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Jun
22
comment Why don't we use ~なくて instead of ~ないで?
What's your source on the etymology of ないで? As far as I know it's not known. I speculate about it in this answer: japanese.stackexchange.com/a/11475/3097
Jun
19
comment Difference between 入れる{いれる} and つける when expressing 'switch on'
This answer doesn't explain why 電気をつける is valid either.
Jun
19
comment 僕 in 敬語 - is it possible?
@Yuuwa Thanks for accepting, but I'd probably wait for input from a native speaker, since I'm probably not really qualified to answer this (non-native speaker who rarely ever uses or hears 敬語).
Jun
19
answered Questions about the phrase 「きっとおなががすいているだろう」?
Jun
18
revised 僕 in 敬語 - is it possible?
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Jun
18
answered 僕 in 敬語 - is it possible?
Jun
18
comment 副詞 before copula
@dainichi That does seem to work. Though this is also about the point where my intuition is feeling really shaky. I think とうていだ is possibly an example of one that doesn't work.
Jun
18
revised 副詞 before copula
Fix spelling
Jun
18
comment 副詞 before copula
@l'électeur Whoops, thanks!
Jun
17
asked 副詞 before copula
Jun
17
comment Does there exist a poem that uses direction to change its meaning?
P.S., once you learn Japanese do go check out everything by アンジャッシュ. They are hilarious.
Jun
17
comment Does there exist a poem that uses direction to change its meaning?
@B1KMusic If you're just starting out, poems alone would be hard, but something like what you're asking for is almost certain to end up with some really tough Japanese... certainly not beginner material.
Jun
16
revised Using both と and を with the verb 言う?
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Jun
16
comment Using both と and を with the verb 言う?
I wonder if it's possible to stack とs. 本当に信じられないと、仕方なく「わたしの息子でございます」と言った。
Jun
16
answered Using both と and を with the verb 言う?
Jun
16
comment Using both と and を with the verb 言う?
(Whoops, that was suppose to be 呼ぶ in my earlier example.)
Jun
16
comment Using both と and を with the verb 言う?
When I think about it more, it really is probably the same と, it's just that it's not a scrambling of the [○=WO [○=TO iw]]-u construction, but rather simply ○=TO [[○=WO iw]-u] (I think maybe it's not even possible to scramble this sort of thing). Thanks for always writing answers which make me think!
Jun
15
comment Using both と and を with the verb 言う?
Hmm. Thanks for the response. I do agree with the omission theory being pretty unsatisfactory, but I still think this is a different sort of construction than the usual ◯◯を△△と言う one. Another point is that 「どこに住んでるの?」と「い」を言わなかったり doesn't feel scrambled to me (and the opposite order is almost unintelligable), while 「パパ」とお父さんを言う。 does sound scrambled (and the opposite order sounds like the natural order).
Jun
15
comment Using both と and を with the verb 言う?
Is it really using the usual ◯◯を△△と言う construction? I thought it'd be more something like と(言って) getting omitted. Does something like 「どこに住んでるの?」と「い」を落としたり work? It's weird that the scope of the と is outside the ない if it's the construction you mentioned.
Jun
15
revised Use of に in 「私には本物の若殿様がわかります」
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