Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams

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May
14
comment Stative verbs: ~ている vs ~てある vs ~(ら)れる
「窓が開いている」 describes the act of opening the window, not the open window itself.
May
13
comment Thank you for X: ~をありがとうございます
「ござる」 is a verb.
May
9
comment Looking for Japanese common speech phrases list
possible duplicate of most common everyday phrases in japanese
May
5
comment What is the purpose of の in this sentence?
Slipping the 「が」 back in there will show it.
May
5
comment Can there be such a thing as のんでましょう?
meta.japanese.stackexchange.com/questions/522/…
May
5
comment Can there be such a thing as のんでましょう?
It's not slang; slang has a specific meaning, which this doesn't fall under. It could be very casual though.
May
5
comment Can there be such a thing as のんでましょう?
It's a valid grammatical construct, but it seems meaningless.
Apr
30
comment What would be a proper definition and adequate natural translation for the term 替え歌王?
Pfft. Those songs are hilarious.
Mar
28
comment Does subject marker が always have to be before the conjugated verb?
The exact particle you use before the verb depends on what you want the sentence to say, and is not limited to 「は」, 「が」, and 「を」.
Mar
28
comment Does subject marker が always have to be before the conjugated verb?
That's dictionary form, not the infinitive.
Mar
7
comment Analyzing sentences like 日本がピンチだ and 明日は雨だ
I realize that this isn't English.SE, but "pinch" is an appropriate translation, for a specific definition of "pinch".
Mar
7
comment Analyzing sentences like 日本がピンチだ and 明日は雨だ
And this is why 「で」 is one of the hardest particles to formalize; it requires a few leaps that may not be entirely obvious in order to "unify" it, so to speak.
Mar
2
comment “Dyke” and “Femme”
The normal words to use would be 「ねこ」 and 「たち」, but they indicate the dominant partner in the relationship rather than the gender roles.
Feb
15
comment What would be the difference in meaning between 違っていた and 違った?
The latter happened, the former was done.
Feb
7
comment What is とは、のが、のは、には、 へは and では?
That's just the normal way to treat 「は」, but modified with the other particle.
Dec
29
comment Why is water polite but ice not?
Because freezing the water squeezes out most of the impurities.
Dec
11
comment What are the rules for the plural suffix ~ら
possible duplicate of Pluralization in Japanese: usage of -たち and -ら
Dec
8
comment How does “ ~ずにはいられない ” work?
@yadokari: Correct, although it is uk.
Nov
13
comment Is the 強い with a ロ instead of ム on top a valid kanji in Japanese?
They look different on my system, but not very. Check your fonts.
Nov
7
comment How do you pronounce を after a subject?
Fair enough. I hope the edit handles that.