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Native English speaker, beginner in Japanese.

Interested in Japanese grammar & etymology.


Nov
26
asked When does it make sense to use 「〜でない。」?
Nov
26
revised What is this form : Verb + はせん?
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Nov
26
revised What is this form : Verb + はせん?
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Nov
26
answered What is this form : Verb + はせん?
Nov
26
comment 〜ず versus 〜ないで (and maybe also in the case of adjectives, 〜なくて)
More on 「〜なくて」 vs 「〜ないで」 can be found in ないで vs なくて: combining phrases with negative verbs -- not sure that's exactly what the OP was asking about though.
Nov
26
comment 〜ず versus 〜ないで (and maybe also in the case of adjectives, 〜なくて)
② could be generalized to any 補助動詞, no? Also, I think 「熱が下がらず苦しんだ」 (that is, with no に) can still work with the same reading as the に version (in addition to the conjunctive reading), can't it?
Nov
25
answered Differentiating honorific passive and potential conjugations of 出る
Nov
25
comment Differentiating honorific passive and potential conjugations of 出る
Related: How to differentiate ~られる conjugation between passive form and potential form?
Nov
25
comment Differentiating honorific passive and potential conjugations of 出る
I reworded "polite passive" to "honorific passive" because I think that is a more common, or at least clearer way to refer to what you're talking about.
Nov
25
revised Differentiating honorific passive and potential conjugations of 出る
"Polite" -> "Honorific"
Nov
23
comment はく and きる or just きる?
Great way of breaking it out. Some thoughts: (1) 「仮面をつける」 and 「仮面をかぶる」 both work. (2) full outfits seem to use 「〜を着る」: 「Tシャツとジーンズを着る」「水着を着る」「熊のコスチュームを着る」
Nov
21
comment How emotionally loaded is 会いたい【あいたい】?
Related conversation in chat: chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/511/conversation/…
Nov
21
comment Difference between 回復【かいふく】, 修復【しゅうふく】, 復旧【ふっきゅう】 and 復興【ふっこう】
Rikai-chan uses EDICT, which is an extremely unreliable source for nuance. I understand you're trying to help but this is a very dangerous way of learning the difference between words in Japanese.
Nov
20
comment Do you need to use の when using へ to modify a noun?
@Joe It'd probably make sense to ask about that in a separate question.
Nov
20
reviewed Approve What does `nanode` mean? What are its grammatical rules?
Nov
19
revised How to parse ~なくたって?
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Nov
19
revised How to parse ~なくたって?
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Nov
19
answered How to parse ~なくたって?
Nov
18
reviewed Approve What's the difference between 治す{なおす} and 治る{なおる}?
Nov
18
comment Different usage of 五
@snailboat I think the point Brian is trying to make is that if you adopted the original meanings of 自動詞 and 他動詞, those verbs would be classified differently. The subject in 「生徒が先生に英語を教わった。」 is the one being acted on, so in that sense 「教わる」 is a "self-acting" verb -- that is, 自- vs 他- would be about the thematic relation of the subject as opposed to whether the verb is intransitive or transitive. (I personally don't know if this is actually how those terms were originally used in Japanese or not.)