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が and に interchangeability and difference in meaning

Consider these sentences: だれ{が・に}これが出来るか だれ{が・に}日本語が分からないか When both が and に are acceptable, what is their difference in meaning and practical usage?
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Dative subjects

I just finished reading this paper, which describes the situations in which Japanese allows a dative subject and a nominative object. For example, the verb 分かる can be used like this: 彼に英語が分かる "...
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Dative subject constructions with 「もらえませんか」

Back to basics. I have heard sentences similar to these ones online that attest the same structure 私も弾いてみたい、と思った私はすぐさま「私にも教えてもらえませんか。」と願い出ました。(source) あとで時間があったら、その秘訣を私にも教えてもらえませんか。(source) アーモンドさん(...
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Does the highlighted に in the following passage correspond to a dative subject marker?

I am having a hard time trying to parse the following passage, in particular the に particle highlighted in bold: 天皇が行っている主な活動には、政府が決めたことを天皇の名前で発表して儀式を行うこと(大臣の認証任命式など)や、災害 に あって苦しんでいる人々に会いに行って励ましたり、...
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