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comment Nuances between the different kanji spellings of あける:明ける vs. 開ける vs. 空ける
I understand... Well, hopefully somebody else can shed some lights. Of all the examples using one of these I have seen so far, I could not find any that justified keeping these spellings together: they look more like homonyms than nuances of a same word...
Jun
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comment 超 vs めっちゃ + explanation
As @Mark pointed out: めちゃ was already covered in a previous question. ちょう was also discussed previously. Furthermore, as @Tsuyoshi pointed out, your formulation is too general for a question. +1 Vote to close as duplicate.
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comment Nuances between the different kanji spellings of あける:明ける vs. 開ける vs. 空ける
@Tsuyoshi: I think you would know ;-) As I said: it really could be an error in EDICT (it's a good dictionary, but far from perfect). In which case it would be helpful to know and correct it.
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Jun
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comment What's the difference between “家” (ya), “屋” (ya), and “や” (ya) as used in the names of shops/stores/restaurants?
+1 牛丼ポウワー! (btw @hippietrail: typo on the word 'gyudon' in your post... SE won't let me post an edit of less than 5 chars)
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comment When is it appropriate to use お疲れ様 (otsukaresama)?
@Nicolas: thanks for the precision. Though I was mostly addressing Troyen's original question regarding おつかれさん's use... Both are pretty rare in my experience, but this is entirely subjective.
Jun
15
comment How indistinguishable is blue from green really?
An even more exhaustive list is provided on this Wikipedia page: although no exact date is provided, it is indicated that most of the names come from China, and would therefore be about as old as Japanese literature itself. | One last point: your teacher seems a bit confused on colour theory when she presents 青 as "spanning" a spectrum between white and black in ancient times. Regardless of language idiosyncrasies, I'm certain even Japanese of that era understood colour theory enough to know better.
Jun
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comment How indistinguishable is blue from green really?
@istrasci: thanks a lot for taking the time to type this up. Regarding the first bullet point (rest makes sense and only applies to usage in very specific instances): seems your teacher's claim is that pre-Heian (literature?) only has 4 colours (assuming one even considers white and black to be so). This is factually and verifiably wrong: to pick one example out of many, Asuka era's 冠位十二階 (more info on the Jp link), clearly uses 紫 or 黄 and predates Heian by a century...
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