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comment Membership awareness to differentiate は and が?
I wrote some of my thoughts in this answer: japanese.stackexchange.com/questions/24324/…
Feb
3
comment るとき or たとき with たい?
@A.Ellett You should turn this into an answer.
Feb
2
comment いる or ある for things attached to living beings
You can also use いる with trains, cars, etc. when they are moving. Also, with dead people and animals.
Feb
1
comment The use of present and past tenses in ~時 sentences
Related: Explaining Tense in Japanese
Jan
31
comment Use of に in ぼくにも出来る
Even though it's not marked by が, it does behave like a subject in multiple ways: (1) 自分 binds to it, e.g., 「太郎に自分の手書きが読める。」「太郎に花小が自分の先生に引きあわせられる。」, (2) it can fill in the missing subject of an adjunct subordinate clause, e.g, 「テレビを見ながら太郎に本が読める。」, (3) 尊敬語 can refer to it, e.g., 「先生にその問題がお分かりになる。」. ---- And for each of these three things, the argument that is marked by が doesn't behave like a subject in that way -- i.e., 自分 cannot bind to it, it can't fill in a missing subject, and 尊敬語 can't refer to it.
Jan
29
comment Is 時間がありますか unnatural?
@Flaw It's exactly the same situation with all 「○○(が/は)ありますか?」 sentences (i.e., は is almost unilaterally the correct choice for question sentences). In addition, 「時間があります。」 is just fine (especially when there's some extra qualifier or explicit topic in the sentence), despite the same //kanga// sequence. So, I really don't think it's a phonological phenomenon.
Jan
27
comment Heart emoji in Japanese texts?
Could you include a couple of the messages in your question? The question is probably answerable without that, but a better answer could be written given the context.
Jan
27
comment How to say IS / ISIS / ISIL / Daesh?
@naruto Thank you for pointing that out. I tried incorporating some of that information into the answer.
Jan
25
comment What are the differences between なさる and される?
@kalemeister The "適切な形ではない" 注 half of what you pasted there is referring to ご〜される being unaccepted, not 〜(ら)れる or 〜される in general. The first half of what you pasted is indeed what I was referring to.
Jan
25
comment What are the differences between なさる and される?
@kalemeister Yes, I am sure. The 文化庁 (Agency for Cultural Affairs), which is as official a source as you're going to get, includes (ら)れる as a form of 尊敬語 in its 敬語の指針. This is a topic where both the prescriptive source and the actual usage patterns agree: される is perfectly valid 尊敬語.
Jan
25
comment What are the differences between なさる and される?
In fact, the passive form is probably the first type of 尊敬語 native speakers start regularly using when growing up, since it's what you use with teachers and (older) people you've just met (「どのような仕事をされていますか。」 and such.)
Jan
25
comment How can we determine the subject of 「彼{かれ}が来{こ}ないことを知{し}りませんでした。」?
is a subject in this sentence, and it's marked by が! It's just not the subject of 知る (in interpretation 1, anyways). So, I'm not sure how your "「は」 is almost always used after a subject" rule helps explain what's going on.
Jan
25
comment Should you use は or が when you have a compound subject?
「(人は)みんなすしが好きです。」のように副詞的な用法になっているからですかね?
Jan
24
comment Should you use は or が when you have a compound subject?
Unless it's everyone. 「みんなすしが好きです。」「誰もすしが好きです。」 (Note: You can say 「みんなすしが好きです。」, but then みんな refers to an entire group of people (in the sense of "they all" or "we all") not all people.)
Jan
19
comment して行{い}かない versus しないで行{い}く
What if we replaced 行く with, say, 参加する? In other words, is this behavior of 〜ない due to 行く also being a 補助動詞 as opposed to only a verb?
Jan
19
comment Is 動詞修飾副詞 a grammatical term?
I thought 副詞 referred to a part of speech (品詞), i.e., a group of lexicalized words, as opposed to 連用修飾語, which refers to the set of words which function as modifiers. That'd make 「上手に」 and 「美しく」 be 連用修飾語 but not 副詞. So, I think the set 「動詞修飾副詞」 would similarly not contain such words, and instead only contain words like those in @l'électeur's answer. To confuse matters, in English, "adverb" also refers to a part of speech, but colloquially is used to mean "modifier" (i.e., the function), which is why many English speakers do call 「上手に」 etc. "adverbs" even though they aren't lexicalized.
Jan
3
comment Is ダウンアンダー understood by non-Australian Japanese speakers?
@Blavius Quite common in America (at least on the east coast), though perhaps only used jokingly/mockingly.
Dec
28
comment How do I say “This is a derivative work. I am in no way affiliated with X company” in Japanese?
「〇〇はフィクションであり、実在の△△とは一切関係がありません。」 is a very common phrase, which you could consider tweaking for your purposes.
Dec
28
comment What does 「漢語」 mean in this sentence?
This seems like a very convincing answer. I'm wondering why no one else came up with this interpretation -- is this colloquial usage of 漢語 old/rare? (『ニッケルの文鎮』 was published in 1926, after all...)
Dec
19
comment Most natural way to write sentences of the type “A verbs that B verbs that C verbs that…”
I thought you might answer this! Very clear. I'd be interested to hear your explanation on why clefting does the wrong thing here.