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Sep
27
comment Shouldn't there be a のは in this sentence?
Is the pattern "AこそBです"? Is こそ attached to A or B?
Sep
27
answered よかろう - What does it mean? Where does it come from?
Sep
27
comment What is the significance of the “の” in the sentence “誰が盗んだのか、誰か知りませんか。”
the nasal "n" sound symbolises tactuality, warmth and softness. (Taken from Seiichi Makino's and Michio Tsutsui's grammar dictionary)
Sep
27
comment “きのう、何をしていた。” vs. “きのう、何をした。”
For 2 it feels like the question would elicit an answer for a list of activities. For 1 the answer seems to focus on a particular activity. That's what I intuit so I'm not sure enough of this to put it as an answer.
Sep
26
comment Words with metathesis
does タネ to ネタ count?
Sep
25
comment 動作 as opposed to 作用
perhaps the [...] in your question could provide more contextual clues?
Sep
25
revised How does うんざり work in the Present Indicative, Causative, Passive, and Causative-passive tenses
Improved readability. Corrected typo.
Sep
25
comment What is the significance of the “の” in the sentence “誰が盗んだのか、誰か知りませんか。”
@sawa ah I get it now. The first "it" is "he/she". And the second "it" is the thing being stolen.
Sep
25
comment What is the significance of the “の” in the sentence “誰が盗んだのか、誰か知りませんか。”
@sawa I'm having a great deal of difficulty trying to understand your English parsing. Some help would be great. "who is it that he/she stole it?" To me it sounds like a person is being stolen.
Sep
25
comment 「悪気があっての答え」 vs 「悪気がある答え」
@Ito can I request for a breakdown of the あっての you used in your answer? I'm having difficulty understanding since I can't see a verb for "written". Or is the context of "writing" implied and the verb for "write" is elided?. I cannot link 悪気 to the person's state when he is writing.
Sep
25
comment Fun with synonyms - “eternity”
sawa is just being sawa. His strict definitions and logical framework are sometimes mistaken for aggression.
Sep
23
answered The difference between 「人文科学」 and 「社会科学」
Sep
23
comment The difference between 「人文科学」 and 「社会科学」
perhaps one is "social science" and one is "sociology" ?
Sep
23
comment Can I use 行っている間(に) in the sense of a habitual action?
See also Derek's elaboration on motion verbs with ている in japanese.stackexchange.com/questions/3122/…
Sep
23
comment Does 「鳴く」 give any nuances about the sound being made?
鳴く doesn't seem to limit the set to just birds, but it's using the radical for bird which is "鳥". JMDICT also includes "to bark", "to purr", and "to make sound (animal)" for 鳴く's entry. Perhaps non-birds use 啼く instead? (This showed up alongside 鳴く in the same entry)
Sep
23
comment Does 「鳴く」 give any nuances about the sound being made?
I guess that's where adverbs come into play. i.e. うるさく鳴く、 優しく響く鳴き. I'm not sure if 鳴く has any inherent connotations.
Sep
23
accepted Extracting from, and introducing to Universe of Discourse using は and が with こそあど-demonstratives
Sep
22
comment Why do we use 〜ないで instead of 〜なくて before auxiliary ください?
@Matt no worries, it's all in good faith. I was conjecturing and waiting for validation anyway.
Sep
22
revised How to invoke God/spirits in Japanese
edited title
Sep
22
answered How to invoke God/spirits in Japanese