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May
31
comment What does “湯冷ましを兼ねて” mean?
Where did you find the meaning "in order to" for を兼ねて? According to all my references this expression is just used (as you also say) to describe combining activities/functions, which is consistent with meaning of the kanji itself?
May
31
comment What does it mean when この is in front of a personal pronoun?
The OP seems to be asking about "This Me" (オレ、僕)which a lot less intuitive than "This guy".
May
31
comment Is verb ending ない shortened to ん?
@Erikr Utlendi: This is a very informative answer but do you have any comment on how it is most commonly used among speakers of 標準語? Off the top of my head I would have said it was for concluding sentences in abrupt decisive manner.
May
31
comment How do I make sense of this use of だったのである?
How about the technique?
May
30
comment How do I make sense of this use of だったのである?
I've not heard of "Parallel rephrasing" before but I guess it is a recognised technique. Do you have a reference, prefarably one that shows how to do it with Japanese?
May
30
comment Have you tried XYZ before?
Perfect answer! Just what the OP was looking for (じゃないか)
May
30
comment Why do Japanese businessmen use 「さん」 even with うち names in meetings with foreigners
It is not a custom I've heard of but it does not sound too extraordinary in itself. If these people all come from the same company then it may just be their recommended practice. You should ask them next time - I am sure it will help break down any remaining distance.
May
29
answered Why do Japanese businessmen use 「さん」 even with うち names in meetings with foreigners
May
29
comment 夏目漱石‘s use of question marker かい for an open instead of closed (ie yes/no) question
Note on entry in Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar: Based on the information here it would be more accurate to say: The grammatical use of だい and かいto end questions follows the use of だand か: だい is only really used with questions containing WH-words, かい can be used to end questions with or without a WH-word although the latter is more old fashioned (and hence less common).
May
29
comment 夏目漱石‘s use of question marker かい for an open instead of closed (ie yes/no) question
I sent a question to the address on the website: The use of の with かいandだい is the same as with のですか:depends on the nature of the question and not the question marker itself (ie it is used when emotional emphasis is required), and this is why in some of the examples (かい)is not given as an example.
May
29
comment Topic は vs. direct object を for “I have never X”
(Modified comment) This subject often causes discussion but, many agree there are two main uses of は - essentially either to mark a topic or draw contrast. In the peach example I would say the speaker is using は to draw a contrast between the peach under discussion and all the other peaches they have seen but this can be ambiguous out of context. This ambiguity is explained well with a better example in the answer to the most frequently read question on this site (on はvsが)
May
28
comment What's the difference between wa (は) and ga (が)?
For further reference: An explanation of the difference between は and が,based on Kuno's publication, with examples can be found in "A students guide to Japanese Grammar" by Naomi Hanaoka McGloin. (For those not prepared to work through Kuno's work I recommend reading this post and McGloin's explanation - one compliments the other.)
May
27
comment Use of です or あります in the sentence それは椅子
@user54609: I like you explanation that が tones down; if have not already seen it, do check out the answer to the most frequent question on this site which explains that this が is of the "neutral description": japanese.stackexchange.com/questions/22
May
26
accepted 夏目漱石‘s use of question marker かい for an open instead of closed (ie yes/no) question
May
25
comment 夏目漱石‘s use of question marker かい for an open instead of closed (ie yes/no) question
It seems to hold but am I right in thinking that for question 8 of the quiz, かい is also correct but の is more natural (and therefore の is the correct answer)? [The answer to my question, in the comment above, seems to be either (1) that (な)のかい is more natural than かい but it is not necessarily wrong. (2) There is misprint.]
May
24
comment Are there any restrictions on the usage of the て-form as a continuation?
It is a good topic but at the moment you stand to get somebody just reproducing their text book.
May
24
comment Are there any restrictions on the usage of the て-form as a continuation?
This question is too broad. You can't just join any two sentences with the てーform. Do you have a particular case in mind where you don't understand why the てーform does not work or you think it should work but you are told it does not?
May
24
comment Are all 3 sentences the same?
I have added a new comment to your original question but have considered the chat room? I know you were advised to ask a new question or revise the existing question but possibly you do not understand the existing answer and just need to clarify.
May
24
comment Using “page” in these sentences? (using counters and の to modify a noun)
@akami: To answer the question in your deleted comment: 本の六ページ読んだ could be spoken version of 4, ie with the を omitted.
May
24
revised Using “page” in these sentences? (using counters and の to modify a noun)
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