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Sep
28
comment Difference between ば and たら in this example
If it were issue of tone, why is 間違えば教えてください wrong but 間違っていれば教えてください fine? I think it's a grammatical restriction, not a problem of incorrect nuance.
Sep
28
comment What does the word 「なりそこなった」 mean?
But either way, I don't think we should be closing questions just because the answer is obvious to someone who knows Japanese...
Sep
28
comment What does the word 「なりそこなった」 mean?
I think the inconsistent response is partially due to whether someone initiates the close vote or not -- if someone does, it ends up in the review queues which makes it far more likely to get closed than if no one touched it in the first place.
Sep
28
comment Difference between ば and たら in this example
Seems to me that 〇〇ば△△ください only works when 〇〇 is stative: いる、ある、できる、わかる、i-adjectives. From the etymological perspective, the other conditional connectives have something which seems to alleviate the need for stativeness of the condition: ならば has the copula なり and たら has the perfective た.
Sep
28
comment What does the word 「なりそこなった」 mean?
How is this a translation request? Asking about a piece of a sentence which can't be understood by a dictionary lookup feels well within the scope of this website.
Sep
28
comment What does the word 「なりそこなった」 mean?
テ形は「て」(か「で」)が入っている形だと思います(例:「なって」)。連用形は「〜ます」・「〜たい」・「〜うる」などの前に来る形です(例:「なり」)。実は、テ形‌​の中に音便化した連用形があります:「× なりて」→「 なって」。
Sep
25
comment ~られる connotations
Related: japanese.stackexchange.com/questions/18715/…
Sep
25
comment What does いっぺんシメる mean exactly?
I didn't know that English idiom! いろいろ勉強になりました。(笑)
Sep
23
comment How to say, “I've been living in America for 9 months” (and still am)?
I think the reason for the discrepancy is that 時間 and 週間 are counter words, i.e., in the same class as 分, ヶ月, 年, etc. The 間 that attaches to 分, ヶ月, and 年 seems different... I think it means like "during", and hence 間前 means no sense ("before during"?). Of course, I have no idea why 間 is embedded in some counter words and not in others :-).
Sep
22
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Sep
16
comment Why are Japanese vowels occasionally rhotacised in songs?
The second sample also seems to have quite a bit of dynamic compression on the vocals. It does seem like a pretty odd pronunciation to me, but I hear them as ゼンイ and アクイ (possibly due to reading your post before listening...). Also American (New England).
Sep
16
comment If 'little girl' is 「少女」, then why is 'little boy' 「少年」?
Wow, never knew the etymology of any of those, fascinating! (Do you have a favorite source for stuff like that?)
Sep
13
comment Voiced stops pronounced as their unaspirated voiceless counterparts
This post is a lovely example of why it's great to have people who know what they're talking about around. +1!
Aug
21
comment Difference between 完成させる and 完成する (transitive usage only)
(For those not following the chat room...) it turns out that 明鏡国語辞典 does list transitivity for する verbs; and not only does it list that both are possible, it lists the the exact usage (i.e., that while both are possible it's usually 完成させる that's used for the transitive). Nice iPhone app available to boot -- if only it were freely available :-).
Aug
21
comment Are ”見やる“ and ”見すえる" near perfect antonyms?
Hmm, what do you think about this usage of 見据える? (From what I was reading last night.) 「思わずきいた佃に、『ビジネスですよ』 そう根木は、佃の目を見据えるようにしていった。」
Aug
18
comment What is the name for an uppercut (scooping punch) in Japanese?
I suspect this might be more appropriate on martialarts.stackexchange.com, but I'm not sure.
Aug
18
comment Difference between 完成させる and 完成する (transitive usage only)
It's unfortunate that this type of information isn't really available in any free online dictionaries (e.g., kotobank.jp/word/%E5%AE%8C%E6%88%90-470378 doesn't really say much -- no particular mention of transitivity, and there's only a single transitive usage example and it's を完成する).
Aug
13
revised Usage of ~を好き outside of embedded clauses
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Aug
13
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Aug
13
comment Usage of ~を好き outside of embedded clauses
例文を変えてみました。新しい例文は大丈夫ですか?