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comment Help me understand the grammar of this sentence: ~のこと~のこと、~なってもらえたかな
Notably, こと can't be a subject, so adding 〜のこと forces the listener to understand it as a nominative object (but here with nominative が replaced with も).
21h
comment Does 好きな really means “favorite”?
You might compare 好き with お気に入り.
23h
comment How to say “had been [verbing]”?
Likewise, English has ways of expressing future time but lacks a future tense. Like Japanese, English has exactly two, although the details on when to use each tense differ.
1d
comment What is the origin of the い at the end of verbal adjectives?
See Tyler Lau's thesis, Origins of the Verbalizer Affixes in the Japonic Languages.
2d
comment Meaning of あさっての方向 “Asatte no houkou”
@naruto It just says あしたに目を向けるべきなのに、あさっての方を見ている意からいう。
Oct
21
comment What is the meaning of 座っておいで?
According to 大辞林 and also to Martin's 1975 Reference Grammar of Japanese p.838, the same verb お出で is used for all three meanings. I'm not sure お居で is right.
Oct
21
comment What is the meaning of 座っておいで?
It also behaves like a 補助動詞 in that it can contract―people say 「持っといで」.
Oct
21
comment What is the difference between ことにする and ことにした?
nhg.pro.tok2.com/qa/doushi-13.htm  ← Someone could turn Q&A 123 from that site into an answer.
Oct
20
comment Does ところを always mean the same thing as のに? What is the difference between ところへ and ところに?
I don't think it's a duplicate either. The other question doesn't talk about ところへ, and it doesn't explain whether these sentences are the same.
Oct
19
comment Learning radicals?
If you decide to study radicals, then learning them as you go makes sense. That way you'll naturally prioritize and learn common ones like 氵, and you'll naturally skip ones like 鼎 that you'll basically never use―or at least leave them until very late in the process.
Oct
17
comment The meaning of phrase 「すこしじつ」
Generally speaking, we shouldn't edit questions in a way that invalidates existing answers.
Oct
17
comment which verbs have irregular forms?
This is two questions in one; I'm editing out the second so we can close this as a duplicate. The other question ("Which adjectives have irregular forms?") can be asked separately.
Oct
16
comment Q: Should a new Japanese learner stop reviewing Chinese Hanzi?
I don't think learning kanji is actually all that hard, although I certainly wouldn't call it easy, either! But in my experience both vocabulary and grammar are more significant challenges.
Oct
16
comment V(さ)せる when it doesn't indicate permission/compulsion
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Oct
16
comment _っ_り form adverbs
Closely related: japanese.stackexchange.com/q/5861/1478 (Probably not a duplicate since it's not really answered by the answer there.)
Oct
16
comment How to express appositives in Japanese
People do call certain grammatical relationships 同格{どうかく} 'apposition' in Japanese, although I'm not sure it's what you want here.
Oct
15
comment Are there a kanji for マル and バツ (O and X, right and wrong)
Ah, maybe I should have emphasized the "would be" part more to make it clear that I was speaking hypothetically. Thank you for the comment!
Oct
14
comment are the godan verbs always followed by either a,e,i,o or u before a further suffix is added?
Yes, as RealSkeptic points out, 段 and 行 are row and column (corresponding to the kana chart). Frellesvig translates 一段・二段・四段・五段 to monograde, bigrade, quadrigrade, and quinquigrade, although I find these translations a bit intimidating.
Oct
13
comment どうか〜〜ますように in 「どうか異世界の出来事でありますように」
Are there any parts of the sentence you do understand?
Oct
13
comment Why are い and な conjugated differently?
I suggest reading Tyler Lau's thesis, Origins of the verbalizer affixes in the Japonic languages.