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Oct
15
revised What's the difference between 「〜を通{とお}して」 and 「〜を通{つう}じて」?
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Oct
15
comment need help understanding a coin
Ha, I knew that was a !
Oct
11
revised Question about ように
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Oct
10
comment に particle and passive form… multiple meanings?
@MobiusPizza: It means three things you liked about and three things you didn't like; specifically about being a male/female. Not just three arbitrary things. Ex: "As a young boy, I liked not having to wear dresses. I hated having to hold the door open for older women though."
Oct
10
revised “Should” in Japanese
Fixing furigana
Oct
9
comment Difference between こと、もの and やつ
私のこと often just means "me". Here's the post on that in case anyone's looking for it.
Oct
8
comment Which is the proper way to say “I don't X”?
@DariusJahandarie: Hmm, maybe that's what I what trying to get across after all.
Oct
8
comment Which is the proper way to say “I don't X”?
I disagree with your pitch on #3. タバコはすいません【HHHLLLLLL】 to emphasize "tobacco" (just as you did with the italics in the English) seems more correct. But maybe that's a regional thing.
Oct
8
accepted What does かの日 mean?
Oct
8
asked What does かの日 mean?
Oct
7
comment Native speakers (basically) don't study radicals. So, how could they be useful for learning kanji?
What do you mean, "what comes next?" I don't really understand what you're asking.
Oct
7
comment What does 何もいません mean?
Retract what I said about replacing all the time. See @snailboat's (deleted) answer below. There are times when you can say something like だれもが to mean "everyone", and similarly for other question words. I forgot about this kind of scenario.
Oct
7
comment What does 何もいません mean?
Yes, that's correct. I think technically どこもいきませんでした is correct, but adding the really emphasizes the "to" of going somewhere -- "I did not go (to) somewhere". Also, as replaces the は/が in positive statements, it also replaces it in the negative, so it is not added on as がも (as you said).
Oct
7
revised What does 何もいません mean?
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Oct
7
answered What does 何もいません mean?
Oct
6
comment Problems parsing this sentence (ような before comma)
@snailboat: It's one of those things that I was taught somewhere along the line. I found a few references here and here, but they don't show any etymological derivation, just association. I've never heard そんな, but definitely そんな, although both of those seem ungrammatical to me (as you mentioned).
Oct
5
comment How do you say “which one of you”?
This. Translating "which one of you" exactly is unnecessary. "Of you" implies that you're talking directly to the group of "suspects". So all you really need is "who took my sandwich" (誰がサンドイッチ盗んだ【ぬすんだ】んだ!) and it's pretty much implied you're only talking to the suspects.
Oct
4
comment What does おやすみちゃー mean?
Hmm, I have no idea then. Could be an inside slang that person uses. Like I sometimes say おじゃすみ〜ん for おやすみ.
Oct
4
answered What does おやすみちゃー mean?
Oct
4
comment What conjugation is 助けて, when used as an interjection?
I think that's poor input in 大辞林 to call 「てよ」 and 「てね」 their own forms. It's just the て form, often with よ・ね added for emphasis. I would not want the OP (who notes his experience with Japanese as very little) to think these are separate forms that have other common usages. It should say something like 「よ」、「ね」をつけて意を軽くすることもある.