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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
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
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
10
comment Meaning of 共同志向性
@istraci whether a trait is positive or negative depends on perception. E.g. "strong determination" may also be interpreted as "stubbornness" by some.
Aug
9
comment Term for multiple foreign words sharing the same loanword in Japanese?
@phirru You're right, for some reason I pronounced them using the English pronunciation for each case instead of the Japanese sound. Will fix it thanks.
Aug
8
comment その中( に / で / から ) What is the correct choice of particles?
Thanks for clearing this up for me. I should understand X[particle]Y as a single unit instead of interpreting the components individually.
Aug
8
comment Are foreign adjectives always な adjectives?
@Dave I realise this is not specific to loanwords but I was more of trying to catch all adjectives and subject them to a generic principle(loanwords included). Of course it's mostly theory on my part, but the sound symbolism part was read from Seiichi Makino's and Mitchio Tsutsui's grammar dictionary.
Aug
7
comment その中( に / で / から ) What is the correct choice of particles?
but you can say その中でどれが一番いいですか right?
Aug
6
comment I've seen 達人and 名人used to indicate master or expert. What's the difference?
I take Chinese as additional information to consider. I found comparing meanings to Chinese quite helpful in learning certain vocabulary. But one must be careful not to equate them, since there are sure to be differences as you mentioned.
Aug
4
comment Historical differences between colors that are i-adjectives and those that are simply nouns
@sawa let us continue this discussion in chat
Aug
4
comment Historical differences between colors that are i-adjectives and those that are simply nouns
@sawa What I meant was although JMDict says it's a noun, but other sites like japanese.nciku.com and wwwjdic has a no-adj classification. One of the words I checked was "期限切れ".
Aug
4
comment Historical differences between colors that are i-adjectives and those that are simply nouns
@sawa So JMDict's classification of "Nouns which may take the genitive case particle の" although accurate(it's not described as an adjective) it's redundant? (Since all nouns I know so far can take の)
Aug
4
comment Historical differences between colors that are i-adjectives and those that are simply nouns
Some dictionaries have a classification for "adj-no" though.
Aug
2
comment の performing back referral? の used adjectivally?
"Any noun can modify another noun once no is appended" This is why I don't understand the dictionary's distinction between nouns and no-adjectives.
Aug
2
comment の performing back referral? の used adjectivally?
I'm not sure what exactly I should be asking. Thinking it over I should have asked if the の in question came from elision or if it had something to do with 期限切れ being a の-adj (Just looked it up in other dictionaries, it's labelled as の-adj)
Aug
1
comment Does the use of は or omitting は affect the listener's reply?
I think we simply interpreted the converse of your answer. It's not explicitly there as you mentioned.
Aug
1
comment Does the use of は or omitting は affect the listener's reply?
The both of you have been very helpful, in fact the current revisions of both answers do not seem to contain conflicting information, just different ways of presenting a similar idea. I specifically like Dave M G's answer for explicitly showing redundancy in 毎日は読みます. The same thing can be derived from Tsuyoshi's answer. Tsuyoshi's answer further goes on to show what's wrong with 毎日読みません even though not explicitly shown in the answer, but it can be deduced.
Aug
1
comment Does the use of は or omitting は affect the listener's reply?
I'm very sure that そうですね is only a 相槌 and provides us with no contextual clues. The problem is what happens with and without は for the affirmative and negative statements.