いっしょ】に and 二人【ふたり】で?
@DaveMG OK, I see your point. So the context (let's say an invitation) is important. "both" assumes that the context is only 2 persons. If 3 persons' attendance is in question, you wouldn't say "We're both going", you'd say "X of us are going". 二人で makes no such assumptions. The context can be any number of persons, and 二人で行く means "two of us are going" or "We're going (just) the two of us".
May
10
answered What does 遅れに遅れて mean?
May
10
comment What is カッコマン here?
@sawa いえでん is quite common among young speakers, so I wouldn't find it out of context per se, but I agree that in this case it's probably かでん since 1. the picture doesn't at all look like a phone and 2. I think people would shy away from writing いえでん as 家電 because of the obvious confusion.
May
10
comment What does 遅れに遅れて mean?
I'm curious about the context of this sentence. Where did you find it? At first, the combination of 昔 and 自覚する seemed awkward to me, but I guess it's possible if it's supposed to mean something like "At some point in the past, man finally became conscious of his age".
May
10
comment How does one use the “[V ます stem] に [Vタ]” pattern (as in 待ちに待った)?
The expression with negation is more productive than your answer might suggest. 見るに見れない, 聞くに聞けない, やめるにやめられない etc. are possible.
May
9
comment What is the difference between 見える/聞こえる and 見られる/聞ける?
@Matt Thanks for the info. I'm in no way an expert on CJ, and I actually thought they were the same morpheme because of cases like 消ゆる→消える and 燃ゆる→燃える. But thinking about it again, I can see that with けす and もやす, the pattern is different, so I need to revise my theory...
May
9
comment What is the difference between 一緒【いっしょ】に and 二人【ふたり】で?
@DaveMG Sorry if I didn't explain well enough. "I" is strictly one person, but there's still a difference between "I am going" and, say, "I am going by myself". If you say "We are both going" that doesn't necessarily mean "we" are going by ourselves, but if you say 二人で行く, it means that two persons are going by themselves, no more people.
May
8
comment Multiple onyomi
or かみて ........
May
8
comment Is there a difference between んがため and ために?
@Flaw I've never heard 生きようため. You mean after the form 生きる? I think both 生きるため and 生きるがため work.
May
7
comment <te form> + っと (conditional particle)
@ogicu8abruok Many "proper" modern japanese forms come from this process, 走りて -> 走って etc.
May
7
comment Is “今の” in “今のは誰?” considered a synthetic noun?
@Pacerier "だれの母さんの兎の人参は赤い?" is ungrammatical. You probably mean "だれの母さんの兎の人参が赤い?"
May
7
revised In which situations is が used with 曲がる?
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May
7
answered <te form> + っと (conditional particle)