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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
16
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Feb
16
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Feb
16
comment What would be the difference in meaning between 違っていた and 違った?
I'd personally prefer 違った in this example. 違っている sounds slightly marked to my ears (probably because I consider 違う a stative verb) but I don't have any evidence to back it up. Maybe 違っている came from influence from 間違っている or 変わっている?
Feb
15
answered What role does よかった play in this exchange?
Feb
14
comment 苦手 in describing dislike of people
@TsuyoshiIto Completely agree. I guess what I am explaining is more the background for this euphemism.
Feb
14
comment How would one convey “get over it” in Japanese?
That should probably be あんた、フォーク使える と同じだろう
Feb
14
comment Is it proper to thank waitstaff, cashiers, etc. for their service?
@DaveMG One point of nitpickery though: I do not agree with your description of ありがとう and どうも. どうも is casual, but polite (and those are 2 different dimensions). ありがとう, however, is not casual, but it's non-polite, so it sounds slightly patronizing. I would use どうも over ありがとう.
Feb
14
comment Is it proper to thank waitstaff, cashiers, etc. for their service?
@DaveMG Sorry, but 終わりそう made me laugh out loud :) But props for picking up expressions in real life and not just using textbook Japanese. Just FYI, '終わりそう' means 'about to finish', not to confuse with '終わったそう' or '終わって(い)そう'. 'Looks like I'm done' would be something like '終わったみたい' but is not really idiomatic in this situation.
Feb
14
revised In actual Japanese society, how often are second-person pronouns used?
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Feb
14
revised In actual Japanese society, how often are second-person pronouns used?
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Feb
14
answered In actual Japanese society, how often are second-person pronouns used?
Feb
14
comment 苦手 in describing dislike of people
@yadokari You can use it for both.
Feb
14
answered Is 東西二つ idiomatic?
Feb
14
answered 苦手 in describing dislike of people
Feb
14
comment How does だからって usually work?
@yadokari Yes, those probably sound more natural than my translations. I hesitated to use them because I'm not sure if they're correct ways of using 'because', strictly speaking.
Feb
14
comment What is the equivalent use of need and need + Verb?
はずandべきexpress probability and obligation, not need.
Feb
14
comment How does だからって usually work?
@TsuyoshiIto Good point, added some explanation. Also thanks for helping with formatting/typo
Feb
14
revised How does だからって usually work?
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Feb
14
answered How does だからって usually work?
Feb
13
answered い-Adjective declension apparent inconsistency when turning into a noun