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Does ~そう modify both verbs in a double-verb construction?

I heard the phrase: その男の子が車にひかれて死にそうだった。   When I head the V1てV2, I assumed that Verb 1 (ひかれて)had actually happened and that Verb 2 (死にそう) was a consequence. But someone pointed out to me that ...

grammar grammar-constructions  
asked by kandyman 7 votes

Meaning of 何が悲しくて

当番委員のペアが決まった日なのよ?他のみんなはお祝いしてるのに、何が悲しくて、そんな、さびれ果てたとこへ行かなきゃならないの? What does 何が悲しくて mean here? It seems to mean "What's so sad that we have to go there?" but I feel like I'm missing something.

asked by ignorantFid 7 votes
answered by l'électeur 9 votes

Connection between 〜い adjectives and 〜く verbs?

The following pairs of inflections got me thinking a little bit. 〜く verb plain/te, for example: 働く・働いて 〜い adjective plain/nai, for example: 甘い・甘くない Both of these suggest that there is perhaps some ...

etymology て-form i-adjectives  
asked by Trevor Kafka 5 votes
answered by Eiríkr Útlendi 9 votes

Counting Duration of Months

When counting duration in months, is it ~ヶ月間or just ~ヶ月? Example: 私はもう六ヶ月ぐらい日本語を勉強しています。 ジルと暮らした四ヶ月間 ( btw I don't know what the second example means I just took it from my textbook so I would ...

asked by Babana Moisrure 4 votes
answered by l'électeur 4 votes

How to denote particular kana sounds in Japanese?

In romaji, the ways that verbs inflect is fairly straightforward to indicate. For example, if you wanted to describe the process under which 五段動詞{ごだんどうし} change from 辞書形{じしょけい} to 可能形{かのうけい}. One ...

kana casual phrasing  
asked by Trevor Kafka 3 votes

What is the significance of the ☆ symbol?

I have noticed that “☆” appears in Japanese stories. For example, the Japanese comic book titled “La☆BlueGirl”. The title is also written as ラ・ブルー・ガール. I get the impression that “☆” is a stylish ...

meaning symbols  
asked by Micheal Gignac 3 votes
answered by broccoli forest 6 votes

What is the meaning of とか in the sentence?

What is the contribution of 「とか」 to the meaning of the sentence? And what is the meaning of construction 「違ってくる」? 漢字は一緒でも読み方とかが全然違ってくるの本当、凄いですよね。

grammar grammar-constructions  
asked by Marcelo 3 votes
answered by l'électeur 5 votes

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What word describes the concept of worldwide time zones?

The world is covered in the necessary evil known in English as "time zones". Given that, historically, it originated in England (some 300 or so years ago), the concept of a time zone was probably ...

word-choice words terminology  
asked by Eric 3 votes
answered by Takashi 4 votes

The "cultural" meaning of 人間 (ningen)?

So, I have a general question about the word 人間 (ningen), and it's not about grammar. The most common translation for this word is "human", but I have been noticing that its usage is somewhat ...

translation meaning nuances  
asked by Riou 9 votes
answered by Pedro A 6 votes

Address someone by their first name, or their last name?

When addressing John Doe, would you say "John-さん", or "Doe-さん"? Does it depend on how polite or formal you're being? Does it also depend on whether the person is a nihonjin, a kankokujin (who have ...

politeness culture names  
asked by Andrew Grimm 12 votes
answered by Ian 7 votes

How to say "See you soon" when meeting up with someone

I'm just wondering a simple way to say "See you soon" when the context is that you are talking to your friend remotely (via phone/messaging) and you plan to meet up with them in the very near future ...

asked by Bazz Travers 6 votes
answered by Chocolate 12 votes

What is the Japanese equivalent of "mhm"?

In English conversations, when I listen to someone speak, I have a habit of intermittently uttering "mhm" just to let the other person know I'm listening to what he/she is saying. Is there a Japanese ...

asked by PeaBrane 22 votes
answered by Em. 44 votes

What's the difference between Ichidan/Godan and Ru/U verbs classification?

I've come across two different ways (at least, apparently for me) to classify verbs. Please note that this question is fundamentally different from Verb classifications by japanese learners. The ...

verbs terminology godan-verbs ichidan-verbs  
asked by Alenanno 14 votes
answered by rintaun 22 votes

Difference between ために and ように

I've got a question regarding difference in usage of 辞書形+ように and 辞書形+ために with verbs' dictionary forms, i.e. 飛行機に乗り遅れないように、前日早寝したのです。 彼は質問をするために手を上げました。 The notion I get is that the first is used ...

asked by razorramon 30 votes
answered by Tim 30 votes

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Meaning of 果たせることが出来たなら

I'm looking for some assistance in understanding the second line in the below as I am not quite sure what 果たせる is referring to (I know what 果たす means in e.g. 目的を果たす). I am not sure if there is ...

grammar meaning  
asked by lethal23 2 votes

Meaning of しかも and それで in Yes-No question

I see that しかも and それで usually connect 2 sentence together. But I see them place at the beginning in Yes-No questions. 1)"しかも歌うんかい" 2)"それで上手いんかい" Does it mean 1) "(Moreover) is he singing?" and 2) ...

asked by Khang 2 votes
answered by An Jin Geon -1 votes

What does あなたでは mean in this sentence?

I was studying the grammar for かもしれない and I found the following example: あなたでは間に合わないかもしれない。 The translation given for this sentence is... "You might not get there in time." And then I got ...

grammar particle-は particle-で  
asked by Richard Al 1 vote
answered by Francis -1 votes
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