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Jun
10
comment Origin of -aru verbs: いらっしゃる、おっしゃる、くださる、なさる
@DariusJahandarie I updated my answer now that I have more sources :-) I may come back to this later.
Jun
9
comment Verb classification of honorific/humble verbs
And ござる, today in the form ございます.
Jun
8
comment When using もう and まだ does a negative verb always have to be in the (ている) present continuous form?
@Sjiveru Here's one description: ir.library.osaka-u.ac.jp/dspace/bitstream/11094/6499/1/…
Jun
6
comment Difference between そうです、 ようです and らしいです.
The /dd/ → /tt/ geminate devoicing is common in loanwords that contain other voiced obstruents (the /b/ and initial /d/ in this case). Compare ベッド → ベット but not ヘッド → *ヘット. (See Nishimura 2003 Lyman's Law in Loanwords.) This is unrelated to your main question, though.
Jun
5
comment How do I look up this kanji?
Still, sawa's romanization is logical, and the same or similar schemes are used by a number of linguists. I don't think anyone in a position to be helped by this answer would be confused by it. In any case, when editing other people's posts, the most important rule is to respect the intent of the author, so in this case we should leave it as it is.
Jun
5
comment あかひげ [赤髭] modern usage?
アカヒゲ can refer to a type of cute bird: suntory.co.jp/eco/birds/encyclopedia/72.html
Jun
5
comment How do I look up this kanji?
Stroke order in general isn't all that hard to learn, although I'd bet that most learners get stroke order wrong at least occasionally. (I know I do! :-)
Jun
5
comment Why does 「でならない」 not mean “does not become”?
@DaveMG Sure, I agree with that 100%. I'd like to come back to this question and write an answer later, even. But I'm not up to it right now, so I thought I'd leave a couple pointers to try and help.
Jun
4
comment Why does 「でならない」 not mean “does not become”?
ならない is idiomatic, so in most dictionaries it has its own entry, explaining how it's different from なる. I also found 〜てならない in A Dictionary of Advanced Japanese Grammar, pp.605-8.
Jun
3
comment Use of が vs を with transitive verb, 受け入れる(+もらえる)
@EiríkrÚtlendi There are a number of reasons not to consider these constituents subjects, and to consider them objects instead. See The Oxford Handbook of Japanese Linguistics, p.142-146 for five arguments, along with an argument that they are not passive.
Jun
3
comment Development of なんか?
Could you give an example or two so we can make sure which なんか you're talking about?
Jun
1
comment Is there a reason why numbers in Japanese are delimited into blocks of four?
But you do need, at a minimum, to be able to understand spoken numbers.
May
31
comment Development of なんか?
Compare など and なんて.
May
29
comment Is 「出なくては。」 the same as 「出なくてはいけない。」?
japanese.stackexchange.com/questions/13812/…
May
28
comment “the cows were happy and friendly”: is “親しい” the right word?
Also with the /k/ geminated: 人なつっこい
May
28
comment ものには… in 「ものには順序というものがある」 Some hidden word or phrase?
One of my dictionaries paraphrases it 「どんなものにも正しい順序がある」 There is a proper order for everything.
May
27
comment 五年ぶり、ぶり返す、。。。What does ぶり mean?
My guess is you probably first encountered 〜ぶり in お久しぶりですね!
May
27
comment Use of です or あります in the sentence それは椅子
I think it would be better if the が question were answered in a separate question so people could upvote/downvote etc.
May
26
comment Difference between 間【あいだ】 and 間【ま】
No, the rules aren't that clear. 間{かん} is a word, and 間{ま} appears in compounds such as 間近・隙間・間違い・間際・居間・手間・間口・谷間・マヌケ and in the lexicalized adverbs 間もなく and いつの間に.
May
25
comment 夏目漱石‘s use of question marker かい for an open instead of closed (ie yes/no) question
@Tim For question 8, I didn't really think it was about い, but really just a question of whether you should include の. I'm not sure I can say か or かい alone is actually wrong, but I think using の would be more common / more natural there (whether you add a following か or not).