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Native English speaker, beginner in Japanese.

Interested in Japanese grammar & etymology.


Sep
12
comment How to negate “べき”? (ie. “should not”)
(a) Whether べき is still a 助動詞 depends on how you define the syntactic class. I think that the reasonable formula of that class includes it, but there are easily arguments here (e.g., no other 助動詞 takes だ). (b) "Connecting to things before it" and "connecting to things after it" are not cases, they are me attempting to break down the syntax of べし into two parts: how the things before it behave, and how it inflects based on the things after it.
Sep
11
revised How to negate “べき”? (ie. “should not”)
Various minor improvements/corrections.
Sep
11
comment How to negate “べき”? (ie. “should not”)
Yes, I did not mean to suggest otherwise. There is also べ which evolved from べし as well, but has changed syntactic class and meaning quite significantly.
Sep
11
revised How to negate “べき”? (ie. “should not”)
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Sep
11
answered How to negate “べき”? (ie. “should not”)
Sep
10
comment Greeting a friend saying 'yo'
I wouldn't say EDICT is particularly good for this sort of thing, it is missing tons of slang, even extremely related things like ちーっす
Sep
9
reviewed Reviewed Are there any common Japanese words which were borrowed from Ainu or other indigenous languages?
Sep
7
revised Is は used when asking if something already discussed exists?
added 439 characters in body
Sep
7
answered Why should one be careful of soft and sweet words in this neighbourhood?
Sep
6
revised Is は used when asking if something already discussed exists?
added 3 characters in body
Sep
6
answered Is は used when asking if something already discussed exists?
Sep
3
comment I can't quite understand the meaning of 自分でも
The first translation is definitely wrong, that's not an imperative/request at all. Where do they come from?
Sep
2
reviewed Leave Open に/で and を/から - particle choice in two JLPT N5 sentences
Sep
2
reviewed Leave Open Is my hiragana writing understandable?
Sep
2
revised に/で and を/から - particle choice in two JLPT N5 sentences
added 6 characters in body; edited title
Aug
27
comment How do you say “This souvenir is from X” where X is a person or a place?
@非回答者 一般的にはそうなんですが、与える人との関係によるのではないでしょうか。部下や親しい友人なら、「いただいた」は使わないでしょう。(たしかに、そのような場合にはさん‌​付けもしないけど。)
Aug
27
comment Difference between 闇 (yami) and 怨 (on)
Are you sure you didn't mishear 暗{あん} as "on" like Dono suggested? Because 暗{あん} on the other hand is part of many words which are related to darkness... maybe just providing the full line of dialogue would be the easiest way to proceed?
Aug
27
answered Difference between 闇 (yami) and 怨 (on)
Aug
27
comment Trouble parsing sentence with どうしても and a triple negative
Thank you. I'm not entirely convinced that the story is that simple still, but I think I'm convinced that "~なの? is the the plain form of ~なんですか?" is more accurate than what I have written currently, as far as simple approximations go.
Aug
26
revised How does pitch accent work in Japanese?
Include a useful link and section headers