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Apr
28
answered Address someone by their first name, or their last name?
Apr
28
comment What is the difference between ~すぎ and ~すぎる?
@rintaun From the perspective of meaning, the only difference between the two forms is one conveys time and the other doesn't. This means that the forms that do convey time in their meaning can only be used in the correct context, while forms without a time element to their meaning can be used in any context since they will inherit the time element from that context. The other people here are attempting to point out how they are grammatically different, yet they are ignoring the differences in meanings.
Apr
28
answered How is Japanese regulated by the Japanese government and any other organizations?
Apr
27
answered What is the difference between ~すぎ and ~すぎる?
Apr
26
answered Can 物 be added to any word to make it mean “things?”
Apr
26
answered Why is katakana sometimes used to replace hiragana?
Apr
26
comment How do you write someone's name if you don't know what kanji to use?
The reason why they tend to write names in katakana is because katakana is thought of as a direct display of the sounds. Basically the line of thinking is "I don't know his name, but this what it sounds like". Whereas kanji and hiragana are thought of as displaying meaningful words.
Apr
26
comment Who decides what katakana will be used to form English loan words?
@Jesse No they do. The government can't regulate the use of the language beyond official documents and the minimum requirement for education. There is no rule stating "news papers can only use these words", or "books can't use these words". Japanese magazines are famous for just making up new katakana words.
Apr
25
answered Who decides what katakana will be used to form English loan words?
Apr
24
comment What exactly does “るぅ” mean?
@Pacerier It definitely can be used to make fun of the other person. However this is normally targeted at English speakers attempting to speak Japanese since beginners normally extend the u sounds more than they should.
Apr
24
comment Problem understanding a sentence
@xrac That would be トムより高い, the は makes all the difference
Apr
24
answered “Grammatically-correct” particle-less phrases/sayings
Apr
23
answered Problem understanding a sentence
Apr
22
comment Using な or ね when addressing a mixed-gender group?
I wouldn't put much trust in what teachers/text books tell you is masculine or feminine when it comes to the end of sentences. When you are out in the real world in Japan you often hear most of supposedly gender specific particles use by almost everyone.
Apr
19
comment Which kanji to use for saying ありがとうございます in emails?
What have seen doing business in Japan is that 有難う is very common. However 御座います is basically never used. Other than that all the possibilities are fine.
Apr
19
comment Pronunciation of す in です and the end of ます verbs
The point I am trying to make here is that I have never heard it pronounced differently based on region or other personal factors. を however is pronounced differently between different people. What you are referring to is not the pronunciation anyways, it is the tone. It is a falling tone normally, so you hearing it or not hearing it depends on the volume of the speakers voice more than anything. Remember just because something isn't noticeably audible doesn't mean it wasn't pronounced.
Apr
17
answered Pronunciation of す in です and the end of ます verbs
Apr
17
comment General rules in negative adjectives in superpolite form
No, it really isn't. ござる follows it's own special rules.
Apr
1
comment Do viruses あります or います?
@sawa It would probably be more constructive if you read the information provided by wikipedia rather than insisting on repeating your own personal opinion.
Apr
1
answered Different ways to report one's impression/guess (~そう/~みたい)