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Dec
1
comment How to tell the difference between 先{せん} and 先{さき}?
@Eric The program you're using is attempting to match up definitions from EDICT with examples from the Tanaka Corpus, but it's not doing so successfully.
Nov
30
comment の in Verb+のじゃない: Nominalizer or Explanatory?
@rintaun Genitive の (not the nominalizer) does contract to ん in some other circumstances, e.g. in 店ん中 or 雨ん中.
Nov
30
revised Using という before わけです
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Nov
29
reviewed Approve Is 「どこにいくのがよろしいですか」 a correct way to ask for directions?
Nov
29
revised Expressing similarity
People may not know what "-ve" means.
Nov
28
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.
Nov
28
reviewed Approve Are there general rules on when to use kanji vs. kana?
Nov
28
revised Why is かける written in kana?
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Nov
28
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.
Nov
28
revised What's the difference between せっかく and わざわざ?
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Nov
27
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.
Nov
27
revised Equivalent of “That said, Carthage must be destroyed” in Japanese
typo
Nov
26
comment Do all words need a particle?
なぜ is an adverb. Compare another question word, 誰【だれ】, which is not.
Nov
26
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
Nov
26
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."
Nov
26
revised Why is は appropriate for てはいけない?
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Nov
26
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.
Nov
26
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