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


Jan
5
comment noun + の + adjective
I probably have no business arguing with Jay Rubin, but my feeling is that が can have the function of emphasizing the thing before it, but it can also just be neutral. (Of course の is always neutral.) I think the phonetic argument that Tokyo Nagoya gave definitely comes into play as well, as opposed to a purely semantic one.
Jan
5
comment Accent changes in conjugation
I am not sure if this is a personal quirk, but to me, すごく{LHL}面白い feels more like the 'extremely' adverb, while すごく{HLL}面白い feels more like conjunction.
Jan
4
comment Subject/Topic/Object
You asked for an in-depth answer... ;). I hope this isn't too much at once!
Jan
4
revised Subject/Topic/Object
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Jan
4
answered Subject/Topic/Object
Jan
3
comment How would you say “A has the meaning of B” or “A conveys B”
I usually use AはBを意味する for sort of direct equivalences, while AはBの意味を持つ would also have a sort of implication that A also means some other stuff, but I don't fully understand the nuances between these and other options, so I'll let someone else answer.
Jan
3
comment “くれない” vs. “ください”
I think you have your categorization mixed up. いただけませんか is 謙譲語+丁寧語, ください is basically just 丁寧語 these days, くださいません is 尊敬語+丁寧語, くれ is nothing, くれない is nothing, くれませんか is 丁寧語. If you refer back to @TokyoNagoya's answer on your other question, you'll see that he points out that 謙譲語 is odd within your 内 group. However, 丁寧語 is required when talking upwards in your 内 group, and often 尊敬語 is required when discussing someone higher in your 内 group (though it depends, sometimes just 丁寧語 is fine).
Jan
3
answered “くれない” vs. “ください”
Jan
3
accepted What function did あり perform in classical Japanese 形容詞?
Jan
2
awarded  Revival
Jan
2
revised What function did あり perform in classical Japanese 形容詞?
Cleanup
Jan
2
answered What function did あり perform in classical Japanese 形容詞?
Jan
1
comment What does ちゃい in やっちゃいねぇ mean?
I fixed your quote, it didn't make any sense before.
Jan
1
revised What does ちゃい in やっちゃいねぇ mean?
Fix quote
Dec
31
answered Meaning of のだろう?
Dec
31
comment Meaning of のだろう?
@IgnacioVazquez-Abrams I don't think that's relevant.
Dec
31
comment Do 親切な (taisetsuna?) really exists?
You put it in curly braces after the kanji, like this: {しんせつ}
Dec
31
answered Do 親切な (taisetsuna?) really exists?
Dec
31
revised さくらさくらのぞはどういう意味?
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Dec
31
revised さくらさくらのぞはどういう意味?
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