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comment て versus combining-form for joining clauses
Recommended reading: socrates.berkeley.edu/~hasegawa/TE-Linkage/TE-linkage.html
Apr
13
comment What is the difference between spellings しまう、仕舞う、終う、了う?
The subsidiary verb ~てしまう is at least fifty times more common than the independent verb しまう. Subsidiary verbs (補助動詞) are usually written in kana.
Apr
13
comment What is the difference between spellings しまう、仕舞う、終う、了う?
Google Japanese web n-gram counts: しまう 56405437  仕舞う 60190  終う 2896  了う 2329
Apr
12
comment Reading and significance of dakuten with kana for which it normally is not used
Can you give more context?
Apr
8
comment Meaning of うりこぼる or うりこぶる - EDIT : AUDIO ADDED
@Eric I think the subs fans made for that show have lots of errors, actually.
Apr
8
comment When is using “陳{の}べる” and “知{し}らせる” in place of “教{おし}える” ok?
のべる is a common word, but writing 述べる is thousands of times more common than writing 陳べる.
Apr
8
comment Can を be left out for this phrase 文句をつける?
Well, you can: 気つけろ気ぃつけろ気ィつけろ etc.
Apr
5
comment What is the subject for the following sentence 「ダメ、絶対に逃がさないんだから」?
は can't be a subject marker―it attaches to all sorts of other stuff :-)
Apr
4
comment Difference between 運命 and 命運
Doom in this sense is more or less archaic, but it should be familiar to readers of Tolkien.
Apr
3
comment What's the meaning of もらたらす?
@Kemm It's not really widespread. Google Japanese web n-gram counts: もたらす 2554308 versus もらたらす 243.
Apr
3
comment Could someone please help me understand はまっちゃいそう in this context?
It seems that your translation of はまっちゃいそう doesn't reflect the そう(だ) part.
Apr
1
comment Understanding adverbs and their meaning
"I have no idea what the meaning of these words are." So you have a bunch of dictionary definitions, but you don't trust them, so you decided to ask here if they're accurate?
Mar
31
comment What do I actually call familiar or friendly language?
Another word you might consider is 気安い.
Mar
29
comment Meaning behind adding 'め' after someone's name?
For reference: excite.co.jp/dictionary/japanese/…
Mar
29
comment Noun + さえ + Verb (infinitive)
In Japanese, the citation form of a verb is finite, so it doesn't make sense to call it the infinitive. In fact, the term "infinitive" is used by some linguists for an actual non-finite form, the one called 連用形 in Japanese grammar.
Mar
19
comment How to analyze それが元で?
By the way, answering old questions is totally okay―it doesn't matter if the question was asked over a year ago.
Mar
19
comment Difference between 母語話者 and ネイティブスピーカー
@AndrewGrimm It's unclear what "real" means here. 母語話者 isn't a native Japanese word, either. It's Sino-Japanese.
Mar
19
comment Use of 「~ておりますしょうか。 」
@Norbles But 4,350 is just an estimate, not a result count. If you click through to the second page, you'll see that there are only 14 results on Google, two of which are for your question.
Mar
18
comment レアチーズケーキ: Does 「レア」 originally come from “rare” or from “layer”?
It's sense 3 of レア 'rare' in 明鏡国語辞典: 生であること。「―チーズケーキ」. Maybe it's an extension of sense 2, which does exist in English: 'rare' as in 'a rare steak' (one that isn't cooked very much). It would make sense to me if the word was extended in Japanese from 'not cooked very much' to 'not cooked at all'.
Mar
17
comment 開始三秒 - what does it mean?
I think "vs" is EDICT's abbreviation for something like "verb (suru)", so I guess the OP is saying that they assume 開始 is a verbal noun (that is, a noun which readily appears in construction with する).