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Jul
30
comment So-called の-adjectives - how does の *really* work?
According to dictionaries, the English preposition "of" has 17 different meanings and the Japanese case particle "の" has 20 (=14+1+1+1+3) differnt meanings. If you were taught the 20 meanings of "の" individually, would you be satisfied?
Jul
30
comment So-called の-adjectives - how does の *really* work?
@Karl Languages were not defined by rules. This is important. We will use an expression if it works in a certain context. Although languages are ambitious by nature, native speakers know commonly used patterns, for example, we never say "金の愛". This is the same as all languages including English. You probably counldn't figure out the meanings of fireball, firearm, firewall and fireball if you didn't know their meanings.
Jul
25
comment Why can some words be written with or without okurigana? How do the uses differ?
We can see even the same company (bank) uses 取引, 取引き and 取り引き in its web site: mizuhobank.co.jp/index.html (search those words).
Jul
25
comment Grammatically correct, yet improper?
The latter sentence doesn't sound grammatically "incorrect" to me, but has a different meaning from the former one. Do you think that ピアノを弾かせてもらったりする and ピアノを弾かせたりしてもらう have the same meaning? I don't think 〜させてもらったりする is interchangeable with 〜させたりしてもらう.
Jul
24
awarded  Enlightened
Jul
24
awarded  Nice Answer
Jul
24
comment How to know which On reading to use?
Originally, the two readings of ちょう and じゅう are different meanings in Chinese. Wikipedia says, "「貴重」の「重(チョウ)」も「重量」の「重(ジュウ)」も、現代中国語では同じ「zhòng」という発音になるが、「重奏」の「重(ジュウ)」や、「重複」の「重(チ‌​ョウ、あるいはジュウ)」は、「chóng」という発音になる。ただし、意味の上では、「zhòng」の音は、「重い」という意味、「chóng」の音は「重ねる」の意味に‌​あたる。"
Jul
24
revised います and あります usage
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Jul
24
revised います and あります usage
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Jul
24
revised います and あります usage
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Jul
24
answered います and あります usage
Jul
23
comment Are 弱い相互作用 and 強い相互作用 unnatural?
Hmmm... I've realized that 弱気 is not a yamato kotoba.
Jul
23
answered What is the grammar form with “にした” in this sentence?
Jul
20
comment What is the meaning of 女子力?
I mean, if consumers feel that a new word is more powerful and positive than other existing words, it means coining it was successful from marketing point of view.
Jul
19
comment What is the meaning of 女子力?
Why don't we think why the word 女らしい (女らしさ) doesn't work in the same context? @Chris, 男子力 sounds like almost the same as 男らしさ.
Jul
18
comment Are 弱い相互作用 and 強い相互作用 unnatural?
Are there any other popular compound words that consist of adjective-い + noun in Japanese? Probably we omit the い when we make a compound word in yamato kotoba, for example 弱気 (よわき), 弱腰(よわごし), 弱火(よわび), and so on.
Jul
18
awarded  Critic
Jul
17
comment 不被下候: When was it common, and what were the rules?
I agree. It should be thought that 不被下候 has a kind of idiomatic 訓読み.
Jul
16
comment Employed by one institution but work for another
You can say 州政府職員 or 州職員.
Jul
16
comment 不被下候: When was it common, and what were the rules?
You know using Chinese characters in Japanese writing is older than the invention of syllabic lettes. These kinds of representations were common in those who were able to write kanji before the Meiji Restoration. You can find many examples from Man'yoshu to documents in the bakumatsu period.