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Mar
29
comment Noun + さえ + Verb (infinitive)
In Japanese, the citation form of a verb is finite, so it doesn't make sense to call it the infinitive. In fact, the term "infinitive" is used by some linguists for an actual non-finite form, the one called 連用形 in Japanese grammar.
Mar
19
comment How to analyze それが元で?
By the way, answering old questions is totally okay―it doesn't matter if the question was asked over a year ago.
Mar
19
comment Difference between 母語話者 and ネイティブスピーカー
@AndrewGrimm It's unclear what "real" means here. 母語話者 isn't a native Japanese word, either. It's Sino-Japanese.
Mar
19
comment Use of 「~ておりますしょうか。 」
@Norbles But 4,350 is just an estimate, not a result count. If you click through to the second page, you'll see that there are only 14 results on Google, two of which are for your question.
Mar
18
comment レアチーズケーキ: Does 「レア」 originally come from “rare” or from “layer”?
It's sense 3 of レア 'rare' in 明鏡国語辞典: 生であること。「―チーズケーキ」. Maybe it's an extension of sense 2, which does exist in English: 'rare' as in 'a rare steak' (one that isn't cooked very much). It would make sense to me if the word was extended in Japanese from 'not cooked very much' to 'not cooked at all'.
Mar
17
comment 開始三秒 - what does it mean?
I think "vs" is EDICT's abbreviation for something like "verb (suru)", so I guess the OP is saying that they assume 開始 is a verbal noun (that is, a noun which readily appears in construction with する).
Mar
17
comment Activity verbs vs Change verbs
They don't always coincide―there are verbs like 失う and 忘れる, too.
Mar
16
comment 前 in 十年前の話 - ぜん, まえ, or さき?
さき is not listed as a reading for 前 on the official jōyō kanji chart.
Mar
16
comment Using the Nelson index# as a means to order kanji? What do natives use?
Are you sure there is a "universal standard"? Anyway, most character dictionaries give details on how they order characters in the section before the entries begin.
Mar
16
comment Understanding hiragana-only texts in videogames
Sometimes more modern games use spaces, even with some kanji: i.stack.imgur.com/Agt8Q.jpg
Mar
15
comment Usage of Heisig radical “big”
I'm not familiar with Kanji Draw, but I asked about 直 to see if you were getting Chinese glyphs rather than Japanese. So yes, it does seem to be a technical issue. In terms of how the variants are treated in Japanese, Earthliŋ's answer to the other question works almost perfectly for your question, too. The version with 犬 is the old form used mainly before the 1940s, and the version with 大 is the new form that is mostly used now. (See the official jōyō kanji chart.)
Mar
15
comment Usage of Heisig radical “big”
Does 直 look different in Kanji Draw too?
Mar
15
comment Usage of Heisig radical “big”
There was a very similar question recently: japanese.stackexchange.com/q/23025/1478
Mar
15
comment Multiple “wo”s in a sentence?
Contrastive は is possible in subordinate clauses.
Mar
15
comment Multiple “wo”s in a sentence?
DoBJG actually says more than once in a clause. (p.348) There are very few exceptions, though Martin discusses some examples on pages 255-256 of his 1975 Reference Grammar of Japanese.
Mar
15
comment Is “げえしゃ” a valid pronunciation of “芸者”?
This question is confusing because it uses "ee" to talk about two different pronunciations, as Brian Chandler points out.
Mar
14
comment What does シャリン mean here?
I think it's kind of like チリン.
Mar
14
comment Sentence structure between two clauses question
When Japanese is translated into English, it often ends up roughly backwards.
Mar
14
comment Is this a 仮定形 (kateikei) form, and how to analyse it?
Related: japanese.stackexchange.com/…
Mar
12
comment Difference between 母語話者 and ネイティブスピーカー
For what it's worth, 母語話者 has 16 results in the Balanced Corpus of Contemporary Written Japanese, while ネイティブスピーカー has 18 results. In Tsukuba Web Corpus, I find 392 results for 母語話者 and 676 results for ネイティブスピーカー.