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Honorific form of i-adjectives (e.g. はやい → おはよう) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: ~うございます - keigo い-adjectives I still remember the introductory lecture of the first Japanese course I took in college, my sensei told the class that おはようございます does not mean "...
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Why 早 in “good morning” is read as HA-YO but no such reading of that kanji is in a dictionary? [duplicate]

I see お早うございます in a dictionary also being written as おはようございます but why is 早 even there if it's read as HA-YA, not HA-YO? How do they know how to morph readings of kanji in a phrase into something else ...
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correctness of い adjective + です

Generally, in all Japanese language classes, the rule you're taught is that です does not follow い adjectives. Instead, い adjectives can act like stative verbs, and as such terminate a sentence by ...
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Why should I use つかれました and not つかれたです

I said to a Japanese person last night, meaning to say "I'm tired": つかれたです。 She corrected me to: つかれました。 I'm curious as to why this is. I thought つかれたです was grammatically correct. Does it ...
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Where does です come from?

I've heard various things about this construction from many different people, a few examples of which are: It's a verb meaning "to be". It's a contraction of something like でございます (de gozaimasu) or ...
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Thank you for X: ~をありがとうございます

I've often heard this pattern, particularly in things like メッセージ/メール を ありがとうございます。 Since ありがとうございます is an adjective, why is it acceptable to use を in this situation? That seems about as ...
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Why are こんにちは and こんばんは used for greetings?

If they are translated literally it gives "today is" and "tonight is". Is it some sentence that got shortened ? (Also not sure how to classify this question so forgive me if I used the wrong tags......
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Historical prospective of ウ音便 transformation (e.g. 有難く => 有難う)

The question ~うございます - keigo い-adjectives explains how 有難う is derived from 有難く as following: ありがたい ありがたく (連用形 of ありがたい forms an adverbial) ありがたう (く changes to う) ありがとう (う changes preceding kana to ...
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Is おはようです just weird

I'm watching the anime ひぐらしのなく頃に. There's a character in it who greets people with おはようです. At first I thought it was just a cute affectation, but then I wondered, if おはようございます is okay then why not ...
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~うございます construction

I already know that it's hardly used anymore, but for sentences such as 嬉しゅうございます, is this humble? That is to say, is it inappropriate to use the form for someone of higher social standing (provided ...
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What is かたじけのう?

This is a quotation from a fairy tale. A young man was turned into a samurai: 信じがたきことなれど、拙者サムライでござる。かたじけのうござる。 I read the first part as 'Although it is hard to believe, I am a samurai'. What is ...