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Is it いる or ある with 物の怪? (Are ghosts animate or inanimate?)

Shall we treat [物の怪]{もののけ} (a kind of ghost) as animate or inanimate? Does it vary for the different ghosts?
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Why is いる used with 才能?

才能を隠すのにも卓越した才能がいる。 This is a translation of a quote from Réflexions ou sentences et maximes morales. The original text is as follows: C'est une grande habilité que de savoir cacher son habileté. ...
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Is ある or いる used for moving water?

Much has been written about the distinction between ある and いる, such as which is appropriate for robots or corpses.I know water is usually referred to with ある, but in a sentence such as 'この川にはいっぱい水が「ある/...
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In Japanese, can we say an object asks a question?

I was just wondering, because in English we can say "This story begs the question" etc. The wording for English is very versatile, and I was wondering if Japanese has this as well, for example in this ...