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Jan
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revised what is this usage of けど?
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Jan
10
revised Translation and kanji help
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Jan
8
revised Use of 方に In this sentence
Furigana, link
Jan
8
comment What is the difference between こだわり and 良{よ}い?
Out of curiosity, how did you come to the conclusion that it means "good"? Did a dictionary say so? Is that your own personal inference based on context?
Jan
6
comment Strange usage of に particle
Did you mean Miller's The Japanese Language (1967)? That's the book Martin cites in his bibliography. As far as I'm aware Miller never wrote a book titled Reference Grammar of Japanese; Martin describes this in his Reference Grammar of Japanese on pages 216-221.
Jan
5
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Jan
5
revised Use of ことです in this sentence
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Jan
4
comment -的 adjectives modifying nouns without な
@ThomasGross Pitch accent tells us that 2 and 4 can't be interpreted as compounds. Although in this case we can't tell because the pitch accent would be the same either way, if we pick an unaccented second word the difference becomes clear. See Martin 1975 p.762-763, where we can find the example 経済的問題.
Jan
4
revised How does someone know when one word ends and the next one starts?
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Jan
4
revised Why are there two readings of 留める
Adding aspect tag since we're discussing punctual vs durative verbs
Jan
4
revised Specifying Objects in Japanese
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Jan
4
revised How does someone know when one word ends and the next one starts?
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Jan
4
comment How does someone know when one word ends and the next one starts?
@blutorange If you want an all //o// example, use 覆おう //oo-oo// instead of 覆う //oo-u//.
Jan
3
revised Specifying Objects in Japanese
Please don't include "bonus questions"; you can look up arigatō gozaimasu in any dictionary.
Jan
3
comment Words ending in consonants
I'm afraid it doesn't make sense to say that "both ta and su are consonants". Phonemically, each is a string of one consonant and one vowel. Phonetically, it's possible that the vowel may be reduced or even entirely deleted in su in some contexts. We have some existing questions about this, such as japanese.stackexchange.com/questions/1904
Jan
3
comment What part of the kunyomi must be learned?
@WVrock You want to recognize words as a whole―as you learn you'll probably find that it's easier that way. And anyway, it's a lot easier to remember 忙しい=いそがしい because that's a word, while いそが isn't.
Jan
2
comment what's the difference between とか and や?
But the book you're citing definitely says it can only be used once: "toka, a combination of the quotation P to and the Q P ka, can join nouns in the same way that ya does in the sense of 'and', 'or' (see 241), but unlike ya it can be used more than once in a sentence." (p.542) And "ya joins items in the sense of 'and (among others)' or 'or'. It is used (once) between items only." (p.593)
Jan
2
comment what's the difference between とか and や?
Hmm, I'm not sure や can only be used once in a sentence. The first example in 大辞泉 is 「赤青が混ざり合っている」
Jan
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comment Usage of さぞ and きっと
@Sumitani Certainly.
Jan
1
comment What is kanji pronounciation used for?
@WVrock How about 行く【いく】 and 行う【おこなう】? 覚える【おぼえる】 and 覚める【さめる】? 強い【つよい】, 強いて【しいて】, 強ち【あながち】, and 強か【したたか】? 似る【にる】 and 以って【もって】? I think you might have some trouble with that approach.