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Sep
22
comment What does そこによるところは大きい mean?
による in the sentence seems to be 拠る/依る -> depend on or 因る/由る -> due to But it needs more context to clarify the meaning. Can you quote the previous sentences?
Sep
22
comment How do we roll a ball along a street from A to B?
I'm glad it helped. Since 「上」 indicates a position above something, maybe it is clearer to say "rolling on the surface of the street." If onto implies there is a connection between the current and the previous position, then simply on should be it. To think it as free translation, I don't see a problem to say 「道の上を転がる」 means rolling along the surface of the street. However, if it needs to be more precise and catch the literal meaning of 「の上を」, I would avoid including along in the translation since 「上」 does not have a meaning of along.
Sep
22
comment How do we roll a ball along a street from A to B?
It mostly indicates a route when used with a intransitive verb. I once thought 「転がる」 is 「能格動詞」(ergative verb) but 「転がす/転がせる」 could be just one of 「活用形」 of 「転がる」. To name which 活用形 is even confusing for most Japanese.
Sep
22
comment How do we roll a ball along a street from A to B?
Now I see why it's confusing for non-natives. does not always indicate a direct object. In 「道を歩く」「橋を渡る」「~を通る」, the verbs are intransitive while 「食べる」 in 「ご飯をたべる」 is transitive.
Sep
22
comment How do we roll a ball along a street from A to B?
@phoenixheart6 I don't see why you say "上を" is a direct object. 転がる is an intransitive verb.
Sep
21
answered How do we roll a ball along a street from A to B?
Sep
21
comment How do we roll a ball along a street from A to B?
I see. I'm a native Japanese speaker. So don't worry about my Japanese but you should worry about my English though.
Sep
21
comment How do we roll a ball along a street from A to B?
"道に沿って交番から二番目の信号までボールを転がした" sounds very natural. I don't understand the sentence in your question: "I want to capture the movement along the direction of the street and we can't have two をs" What do you mean?
Sep
21
comment この道をまっすぐ行ってください。Why “を” and not “で”?
When there are multiple choices "で" could be used. For instance, "目的地へ行くには道路Aと道路Bがありますがどちらですか?Aで行ってください."
Sep
21
answered けど vs. が for “but” conjuction
Sep
20
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Sep
20
revised Help with the difference between causative and the causative-passive for the verb 笑う
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Sep
20
answered Help with the difference between causative and the causative-passive for the verb 笑う
Sep
19
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Sep
19
answered Questions on the (underlying) meaning of the word お化け