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Aug
15
comment Is「うそおっしゃい」to be taken literally here?
@EiríkrÚtlendi No, I think they're imperatives. By the way, there's some discussion here on pp.232-3 which might help you understand.
Aug
14
revised learning order for kana?
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Aug
14
revised learning order for kana?
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Aug
14
comment How do you respond to thanks given?
Presumably whoever downvoted feels that they aren't "really common expressions".
Aug
14
comment Email: 「回答」vs「返事」
In general, you should only convert something to kanji if you know that they're the right kanji and that it's appropriate to use them.
Aug
13
revised [因果]{いん・が}: A bass-ackwards contraction?
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Aug
13
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Aug
13
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Aug
13
comment meaning of 詰めの甘さ
Have you looked up 詰めが甘い?
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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