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P.N. Kafka Fuura (花深風羅)

Japanese B.A. from University of Texas at Austin, Japanese Language Proficiency Test N1

I translate, interpret, and do other miscellaneous things.

My hobbies are researching classical and ancient Japanese, and translating song lyrics.


Nov
28
revised i-adjectives used as na-adjectives: is there a difference? (e.g. 大きい versus 大きな)
added 4 characters in body
Nov
28
revised i-adjectives used as na-adjectives: is there a difference? (e.g. 大きい versus 大きな)
added 2 characters in body
Nov
28
revised i-adjectives used as na-adjectives: is there a difference? (e.g. 大きい versus 大きな)
added 2 characters in body
Nov
28
comment i-adjectives used as na-adjectives: is there a difference? (e.g. 大きい versus 大きな)
I agree on learning by Japanese terms, and I still think it's a shame that even university students rarely even cover/mention the base tenses (未然形、連用形、連体形、終止形、已然形、命令形) - but along exactly the same lines, learning what is the way it is because of a simply a sound change, or deeper meaning is essential to true understanding. One of my textbooks covers the phrase "いわんばかり" without explaining that it is a sound changed form of 言はむばかり - it even seemed to link it to a "negative" form. This made me very sad.
Nov
27
revised i-adjectives used as na-adjectives: is there a difference? (e.g. 大きい versus 大きな)
Added ・な in some places, for example to differentiate from (同じ and 同じ・な)
Nov
27
answered i-adjectives used as na-adjectives: is there a difference? (e.g. 大きい versus 大きな)
Jun
26
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Sep
6
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Jul
13
comment Is the only time 得る read as うる when it's a suffix?
@Amanda_S They're the base conjugation forms for Japanese verbs. /////////////// //MZK=未然形=Mizenkei (ex: ない attaches) //RYK=連用形=Renyoukei (ex: て/た/ます attach) //SSK=終止形=Shuushikei (ex: end of sentence when NOT a question) //RTK=連体形=Rentaikei (ex: declarative, bound ending, question ending) //IZK=已然形=Izenkei (ex: ば (conditional in modern/"when"-only in classical)) //MRK=命令形=Meireikei (ex: imperative "commands") /////////////// I'm just using what I've found are the common abbreviations for them.
Jul
13
answered Is the only time 得る read as うる when it's a suffix?
Jul
8
comment Can we optionally include (or exclude) an を particle in between the noun of the する-verb and the する itself?
@Pacerier Basically, old conjugation method: (MZK/RYK/SSK/RTK/IZK/MRK) 命ぜ(ない)/命じ(て)/命ず/命ずる/命ずれ(ば)/命ぜよ || new conjugation method: 命じ(ない)/命じ(て/ます)/命じる/命じる/命じれ(ば)/命じよ. You're more likely to see the older method in writing.
Jul
8
comment Can we optionally include (or exclude) an を particle in between the noun of the する-verb and the する itself?
@Pacerier It would become 命じます. Sorry for the late response; "zuru" verbs were originally sa-hen verbs like all the other -"suru" verbs, but most have "transformed" into ichidan verbs. 命ずる becomes "命じる" and acts like a ichidan verb most of the time. However in certain constructions it retains its original sa-hen conjugation. Like in 命ぜざるをえない. Occasionally I've seen "zuru" verbs used like this 信ずる方 "believer" in rentaikei, but nowadays they mostly act as ichidan verbs. (ie. you say 命じない/信じない instead of 命ぜない/信ぜない)
Jul
6
comment Can we optionally include (or exclude) an を particle in between the noun of the する-verb and the する itself?
@Pacerier mainly just because it's its a single character's ON reading + suru (as it is in all other examples), but also because my dictionary lists it as (vs-s) rather than (vs).
Jul
6
awarded  Scholar
Jul
6
accepted How do you ask for “the bill” at a restaurant?
Jul
4
awarded  Student
Jul
4
asked How do you ask for “the bill” at a restaurant?
Jul
1
awarded  Nice Answer
Jun
30
awarded  Quorum
Jun
30
comment Are there any metaphors in these Japanese sentences?
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