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Feb
4
answered Where does “歩けど” come from?
Feb
4
answered What is the Japanese term for the postwar economic miracle?
Feb
4
comment 夏名漱石‘s use of question marker かい for an open instead of closed (ie yes/no) question
I looked up かい in 明鏡 and it had this example which contains だれ: 「そんなことだれがやるかい」 On the other hand, the grammar book you cite gives the following examples as ungrammatical because they aren't yes-no questions: 「どこへ行く(の)かい。」「あの人はだれ(なの)かい。」 And in this comment, Matt wonders aloud whether the difference might be 'subtler than "yes/no vs open-ended"'. I suppose it would be helpful to hear more about the difference かい versus だい from someone knowledgeable.
Feb
3
revised What does あと mean in つーか怖いしあとレア?
added 19 characters in body; edited title
Feb
3
comment What are the usages of のだから?
There's nothing wrong with answering old questions :-) Unlike some forums, where "bumping old threads" is discouraged, on Stack Exchange old questions without upvoted answers are automatically bumped to the top of the list every now and then. That's probably why it was near the top. See: Why do people answer old questions?
Feb
3
revised Sentence structure of (verb + to + infinitive) in japanese
added 2 characters in body
Jan
31
comment What does 目 mean in 勝ち目?
広辞苑 and 日国 seem to agree that the literal dice meaning is older (they both cite 日葡辞書) and that the modern meaning is derived from it. So I think in this case perhaps there is some evidence.
Jan
31
revised What does 目 mean in 勝ち目?
deleted 1 characters in body
Jan
31
reviewed Approve suggested edit on The differences between 真理,真相 and 真実
Jan
31
revised A word or short phrase for “Moving forward, taking the good things with, leaving the bad things behind”
edited title
Jan
28
accepted What is this colloquial / dialect form? 〜たるけんね
Jan
28
comment Japanese 濁音 dyslexia
As an aside, you don't actually read by recognizing word shape.
Jan
27
comment What's the relationship between 'e' and 'wa' in some words?
You should be able to get it by typing wye.
Jan
27
awarded  Revival
Jan
27
answered Which kanji to use for 'change television channel'?
Jan
27
answered What is the radical which is written by two dots on the top of a Kanji?
Jan
27
comment How to say “Should we [do something]?”
@LeoKing You may want to ask that as a separate question. A couple quick notes: slashes indicate phonemic transcription, which in Japanese can be very simple, hardly requiring special characters at all--phonemically しょ could be transcribed /syo/ (as in Labrune 2012). In contrast, you can indicate phonetic transcriptions with square brackets. And importantly, Japanese has no [ʃ]. Instead, /si/ is typically realized as [ɕi].
Jan
27
comment How to say “Should we [do something]?”
Spaces are often used when there's no kanji at all, and they're occasionally used when there are only a few kanji (as in this question and answer). It's not how Japanese is normally written, but in my opinion there's nothing wrong with it, especially if it helps you understand.
Jan
27
comment How accurately can 使い be translated as “angel”?
Yes, that appears to be correct. I edited references into my first comment :-)
Jan
27
comment How accurately can 使い be translated as “angel”?
English angel comes from Greek ἄγγελος (angelos) "messenger", which was used to translate the Hebrew מלאך (mal'akh) "messenger". So it seems that etymologically speaking it's messengers all around.