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comment Most correct “noun suffix” for “living in X” or “resident of X”?
I think the OP was aware that 'suffix' was perhaps not ideal (hence their first sentence), so they tried their best to explain precisely what they meant by it. I don't think people should downvote just because 'suffix' isn't the right technical term, since it's clear what they're asking.
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on Are there general rules on when to use kanji vs. kana?
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comment Help Finding Japanese Subtitle Files for Welcome to the NHK
I think you'll have to use your ears. It doesn't look like the series has official or fan-made subtitles. There are a lot of cartoons available with Japanese subtitles, though, so if your goal is to learn that way, you have a lot to choose from!
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comment Alternative readings of 人々?
I listened on YouTube. They do say ひとびと. Two facts you need to be aware of: ① The /h/ in ひ is pronounced differently than the /h/ in は・へ・ほ. ② The first vowel is devoiced. In IPA, this would be [[çi̥to↓bito]].
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comment Alternative readings of 人々?
Can you post a short recording or tell us where in the series you heard it?
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revised Why is かける written in kana?
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comment What is this form : Verb + はせん?
@非回答者 Well, I didn't actually say that the character was speaking a Western dialect. I was just using it as a label for the form. (As I said in my comment, "I don't mean to imply that it's limited to Western dialects.") Thanks to everyone for elaborating in the comments, though. I'm sure Urukann will find that helpful.
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revised What's the difference between せっかく and わざわざ?
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comment What is the meaning of 根づいていた?
@ColeFudge Judging by your comment, it appears you'll have to learn about 〜ている as well.
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revised Equivalent of “That said, Carthage must be destroyed” in Japanese
typo
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comment Do all words need a particle?
なぜ is an adverb. Compare another question word, 誰【だれ】, which is not.
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comment why does “… Japanese rely much more heavily on verb conjugation than English does.”
I don't really understand the question, but maybe you'll find this quote by John Lawler interesting: "Every language has about the same amount of grammar - lots. But some languages, like Latin, have more morphology than syntax, while others, like English, have more syntax than morphology." Natural languages all have fairly complex grammar, but they end up having the complexity in different spots.
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comment When does it make sense to use 「〜でない。」?
The "KKK 25.92" refers to 国立国語研究所報告 現代雑誌九十種の用語用字 第3分冊分析〔1964〕, p.92
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comment When does it make sense to use 「〜でない。」?
A related footnote from Martin's 1975 Reference Grammar of Japanese, p.373: "In written Japanese (KKK 25.92) Nではない is about eight times as frequent as Nでない when predicative; but when adnominalized NでないN has the same frequency as Nではない. In non-final position, Nではなく is twice as frequent as Nでなく. These figures can not be automatically applied to spoken Japanese, since what is pronounced じゃない may get written as either でない or ではない."
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revised Why is は appropriate for てはいけない?
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comment What is this form : Verb + はせん?
@Urukann Yes, though I don't mean to imply that it's limited to Western dialects. Actually describing what I mean by Western and Eastern in detail would probably take more space than a comment allows here. Let me look and see if we already have an answer somewhere that describes them… EDIT: Can anyone help find the question about the history of ぬ and ない? I was sure we had one.
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answered What is this form : Verb + はせん?
Nov
25
comment Difference between ずっと and いつも
Although いつも is a lexicalized combination with its own usage, so you can't just understand it as いつ+も, even though that's clearly its etymology. You can say things like 「いつもはしない」「いつもの私」「いつもだ」.
Nov
25
revised 通{とお}した and 通{つう}じた – usage in context
I'm putting both words in the same order as in the question to avoid potential confusion
Nov
25
reviewed Leave Open Do people use the ending ~まい?