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Aug
13
comment Differences between 死ぬ{しぬ}, 他界する{たかいする} and 亡くなる{なくなる}?
dictionary.goo.ne.jp/leaf/thsrs/4551/m0u/%E6%AD%BB%E3%81%AC
Aug
13
comment What is the difference between 腰掛ける and 座る?
@3to5businessdays The kanji 椅子 are pretty common, but surprisingly 椅 wasn't included on the 常用漢字表 until the 2010 revision, so before that I think the official recommendation was to avoid the kanji.
Aug
12
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Is 拒絶反応対受け入れ a grammatically correct way to say “acceptance versus rejection”?
Aug
12
revised How do you respond to thanks given?
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Aug
11
comment Properly translating a conditional
@EiríkrÚtlendi I would urge you to strike the Three Conditionals analysis from your brain (which is to say, that entire Wikipedia article), as it's a simplification for learners that's hopeless from a linguistics perspective. I'd recommend consulting your favorite reference grammar instead, e.g. The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language (2002), which spends about a hundred pages on conditionals.
Aug
11
revised Ways to express prohibitions
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Aug
11
comment Why does 留守{るす} have two almost opposite meanings?
@DaveMG 日本国語大辞典 dates this meaning back to 1208. They cite 吾妻鏡承元二年(1208)七月大十九日. (There's a translation into modern Japanese if you click the link and search for 留守. You'll get three in-page results: ① the way it was originally written, ② the 訓読, and ③ the translation into 現代語.)
Aug
10
revised How to properly pronounce コップ?
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Aug
10
comment How to properly pronounce コップ?
@Sjiveru Wikipedia is helpful! But I'm not sure it's actually "the best"―I would rather recommend books on phonetics and phonology, for example Vance 2008 and Labrune 2012. By the way, there are more cases where pronunciation is not necessarily predictable from spelling, most notably pitch accent but also devoicing and the pronunciation of certain long vowels (and certain other minor exceptions).
Aug
10
revised How to properly pronounce コップ?
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Aug
10
revised What is the difference between 腰掛ける and 座る?
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Aug
10
comment Which kanji has the greatest number of strokes?
Although it may not be in the top 2500 kanji in that particular newspaper corpus, 鬱 is actually a relatively common kanji. Compare this frequency list‌​. I think it's reasonable to expect that everyone can read 鬱, and some people (but not all) can write it.
Aug
10
comment Why many words (nouns?) end with つ?
The other part of this story is the epenthetic /i/ and /u/ in Japanese.
Aug
10
comment Why many words (nouns?) end with つ?
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Aug
10
revised Why many words (nouns?) end with つ?
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Aug
9
revised Verb for the object `dareka` in `探さずにはいられない 誰かを`
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Aug
9
comment Verb for the object `dareka` in `探さずにはいられない 誰かを`
Also, ずっと often appears in comparative constructions. See よりもずっと on ALC
Aug
9
comment Verb for the object `dareka` in `探さずにはいられない 誰かを`
We would still prefer if you asked one question per question when possible. This is better than when you asked 7 questions in one about the same song, but it's still not quite ideal.
Aug
9
revised Verb for the object `dareka` in `探さずにはいられない 誰かを`
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Aug
9
answered When romanizing a Japanese title, which words should be capitalized?