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Jun
3
comment Use of ~のか (~んですか) in questions not seeking a yes/no answer
This is off-topic, but I should point out that 食べたの? is not strictly feminine. In yes/no questions, the の often indicates that the asker has reason to believe the answer is yes. For instance, in response to hearing someone say 「大変!窓が…!」, 「割れたの?」 is gender-neutral. The の shows that the asker has surmised, based on the first line, that the likely cause for 「大変!」 is that the window is broken. Without the の, no hint as to what the asker suspects is provided. But I don't see how this transfers (if it does) to non-yes/no questions, which is why I'd like to stick to those.
Jun
3
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Jun
3
comment 「~たじゃない」 expression in spoken Japanese
@YOU: I don't believe it is. I regularly hear things such as いいじゃん across a wide variety of speakers.
Jun
3
asked Use of ~のか (~んですか) in questions not seeking a yes/no answer
Jun
3
comment 「~たじゃない」 expression in spoken Japanese
This is about as spot-on as you can get. The only thing I would add is that じゃない is sometimes shortened to じゃん in very informal contexts.
Jun
3
answered Is there a difference between この小さな街で and 小さなこの街で?
Jun
3
revised Using なるほど (naruhodo) and やっぱり (yappari) in the same situation
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Jun
2
comment What's the difference between ね and な as tag questions?
Can you clarify what you mean by な adding "emotional emphasis" to a sentence? If we consider the examples of 明日は無理だ。 and 明日は無理だな。, the な actually seems to subtract from the emphasis and make the sentence a bit softer.
Jun
2
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Jun
2
comment What are the differences between 〜ので and 〜から?
@istraci: It's also good to note that ~ので is only a part of the base ~のだ construction, which has a much broader functional scope than ~から. I have put down some thoughts on this here.
Jun
2
comment What are the differences between 〜ので and 〜から?
@istraci: The table on the second page of this PDF notes that ~ので is used for factual actions and situations, and that when it is used to express the speaker's volition, it softens the statement and makes it more polite (less insistent). On the line below, ~から is described as giving the speaker's intent or thought. ~のだから is a slightly different animal, and according to this (PDF), it shows an indirect connection between cause and effect.
Jun
2
comment Can somebody explain the various words and combinations thereof used for thanking?
And on that line of thought, we mustn't forget the straight-up 感謝します (かんしゃします).
Jun
2
comment Is there a rule for when to use くらい vs ぐらい?
@Lukman: どれ and どの are noun and modifier, respectively. For example, どれがいい? vs. どのケーキがいい? :)
Jun
2
comment Can somebody explain the various words and combinations thereof used for thanking?
+1 for including the slang あざーっす.
Jun
2
comment Can somebody explain the various words and combinations thereof used for thanking?
Personally, I would put どうも and ありがとう on the same level (Casual) and どうもありがとう and ありがとうございます on the same level (Polite), but this is an excellent summary.
Jun
2
answered Is there a rule for when to use くらい vs ぐらい?
Jun
2
answered Using なるほど (naruhodo) and やっぱり (yappari) in the same situation
Jun
2
comment Is it ok to use ~て下さりました instead of ~ていただきました?
Ah, you're absolutely right. I apologize for not reading as closely as I should have been.
Jun
2
comment ありがとうございます vs. ありがとうございました
That's an interesting hypothesis. I can't detect this connotation, but then again, I'm not a native speaker. All I know is that I've heard both from store clerks, so they seem to be easily interchangeable in those cases.
Jun
2
answered Which verbs have 辞書形 (dictionary forms) that look like ~ます conjugations?