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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)!


Feb
27
answered How does this meaning of 笑えないかな work?
Feb
26
comment In what way is the negative form of a verb an adjective?
@Ian I don't those are considered productive, are they? I haven't heard 赤げ or 赤がる either. Also, missing forms is usually not enough to expell a word from a word class. ある doesn't have a non-polite negative, but is still a verb.
Feb
26
comment Correct word for “indeed”
@KarlKnechtel Well, OP and dictionary.reference.com/browse/indeed seem to agree with me. I don't know what part of backchannel qualities you didn't like, but I'll post the link just in case en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Backchannel_(linguistics)
Feb
26
comment たり sentence without the final たり
I don't understand this answer. つもり implies future, but “tend“ suggests habitual present.
Feb
24
comment Difference between 「来ませんでした」and「来なかったです」
@sawa, As I said, the question was not duplicate, the answer was. Otherwise, we would have to change the original question to be general enough to encompass this question as well.
Feb
24
answered Difference between 「来ませんでした」and「来なかったです」
Feb
24
comment How do I accurately convey “enough to make a difference”?
I'm a bit confused. The two uses of "different" compare different things. The first one compares the pronunciation of the two English words, the second one compares "differentiating the two words" and "not differentiating them".
Feb
24
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Feb
24
answered Correct word for “indeed”
Feb
23
answered What are these forms: かけちゃお, つないじゃお?
Feb
23
answered What is the etymology of the word しょーむない?
Feb
23
answered word search: voluntary pause between desire and action
Feb
22
revised Using げ to turn adjectives and nouns into adverbs
edited body
Feb
22
comment When would you use 新{あら}たな and 新{あたら}しい
@ZhenLin I've always found it peculiar that 新しい ends in しい, which is usually for "subjective" adjectives. "New" seems pretty objective, and 古い doesn't end in しい. Not sure if this is related to the question in any way, though.
Feb
22
answered Using げ to turn adjectives and nouns into adverbs
Feb
22
comment “Rather than”-construction
@DaveMG jigen.net/kanji/24677 How did you come up with じょく? Maybe you're thinking of 辱?
Feb
22
revised “Rather than”-construction
added 2 characters in body
Feb
22
answered “Rather than”-construction
Feb
21
comment In what way is the negative form of a verb an adjective?
Flamebait warning: Aren't all Japanese adjectives verbs anyway? :) I actually think this is an interesting question, from a practical "How should I categorize it to learn it" standpoint, from a historical "where did this ぬ ず ない confusion come from" standpoint, and a linguistic "Do other languages also have word classes that conjugate into other word classes" standpoint. Unfortunately, I don't have the knowledge to give a full answer.
Feb
21
comment In what way is the negative form of a verb an adjective?
@sawa, I had trouble parsing it as well, but I believe Ian is saying that some forms only exist with verb-negatives and/or some forms only exist with i-adjectives. The only thing I can think of are constructs like 食べなくない, which exist, although strictly speaking they might be considered incorrect. Hence, I would like Ian to elaborate.