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An intermediate-level learner with an unhealthy fascination with kanji.

Strong dislike for all "One true way to learn Japanese" pronouncements.


Jul
19
awarded  Student
Jul
19
asked 加える/増やす and 加わる/増える or even 増加する/殖/足, various kanji for “adding things”
Jul
16
awarded  Critic
Jul
14
comment When is it okay to use あります with a living subject?
@Axioplase: Pretty sure that was his example from the book. I remember wondering if the word choice was connected to the use of immediate family members. (Which I do not believe to be the case, but remember being curious about at the time)
Jul
14
comment When is it okay to use あります with a living subject?
I have read (I think it was Kuno's Structures book), that there are really two あるs, one for existence, and one for possession. The possessive form CAN be used for people, as in 僕は子供がある, which has a slightly different meaning from 僕は子供がいる.
Jul
13
answered 不 and 非 and 無 and 未 usage difference/rule
Jul
11
answered What connotation does なんだ add?
Jun
24
awarded  Talkative
Jun
22
comment Appropriate ただいま-like greeting for a neighbor?
I wasn't quite happy with it either, but "Moderately polite way to say tadaima?" really didn't match where the discussion had gone. Perhaps something more along the lines of "When is tadaima appropriate?"
Jun
21
revised Appropriate ただいま-like greeting for a neighbor?
Perhaps an improved title, more accurately reflects the discussion that ensued
Jun
21
suggested suggested edit on Appropriate ただいま-like greeting for a neighbor?
Jun
17
comment Can somebody explain the various words and combinations thereof used for thanking?
The english explanation of gokuro sama makes it sound slightly sarcastic. Perhaps "You fulfilled your duties well"
Jun
7
awarded  Beta
Jun
3
comment What exactly is “なの” (nano)?
FWIW, the relevent line in JSL introducing the extended predicate is "Though clearly related to the nominal no 'one(s)' that was introduced previously, its overall patterning requires that it be treated seperately."
Jun
3
comment What exactly is “なの” (nano)?
The vocabulary I've usually heard is to call "のだ" the "extended predicate". I suppose I haven't worried too much about taking it apart beyond understanding its various forms as a unit.
Jun
3
comment What exactly is “なの” (nano)?
@Derek: There's more than one の. Eleanor Jordan expands on the various forms of 'no' in her JSL series. But the particle の, the nominal-replacement の and the copula の are all distinct. Each one undergoes slightly different changes in different contexts.
Jun
3
revised Use of ~のか (~んですか) in questions not seeking a yes/no answer
added 135 characters in body
Jun
3
comment Use of ~のか (~んですか) in questions not seeking a yes/no answer
@Derek: Perhaps "already knows" is the wrong way to say it. Maybe "is in the group of people who have a right to know this information" (is in the appropriate group).
Jun
3
answered Use of ~のか (~んですか) in questions not seeking a yes/no answer
Jun
2
comment What's the difference between wa (は) and ga (が)?
@Derek: Indeed. Contrast can also be elliptical, in which case the second sentence isn't even required. But it's still a case of a "contrastive wa".