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Aug
18
comment ことができる versus V~える form
I like this answer too. It seems to fit with what I've been told by some Japanese people. I like to translate 〜ことができる using the English "able", much like Axioplase. "食べることができますか?" == "Are you able to eat?". Contrast that with 食べられますか? "Can you eat?" and I think it demonstrates the difference nicely.
Aug
18
asked verb た-form + そう, hearsay or observation?
Aug
17
awarded  Nice Question
Aug
16
asked What's the difference between なぜ、どうして and なんで when meaning 'why'?
Aug
15
asked The nuance of ことなく compared with ないで
Aug
15
asked What is the difference between 様子、状況、状態、and 事情
Aug
15
asked How to use 対応 correctly
Aug
13
comment なった versus なってきた
Thank you for clarifying this! Very easy to understand, +1.
Aug
13
comment なった versus なってきた
Also, I think you're missing a っ in なった。
Aug
13
comment なった versus なってきた
I'm not really qualified to answer as I'm sort of going on "feeling", but to me, 眠くなった sounds very sudden. "I got sleepy" (suddenly). A very quick change. However, 眠くなってきた sounds much more like, "I've gotten sleepy" (over a period of time up until now). A much more gradual change. However, I could be incorrect...
Aug
10
comment Is じゃないです equally correct as じゃありません?
Does it really give off the "uneducated" vibe that much? I've heard this from all types of people, including Japanese teachers and very serious university students.
Aug
9
comment Term for multiple foreign words sharing the same loanword in Japanese?
But in Japanese フォーク (fork) and フォーク (folk) would have the same pronunciation, no? Therefore, wouldn't it be a homophone? Same pronunciation, but different meaning?
Aug
9
accepted The difference between くらい and ほど in hyperbole
Aug
9
accepted Contrasting っぽい、らしい、みたい
Aug
9
asked What's the difference between 〜以上は and 〜からには
Aug
7
comment Must do : ~なければならない vs ~なくてはいけない
Can we add 食べないとならない/いけない/だめ to the list too?
Aug
3
awarded  Nice Question
Aug
2
comment The difference between くらい and ほど in hyperbole
I'm not /entirely/ sure, but that seems like a slightly different usage of hodo and kurai, focusing on time.
Aug
2
revised The difference between くらい and ほど in hyperbole
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Aug
2
accepted Difference and nuance between することはない and する必要はない/する可能性はない