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Jun
8
comment Common 四{よ}字{じ}熟{じゅく}語{ご} that use/are 当{あ}て字{じ}
Absolutely fantastic. Thank you.
Jun
8
accepted The difference between が and を with the potential form of a verb.
Jun
8
comment When/why did 電話する replace 電話をかける?
I agree. If you were to give English equivalents, it might be something like this. 電話をかける == "To place a phone call.", "To make a phone call.". 電話する == "To phone someone.", "To call someone.".
Jun
8
comment ~にしては vs. ~としては
Probably a different question, however, にしては seems very similar to のに or だけど. If you were to replace にしては with のに or だけど the meaning wouldn't change significantly, right?
Jun
7
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Jun
7
comment What is the difference between その and あの?
I very much agree that within conversation it is "far less static". This seems like one of those things that even native speakers might not really know in depth, they just know how to use it. (Especially from the results coming from Google. If you read this okwave.jp/qa/q5107241.html you can see there are two quite different answers from Japanese people. (In addition to the examples given in my text book.)) Languages do strange things in day to day conversation. However, on a test we can only go by what we are told by our teachers and grammar books.
Jun
7
comment What is the difference between その and あの?
...at least not for Japanese characters.
Jun
7
revised What is the difference between その and あの?
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Jun
7
revised What is the difference between その and あの?
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Jun
7
comment What is the difference between その and あの?
Why am I so bad at formatting... My bold never works.
Jun
7
answered What is the difference between その and あの?
Jun
6
comment When asking 'What is your name?' or 'What is your job?', why is it 'は' not 'か'?
That's the sort of usage I was thinking about. (Alhough the use of "あなた" itself is very rare in normal Japanese). Possibly could be used on the phone: 「(あなた、今)仕事ですか?」
Jun
6
comment How to differentiate ~られる conjugation between passive form and potential form?
Yes. This only applies for "group 2" verbs or "ichidan verbs". (The verbs which usually end in える or いる.) Group 2: 食べられる (Potential) vs 食べられる (Passive). Group 1 (These are easy to separate): 使える - Potential vs 使われる - Passive
Jun
6
comment When asking 'What is your name?' or 'What is your job?', why is it 'は' not 'か'?
Just would like to add to this. Couldn't あなたは仕事ですか? also be interpreted as "Are you currently working/at work?" depending on the context.
Jun
5
comment Usage of なんて and なんか as emphasis
Can this be used in a positive sense too, though? I received this in an email recently: ぜんぜん帰りたい気がしないほど日本の暮らしに馴染んでいるなんて嬉しい事です。 The なんて in this sentence seems to have nothing to do with importance, nor is the person 大切ではないと考えている。
Jun
5
comment In what situations can you use "ぞ” as a sentence ender
I'm also curious. Teaching English in Japan I've heard this from a wide range of people. From adults to children (as young as 8). However I'm not sure of the nuance nor what impression it gives.
Jun
5
comment What is the difference between [plain form of verb]~そう and [root of verb]~そう?
Yeah, essentially.
Jun
5
asked The difference between が and を with the potential form of a verb.
Jun
3
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Jun
3
comment What to say after someone sneezes
I have asked a Japanese co-worker and she told me that Japanese people don't say anything after another person sneezes.