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accepted まち: what's the difference between 町 and 街?
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asked まち: what's the difference between 町 and 街?
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comment How should I choose between [知]{し}る and わかる?
I imagine there are a lot of situations where both 知る and 分かる are possible. In Japanese For Busy People 1, one character asks about the phone number of a restaurant: すしまさの電話番号を知っていますか。 The other person responds, さあ、分かりません。 So there's definitely a lot more to it than "know" and "understand". (I think the second speaker used 分かる here to avoid the "I can't be bothered" connotation of 知らない, whereas the first speaker needn't be so concerned about it.)
Jul
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comment What is the *proper* differentiation between 来る and 行く?
To elaborate: in English you can say "I'll come over there", but in Japanese this is grammatically impossible because "come" implies you're there already, so the correct verb is 行く.
Jun
20
comment How should I use 始める (はじめる) and 始まる (はじまる) as a suffix to intransitive verbs?
Mm, I don't think I'm qualified to make any definitive statement on that. If I were in that position I'd probably have just said うん、沸き始めた。 (Or of course simply うん、そうだ. ;))
Jun
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comment Pluralization in Japanese: usage of -たち and -ら
Note that ~ら is used more like ~たち without pejorative connotations in Kansai-ben, though. And I think 彼ら is common even in standard speech, but you still wouldn't use it in reference to superiors.
Jun
18
comment What is the nuance of この + [first person pronoun]?
Like when Daffy Duck says "Not THIS little black duck!"?
Jun
18
answered How should I use 始める (はじめる) and 始まる (はじまる) as a suffix to intransitive verbs?
Jun
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answered What are the differences between じ and ぢ, and ず and づ?
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awarded  Commentator
Jun
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comment What is the difference between 完了 and 終了
I just double-checked using YouTube videos. The game definitely uses 作戦完了 and 作戦終了 exactly as I described. Perhaps you're thinking of another game?
Jun
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answered What is the difference between 完了 and 終了
Jun
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accepted Why is the topic marker often used in negative statements (ではない, ~とは思わない)?
Jun
14
comment When did you last…?
I think questions like these are (or, if not, should be) in the scope of the project when they are about grammatical constructions. If the asker just wants a translation of a complete sentence and has no apparent desire to actually learn and understand the translation, that would be outside the scope of the project, but this is about a specific construction that could be generalized to a large number of possible sentences.
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asked Why is the topic marker often used in negative statements (ではない, ~とは思わない)?
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comment Is there a dialect where older men refer to themselves as あたし?
If people from a certain place use it, then it is by definition dialectical, isn't it?