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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
7
comment Counter for chopsticks
@TsuyoshiIto Maybe you dropped one chopstick on the floor :-)
Feb
7
comment Prefixing `一` to numbers
Sorry, not sure I understand the question. せんまん and さんまん only differ by a vowel. いっせんまん and さんまん are easy to distinguish.
Feb
7
answered Prefixing `一` to numbers
Feb
7
comment Did standalone noun “好き” mean a person in classical Japanese?
Wow, great find!
Feb
7
answered Particles: に vs. で
Feb
7
comment Why is water polite but ice not?
So why is there an おせんべい but no お木?
Feb
7
comment Why is water polite but ice not?
Sad that wrong speculations get more votes than correct answers. This is the only correct answer. The fact is that some words form bikago and some don't. You can speculate about why that is (just as you can speculate about why some Latin nouns are masculine and some are feminine or neuter), but in the end you just have to remember it.
Feb
7
comment What is とは、のが、のは、には、 へは and では?
Possible duplicate japanese.stackexchange.com/questions/1548/…
Feb
7
comment What does using という add to a sentence?
Not by me, if it's me you're asking.
Feb
7
comment 〜(ら)れる - Ambiguity between passive and Keigo
@istrasci It is not uncommon to only put the last verb of a sentence into sonkeigo/kenjougo. There's some politics behind this as well, but I won't go there.
Feb
7
comment What does using という add to a sentence?
But in this case, the speaker already knows that 主人公が犯人だった is true, so why is というの needed?
Feb
7
comment 〜(ら)れる - Ambiguity between passive and Keigo
I looked up the passage biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isaiah+58%3A9&version=NIV Here it is translated as "you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I." Where did you get "When you call to me, I will respond."?
Feb
6
answered What is the meaning of あるある?
Feb
6
comment Who scolded whom in Aに怒られる?
Hm... interesting. I wasn't able to find an authoritative answer either way. Let me know if you have one. I hear に怒る used for people all the time, which I guess is what got me confused. Googling, I see both used for both people and events. Googling for the difference, I see some saying it has to do with people versus events, and others saying it has to do with the level of anger.
Feb
6
comment What does the little っ (tsu) signify when at the end of a word?
@Pacerier, I'd say 4 morae. But even though the OP is asking about 'at the end of a word', I really think it makes more sense to say 'at the end of a phrase'. Between phrases, you have more liberty to put in small breaks. あっ and もう are really two separate interjections here, so even if you had a break between them, I don't think it would be considered wrong (although you might put in a comma to make it explicit).
Feb
6
comment Defining a particular 系
It's not, really, that only follows from the article. The literal translation would just be 'The type that is loved'.
Feb
6
answered Defining a particular 系
Feb
6
answered How is 〜んじゃない different from 〜じゃない?
Feb
5
comment ambiguity with すっと
never noticed that. 勉強になった
Feb
5
comment How do you know when to use みな or みんな?
+1, this made me laugh!