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Jul
20
comment Use of 自分を and もらう
It looks like 自分 refers to Lucas-san here. Where did you learn that 自分 can only refer to the speaker?
Jul
20
revised How would you say “if you don't mind my asking”?
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Jul
20
comment How would you say “if you don't mind my asking”?
@非回答者 Doesn't the です part make it polite though? I was taught that the のです form takes the plain form of a verb, and it's the です part that makes it polite. (i.e. the casual form would be するのだ)
Jul
19
asked How would you say “if you don't mind my asking”?
Jul
19
revised 私は猫が好き and 猫は私が好き
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Jul
19
answered 私は猫が好き and 猫は私が好き
Jul
19
comment What is “koto” used for?
@Imagine.Create A literal translation would be "Japan's thing(s)" and "the team's thing(s)" respectively. I think what you're asking about is a precise translation, and the answer to that is, there isn't one. It depends on the context of how it's used, but on the whole this is just a piece of Japanese grammar that has no English equivalent.
Jul
16
comment How do you use と言ってた?
Do you have Genki 1? If I recall correctly, [過]{す}ぎる should have been covered there.
Jul
14
comment 「〜そうにない」 unfamiliar usage of そう
@naruto Yes, I know the difference between the two.
Jul
12
revised 「〜そうにない」 unfamiliar usage of そう
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Jul
12
comment 「〜そうにない」 unfamiliar usage of そう
@Earthliŋ No, I've only seen しかない used with nouns (e.g. コンピュータが一台しかない), but I now realize that my confusion with this sentence isn't related to そう, so I'll edit it out of the question.
Jul
12
asked 「〜そうにない」 unfamiliar usage of そう
Jul
5
comment meaning of (verb stem)+ませぬな
Ah, makes sense since this manga takes place in 19th century Japan. Thanks!
Jul
5
revised meaning of (verb stem)+ませぬな
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Jul
5
accepted meaning of (verb stem)+ませぬな
Jul
4
asked meaning of (verb stem)+ませぬな
Jul
2
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Jun
18
comment What does 持った mean?
Haha no problem! Are you teaching yourself Japanese? If so it's an understandable mistake. Japanese verb forms are really confusing if you don't have formal instruction on them.
Jun
18
comment What does 持った mean?
It's the past tense form of 持つ. 持った = "owned; used to own". I think you should probably go through a lesson of how Japanese verb conjugation works in general. Here's a really good one: japanese.about.com/od/grammarlessons/a/031101a.htm
Jun
13
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