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i-adjectives used as na-adjectives: is there a difference? (e.g. 大きい versus 大きな)

There are at the very least several i-adjectives can be used as na-adjectives by dropping the final い and adding な in its place. The most common examples of this, as far as I am aware, are 大きい and 小さい,...
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Is Japanese really an agglutinative language?

In the linguistics topic of language typology, Japanese is often included in lists of agglutinative (or agglutinating) languages, but when learning or reading about Japanese grammar exclusively this ...
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Why is ローマ字 spelt without an ン?

Why is ローマ字 spelt without an ン? As far as I can tell, it's not because you can't have an ん sound before a じ sound, because 漢字 has an ん sound before 字. Did early Europeans' term for Roman letters not ...
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What exactly is a “taru adjective”

On the talk page of the Wikipedia article on "Japanese adjectives", user Dougalg suggested nearly two years ago: I know these are falling out of use, but still exist. If anyone can give an ...
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why is it that some 形容動詞 accepts の after it while some only accepts な after it?

why is it that some 形容動詞 accepts の after it while some only accepts な after it? Examples: の only: 普通、大勢 な or の: 初心、特別、特殊 Is there a way for us to tell if a 形容動詞 needs a の or な particle after it....
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Why is 高いです acceptable but 高いではあります not acceptable?

This interesting thread got me thinking about the various forms of the copula and how です is a contraction of で(は)あります. I am wondering why the standard X は Y で(は)あります does not seem to work for certain ...
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Is accent position predictable for -i verbs in Osaka/Kansai?

Background While I'm not especially confident about the reliability of my sources (Wikipedia (0) (1) (2) and some guys' personal websites), and it's possible that I transcribed some of these wrong, ...
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Understanding the subtleties behind [noun]する vs [noun]だ

I still notice this when I see [verbal noun]する instead of [verbal noun]だ. While I understand the meaning of both, I'm missing the qualities that often make する or がある seem to be a more natural choice ...
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Use of が in article about Midsummer Day of the Ox and selling eel

I was reading over this article about Midsummer Day of the Ox and selling eel. I'm wondering about the use of が in this sentence この会社は今年、牛肉のステーキや、ビタミンが多いしじみなども売ることにしました Roughly: This year the ...
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いろいろな便利な - In some case, two na-adjectives linked not using で?

With my japanese teacher, we study some text about doraemon. One of sentences was: 「未来{みらい}のいろいろな便利{べんり}な「ひみつ道具{どうぐ}」をポケットの中に持っている」 I was thinking いろいろな便利{べんり}な had to be いろいろで便利{べんり}な. My teacher ...
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What part of speech is スティール製?

What part of speech is スティール製{せい} from スティール製{せい}カテノイドexpression? I know スティール is a noun (steel), 製{せい} is a suffix (made of), but I don't know their value together. スティール製{せい} is a noun or an ...
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What is the definition of adjective in japanese?

In this question When can adjectives be used with the particle "no"? I was taught that next in japanese is a noun. In English, the definition of adjective is "A describing word which ...
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Do possessive pronouns exist at all in Japanese or the only way to refer to possession is through the “no” particle?

In English or Spanish there are possessive pronouns like my, your, her, his, mi, tu, su, etc. that you can use to show possession. For example, my car. But in Japanese the only way I've seen (or that ...
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When do you use the “な” version of the copula?

As I understand it, the copula "だ" turns into "な" in some situations. The most obvious one is after な-adjectives, but it often appears after nouns too, like in this sentence: "スミスさんは、...
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* “The Japanese language does not have words that function as adjectives in a syntactic sense”

※ This (titular) assertion is questionable, so I'm (1) putting it in quotes, and (2) placing an asterisk in front of it. The following page starts with this assertion, which I had not heard before :...

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