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Oct
19
comment だけでなく and だけじゃなくて
Etymologically it's certainly contracted from ではない and not でない, but I don't think it's as simple as that anymore. Martin discusses this on page 373 of his Reference Grammar of Japanese (1975, forty years ago), where he points out that some speakers use じゃない for both でない and ではない. You might also be interested in this paper which compares use of でない・ではない・じゃない in BCCWJ by birth year of author: ninjal.ac.jp/event/specialists/project-meeting/files/… The chart on page 280 makes it look like じゃない is taking over for both でない and ではない.
Oct
18
comment Were Japanese names ever anglicised?
The linguist Masayoshi Shibatani goes by "Matt".
Oct
17
comment What does 帰りに寄ってください mean?
Google Translate isn't really a way to learn Japanese.
Oct
16
comment Verb Dictionary form+ よう
@Nothingatall The answer says "verbs' 連体形 and 終止形", not all 連体形 and 終止形.
Oct
16
comment Verb Dictionary form+ よう
dictionary.goo.ne.jp/leaf/jn2/226613/m0u/…
Oct
15
comment 連用形 of 「だ」 - difference between 「だっ」「で」「に」
『日本文法大辞典』によると、「形容動詞を認めない立場に立てば、連用形に「に」の形が加えられる。」(p.412)
Oct
15
comment A department in a company where unproductive employees are transferred to instead of being fired
We should close questions if they're actually off-topic, whether new or old. But I think this is a combination of both an on-topic question and an off-topic question. "What's the name of the TV show I watched?" is definitely off-topic, while "What's the name of that department?" seems to be on-topic to me. So let's edit it to remove the off-topic bit and reopen.
Oct
13
comment Can I omit 「の」and 「もの」in this sentence?
@George It looks like it worked out okay this time because the answerer was willing to edit. In the future, though, you should probably ask your new question separately instead of editing. In general, edits should try to avoid invalidating any existing answers.
Oct
13
comment Differences between the various readings of 描く and 画く
I think the most important set to learn about is 描{えが}く versus 描{か}く versus 書{か}く.
Oct
12
comment テレビ台 vs テレビ to refer to the physical TV?
In the Google Japanese Web N-gram corpus, I find 17208 results for テレビを買う and only 119 results for テレビ台を買う, which is a ratio of about 144:1. Please remember that Google Search doesn't share result counts, only estimates which may be off by many orders of magnitude. See Google counts may not be as reliable as you imagine on meta for discussion.
Oct
12
comment 私 Origin / Etymology?
It's actually the more fundamental words that are less likely to be loans. You have to understand the distinction between words and characters to really begin discussing this, though . . .
Oct
12
comment 「何言わせんのよ」=「何言わせるのよ」?
Please write answers in the answer box :-)
Oct
12
comment Unsure of this sentence; lack of verb is throwing me off here
Please write answers in the answer box.
Oct
11
comment ~んだよなぁ What general meaning/feeling does this give?
よ and な are 終助詞, but の is a 準体助詞 and だ is a 助動詞.
Oct
10
comment Why is the phrase ご連絡申しあげます linguistially correct?
@macraf Google Search result estimates aren't reliable. If I search the Google Japanese Web N-gram corpus instead, I find 128796 and 3770 results respectively.
Oct
10
comment Can さ be added to nouns?
@idlackage You can find examples of りんごらしさ or りんごっぽさ on the web, although they aren't particularly common! ameblo.jp/art-sketch-cafe/entry-10826838584.html - club.coneco.net/user/34725/review/75987 - ptakato.com/banapple
Oct
10
comment Why is the phrase ご連絡申しあげます linguistially correct?
Thanks for explaining. I was confused because the question didn't mention を anywhere. Both versions are attested, but ご連絡申し上げます (without を) is considerably more common.
Oct
10
comment Why is the phrase ご連絡申しあげます linguistially correct?
The question title says 「ご連絡申し上げます」, but the first sentence of the question itself says 「ご連絡申し上げます」. Is that a typo?
Oct
9
comment What does とする do in this sentence?
It's always a good idea to tell us what the sentence is from.
Oct
7
comment What does “fūtsu” mean?
Questions like this would be a little easier to answer if we could see the original Japanese. For future questions, if you can't type it in, maybe you could take a picture? :-)