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May
27
comment 「万が一の場合」vs「念のために」?
@natlang No, more like, 念のため you should take an extra pencil vs 万が一の場合, ask your neighbor for a spare pencil. The key difference is that with 念のため you are specifying what to do before the bad thing happens, and with 万が一の場合 you are specifying what to do when the bad thing happens.
May
27
comment Situational use of politeness
Great question. It's the sort of thing you eventually build intuition for (or so I think), but it can be hard to do that without lots of exposure to different real-world situations.
May
27
comment How to say 'in 10 minutes' as in like 'the bus comes in 10 minutes'?
@paulb ちなみに、user5185さんはネイティブかネイティブレベルなので、こんなことを間違えるとは思えないです。
May
26
comment What is the difference between できました and しました?
I have no idea, but I think your answers have all been great; thank you for them! Keep it up.
May
24
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May
21
comment childish manner of speaking
Though it definitely has a playful nuance. In fact this sentence is actually somewhat well-known exactly because of how playful it is compared to the character who says it: 「GBA版では、台詞の横に角を生やした黒い兜姿が表示されるため 幼い口調とのギャップが非常に大きい。」
May
21
comment How do you say “chunky” or “congealed” in Japanese?
eow.alc.co.jp/search?q=chunky
May
21
revised In front of “ほうがいい,” is it always past tense?
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May
21
answered In front of “ほうがいい,” is it always past tense?
May
21
comment The origins and mechanics of pitch accent in SJ compounds
チカꜜ would mean 地下にある{LHLLL}. It's possible this pronunciation only occurs in certain contexts or something, but the NHK dictionary doesn't elaborate or give any examples.
May
21
comment In front of “ほうがいい,” is it always past tense?
Worth noting that you can have the non-past positive form of verbs before ほうがいい, but they get a habitual/general interpretation as opposed to referring to a specific future event. It's a good question why things behave like this.
May
21
comment The origins and mechanics of pitch accent in SJ compounds
NHK日本語発音アクセント辞典 lists both チꜜカ and チカꜜ, FWIW.
May
18
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May
16
revised How to ask if others want to do something?
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May
16
comment How to ask if others want to do something?
@Choco じゃあ増やしていいじゃん!
May
16
reviewed Approve How to ask if others want to do something?
May
15
revised Neutral vs. Exhaustive が
Clarify language, integrate user4092's comments.
May
15
comment Neutral vs. Exhaustive が
Great points, thanks!
May
15
reviewed Approve Can I say this sentence in another way?
May
15
answered Neutral vs. Exhaustive が