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Apr
11
comment Are there native Japanese numbers greater than 10? What use are they?
@hippietrail Right, the pronunciation changed naturally over time, and the script reforms merely brought spelling into line with what people had already been saying for a long time.
Apr
11
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Apr
11
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Apr
10
awarded  Nice Question
Apr
10
revised Translating the statement: X is very common
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Apr
10
comment Translating the statement: X is very common
@Hanne It would be best if you gave any available context in your question so that answers can be specific. (There are a lot of ways to say "is very common", but some are more formal than others, for example.)
Apr
10
revised The reality of answering いいえ to a negative question
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Apr
10
reviewed Approve suggested edit on How should I say: When we talk, it sounds like we are singing
Apr
10
comment is “こっかい” a heteronym?
Besides pitch accent, there are other ways pronunciation can differ that aren't necessarily reflected in kana. Some examples: the conjunction が may be pronounced [ŋa] (in other words, with the nasal allophone of /g/ sometimes transcribed <ng>), while the word for moth が is typically pronounced [ga]. Kana don't indicate devoiced vowels. The kana おう don't indicate the contrast in pronunciation between 王 /oː/ and 追う /ou/. Words with variant pronunciations like 体育 and 女王 are often spelled in kana in traditional manner (たいいく and じょおう) even when they're pronounced differently (タイク and ジョーオー).
Apr
10
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Apr
10
comment is “こっかい” a heteronym?
@ssb If you consider 端 too, you need a following particle to distinguish by accent: 橋が ([はしが]{LHL}), 端が ([はしが]{LHH}), 箸が ([はしが]{HLL})
Apr
10
revised is “こっかい” a heteronym?
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Apr
9
revised Is there a difference between 'hanasu' written 離す versus 放す?
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Apr
9
comment Is there a difference between 'hanasu' written 離す versus 放す?
The Agency for Cultural Affairs has made available a downloadable PDF titled 「異字同訓」の漢字の使い分け例(報告) which briefly illustrates the difference with examples, which may be helpful in answering questions like this one. Many dictionaries also have 使い分け entries for verbs that can be written more than one way.
Apr
9
revised What is a good idiom for 'not being invested'?
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Apr
9
reviewed Approve suggested edit on What does エレクト一ン mean?
Apr
9
comment What does エレクト一ン mean?
It's a brand name of organ, Electone. I assume it's a portmanteau of electronic and tone, or something along those lines. It's a proper noun, so there isn't much more to say about it.
Apr
8
revised Appropriate context for お前【まえ】
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Apr
8
comment Why should I use つかれました and not つかれたです
It was never grammatical to add です to verbs. There was a motivation to add です to adjectives, so over time it became acceptable. But there was no such motivation for verbs, because verbs already had the 〜ます ending to make them polite. That is what I tried to explain.
Apr
8
comment Why should I use つかれました and not つかれたです
Yes, it's the past tense of the verb つかれる "be / become tired".