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Jan
26
comment Meaning of, Transitive verb in “te form” + iru vs Intransitive verb in “te form” + iru
It looks like things were simplified considerably for your class. Although there's definitely a correspondence between lexical aspect and transitivity, they're actually two different things, and at some point it'll probably help you to learn what the difference is, if you'd like a more accurate description of how -te iru works.
Jan
26
comment Could use some assistance translating a sentence
Hello! Welcome to Japanese.SE! The video says 占い【うらない】では, not 内容だった. I'm also afraid this site isn't a translation service―we're happy to help if you can show us what you understand so far and would like help with something specific, but we don't generally do "Please translate this for me" questions.
Jan
24
comment Help with translation
Can you understand better now that 人る→入る and 通逆う→通う are fixed? If not, can you tell us what specifically you're having trouble with in this quote?
Jan
24
comment 「勉強{べんきょう}を続{つづ}ける」 vs.「勉強をやり続ける」
づ and ず are both romanized as zu most of the time (because romanization is usually intended to reflect pronunciation, not kana), but in some schemes づ is du, and a few people still write dzu.
Jan
19
comment Different kanji forms for “みる”
They list 回る【みる】/廻る【みる】. I've never seen that word before―it looks like it's archaic, so you can probably ignore it here and focus on 見る etc.
Jan
16
comment What does として mean in 「ペットとしてしいくするのはかんたんです。」?
"Keeping" is one possible translation.
Jan
15
comment 「もんか」の使い方を教えてくれませんか?
It looks like the example might have come from that site. (Of course, we can't tell for sure unless the OP decides to tell us―this question would be better with some details.)
Jan
15
comment How do you use 教わる【おそわる】?
Someone should probably point out that 教わる is a transitive verb, so it can't be the intransitive equivalent of 教える.
Jan
15
comment Why does 出る accepts を although it is an intransitive verb?
We have some questions about this use of を already, although I'm not sure which one to link to. (Maybe they're similar but not exactly duplicates?) I found this, so far: japanese.stackexchange.com/q/12734/1478
Jan
14
comment How is the adjective 多い being used as a noun 多く here?
These references don't directly answer the question, but they might be of interest: one - two
Jan
14
comment What is the subject of「あけましておめでとう」?
I had the same feeling as @l'électeur, but if we consider this as a question of etymology, I think it could make sense to ask. (In other words, where does this phrase come from?)
Jan
13
comment How is 家 in [name]家 pronounced?
@senshin Right! But it can't contract further (dropping ん) unless the name ends in ん. That's what I was trying to say.
Jan
13
comment Do Japanese people use quotation marks for emphasis?
I think it's funny in English because they look like "scare quotes", so it implies that it's not really safe or comfortable.
Jan
13
comment When would I use ふん instead of ぷん?
I don't think /h/ → /p/ is the same thing as rendaku. It's explained by a separate rule.
Jan
13
comment What is different between 分かります and 分かりました。
I think that tense is relevant, but it interacts with aspect in a way that may be non-obvious.
Jan
8
comment What is the difference between こだわり and 良{よ}い?
Out of curiosity, how did you come to the conclusion that it means "good"? Did a dictionary say so? Is that your own personal inference based on context?
Jan
6
comment Strange usage of に particle
Did you mean Miller's The Japanese Language (1967)? That's the book Martin cites in his bibliography. As far as I'm aware Miller never wrote a book titled Reference Grammar of Japanese; Martin describes this in his Reference Grammar of Japanese on pages 216-221.
Jan
4
comment -的 adjectives modifying nouns without な
@ThomasGross Pitch accent tells us that 2 and 4 can't be interpreted as compounds. Although in this case we can't tell because the pitch accent would be the same either way, if we pick an unaccented second word the difference becomes clear. See Martin 1975 p.762-763, where we can find the example 経済的問題.
Jan
4
comment How does someone know when one word ends and the next one starts?
@blutorange If you want an all //o// example, use 覆おう //oo-oo// instead of 覆う //oo-u//.
Jan
3
comment Words ending in consonants
I'm afraid it doesn't make sense to say that "both ta and su are consonants". Phonemically, each is a string of one consonant and one vowel. Phonetically, it's possible that the vowel may be reduced or even entirely deleted in su in some contexts. We have some existing questions about this, such as japanese.stackexchange.com/questions/1904