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Sep
24
comment does the structure「(verb stem)がする」 exist?
This is probably a semantic restriction. If 笑い was some environmental situation that could happen, then 笑いがする would make sense. 笑いがする is probably like saying "it is laughy in here".
Sep
7
revised The origin of しなさい
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Sep
7
answered Nuance due to absence of は
Sep
7
answered What is this dash-like punctuation mark?
Sep
7
revised The origin of しなさい
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Sep
7
answered The origin of しなさい
Sep
5
comment How does 生まれ translate in this context?
@jovanni The subject of <whatever>-ga nai cannot be boku, because people require "inai". The grammatical subject there is "アイデンティティ"; it is identity which is "doing" the "action" of not existing. Boku is rather the (understood) topic.
Aug
27
awarded  Critic
Aug
27
answered What does おせわになってます mean?
Aug
21
comment あくまで compared to あくまでも
I can accept this if it is so, yet I'm suspicious, because in other constructs, the -mo changes meaning. "Itsu made" means "until when", but "itsumademo" means "forever". The "-demo/-temo" ending indicates "even if/no matter what/who/to what extent/...": compare dare (who), daremo (nobody), daredemo (anybody/everybody/no matter who). And on verbs: "Kare wa okane attemo, oshare o shinai yo". (Even if he had money, he still wouldn't be a sharp dresser.)
Jun
4
answered What are these suggestions in hiragana typing?
May
31
comment Meaning of いくのは
@IvanVučica This の is not the only nominalizer for verbs. の is used when the speaker identifies with the subject in some way, like perhaps speaking from personal experience. マラソンを走るのは大変じゃ~!(Running a marathon is hard (for me)). When a speaker distances him or herself from the subject, then the nominalizer こと is used rather than の. Maybe you have seen こと before, but not の (in this way). A good grammar dictionary explains these things by pointing out related constructs and how they differ.
May
31
comment Meaning of いくのは
@IvanVučica Hi Ivan; good job on studying Japanese via English resources out of Croatia! You should get you hands on some Japanese grammar handbooks, like those of Seiichi Makino: A Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar, as well as the Intermediate and Advanced ones.
Apr
15
revised What does なのね at the end of a sentence mean?
Didn`t work.
Apr
15
answered What does なのね at the end of a sentence mean?
Mar
29
awarded  Yearling
Jan
18
revised When is 友 read as とも, and when is it read as ゆう?
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Jan
18
answered When is 友 read as とも, and when is it read as ゆう?
Jan
16
answered Is it acceptable in Japanese to write kanji characters in the Chinese style?
Jan
14
comment What's the difference between 触る and 触れる?
Say, wouldn't the full potential form be 触られる? The れる form is just られる subect to "ranuki", right? So then if you want the potential and be perfectly clear, maybe use 触られる.