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comment Why does Japanese lack word wrapping?
Why should Japanese have word wrapping? Your question is similar to asking “Why is Hebrew written from right to left?”
Jan
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comment Can a sonkeigo verb be used with an inanimate subject? / 尊敬語は無生物主語に対して使えますか?
Because 先生のご活躍 is inanimate, I think that the first paragraph and the second paragraph of your answer are contradicting each other….
Jan
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asked Can a sonkeigo verb be used with an inanimate subject? / 尊敬語は無生物主語に対して使えますか?
Jan
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comment How to say “He likes something” without using は?
The sentence 食べ物は彼は寿司が好きです sounds awkward or even incorrect to me. I would say something like 食べ物では彼は寿司が好きです or 彼の好きな食べ物は寿司です, but in the former, it is arguable that the は in 食べ物では is not a topic marker but a contrastive particle, so I am not sure it answers the OP’s question.
Jan
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comment Exact nuance between 方が、たら、えば and テ形 in this sentence
そうしたら and そうすれば can be used interchangeably in your example, but not always. See also Differences among -たら、なら、-んだったら、-えば, etc for details.
Jan
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comment Is there any difference between 早く終われば and 早く終わったら?
See also Differences among -たら、なら、-んだったら、-えば, etc.
Jan
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comment Difference between ば and たら in this example
See also Differences among -たら、なら、-んだったら、-えば, etc.
Jan
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comment What does 「フーホり」mean?
@l'électeur: Much lower than the chances of someone reading ワ as フ by mistake, I guess.
Jan
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revised is this sentence correct 会議は三時からでいらっしゃいます.?
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comment What is a grammatical terminology to describe the group of the refrain of two syllable words like pera-pera, don-don, iki-iki?
私は質問中に書かれた「ぺらぺら等の単語が擬音語でない理由」のうち一つが理由として不適切だと指摘しているだけで、「だから擬音語だ」と主張するつもりはないのですが…‌​…。これ以上は繰り返しません。
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answered Help with understanding a sentence
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revised Help with understanding a sentence
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comment What is a grammatical terminology to describe the group of the refrain of two syllable words like pera-pera, don-don, iki-iki?
I do not know why your reply is relevant to my comment. I wrote the previous comment because you stated in the question that the words such as ぺらぺら are not onomatopoeias because (a) they do not reflect any sound and (b) they are used adverbially, and I thought that (b) was unrelated to the reason they are not onomatopoeias.
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comment What is a grammatical terminology to describe the group of the refrain of two syllable words like pera-pera, don-don, iki-iki?
Many onomatopoeias in Japanese are used adverbially: 猫がニャーニャー鳴く.
Jan
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comment How do you “replace” second-person pronouns?
“The use of Japanese is highly dependant on the context. In other words, whether or not the information is shared between speaker and listener is a key to select words.” Is there any language in which whether or not the information is shared between parties is not a key to select words? In general, I am skeptical of the often-heard claim that the Japanese language depends on the context more heavily than other languages.
Jan
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comment Why is domo used also to say hello?
So my take is that どうも does not literally mean “very,” but the question stands if we interpret it as “Why is どうも used both as a greeting in itself and as part of どうもありがとう?”
Jan
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comment Why is domo used also to say hello?
@AmaniKilumanga Aha, it perfectly explains why some people might think どうも means “very much.” Thanks a lot!