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Oct
23
comment Confused about the meaning of these nicknames
Are you sure you haven't mixed up 中三 with 三中?
Oct
23
comment Confused about the meaning of these nicknames
病院送り, probably?
Oct
23
revised Reading and meaning of 上御道田
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Oct
23
revised Can 自身 be used to refer to 2 people in the same sentence?
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Oct
23
comment Can tokidoki only be used in a negative sentence?
As you can see, people are confused. If you could clarify your question (did you mean only affirmative or only negative?), that would help a lot. It would also help if you could give a source for the claim―was it a textbook, for example?
Oct
23
revised Can tokidoki only be used in a negative sentence?
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Oct
22
revised How do 行く and 来る *really* work?
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Oct
22
comment How do 行く and 来る *really* work?
Deictic verbs of motion are surprisingly hard to describe (and differ in surprising ways between languages!), and they're a popular topic for linguistics papers: gsid.nagoya-u.ac.jp/oshima/docs/gcr.pdf - books.google.com/books?id=Suwm4WrQB6IC&pg=PA97
Oct
22
comment The meaning and tense of できるはず in this passage
@macraf The numbers show the accent on each word individually. But in real speech words are combined into accent phrases, and each accent phrase can only have one pitch accent at most. The examples show two different ways that できた+はず+だ can be grouped into accent phrases.
Oct
22
comment 油断させる, who is being careless/unprepared?
@macraf I think you misread senshin's translation. If he wrote "It won't suffice to" what you say would make sense, but he wrote "That won't suffice to".
Oct
21
comment The meaning and tense of できるはず in this passage
@macraf It's a way of indicating pitch accent. 0 = accentless, 1 = drop after the first mora, 2 = drop after the second, and so on. The number scheme is used by some dictionaries, for example 大辞林.
Oct
21
revised The meaning and tense of できるはず in this passage
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Oct
21
revised How do you call different methods for writing numbers (notations)?
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Oct
21
revised The meaning and tense of できるはず in this passage
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Oct
20
revised What does てくんない ending on a verb mean?
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Oct
20
revised 柄にもない and its connotations
"jisho" is just "dictionary", not specific to jisho.org
Oct
20
revised How would you say “doing something in preparation for something else”?
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Oct
20
revised Can I use quotation particle 「と」with noun?
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Oct
20
comment How do you call different methods for writing numbers (notations)?
In English we can talk about whether a numeral system is positional. (一五三六 is, 千五百三十六 isn't.) Positional systems are often called place-value systems, and the non-positional system in question here is sometimes called a multiplicative system. (You can find more information searching for these terms!)
Oct
19
comment だけでなく and だけじゃなくて
Etymologically it's certainly contracted from ではない and not でない, but I don't think it's as simple as that anymore. Martin discusses this on page 373 of his Reference Grammar of Japanese (1975, forty years ago), where he points out that some speakers use じゃない for both でない and ではない. You might also be interested in this paper which compares use of でない・ではない・じゃない in BCCWJ by birth year of author: ninjal.ac.jp/event/specialists/project-meeting/files/… The chart on page 280 makes it look like じゃない is taking over for both でない and ではない.