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Native English speaker, beginner in Japanese. Interested in Japanese grammar & etymology.


Dec
6
comment 無い and 無く difference
@user54609 Do you have a reference where 連体形 and 終止形 are defined like that?
Dec
6
comment Present vs. past tense with certain verbs?
@TokyoNagoya Thanks. I made that decision because if you actually add the 私は, which I wanted there for disambiguation, then ジョンは sounds weird (contrastive), so I went with ジョンが. As you say, this is more natural: ジョンは[大丈夫だと]思った。 Lit. "As for John, (I) thought he was okay." which unfortunately also has the other meaning Lit. "As for John, he thought it was okay." which I think would be particularly confusing to learners in these examples.
Dec
6
awarded  Revival
Dec
6
reviewed No Action Needed Casual speech particles in Classical Japanese
Dec
6
reviewed No Action Needed The tense of the て form of verbs
Dec
6
revised The tense of the て form of verbs
deleted 3 characters in body
Dec
6
answered The tense of the て form of verbs
Dec
5
answered Present vs. past tense with certain verbs?
Dec
5
comment Is あれ? when used like 'huh/what?' contracted from something?
@rintaun The pitch is certainly different (due to it being a question, albeit rhetorical). Whether it's "a different word" is more of a philosophical question I think. It definitely has a different meaning.
Dec
5
awarded  Custodian
Dec
5
reviewed Reject suggested edit on How to call the phenomenon where a rectangle Ϳ is shown because font misses glyph?
Dec
5
revised auxiliary verb なさい
Incorporate @TokyoNagoya's comment.
Dec
5
comment auxiliary verb なさい
@TokyoNagoya I see, I was not aware of that, thanks. I will update my answer accordingly. Do you agree that it is a less common form?
Dec
5
reviewed Reviewed why “速さ” instead of “遅さ”、etc
Dec
5
revised why “速さ” instead of “遅さ”、etc
Corrected grammar & improved formatting.
Dec
4
comment auxiliary verb なさい
It's called "do-support" if you want to look up more about the construction in English. It's not a parallel to what's going on here, but does provide some comfort that "do" can perform grammatical roles unrelated to its original verb semantics.
Dec
4
revised auxiliary verb なさい
Revise answer based on snailboat's commentary.
Dec
4
answered auxiliary verb なさい
Nov
27
comment What does できる mean in this context?
@ssb Sorry, I didn't mean literal in the syntactic sense, just as far as the meaning of this できる.
Nov
26
comment What does できる mean in this context?
I always thought the literal translation was "I made a girlfriend". Is that wrong?