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comment Why do some kanji have furigana that are not valid readings?
A common one would be 宇宙船{ふね}
May
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comment Is “今の” in “今のは誰?” considered a synthetic noun?
Well there is also the general rule of using no more than 2 or a maximum of 3 のs in a noun before you just start omitting them. Because of that general rule of thumb it is extremely rare to even have something with 3 のs in it?
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comment Is “今の” in “今のは誰?” considered a synthetic noun?
The grammatical correctness of it relies on the listeners ability to assumed the obvious. Personally I would say 2 のs are the limit, but I would not consider myself a native speaker either. This question is best suited for a native.
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answered In which situations is が used with 曲がる?
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answered Is “今の” in “今のは誰?” considered a synthetic noun?
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comment How can you figure out whether 鍵【かぎ】 means “lock” or “key”?
In Japanese 鍵 is almost always lock. In the cases it is not it is very easy to tell by the context of the sentence.
May
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comment Why is “there” pronounced あそこ and not just あこ?
I am sorry to say that I don't think this is a very good question. Whys rarely are. In most cases languages are just arbitrary rules development over time, rather than things with clear reasoning behind them.
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comment When is it appropriate to refer to yourself using your name, rather than 私 (or others)?
@ジョン i mean in place of using a "you" pronoun. For example it is very rare to hear あなたは~ですか patterns and is even considered rude in many cases. However ジョンさんは~ですか like patterns are very common even mid conversation with that person. In the same way one might replace an "I" pronoun with their own name in order to indirectly state things about themselves.
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comment What is the meaning of ~んです?
Do you have a reliable source that states that んだ and のだ are always equal? I don't think that they are. For example I have never once heard のだ used in a sentence like this the following. 本当にしたいんですけど、できません.
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comment When is it appropriate to refer to yourself using your name, rather than 私 (or others)?
Well this is also a case of trying to be indirect. It applies most often when talking about others.
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comment What is the difference between ~すぎ and ~すぎる?
@ジョン yes that is what I meant. My basic grammar seems to be falling apart since I moved away from Japan.
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revised What is the difference between ~すぎ and ~すぎる?
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answered Can we have two thematic は particles in a sentence?
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answered What differences, if any, are there between 婦 and 女?
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revised How is Japanese regulated by the Japanese government and any other organizations?
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comment Pronunciation of す in です and the end of ます verbs
@ジョン I was talking to a person from Kansai today and noticed them use a very extended る sound, it was like るうぅぅ. This adds something to the argument that people from Kansai do this. The sentence it was used in was a question of sorts. However I notice no extra ぅ sounds on any of her other sentences. Personally I think this adds credibly to what I said above. However it also adds credibly to comments that say it is regional. If this sound is regional, it is not something that is used outside of a limited set of contexts. However I am not sure what those contexts are.