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Jun
9
answered Meaning of pattern 「XがXなら、YもYだ」
Jun
9
comment What is the difference between tori vs. dori?
(1) /d/ is the voiced version of /t/. (2) I personally agree that katate dori is easier to pronounce than katate tori, but I do not know if this is a good reason to make a guess which form is “more correct.” At first, the repetition of /t/ sound obviously looked hard to pronounce, but after I noticed that the word 肩たたき katatataki (= kata + tataki; shoulder massage) is not katadataki, I fail to convince myself that my pronunciation preference toward katate dori means anything universal.
Jun
9
revised translation for “It serves as a good reminder for me”?
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Jun
9
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Jun
8
answered What is the difference between tori vs. dori?
Jun
8
answered What is the difference between 出来る限り and 出来るだけ?
Jun
8
comment What is the meaning and etymology of 蝶よ花よ?
Thanks for the update again. This is really the same phrase 蝶よ花よ with the same meaning. Now the question is whether it is earlier than Natsumatsuri Naniwakagami stated in YOU’s answer.
Jun
8
comment What is the meaning and etymology of 蝶よ花よ?
Thanks for the update. Indeed, a possible connection between 蝶よ花よ and 月よ星よ is interesting.
Jun
8
answered IT system renewal: Can I say 更新 for “renewal”?
Jun
8
revised ~うございます - keigo い-adjectives
fixed typos and changed notation a little
Jun
8
comment ~うございます - keigo い-adjectives
@Ignacio: Ah, your explanation of ありがたく makes sense.
Jun
8
comment ~うございます - keigo い-adjectives
@istrasci: どういたしまして。
Jun
8
answered ~うございます - keigo い-adjectives
Jun
8
comment When/why did 電話する replace 電話をかける?
When was 電話をかける replaced by 電話する?! Since I use both, this question makes me feel old….
Jun
8
comment When do you use 下さい as opposed to ください
@Mark: I have never said that there is no difference between ください and 下さい. I am saying that they are interchangeable as long as correctness is concerned.
Jun
8
comment When do you use 下さい as opposed to ください
@Mark: “Well there is something to be said about what the correct grammar usage AND what is really used by natives.” You are talking about something different. I consider that ください and 下さい are interchangeable as long as correctness is concerned. Compare this with, say, 切る (to cut) and 着る (to wear), which are not interchangeable at the level of correctness. Some native speakers may consider neither pair as interchangeable at the level of correctness, but I guess that most people consider the former interchangeable and the latter not interchangeable as long as correctness is concerned.
Jun
7
comment What to say after someone sneezes
@Alenanno: Wow. Sorry, I did not realize that!
Jun
7
comment What's the standard for making plurals of Japanese words in English?
@YOU: It is a pity that that question focuses on whether loanwords should be pluralized or not instead of why some loanwords are actually pluralized and the others are not.
Jun
7
comment What to say after someone sneezes
This may be outside the language topic, but yes, there is a saying “一ほめられ、二そしられ、三ほれられ、四かぜひく” (one sneeze means someone is praising you, two means someone is speaking ill of you, three means someone is falling in love with you, four means you caught cold) (this is the version I know, but other variations also exist).
Jun
7
comment How did “little tsu” become a lengthener?
Not できなつた (which is ungrammatical) but できなかつた. In the modern language, できなかつた is written as できなかった, and it is the past form of できない (cannot). The road traffic act uses big つ because it was made before the Heisei era. I have no idea why they did not switch the orthography in written laws much earlier, if that is your question.