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May
22
revised understanding hōgejaku — an archaic imperative?
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May
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revised understanding hōgejaku — an archaic imperative?
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May
21
answered understanding hōgejaku — an archaic imperative?
May
18
comment Does 切った mean to “cut out” or “cut from”?
How about if you visualize it as a line on a graph "cutting" through another line as it goes down?
May
17
comment What are the rules determining the use of the dash in katakana?
@istrasci Nah, most speakers do actually pronounce けいたい "kē-tai", including many people who believe they are actually saying "ke-i-tai".
May
17
answered What are the rules determining the use of the dash in katakana?
May
14
comment Thank you for X: ~をありがとうございます
I see where you're coming from, but I think the proposal is just too convoluted: "ありがとうございます is basically just a polite form of ありがとう, and this is just a short form of ありがたく存じます". On the other hand, I am okay with a model where ありがとう(ございます) has become able to take a direct object due to interference from ありがたく存じます. But this is different from saying that ございます is somehow a surface form of 存じます.
May
13
comment Thank you for X: ~をありがとうございます
This explanation works for ありがたく存じます, but it doesn't work for ありがとうございます, and I don't agree that they're interchangeable. 存じます is roughly equivalent to 知る or 思う, so it's "allowed" to take a direct object marked with を; but ございます is roughly equivalent to ある, which isn't "allowed" to do that.
May
12
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May
10
comment How did the verb 掛ける come to have many meanings?
@dotnetN00b Sure, I'm not criticizing the question, just offering one reason why it might not be getting answered. Re the second part, even that really requires more than intuition -- I'd prefer hard data...
May
10
answered What exactly does とばかりに mean?
May
10
comment How did the verb 掛ける come to have many meanings?
Speaking as an etymology nerd if not a (professional) etymologist, the reason that I haven't jumped on this question is because a proper answer would easily fill a PhD dissertation (and require about as much research)... the question is just too broad to answer in a satisfying way, at least from my POV.
May
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comment What is the difference between 見える/聞こえる and 見られる/聞ける?
@dainichi OT for this question, but re the last issue you raise, Frellesvig, Vovin etc. argue that /-e-/ was actually a "transitivity switch" morpheme, making intransitive stems transitive (ap- → ap-e-) and transitive stems intransitive (yak- → yak-e-). (Also, I think you know this but just to avoid confusion in the thread as a whole, this morpheme is also distinct from the -y(e)- morpheme Dono is talking about.)
May
8
comment Multiple onyomi
That particular word actually is in the dictionary (if the dictionary is big enough). It's pronounced ほんさつ and it means something like "main book", "main text", as opposed to 別冊 (べっさつ), supplementary volumes. But the general answer to the question is basically as Kaz says: it depends. e.g. In the case of 本冊, 本 seems likely to mean "main" or "this" (so almost certainly "ほん", not "もと"). 冊 is most often さつ in Japanese, so unless you have a strong reason to suspect さく or ざく (e.g. the context is tanzaku at Tanabata), ほんさつ is the most likely reading.
May
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comment Multiple onyomi
Just a suggestion: this answer would be better if you used an example other than 上手, because that particular two-kanji combination can also represent うわて.
May
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May
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awarded  Nice Answer
May
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comment Is there a difference between んがため and ために?
Unfortunately, this etymology is not correct. The source of the ん here is not ぬ but む, which you can think of as the ancestor to the modern -(y)ou verb ending. That's why it's 勝たんがために and not 勝ちんがために, for example.
Apr
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Apr
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revised Usage of doubled non-past tense “た”
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