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comment Choosing the right prefix of the ko-so-a-do series
@DaveMG: The OP requested a" general description..to make these ..choices in an abstract context where proximity is not well-defined" and that's what I given, with a respectable reference. 新完全マスター always seems to be cited as the most comprehensive book for JLPT and I think this their last word on ko-so-a. These are simple sentences to demonstrate rules but that does not mean they won't work within the stated caveats in "real writing" - ko/so/a is also tested at JLPT N1, in the 読解. Try them - I'd be surprised if they did not work and I'd open to alternatives, if there are any.
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comment Variations on sentence-ending 「〜だと!?」 (used when repeating something in surprise)
@GreekFellows: ですって might be said by a male or female quoting someone in polite form: 『「....です」って』
Apr
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revised What is wrong with お書きになられたり?
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answered Choosing the right prefix of the ko-so-a-do series
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comment Does Japanese have a silent ん?
I am not an academic, my evidence is anecdotal but several years ago I was in a strong class of some 30-40 students for JLPT N1, mostly Asian but from all continents. Contrary to the teacher's assetion, the overwhelming majority strongly denied hearing a sound that was "t" not "d". I modified my wording above.
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comment How can I come to terms with the animate/inanimate distinction in Japanese?
@Alox: No I missed the point. Thanks
Apr
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comment How should we read/translate long sentences that end in a question?
@dainichi: Fantastic. I'll go through it again before accepting but FYR: this is the original reference to the rose grammar.about.com/od/60essays/a/selfrelianessay_5.htm
Apr
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comment Opposite of 歯止め?
Perhaps 計画を軌道に乗せる ; to put a plan into action, or more literally, into orbit.
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comment How should we read/translate long sentences that end in a question?
@dainichi: Yes your are right. Correction made. Thanks
Apr
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comment How can I come to terms with the animate/inanimate distinction in Japanese?
@Alox: Sorry, I'll try make my question clearer: The only difference between the a&b versions of some of those sentences is that (a) is past tense. How does using the plain form in (b) convey that the subject is the speaker's property?
Apr
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answered To be polite, say “おいくらですか” and not “いくらですか”?