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Nov
10
comment Can you suggest a method for learning readings of names?
Let us continue this discussion in chat.
Nov
9
comment Changing of diphthongs at the end of words to え in exclamations
Their question appears to be "I'm wondering about how general this is and in what cases it can be used."
Nov
8
comment 社会主義体制下のソ連時代。Clarification on this sentence
Note that it's actually a noun phrase rather than a sentence.
Nov
7
comment Is there a Japanese phrase equivalent to “Chopstick gene”?
The authors wrote about it a number of times, including in a book by one of the authors, Living with Our Genes, which has been translated into Japanese as 『遺伝子があなたをそうさせる』. Maybe find a copy of that book and see what they called it? :-)
Nov
7
comment Japanese joke explanation, brushing teeth in a narrow home
What? I think it's clear what they're asking. They didn't understand 横に, but they eventually figured it out, so they posted an answer in case anyone else has the same problem. I upvoted :-)
Nov
6
comment Need help making sense of this poem
There's a freely available 古語辞典 at Weblio: kobun.weblio.jp
Nov
6
comment Need help making sense of this poem
You haven't really asked anything specific about the grammar. Do you have a specific question? You can start by comparing with user4092's translation into Modern Japanese, and look up things you don't understand in a 古語辞典, and then ask again if you have a more specific question about something you still don't get. How's that sound?
Nov
6
comment How many possible phonological forms could be represented by a randomly chosen single character?
EiríkrÚtlendi, @Blavius It turns out it was a bug! meta.ell.stackexchange.com/questions/2616/2734#comment5700_2734
Nov
6
comment Need help making sense of this poem
It's from the 万葉集, 11-2513: 雷神 小動 刺雲 雨零耶 君将留, transcribed as naru kamwi no sukosi toyomite sasi-kumori ame mo pura-nu ka kimi wo todome-mu in the OCOJ.
Nov
5
comment What is the meaning of 飲んどけ?
Shall we close this as a duplicate, then? (Of which post?)
Nov
5
comment Mapping 16 English tenses to Japanese tenses
Not really. English only has two tenses, and they don't map cleanly into Japanese.
Oct
30
comment What does つらり mean?
I see that the dictionary you linked only has 熟々{つらつら}, but some dictionaries have definitions for 滑々{つらつら} too. In 広辞苑, the latter is defined as 「なめらかなさま。つるつる。」 So I suppose if you find the right dictionary, the latter can be the "dictionary definition" too :-) (But it was only in two of the eight 国語辞典 I checked!)
Oct
29
comment “Yon” vs. “Shi” in school names
I don't think this is really about rōmaji. It seems like the question would be the same if you talked about the readings よん versus し in kana.
Oct
27
comment Why does the sentence combination 「situation。 explanation から。」sound awkward?
Related: japanese.stackexchange.com/a/6904/1478
Oct
26
comment The use of へ and に in regards to time
I've heard that explanation of へ and に in the spatial sense a lot before, but I don't think it's really terribly accurate.
Oct
25
comment Origin of the word 烏有
@macraf Hmm, no, I don't think that's the case. I think 烏 was used in Middle Chinese for its sound to write one of a class of ʔ-initial interrogatives (cf. 焉・安 and especially 惡, which was used to write the same word). See Pulleyblank's Outline of Classical Chinese Grammar (1995) pages 91 and 96-97.
Oct
24
comment Origin of the word 烏有
I think you might actually ask about the origin of 烏有 on Chinese.SE. All I can suggest is that 烏 was probably borrowed for its sound.
Oct
23
comment Confused about the meaning of these nicknames
Are you sure you haven't mixed up 中三 with 三中?
Oct
23
comment Confused about the meaning of these nicknames
病院送り, probably?
Oct
23
comment Can tokidoki only be used in a negative sentence?
As you can see, people are confused. If you could clarify your question (did you mean only affirmative or only negative?), that would help a lot. It would also help if you could give a source for the claim―was it a textbook, for example?