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Nov
3
comment 買う, durative or instantaneous?
Your question is not inline with the title. Are you asking specifically about 買う as the title says, or do you really want to know about verbs in general (as you say, a fool-proof way to know if a verb is durative or instantaneous)?
Oct
27
comment しな at the end of a sentence
Who or what is よつば? Are they really relevant to the question? Please edit the title to indicate what you're actually asking about.
Oct
26
comment Specialized banking/credit card vocabulary
決済 is the correct word for a settled payment, but does settled payment necessarily imply a finalized transaction? Settled payment (like of a vehicle loan) may involve several transactions, each being "finalized". Anyway, just sounds a little ambiguous to me.
Oct
20
comment Does ところを always mean the same thing as のに? What is the difference between ところへ and ところに?
Possible duplicate of Particles following ところ (に, を, and で)
Oct
20
comment When can “~たがる” not be used in a continuous tense?
Related: Aren't がる and たがる the same thing?.
Oct
15
comment How to say “Nobody is perfect” in Japanese
You might add 一人も before いない for emphasis.
Oct
13
comment are the godan verbs always followed by either a,e,i,o or u before a further suffix is added?
I would say is more of "level" or "step" than "class", although this might be splitting hairs.
Oct
8
comment It seems “hard deadline” can be translated to 厳しい締切. Would “soft deadline” then be translated as 厳しくない締切?
This. Came here to say 緩い, but you got it!
Oct
7
comment How to write “yi” in katakana
@3to5businessdays: If you read the Wikipedia page, the "yi" in that image is the left side of the kanji , which can be seen in words such as 以前, 以降, 以来, etc.
Oct
7
comment Particles following ところ (に, を, and で)
Love this question! I struggled with this exact problem when I learned this pattern.
Oct
3
comment Describing a woman with きれい vs. 美しい{うつくしい}?
Why do you think pronouncing きれい is easier?
Oct
3
comment what's a ポッカリ (pokkari)?
Since sometimes onomatopoeia morph to have the small っ (e.g., やはり→やっぱり), does this come from the form ポカリ, and if so, is it the same one as Pokari Sweat?
Oct
2
comment How to write “I'm going to sleep tomorrow”?
@Wlerin: Comments are not for answers.
Oct
1
comment Expressing 'if so'
@Earthlin: the "as" can be seen often in the form 〜として (「〜の資格で」; see examples in definition #1 here). The supposition/assumption case can be seen in ex. 815 here.
Oct
1
comment Expressing concurrency
@3to5businessdays: What is the meaning of masu-stem + proposition
Oct
1
comment What's the grammar of 持ちつ持たれつ?
@非回答者: Which #3? I see quite a few "3"s on that page.
Oct
1
comment What's the grammar of 持ちつ持たれつ?
@snailboat: Updated and linked. That version is a little old, but concepts stay the same!
Oct
1
comment Expressing 'if so'
I disagree that と is the quotation particle here; it's the "as"/supposition particle.
Oct
1
comment Why do some loanword sounds get “abbreviated” when katakanized, but not others?
I don't know where you're from, but I disagree with you about "menu" and "piano". I definitely pronounce them as "men-you" and "pya-no" resp., and not just to play devil's advocate. And FWIW, I always enunciate the /h/ "wh" words. :D
Oct
1
comment Why do some loanword sounds get “abbreviated” when katakanized, but not others?
@Tim: Not "why don't they match my pronunciation", but rather "why are the "rules" inconsistent"?