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Feb
8
answered Sokuon Diacritic and Wabun Morse Code
Jan
30
comment Ambiguity issues with と when performing multiple roles
It seems to me that the ambiguity doesn't always matter to understanding the sentence? That is, I would expect "A, B and C" to be the most natural translation most of the time, with any sub-grouping within the set being unspecified and irrelevant.
Jan
23
comment When should 男の人/女の人 be used instead of 男/女?
@Chocolate Sure, and old men in English often say "girl" to refer to any woman younger than themselves.
Jan
23
comment Words made from strokes of a kanji like 女 toくノ一
I get that 川 is a cryptic reference to the arrangement of the people, but what does 字 have to do with sleeping?
Jan
19
comment Expressing “don't work too hard”
yukkuri shiteitte ne?
Dec
21
comment Why do people say 未知数 when it is not a number?
I can't make sense of から in the context "ア から ン"; I thought it implied some form of causality.
Dec
21
comment In actual Japanese society, how often are second-person pronouns used?
Isn't あんた just a contraction of あなた?
Dec
21
comment How can I differentiate agreement with the person and agreement with the idea?
How about indicating agreement with the idea specifically by explicitly referring to the idea?
Dec
21
comment What are the rules for reading numbers before a foreign counter-word?
@sawa I don't understand what it means to say that one sound or the other is 'underlying' here.
Dec
21
comment Why do people say 小学校の時 or 中学校の時?
"modifier which modifies a noun" sounds like you are describing an adjective.
Dec
21
comment Why do people say 未知数 when it is not a number?
In English we have the idiom "lowest common denominator", which is fairly unrelated to the mathematical meaning... we also say "unknown quantity" in some situations where "unknown" would suffice.
Dec
16
comment Why are there 3 ways of writing in Japanese?
I'm not using them, but I assumed that the historical perspective would be relevant to explaining the roles of katakana vs. hiragana and to justifying the consideration of them as a single script.
Dec
16
comment Why are there 3 ways of writing in Japanese?
I fail to see how katakana and hiragana fail to meet the definition of an alphabet given by en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alphabet .
Dec
16
comment Why are there 3 ways of writing in Japanese?
I'm surprised there is no mention of hentaigana or manyougana in this answer.
Dec
16
comment Why are there 3 ways of writing in Japanese?
@Matt, wouldn't that make hiragana and katakana the same alphabet? The phonemes are the same... what distinguishes two letters from two letter-forms of the same letter? I don't think "phoneme" is necessarily accurate, either, because English spelling is highly non-phonetic, but its alphabet is still undoubtedly an alphabet.
Dec
16
comment What is the correct way to say: “where are you going?”
"So, you're going... er, where?" Something like that?
Nov
22
comment How to construct potential form for adjectives
How is "able to be red" different from "possibly red"? The only way I can think of is if the thing in question chooses its own colour...
Nov
22
answered What is the metaphorical meaning of 手{て}?
Nov
6
comment My friend said she says “やる時やる.” a lot. What's the translation to english?
I thought it might be short for 「じゃない」 but didn't realize that had use as a question... I guess it makes sense, the way informal language typically works. @sawa what is the pronunciation for 「時は」 ?
Nov
5
comment Meaning of -化 in context
Now this is the kind of flexibility that a hacker appreciates in a language!