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revised や in Kansai-ben when it is not だ
No, no, no! Did you even read the question? That is NOT what I am asking.; added 93 characters in body
Oct
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comment や in Kansai-ben when it is not だ
Somebody changed the title of the question to, "is や instead of だ Kansai-ben?". I'm changing it back because that is NOT what I asked. Yes, や in place of だ is Kansai-ben. I know that. I am asking about a usage of や that appears to be Kansai-ben and IS NOT a substitute for だ.
Oct
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comment When do you use 下さい as opposed to ください
Sorry, I didn't see this question until now. It was Sazae-san: upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/b/b7/Sazae-san_rocks.jpg I don't know what the deal with this version of Sazae-san is; maybe it was intended to teach Japanese?
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revised Strange use of であった in narrative
reverting tags because the copula is definitely the main issue here, and tense is incidental
Jan
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comment Strange use of であった in narrative
Somebody edited this article to tag it with "tense", but I'm not sure why, since I think tense is only peripherally related to the question.
Oct
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comment What went wrong when I asked for a 衡器{こうき}?
I don't know of a free dictionary that does a great job of it, I'm afraid. If you're good with Japanese, you can use dic.yahoo.co.jp, but all of the entries in its 英和 dictionary are completely in Japanese -- no helpful usage notes in English or anything.
Oct
27
comment The many ways to write {かっこいい}
See my comment about the unreliability of Google hits in the comments of the answer posted by 'YOU'.
Oct
27
comment The many ways to write {かっこいい}
Number of google hits is not a reliable metric for judging the general popularity of a word or phrase. It is possible to make a google search claim thousands or even millions of hits, but then you scroll down and see there are only three pages of results (30 or so hits).
Oct
27
comment What's the difference between なぜ、どうして and なんで when meaning 'why'?
Your answer gives one the idea that なんで always means "how" and never "why", which is not the case. There are many cases where なんで is used where it does not mean "by means of what?" at all. (In fact, when you do mean "by what means?", it's more common to say なにで rather than なんで.) I think it's similar to how we say "how come?" in English. And, as it happens, using なんで to mean "why" (as opposed to "how") is informal just as "how come?" is informal in English.
Oct
27
comment Strange use of であった in narrative
I guess I didn't really expect it to be an "it was X who..." sort of construction. The idea did occur to me, but it didn't seem right. But maybe that's what it is after all. トードぐん is correct, BTW. It's トード軍: the Toad Army. It's usually written in the game as トードぐんだん, but for some reason it's just トードぐん in this quote.
Oct
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comment What went wrong when I asked for a 衡器{こうき}?
If you used EDICT (which is what jisho and WWWJDIC use) then I'm not surprised you ended up choosing a weird word that nobody uses. EDICT is a very poor English->Japanese dictionary.
Oct
27
revised Article versus postposition
spelling
Oct
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answered Article versus postposition
Oct
27
asked Strange use of であった in narrative