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Feb
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comment るとき or たとき with たい?
@A.Ellett You should turn this into an answer.
Feb
2
comment いる or ある for things attached to living beings
You can also use いる with trains, cars, etc. when they are moving. Also, with dead people and animals.
Feb
1
comment The use of present and past tenses in ~時 sentences
Related: Explaining Tense in Japanese
Feb
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revised The use of present and past tenses in ~時 sentences
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Jan
31
comment Use of に in ぼくにも出来る
Even though it's not marked by が, it does behave like a subject in multiple ways: (1) 自分 binds to it, e.g., 「太郎に自分の手書きが読める。」「太郎に花小が自分の先生に引きあわせられる。」, (2) it can fill in the missing subject of an adjunct subordinate clause, e.g, 「テレビを見ながら太郎に本が読める。」, (3) 尊敬語 can refer to it, e.g., 「先生にその問題がお分かりになる。」. ---- And for each of these three things, the argument that is marked by が doesn't behave like a subject in that way -- i.e., 自分 cannot bind to it, it can't fill in a missing subject, and 尊敬語 can't refer to it.
Jan
29
comment Is 時間がありますか unnatural?
@Flaw It's exactly the same situation with all 「○○(が/は)ありますか?」 sentences (i.e., は is almost unilaterally the correct choice for question sentences). In addition, 「時間があります。」 is just fine (especially when there's some extra qualifier or explicit topic in the sentence), despite the same //kanga// sequence. So, I really don't think it's a phonological phenomenon.
Jan
28
answered Can a sonkeigo verb be used with an inanimate subject? / 尊敬語は無生物主語に対して使えますか?
Jan
27
revised Heart emoji in Japanese texts?
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Jan
27
comment Heart emoji in Japanese texts?
Could you include a couple of the messages in your question? The question is probably answerable without that, but a better answer could be written given the context.
Jan
27
comment How to say IS / ISIS / ISIL / Daesh?
@naruto Thank you for pointing that out. I tried incorporating some of that information into the answer.
Jan
27
revised How to say IS / ISIS / ISIL / Daesh?
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Jan
26
answered How to say IS / ISIS / ISIL / Daesh?
Jan
25
comment What are the differences between なさる and される?
@kalemeister The "適切な形ではない" 注 half of what you pasted there is referring to ご〜される being unaccepted, not 〜(ら)れる or 〜される in general. The first half of what you pasted is indeed what I was referring to.
Jan
25
comment What are the differences between なさる and される?
@kalemeister Yes, I am sure. The 文化庁 (Agency for Cultural Affairs), which is as official a source as you're going to get, includes (ら)れる as a form of 尊敬語 in its 敬語の指針. This is a topic where both the prescriptive source and the actual usage patterns agree: される is perfectly valid 尊敬語.
Jan
25
comment What are the differences between なさる and される?
In fact, the passive form is probably the first type of 尊敬語 native speakers start regularly using when growing up, since it's what you use with teachers and (older) people you've just met (「どのような仕事をされていますか。」 and such.)
Jan
25
comment How can we determine the subject of 「彼{かれ}が来{こ}ないことを知{し}りませんでした。」?
is a subject in this sentence, and it's marked by が! It's just not the subject of 知る (in interpretation 1, anyways). So, I'm not sure how your "「は」 is almost always used after a subject" rule helps explain what's going on.
Jan
25
revised Japanese for dual flush toilet
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Jan
25
revised Should you use は or が when you have a compound subject?
Better title, tags.
Jan
25
comment Should you use は or が when you have a compound subject?
「(人は)みんなすしが好きです。」のように副詞的な用法になっているからですかね?
Jan
24
comment Should you use は or が when you have a compound subject?
Unless it's everyone. 「みんなすしが好きです。」「誰もすしが好きです。」 (Note: You can say 「みんなすしが好きです。」, but then みんな refers to an entire group of people (in the sense of "they all" or "we all") not all people.)