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Jan
21
comment Why do signs use kenjougo and not sonkeigo?
Why honourific rather than humble or "neutral polite"? Do you have a few examples of where you think the language should be sonkeigo?
Jan
17
comment How do you say “question”, and which counter should be used?
@snailplane: I guess that must be the case. Thanks.
Jan
17
comment How do you say “question”, and which counter should be used?
@Chocolate: I would have made the same comment as Istrasci because counters and nouns are usually connected by の. Does anybody have a simple reason why it is more natural without の here? It might be worth question by itself.
Jan
16
comment Can ガム mean “bubble gum”?
Possibly "gum" is (certainly was) more common in the US? Although common now, it feels like an American abbreviation of chewing-gum (which came before bubble gum and was stereotypically associated with Americans in the UK in the middle of the 20 century) that was imported along with US TV, cinema, Coca cola.... and "gum"?.
Jan
16
comment Can ガム mean “bubble gum”?
Definitely two different things in the UK. Also although they are sold as a product in their own right, bubble-gum sticks were always included in "trading cards". (At school we called them bubble gum cards.)
Jan
16
revised Confusion between using ga and wa
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Jan
15
revised Confusion between using ga and wa
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Jan
14
revised Confusion between using ga and wa
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Jan
14
answered Confusion between using ga and wa
Jan
14
comment Confusion between using ga and wa
I can second guess an answer but can you give a little more context? Who are Jim and Bob? What prompts the question?
Jan
9
accepted What is the difference between ふくむ and ふくめる
Jan
9
comment What is the difference between ふくむ and ふくめる
Thanks. I think you have said more clearly what I wanted to say in (2). For your comments; I can accept that the 1st example is ungrammatical. For the 2nd, it was not a typo but I would agree it does not sound natural – Perhaps "5,000円の値段は郵送料を含む" -"The price of 5000 yen includes postage." - would be better (The past tense would work better with more context.)?
Jan
8
revised What is the difference between ふくむ and ふくめる
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Jan
8
asked What is the difference between ふくむ and ふくめる
Jan
7
comment Why is saki in japanese written as さつき? there's other times I've seen the tsu in words without being pronounced. Why is this?
The small つ is similar to (if not the the same as)the "glottal stop" which is used to describe the pronunciation of words like bottle with the "t"s dropped, which exists in some British accents.
Jan
7
comment What is meaning of 「〜ないように思えてなりません」?
Yes. Actually you reminded me these were taught as a set with 思えてならない included as set/common phrase. [心配 でたまらない: ひま で仕方がない : うるさくて / 不便 でかなわない : 残念で/気になって ならない; ~てかなわない was marked as the one with no emotion]
Jan
7
accepted What is meaning of 「〜ないように思えてなりません」?
Jan
7
comment What is meaning of 「〜ないように思えてなりません」?
Thanks - It was basic question and I had forgotten the pattern ~てならない (〜I can't help...)
Jan
7
asked What is meaning of 「〜ないように思えてなりません」?
Dec
30
comment Meaning of ったらねえ
@TokyoNagoya: Thank for your comment: I was aware of the definitions but I have always felt it to be "There is no way to express ~~." and wondered why this not included in the explanations available.