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Japanese language self-learner. Fluent in English and to a lesser extent Chinese.


Aug
17
answered What's the difference between なぜ、どうして and なんで when meaning 'why'?
Aug
16
comment Does it make sense to say [v]ませんでしたら instead of [v]なかったら?
What I learned about たら construction is that usually something follows after たら, and that can be in a polite form. Putting too many polite constructions together would result in a "politeness overload" (i'm not sure enough of this to post as an answer though).
Aug
16
comment What is the function of と when it's not quoting, or doing exhaustive listing?
@Ignacio yes, and also about the apparent lack of difference when と is not used in the comparison of (1) and (2).
Aug
16
asked What is the function of と when it's not quoting, or doing exhaustive listing?
Aug
15
revised 前 or 後 when placing an event in temporal reference to “now”
deleted 4 characters in body
Aug
15
asked 前 or 後 when placing an event in temporal reference to “now”
Aug
13
revised When describing time span, are 間 {あいだ} and 内 {うち} interchangeable?
Tried to resolve apparent contradiction with Tsuyoshi's answer
Aug
13
revised When describing time span, are 間 {あいだ} and 内 {うち} interchangeable?
Tried to resolve apparent contradiction with Tsuyoshi's answer
Aug
13
comment When describing time span, are 間 {あいだ} and 内 {うち} interchangeable?
Similarly we assume that the teacher is always paying attention because we expect a teacher to behave as such. So the alternative of "teacher not looking" becomes hard to determine.
Aug
13
comment When describing time span, are 間 {あいだ} and 内 {うち} interchangeable?
Perhaps it has something to do with the apparent certainty of something that is subjectively assessed by us subconsciously. Call it "optimism bias" if you will but I think we are more certain of "clear skies" than we are of "rainy weather". That is to say we take "clear skies" as a default start before even considering the possibility of other forms of weather.
Aug
12
accepted Reversing the clause pattern “~ほう~より”
Aug
12
comment When describing time span, are 間 {あいだ} and 内 {うち} interchangeable?
Perhaps "measure" is not a good word to describe what i'm thinking. It should be the "speaker's ability to determine a start and end point at the moment of making the statement". Things like "duration of vacation" - one can assess the start and end. But for "duration while it's not raining" or "duration of a person's gaze", it's difficult to put a starting and ending point.
Aug
12
comment When describing time span, are 間 {あいだ} and 内 {うち} interchangeable?
I don't think so. The duration of the "teacher looking" has an indeterminate start and end time, regardless of completion of action. That is to say even after he looked, you cannot suddenly have the information of exactly when he started, and how long he did it for.
Aug
12
revised When describing time span, are 間 {あいだ} and 内 {うち} interchangeable?
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Aug
12
answered When describing time span, are 間 {あいだ} and 内 {うち} interchangeable?
Aug
12
comment Plain verbs vs [conjunctive form 連用形]+をする (e.g. 間違える vs 間違えをする)
The answer flair is fine for me, but your comment is "5 hours ago". Pretty strange considering your question is only 1 hour+ old.
Aug
11
comment Reversing the clause pattern “~ほう~より”
oh so even though ほう and より are used, (1) and (2) are distinct patterns, and cannot be compared. What happens in the case of (1) vs (1') then?
Aug
11
revised Reversing the clause pattern “~ほう~より”
Made question and doubts clearer.
Aug
11
comment Reversing the clause pattern “~ほう~より”
@sawa, I observed that より precedes ほう for (2) and (1'). I learned a "default" structure where ほう precedes より, and was wondering if it made a difference if the sentence was rearranged.
Aug
11
asked Reversing the clause pattern “~ほう~より”