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Dec
6
answered Categorizing kanji variants - is there a “proper” form?
Nov
24
comment Have I placed “itsu” correctly in the sentence?
Could you clarify why it's better to use 何時 over いつ?
Nov
17
comment Translation to Japanese: “The test will determine which university I will go to.”
Sorry, I'm not very familiar with formal terminology. From what I understand, が is supposed to mark a "grammatical subject" and in the two sentences there is その試験が and どの大学に行くかが. Are you saying one of these is a grammatical subject and the other isn't?
Nov
17
comment Translation to Japanese: “The test will determine which university I will go to.”
Could you clarify what you mean by "A sentence with an abstract noun as a subject sounds unnatural."? Your two examples use その試験 and どの大学に行くか as the two subjects and you claim that the first one is abstract and sounds unnatural. I agree that the first sentence sounds more unnatural, but I don't understand the reasoning.
Sep
22
revised Where does のみ come from?
added 16 characters in body
Sep
22
revised Where does のみ come from?
added 21 characters in body
Sep
22
answered Where does のみ come from?
Aug
21
comment How were hiragana/katakana influenced by syllabary writing systems?
For the Chinese history aspect, Old Chinese was a monosyllabic language so it made sense to associate one graph = one word = one syllable. This influenced the Japanese syllabaries, which were based off of Chinese characters
Aug
21
comment break down ~いていいと思ってる
I would guess there's a typo and 口利きいて should be (口利き)(いって)
Aug
21
answered Kisshu fushin actual meaning
Aug
12
comment [因果]{いん・が}: A bass-ackwards contraction?
Just my guess, but 因 and 果 look like the 'nouns' in those Sino-Japanese compounds, while 原 and 効 look like modifiers. Also, some of the examples you listed seem more modern, while 因果 seems like an earlier coinage, so maybe abbreviation preferences have changed since then?
Aug
12
comment What does [可愛が]りたい mean and how to use it?
So がる usually means feel or act like in most words, but in かわいがる it loses this independent meaning, and just means "to fawn over"?
Aug
3
accepted Is /z/ pronounced as [z] or [dz] or both?
Aug
2
asked Is /z/ pronounced as [z] or [dz] or both?
Jul
26
awarded  Popular Question
Jul
19
comment 突っ込む所 - is this what it means?
if the speaker has some ridiculous appearance then 突っ込む probably refers to en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glossary_of_owarai_terms
Jul
15
asked Does the use of 予 such as in 猶予 to mean “in advance” have any precedent in Chinese?
Jul
15
comment How are 買 and 売 related?
To expand on the Chinese part, it is thought that in Old Chinese (spoken 2000-3000 years ago) the two words 買 /*mˁrajʔ/ and 賣 /*mˁrajʔ-s/ were related by a final -s consonant. This paper discusses some of the possible grammatical functions of -s: ling.sinica.edu.tw/files/publication/j2012_1_02_6180.pdf
Jul
3
comment Proper Grass Radical Stroke Order
I think the two variants 艹 and 艸 were both in use before 1947, but the shinjitai reform made it so only the 艹 version was "official"
Jul
2
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