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Oct
8
comment What does かの日 mean?
@Tim I added some kanji and a note about 彼女. Hopefully it's clearer now :-)
Oct
8
comment What does 何もいません mean?
@ArmenTsirunyan Well, usually you don't use が with も like that. I think that the reason it's okay here, is that in positive sentences だれも is usually treated like a single lexical word, rather than as a combination of だれ + も. It has the same meaning either way, but since it's considered a single word, it can be marked with が. But most of the other combinations are usually treated like word + も combinations, so you won't usually see them with が. (It's been a while since I read about this, but hopefully I remembered correctly :-)
Oct
8
comment What is the literal meaning of どういたしまして?
Other common uses of 〜まして include あけまして おめでとうございます and はじめまして.
Oct
8
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Oct
8
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Oct
8
comment Which is the proper way to say “I don't X”?
People also say 私はタバコは吸いません, with two はs.
Oct
8
comment What does 何もいません mean?
@dainichi If they were asking the question specifically with animals in mind, wouldn't it be okay? 何 rather than 誰 for animals, but います because they're animate?
Oct
7
comment Native speakers (basically) don't study radicals. So, how could they be useful for learning kanji?
Just me personally... I learn this as 火 (semantic) + 各 (phonetic). The semantic element reminds you vaguely of the meaning, and the phonetic element reminds you of what the 音読み is. In some cases it's pretty accurate, and in other cases it's only approximate or barely useful at all. In this case, it's pretty helpful; 各 is カク and 烙 is ラク (at least in 烙印=らくいん, which is the only word I know for that kanji). I don't divide it mentally into a list of elements that look like Kangxi radicals.
Oct
7
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Oct
7
comment Kanji identification?
Oh, the reason I couldn't find "folding chair" anywhere is I looked up radical 34, not 66. It's actually graphically the same as 夂 (radical 34 winter), not 攵 (radical 66 hit, strike).
Oct
7
comment Native speakers (basically) don't study radicals. So, how could they be useful for learning kanji?
I don't think it's necessary (or even helpful) to memorize all the Kangxi radical numbers.
Oct
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Oct
6
comment What does this sentence mean? These katakana are confusing me
I could answer the question about チクる but you're asking several other things here... チクる is tattle on / inform on / rat on someone--details here. Lots of slang and slang-ish words tend to be written in katakana like that, like モテる or イケてる for example.
Oct
6
comment Usage of か after a clause?
@theycallmezeal Umm, that would be a whole other question :-) The short answer is "No, I don't think most people analyze it that way" because there's nothing between かぶった and 女性 to call a complementizer! But it seems that some people hypothesize a null complementizer between the two. (Null or zero in linguistics means a part of a sentence that you neither write nor say, but you hypothesize that it's there anyway because it makes your analysis make more sense.) I can't say much more about it because that's theoretical and a bit beyond my current level of understanding :-)
Oct
6
comment Problems parsing this sentence (ような before comma)
@istrasci I've never heard そんなな either. It looks goofy to me, but dictionaries claim it's used in certain constructions. For example, 大辞泉 says 『連体形に「そんな」「そんなな」の二形がある。連体形として一般には「そんな」の形が用いられるが、接続助詞「ので」「のに」などに続くときは「そんなな」の形が用いら‌​れる。「状況がそんななのに、よく無事でいられたものだ」』。
Oct
6
comment Problems parsing this sentence (ような before comma)
@istrasci Do you have a source for that? I checked a bunch of dictionaries but none of them listed its etymology. But they did note the form そんなな, and *そのようなな is presumably ungrammatical, so I suppose that it might be historically a contraction, but not synchronically...