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Jul
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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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Jun
18
awarded  Nice Question
May
30
comment Is verb ending ない shortened to ん?
it's dialectical, see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kansai_dialect#Negative
May
3
comment Isn't ずらっと並んでいる redundant?
My guess is that it's just for emphasis. たくさん is the word I focused on in that definition. If you said "they lined up neatly in a straight line", well a line that is straight is neat by definition, but you add "neatly" to emphasize that it's neat
May
2
asked Particles に, で for temporal vs spatial location
Apr
26
comment Does Japanese have a silent ん?
Could you explain the reason behind "the sound most commonly misheard by foreign ears is the "t" in 自転車 which most of us hear as "d"? I haven't had this problem so I am curious.
Apr
18
comment Kanji radicals: Question to the radical assignment in dictionaries
I think that at one point the radical ⺼ was used in place of 肉 the same way the radicals change form in 示/神 衣/被 犬/狗. ⺼obviously looks really similar to 月 and as far as I know, there are no characters differentiated by the two radicals, so people probably just wrote them the same way, and eventually that became considered the official way to write it.
Apr
18
revised Xの担当 - something X is in charge of OR something in charge of X?
added 28 characters in body
Apr
18
comment How can I use できない and しまう? I'd like to apologize for not being able to do something
I don't know the answer to your question but I think ~なくてしまう is ungrammatical while ~ないでしまう is grammatical. However, I think this is used for active verbs and doesn't make sense for できない
Apr
18
asked Xの担当 - something X is in charge of OR something in charge of X?
Apr
18
comment What do you use for a general-purpose counter when there are more that 10?
Is it grammatical to use 個 if you don't know the counter or forgot it or whatever? (even if it sounds weird)
Apr
18
comment What kind of Japanese is this?
If you're interested in learning how to read texts like these and don't speak Japanese natively, I would recommend ignoring (at the start) all 訓読 practices, because the grammar of Classical Chinese is more similar to English than to Japanese. Also, the character in the first sentence is seems to be a variant of 圗/圖/図, not 國.
Apr
10
comment How should I say: When we talk, it sounds like we are singing
Could anyone explain why this sounds wrong?
Apr
9
comment Difference between なり (meaning 'either.. or…') and か (meaning 'or')
What about 〜なり〜なり = 〜とか〜とか?
Apr
8
asked How do you say “funny”?