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Hello! I'm learning Japanese!

 


Dec
4
comment Can Verb stand in front of sentence?
@StarLight You missed part of virmaior's explanation. It's 出会う → 出会える → 出会えて.
Dec
3
comment Usage of the phrase/word ですので
Aren't those programs all interfaces to the same dictionary?
Dec
1
comment What is this kanji?眞+頁
Compare: 真⇔眞, 慎⇔愼, 鎮⇔鎭, 填⇔塡, 槙⇔槇, 鷏⇔鷆, 顛⇔顚
Dec
1
comment How to tell the difference between 先{せん} and 先{さき}?
@Eric The program you're using is attempting to match up definitions from EDICT with examples from the Tanaka Corpus, but it's not doing so successfully.
Nov
30
comment の in Verb+のじゃない: Nominalizer or Explanatory?
@rintaun Genitive の (not the nominalizer) does contract to ん in some other circumstances, e.g. in 店ん中 or 雨ん中.
Nov
28
comment Most correct “noun suffix” for “living in X” or “resident of X”?
I think the OP was aware that 'suffix' was perhaps not ideal (hence their first sentence), so they tried their best to explain precisely what they meant by it. I don't think people should downvote just because 'suffix' isn't the right technical term, since it's clear what they're asking.
Nov
28
comment What is this form : Verb + はせん?
@非回答者 Well, I didn't actually say that the character was speaking a Western dialect. I was just using it as a label for the form. (As I said in my comment, "I don't mean to imply that it's limited to Western dialects.") Thanks to everyone for elaborating in the comments, though. I'm sure Urukann will find that helpful.
Nov
27
comment What is the meaning of 根づいていた?
@ColeFudge Judging by your comment, it appears you'll have to learn about 〜ている as well.
Nov
26
comment Do all words need a particle?
なぜ is an adverb. Compare another question word, 誰【だれ】, which is not.
Nov
26
comment When does it make sense to use 「〜でない。」?
The "KKK 25.92" refers to 国立国語研究所報告 現代雑誌九十種の用語用字 第3分冊分析〔1964〕, p.92
Nov
26
comment When does it make sense to use 「〜でない。」?
A related footnote from Martin's 1975 Reference Grammar of Japanese, p.373: "In written Japanese (KKK 25.92) Nではない is about eight times as frequent as Nでない when predicative; but when adnominalized NでないN has the same frequency as Nではない. In non-final position, Nではなく is twice as frequent as Nでなく. These figures can not be automatically applied to spoken Japanese, since what is pronounced じゃない may get written as either でない or ではない."
Nov
26
comment What is this form : Verb + はせん?
@Urukann Yes, though I don't mean to imply that it's limited to Western dialects. Actually describing what I mean by Western and Eastern in detail would probably take more space than a comment allows here. Let me look and see if we already have an answer somewhere that describes them… EDIT: Can anyone help find the question about the history of ぬ and ない? I was sure we had one.
Nov
25
comment Difference between ずっと and いつも
Although いつも is a lexicalized combination with its own usage, so you can't just understand it as いつ+も, even though that's clearly its etymology. You can say things like 「いつもはしない」「いつもの私」「いつもだ」.
Nov
21
comment Why in this example sentence there's no difference between ごとに and おきに?
@blutorange You can leave that as an answer, if you like.
Nov
20
comment Do you need to use の when using へ to modify a noun?
Related: japanese.stackexchange.com/questions/17738/…
Nov
19
comment What is the difference between 見える【みえる】/聞こえる【きこえる】 and 見られる【みられる】/聞ける【きける】?
Historically speaking, the same change happened to consonant-stem verbs, and the short potential forms we have now are a result of this change. Before that happened, the potential and passive forms were the same for consonant-stem verbs as well.
Nov
18
comment Sorting and Grouping a Japanese Index or Glossary
I just use perl's Unicode::Collate, which implements the Unicode Collation Algorithm.
Nov
18
comment Adverbs in Japanese versus English
I'll remove my comments since this isn't really the right place to discuss basic English grammar, and I don't want to make the off-topic discussion here longer than it already is. You can always start a thread on one of the English sites if you'd like to discuss what an English adverb is.
Nov
17
comment Different usage of 五
In Martin's 1975 Reference Grammar of Japanese on p.310, he points out this sort of verb pair: "There are also verbs which have a parasyntactic relationship similar to, but differing from, the transitive-intransitive relationship; both verbs are transitive but the direction of action is reversed". He pairs the outgoing 貸す・教える・預ける with the incoming 借りる・教わる・預かる.
Nov
17
comment Different usage of 五
What specifically is unfortunate about translating 他動詞 and 自動詞 to transitive verb and intransitive verb?