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May
14
comment What is the meaning of 第ー部
Maybe it was actually ガールズバンド?
May
14
comment Explaining Tense in Japanese
I was searching for "相対テンス" on Google and happened to find a PDF with some interesting illustrations: kyorin-u.ac.jp/univ/user/foreign/nikodebu/lectures%28PDF%29/…
May
14
comment Explaining Tense in Japanese
I tried to fix the question up a little bit. Longer comments here: chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/511/conversation/…
May
14
comment Is this sentence correct?
Is "いお(ro)いろ" supposed to be いろいろ? Could you edit your post, if so?
May
14
comment What is the meaning of the word たんじゃ?
It's not a single word.
May
13
comment How common/formal is あたくし?
@naruto I merged the questions, which moved your answer over here. Feel free to edit it as you see fit :-)
May
13
comment The logic behind kanji choice for country name ateji
ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
May
13
comment What do the words 「きてやった」 mean?
Which meaning do you think くる has in the OP's sentence?
May
13
comment How did 逸 come to feature in pleasure/idleness words?
No, kanjinetworks is intended to be a collection of historically accurate character origins. (I'm not saying that it is, but it's not intended to be anything like Heisig.)
May
11
comment Use of に in this sentence
@lettuce They aren't always interchangeable; for example, I think 我ながら can't be rewritten as *我つつ, and 読みつつある can't be rewritten as *読みながらある. As for your question, I think つつ is more commonly 'while' but can occasionally have the 'although' meaning (Martin 1975 has examples on p.417-8). As you can see, the difference between つつ and ながら is relatively complicated, so why not ask it as a separate question?
May
11
comment The usage of ~かね
I guess it's possible, but did you have any sort of example sentences or context in mind for people to look at?
May
11
comment 漢字の読み方 versus 漢字を読むの
I have a few minor notes: ① 修飾 is 'modify' in the context of grammar, not 'decorate'; ② I don't think おろか is a 修飾語. If it's predicating on what comes before, then I think it's a 述語 instead. ③ I wonder if one might argue that it's been grammaticalized and doesn't predicate semantically anymore. ④ You'll see examples like 言うもおろか where it follows a verb directly (but perhaps you could say the verb is 連体形 and therefore the clause can be treated as nominal).
May
11
comment How to ask someone to do something for you
I think the main idea in the link is that you should write it in kana if it's used as a subsidiary (補助動詞) and kanji otherwise. But I think people don't always follow this rule and the meaning doesn't really change if they don't―it's still the same word either way. So there are examples like in this question where people use both spellings for the subsidiary use in the same sentence! You can call it bad form, but I think it's clear that the meaning doesn't really change in that case.
May
11
comment Rosetta Stone's usage of kana for words instead of kanji
I have no way of answering this since I don't know anything about Rosetta Stone. It is true, though, that none of these are on the list of 1006 kanji learned in grades one through six (even 僕): ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
May
11
comment meaning of “たけしみたく、「5月病」にかかっている”?
A description of 同じ won't fit in a comment, but let's look at some of it briefly. Since, as you point out, it was a 形容詞 with シク活用 long ago, it should have become 同じい in Modern Japanese. But it was turning into a 形容動詞 while the language underwent these changes, so we ended up with an irregular set of forms. We got 同じ (when modifying 体言), 同じく・同じように・同じに (modifying 用言), and 同じだ・同じです (predicatively), among others. As you can see, some of these forms resemble a 形容詞 and others a 形容動詞. Note that 同じく isn't 若者言葉 like 〜みたく is.
May
10
comment meaning of “たけしみたく、「5月病」にかかっている”?
There are no other words like 同じ in Japanese. It's unique.
May
8
comment manzai vs banzai
Historically, besides the 呉音 manzai, there was also the 漢音 banzei.
May
8
comment Need help translating a sentence - あるひ?
@C.M. Yes, in kanji it would be 或る【ある】, but it's written in kana most of the time. The kanji 或 isn't on the jōyō kanji list.
May
7
comment 単語を十個 or 十個単語を - quantifiers before or after direct objects
I removed the other questions. Please feel free to ask them separately.
May
7
comment Can girls say いいな?
@MichaelChirico By the way, it helps if you distinguish the gender-neutral わ with flat or falling intonation from the feminine わ with rising intonation. I think the former わ is used by both genders and the latter わ is mostly used in fiction (as 役割語).