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Apr
23
comment Is [舐]{な}める a stative verb?
@joe, sorry, what is the test? You use もう with the simple negative form and then...?
Mar
27
comment Why is “学生” made “plural” in this newspaper article?
I agree with @istrasci, the default interpretation without たち is just one student. There's also the question of whether it was all the design majors, or just some of them. My default reading of the given sentence is that it's all of them.
Mar
16
comment Use of する to describe one's colour
Maybe I should be asking a new question, but native speakers: how natural do you found this sentence compared to 象は灰色だ? I find 灰色をしている unnatural unless the 灰色 is modified, as in 像は綺麗な灰色をしていた.
Mar
16
comment Is “げえしゃ” a valid pronunciation of “芸者”?
Completely off topic, but is 英語を話せます being taught as correct in school? Or even as the only correct choice? To me, this choice is at best marked, and 英語が話せます the preferred choice. (Yes, I know that を is gaining ground among younger speakers, and I respect this as evolution of the language, just wondering how accepted it is in prescriptive environments)
Feb
25
comment How to negate “べき”? (ie. “should not”)
@l'électeur, it's google.co.jp/… . Not accepted by everyone, but quite common.
Feb
25
comment How to negate “べき”? (ie. “should not”)
ないべき is very common, although it is probably a relatively new usage not used/accepted by all.
Feb
18
comment Can 勝手に決める by itself carry a negative connotation?
If B's plans make B lose and A win, how is that a selfish action?
Feb
18
comment Can 勝手に決める by itself carry a negative connotation?
Can you explain the situation? If the addressee makes a selfish choice and loses to the speaker, would that be a negative thing for the speaker? I just don't understand where this situation would apply.
Feb
6
comment はは or おかあさん what should be used?
Probably not that important, but do you mean a lawyer?
Jan
23
comment usage of ていた in 俺の一撃は、彼のもう一本の剣にギリギリで弾かれていた
My guess is that the past perfect was used to give the nuance of "It all went by very fast, and only afterwards did I realize what had happened, namely that... ". But as you say, hard to be sure without context.
Oct
21
comment What is the meaning of 座っておいで?
@DariusJahandarie, you're right. Hm... the use of おいで as an imperative without any (even weak) sense of "come" strikes me as outdated, but I won't argue with the dictionary.
Oct
21
comment What is the meaning of 座っておいで?
Can you provide more context? I just want to make sure it's おいで and not e.g. おいて. おいで means "come", and I guess "Sit then come" is possible, but not very likely.
Oct
10
comment Japanese writings in Brazil
That would be 堕落{だらく}, not 墜落{ついらく}
Sep
30
comment Difference between 「なるベく」 and 「なるべき」
なるべく is an adverbial form, なるべき is an adnominal form.
Sep
22
comment Question about 「まるで~ ~ように」
Is there more context? Where is this from?
Sep
20
comment Is using 笑 to mean “lol” feminine or gender-neutral?
'something that literally means "smile"' I'd say that the more common/default meaning of 笑う is laugh.
Sep
19
comment can 美化語{びかご} create implied subjects?
@SimonRichter, 酒 can perfectly well stand alone. Men would be more likely to use it than women.
Sep
8
comment Why should one be careful of soft and sweet words in this neighbourhood?
@Choko, 標語は標語でも標語には5-7-5といった決まりはないはず。「標語としての川柳」でしょうかね...
Sep
4
comment I can't quite understand the meaning of 自分でも
自分 and 一人 are different, although in English they might both translate to "oneself"
Aug
25
comment Problems understanding なの in this sentence
Are you sure you're not missing a comma in "It is a boy, I know"?