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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
19
comment I am struggling with the sometimes conflicting uses of 先
I think this is a huge oversimplification. How about "先が思いやられる","先が見える","この先","先が長くない". There are many other cases where 先 refers to the future.
May
19
comment Meaning of となら and とやら in these sentences
"I'm'a catch you in your own trap. It'd be great if I got your whole body or something." is not the best translation. I suggest "I'll jump right into your trap. Go ahead and become "complete" or whatever you call it." Given that this is from a manga, I assume the addressee undergoes some kind of transformation which turns them into a 完全体.
May
15
comment センスで嗅覚も研ぎ澄ます - “sense of sense of smell?” Why use センス?
I'm guessing that センス is used as game-specific concept instead of the more common 五感. In normal Japanese, センス is usually more used in the sense of "common sense" (or maybe "intuition") than "the 5 senses".
May
9
comment How is「第3位を四捨五入」deconstructed to mean “round up to 2 decimal places”?
Notice the を after 小数第3位? You are not rounding off to the 3rd decimal, you are "promoting or demoting" it.
May
8
comment How to parse 友だちに〜聞かせられた?
"If the verb clause is ~たら then the following expression cannot describe an action of the subject's volition." Interesting, I hadn't thought about this before. Do you have a reference for this?
May
8
comment How do I determine the indirect object of a command?
By the way, "me" is the DIRECT object in "wake me up". In Japanese, it is also a direct object, so if it were to be there, it would be 私を.
May
8
comment Difference between かおり and におい
This dictionary treats them differently dictionary.goo.ne.jp/leaf/jn2/120514/m0u/%E3%81%99%E3%82%8B (1㋐ and 2㋓). They're definitely different with regards to stative-ness.
May
7
comment What are the origins of the names of tanuki and kitsune noodle dishes?
There are some theories about the etymology for たぬき listed here ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
May
7
comment How to parse 友だちに〜聞かせられた?
@YangMuye, good point. To me, the に遇ったら and に聞かせられた parses seem about equally likely.
May
7
comment Apparent reversals of conjugation patterns in classical 形容詞 and 動詞, origin?
Still trying to wrap my head around this question... 行く is "ik-u", not "i-ku", how does that change the question?
May
7
comment How should we read/translate long sentences that end in a question?
@Tim, Yes. Apart from "existence", 存在 can mean a "being". 力み does not mean "inner strength". 力む has negative connotations such as "strain" or "stress". 抜ける means for that stress to fizzle out or disappear.
May
2
comment 水疱 vs 火脹れ vs 水脹れ vs 肉刺
People usually use 靴擦れ{くつずれ} for all sorts of shoe sores, including blisters. If you want to be explicit, I think you would use みずぶくれ. 水疱 is a more technical term for みずぶくれ. And ひぶくれ, I think, are only from burns. I think the most common renderings would be 水ぶくれ and 火ぶくれ, but I would need to consult corpora to be sure.
May
2
comment Difference between かおり and におい
Ah, here we go: ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E7%8A%B6%E6%85%8B%E5%8B%95%E8%A9%9E. I guess it's similar to English, "The kitchen smells", not "The kitchen is smelling".
May
2
comment Difference between かおり and におい
台所はにおいがする sounds better to me. I seem to remember having read somewhere about how these sensory verb phrases tend to be stative, but can't remember where.
Apr
28
comment Does Japanese have a silent ん?
The reason you hear a d in 自転車 is that that is how many people pronounce it. detail.chiebukuro.yahoo.co.jp/qa/question_detail/q12578822
Apr
28
comment What is wrong with お書きになられたり?
Yep, お書きになられる is a double honorific construction(二重敬語). It's considered wrong prescriptively, but it's very common. The たり without the final する is also quite common, although some might consider it a bit sloppy.
Apr
28
revised Does Japanese have a silent ん?
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Apr
28
answered Does Japanese have a silent ん?
Apr
28
comment Does Japanese have a silent ん?
If it doesn't sound like it's there, but it really is there, where is it?
Apr
25
revised 穿る vs ほじる vs ほじくる
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