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Jun
17
comment Is でござる used in Modern Society?
I think ごさる is now archaic, so ございます is usually given its own dictionary entry.
Jun
17
comment Use and examples of 違う
These two things don't appear to be related, so it's probably best if you don't put them both in the same question.
Jun
15
comment How to parse どうかなさいましたか and what does it mean in English?
@FriendlyGhost You could also include ござる in that list, too (people say ございます rather than ござります). I think the reason it isn't listed on that website is because ござる is archaic, so ございます is considered a separate word now. But if you look at it historically, it belongs with the other four honorific verbs.
Jun
14
comment Odd misconceptions of question particle かい
Dunno. People's misconceptions come from a lot of places: ① It's hard to learn a foreign language. ② It's hard to describe your own native language accurately. ③ People learn from other people who've made mistakes because of the first two points. ④ Language use varies from place to place, year to year, and speaker to speaker, so a description might be right at one place and time for one speaker, but wrong at another place and time for another speaker. If any of these mistakes are successful enough, they become "misconceptions", I suppose...
Jun
14
comment Could someone help me identify this kanji?
Did you not notice that this was answered last time you asked?
Jun
14
comment Using both と and を with the verb 言う?
The answers on that question don't appear to answer this one, so I'd rather leave this open.
Jun
13
comment Use of と見える in this sentence
I can't tell what 'it is available to recognize delicious' is intended to mean.
Jun
6
comment Can “が” ever mark the direct object?
I'm ignoring whether が would be replaced with は if example ① were really used as a complete sentence. It's simpler theoretically to start with が, and we'd have to use が anyway in the relative clause, so I thought talking about は would be a distraction.
Jun
6
comment Can “が” ever mark the direct object?
It can easily be argued that the answer to 'Can が ever mark a direct object?' is 'yes' (see The Oxford Handbook of Japanese Linguistics, pages 141-155), but I don't think that's really relevant to your example sentence. I think the problem you're having here is parsing the sentence properly.
Jun
5
comment Difference between「広げる」、「拡げる」
We've been discussing this in chat: chat.stackexchange.com/transcript/message/22031639#22031639
Jun
4
comment Meaning of sentence
This doesn't really appear to be a question...
Jun
4
comment What does the word 「したって こられりゃ」 mean?
Again, this is not a single word.
Jun
4
comment A Question About the Suffix さ
I think you're right, though perhaps the problem is in how "noun" is defined. Some definitions center around appearing before the copula だ, which I think goes back to Bernard Bloch, but I think a better definition would include (for example) the possibility of functioning as subject or object.
Jun
2
comment Do 見える - 見せる come from 見る?
You're mixing up derivation and inflection. They're derived from 見る historically but are now lexical words. They aren't inflectional forms of 見る.
Jun
1
comment Can an adjective modify a na-adjective?
That's okay. It looks like an answer will have to address your notion of adjective anyway, so we might as well leave that part of the question the way it is :-)
Jun
1
comment Can an adjective modify a na-adjective?
言い知れぬ isn't a 形容詞—see how it doesn't end in い? It's a negative verb form (or according to some dictionaries a 連体詞 derived from a negative verb form).
May
30
comment 売る exact usage/meaning
I have that book. The OP's phrase is listed under 喧嘩を買う. It says: ①相手が仕[掛]{か}けてきた喧嘩の相手をする。〔例〕売られた喧嘩を買うようなまねは、しないほうがよい。②他人がしている喧嘩を引き受ける。〔対〕①②喧嘩を売る。
May
28
comment What is the formal way to say “しょっちゅう”?
@natlang よく is sometimes used in formal documents in certain meanings of the word. Here's a random example: 「事象叙述と属性叙述の違いはこれまでも、海外では状態述語における stage-level predicates(場面レベル述語)と individual-level predicates(個体レベル述語)の区別(Carlson 1980、 Krifka et al. 1995)として形式意味論でよく知られており、また、我が国では佐久間(1941)の示唆を発展させた益岡(1987,2004)、益岡(編)(2008)で叙述の‌​類型として論じられているが、その区別が統語構造と形態構造の「形」にどのような影響をもたらすかという問題はほとんど手がつけられていない。」 (Source) But this isn't the same use of よく you're asking about.
May
27
comment ごめんよ - what is it?
You might consider including a little bit more context.
May
26
comment Where does the な in 大人 (otona) come from?
I think this question is actually not about etymology (despite the tag), but about readings and why they don't match up to what the OP expects given the kanji, so I think this answer is perfect. If we focus on etymology instead, I'm not sure there's any well established answer, though we can list speculation. (Maybe that could be a separate question.) 日本国語大辞典 says 「語源に関し諸説があるが判然としない。」