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Japanese language enthusiast since 2001. Passed JLPT1 in 2008. Volunteer teacher at local study groups.


Sep
29
revised Is じゃないです equally correct as じゃありません?
Added furigana.
Sep
26
comment The differences between ~がたい、〜にくい、〜づらい
Further reading: A PDF (in Japanese) that goes over the differences and provides several example sentences.
Sep
23
answered しゅっぱつしんこ〜, what is Yotsuba-chan saying?
Sep
23
revised What are the various ways to express 'or' and when are they appropriate?
とちら→どちら, とれ→どれ
Sep
23
comment Can I use 行っている間(に) in the sense of a habitual action?
@Dave M G: I believe the meaning of "on the way to" is better expressed in Japanese by ~に行く途中だ or ~に向かっている. I can't personally recall ~に行っている being used to mean "on the way to ~", but as usual, I'm working with a small sample size.
Sep
23
awarded  Nice Answer
Sep
22
comment How to invoke God/spirits in Japanese
Another reference: The 1955 Japanese version of the Bible, which is what you'll find in most Christian churches in Japan, uses よ a lot. Psalm 8:1 reads 主、われらの主 、あなたの名は地にあまねく、いかに尊いことでしょう。 "O LORD, our Lord, How majestic is Your name in all the earth [...]" (NASB).
Sep
22
comment Why do we use 〜ないで instead of 〜なくて before auxiliary ください?
@Lukman: I may be off on a dead-end rabbit trail with this one, so don't assume this theory is Undeniable Truth. (Actually, last night I came across cases where this reasoning doesn't apply well to ~なくて, so this answer may only work with the edge cases of ~ください and いる.)
Sep
22
comment Why do we use 〜ないで instead of 〜なくて before auxiliary ください?
@Lukman: But even with 注意しなくて転んだ, the decision point is still a single point because the main verb is 転ぶ, which happens at a single point in time. ~なくて by itself does not imply a continuous choosing to stay in the state of not doing something.
Sep
21
comment Why do we use 〜ないで instead of 〜なくて before auxiliary ください?
@Lukman: ~なくてください is incorrect because ~なくて, being a ~て form, calls for a discrete change in state. The action desired is not a change, but a continuation of a preexisting state. The continuation of a preexisting state is expressed by ~ないで.
Sep
21
answered Why do we use 〜ないで instead of 〜なくて before auxiliary ください?
Sep
16
awarded  Enlightened
Sep
16
awarded  Nice Answer
Sep
15
comment What are the guidelines of omitting particles?
@athlon32: Edited to address your questions. Let me know if I can clarify anything further.
Sep
15
revised What are the guidelines of omitting particles?
Edited to address updated question.
Sep
15
answered What are the guidelines of omitting particles?
Sep
14
comment Is じゃないです equally correct as じゃありません?
@daniel tomio: "Correctness" is relative when talking about languages. There's the linguist camp, which defines correctness by the rules they force upon languages, and then there's the speaker camp, where correctness is defined by what people actually say. ~ないです may not be correct from a linguistic standpoint (as to why, I have no idea), but it's so firmly entrenched in modern Japanese usage that by every other standard it's a perfectly valid form.
Sep
14
answered When is Vている the continuation of action and when is it the continuation of state?
Sep
9
answered How to parse わけじゃなし
Sep
9
comment Differences between 度 and 回 when counting occurrences
@phirru: I think any difference disappears with 何度 and 何回. For example, the phrases 何度も何度も and 何回も何回も can both refer to large numbers of occurrences.