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comment What exactly does the grammatical form NがNなだけに mean?
Good point, others I can think of to add are お姫様はそれはそれは美しい方でした(The princess was very beautiful.)and 子供が子供なら、親も親だ。
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comment Usual term for the topic of foreigners learning Japanese?
Japanese text books are normally in/next to the foreign books section because thats where foreigners go. Books on 国語 are normally near the foreign books, in between you will probably find section on how to teach Japanese (in Japanese) and "About Japan"/Japanese Culture and Japanese readers. (I can't remember an exact name of the section for 日本語 text books in the shops, partly because it probably varies and partly because if you follow this logic you will probably find the books you are looking for and don't need to remember. Pretty sure this will work in Book-off)
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revised Can 交番 (koban) be used for old British-style/Dr Who police boxes?
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Mar
25
comment What exactly does the grammatical form NがNなだけに mean?
@Dave M G: My JLPT textbooks covered だけに (w/〜だけあって/〜だけのtextbooksことがある) at N2. I did not like it then and am just realising how basic my understanding was.
Mar
25
comment Can 交番 (koban) be used for old British-style/Dr Who police boxes?
@DanHulme: I now see from here henderson-tele.com/policeboxes/policeboxes/bytown.html that the Tardis was only one a huge variety of police boxes in Britain, some were telephones boxes but many (most?) seem to be somewhat similar to the Japanese model, so quite possibly I should reflect this in my answer and recommend that yes, 交番 probably is an almost exact translation!
Mar
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comment Can 交番 (koban) be used for old British-style/Dr Who police boxes?
@DanHulme: I did not know that but it explains how ordinary people were able to also use the boxes to call the police. Actually I remember there were also AA (Automobile Association) & RAC boxes on the edge of busy trunk roads. Members used to have keys but perhaps they were also used hold breakdown equipment.
Mar
25
comment What exactly does the grammatical form NがNなだけに mean?
"This may be a weird thing to say but if one already knew what" - no not weird not all. I think this is very common experience for learners of Japanese (and for that matters translations of Japanese laws & regulations).
Mar
25
comment What exactly does the grammatical form NがNなだけに mean?
Is it 〜なだけに or 〜だけに? I have not seen 〜なだけに before but you have both, possibly because copy/pasted from the OP.
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revised Can 交番 (koban) be used for old British-style/Dr Who police boxes?
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comment Can 交番 (koban) be used for old British-style/Dr Who police boxes?
The early kobans look like they are descended from smaller sentry boxes for guards - see keishicho.metro.tokyo.jp/webpb/info/05.htm. The British police boxes seem to be designed mainly for telephones("signals") altho' the first design might be from a sentry box. If you google 交番 明治 photos you get an interesting selection.
Mar
25
comment は and が in this sentence
は is used to place emphasis on what comes after it, in this case the number of uses the alloy has. It is clear from the first sentence and 「~など、」"whose uses" we are referring to. If the は was replaced with が the passage would be flat, you would lose the emphasis on 広い and so it is harder for the reader recognise the importance of this and they would inclined to say "so what?"
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revised Can 交番 (koban) be used for old British-style/Dr Who police boxes?
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revised Can 交番 (koban) be used for old British-style/Dr Who police boxes?
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