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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