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May
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comment In which terms, if any, is へつ used as an On-reading of the character 閉?
It's not listed in the dictionaries I own, but it is listed in the Unicode database in the kJapaneseOn field: unicode.org/cgi-bin/GetUnihanData.pl?codepoint=%E9%96%89 (I don't know anything about the readings data in Unicode, but others here might.)
May
5
comment Inequality symbols in Japanese writing
I don't see any tags specifically about symbols, but you could always make one :-)
May
5
comment Is there a general purpose equivalent for the “agent suffix” -er of English?
Kanji representing related morphemes: 家・手 and 師・士・者・員・人
May
5
comment What is the etymology of お陰で/おかげで and how does the expression relate to the kanji?
I wish we could keep a friendlier tone here. It'd be great if comments were polite and tactful so people's feelings wouldn't get hurt. One of the rules here says Be Nice. But letting us know that a translation is wrong is helpful. Sure, providing an alternative, more accurate answer would be more helpful, and we should encourage that! But no one's obligated to write up an alternative answer, and if we want it to happen, we should ask nicely.
May
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revised What is the etymology of お陰で/おかげで and how does the expression relate to the kanji?
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May
4
answered Why is there an unmatched parenthesis in this title?
May
4
comment Question about mixed kana in おススメ
Hello! Your third question was unrelated, so I edited it out. Could you please post it separately? Thank you!
May
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revised Question about mixed kana in おススメ
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May
3
comment What's the etymology and/or reasoning behind 目撃?
@Dave Are you sure that isn't a folk etymology? It seems fine intuitively, but it's not what I find in dictionaries. I see 触れる。当たる。「目撃」 in 新漢語林, for example, under 撃.
May
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revised What's the etymology and/or reasoning behind 目撃?
Fix link and dictionary name so that they fit the quoted material
May
3
comment Help identifying low-res kanji (and perhaps words) on a low-res album cover
@senshin I think that 作詞 is 歌詞を作ること, and 作詞家 is "lyricist".
May
3
comment Intuitive or logical way to know when to use a kanji spelling vs hiragana spelling?
@hippietrail People can communicate fine in speech without using kanji, and although pitch accent helps it has a very low functional load and speakers from areas with very different pitch accent can understand each other just fine. So I believe that Japanese could be written with no kanji at all! Compare Korean being written without hanja. But since people are used to the current kana-kanji mixture, that's what they find easiest to read at the moment. (Reading is a highly overpracticed skill for any literate adult.)
May
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answered Intuitive or logical way to know when to use a kanji spelling vs hiragana spelling?
May
2
reviewed Leave Open How do I translate the names of types of school, without reference to the US school system?
May
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comment How do I translate the names of types of school, without reference to the US school system?
@ssb, istrasci Do you still think so now that it's been edited?
May
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comment Difference Between 僕たち and 僕ら?
@chlenix Although it's best if people search for answers before they post their question, you don't have to apologize for posting a duplicate. We like duplicates! They help people find answers, people who phrase things the same way you did. That's why we keep duplicates even after closing them instead of deleting them :-)
May
2
comment How to know when I should use katakana form words referring to animals, lesser creatures, or other organisms?
I think this answer is helpful. But I think that there are some jōyō kanji not everyone can read (like 虞 or 璽) and some non-jōyō kanji people can usually read anyway—and I think 蜘蛛 falls into the latter category.
May
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revised How to know when I should use katakana form words referring to animals, lesser creatures, or other organisms?
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May
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answered Help me string this sentence together please
May
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revised Need help with understanding X ことは X construction
Formatting, title, remove redundant furigana