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Aug
26
revised Making sense of the N1にN2 construction (「パンにバター」=「パンにバターをぬる」)
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Aug
26
answered Making sense of the N1にN2 construction (「パンにバター」=「パンにバターをぬる」)
Aug
25
comment What is よ doing as a connector before a comma?
They just look like separate clauses. "If you're serious (about that/whatever), then broadcast it; give me back my fees." Though I'm unsure of the translation, not really knowing the context. I'd say there's a comma because they're closely enough related they don't need to be separate sentences, but not so closely that they need a connecting particle/grammar.
Aug
22
comment What is the difference between とはいえ and と(は)いっても?
So from Chocolate's samples, it looks like とは言え fits overfulfillment of expectations ("the precondition is true, sure, but really, this far!?"), whereas と言っても fits underfulfillment ("given the precondition, this isn't what I expected"). There's probably a nice, technical explanation for why this is, but I don't know it. I just know it sounds right to me.
Aug
18
comment How is あっての used to define something?
I don't have an understanding I can confidently articulate to you, but WWWJDIC has a definition and you can look at some sentences in space alc to try to get a better feel for it.
Aug
9
comment What is the difference between 彼氏が出来る and 彼氏を作る?
I'd say "find/search for a boyfriend" for 作る. And I kind of think the former would mostly appear in past tense, and the latter in non-past tense. Maybe you could say something like, 出来るまで or 作ってた, but for the most part I think you'd hear 出来た and 作る. (Insert "not a native speaker" disclaimer here.)
Jul
2
comment Differences between listing particles と, や and に
Unfortunately, there seems to be very little discussion of the usage of に in a list, at least that I can find. One paper I found (pdf) says に is used for an increasing list, as in 1本の大根に2本のにんじん. There's also another paper that is titled promisingly (about all 3, と, や, and に, in fact), but is apparently behind a pay wall. (FWIW, I also like sawa's answer.)
Jul
2
comment Differences between listing particles と, や and に
The examples for definition 4 (並助, at the bottom) of the goo entry for に would suggest that two items (AにB) can be sufficient.
Jul
1
comment Why does 一体 mean “what the heck?”?
Then I guess my first comment was a little off-target...sorry. And that's not a question I know the answer to, so...hm, it'll be interesting to see if anyone has an answer.
Jul
1
comment Why does 一体 mean “what the heck?”?
Search suggests your source is WWWJDIC. I'm not actually sure whether you're asking, "why is it a noun in one definition but an adverb in another?" or "how does this noun definition lead to this (adverb) definition"? I don't actually like calling that definition adverbial...weblio's definition actually classifies it as an auxiliary/supplementary (副).
Jul
1
comment Why does 一体 mean “what the heck?”?
Where's the verb or adjective making "the heck"/"on earth" adVERBial? If "what"/"who" are (pro)nouns, aren't they adjectives? In any case, you noticed the part where it says it emphasizes a question? That has nothing to do with the noun definition, and so long as "the heck"/"in the world"/"on earth" accomplishes that, it's valid. (It might be useful to know your source for the block quote, so I can point out how it went wrong, or where you mistook it.)
Jun
30
answered What is the etymology of the word バレる?
Jun
20
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Jun
20
comment Difference between ながら, がてら and つつ
がてらに = …をかねて。…のついでに。 So it sounds to me like XがてらにY is like, X is the main thing, and Y is incidental, happening along the way (maybe just because it can, or it's convenient...or whatever).
Jun
16
answered Why does 古希 / こき mean 70 years old?
Jun
14
answered What does ending a statement with 「っ」signify when coupled with 「・・・」?
Jun
12
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May
29
answered Could someone explain the ironic(?) use of よくいうよ?
May
22
revised Is ノシ considered 絵文字?
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May
22
comment Is ノシ considered 絵文字?
Chiebukuro actually suggests that the face part of (^-^)ノシ just gets omitted.