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こそあど. Questions regarding the ko/so/a/do word series, such as この・その・あの・どの

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Origin of こんな, そんな, あんな and どんな

I wondered why こんな, そんな, あんな and どんな can be used prenominally without any particles. Due to the lack of a proper etymology dictionary in my possession (a recommendation would be appreciated), I came ...
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basic grammar of pointing words

I am having some trouble with kore, sore, are, dore, dore no, kono, sono, ano, dono, koko, soko and doko. I know what they mean but I am trying to put them into sentence and the order of the particles ...
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そんなだから A little help for translation

I need some help to figure out how can I translate そんなだから. It must quite vague because it seems to lack a noun after そんな (such as 時、本、etc.). If it had such nouns I could understand it like "at this ...
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其之 what's the exact meaning of this?

I'm translating a comic and I found this kanji combination on the headers. It's like a counter for pages. 其之一 其之二 etc. その is the reading. I wanted to get more info about that but I didn't find ...
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Why is そう used to refer to something the speaker just said?

This is what I know about the こそあど words: こ〜 is used to refer to something that is close to the speaker そ〜 is used to refer to something that is close to the listener or something not too far away ...
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どのvsどれ- can I use them interchangeably?

Currently going through my textbook and we are learning about どの 例えば: サントスさんはどの人ですか。。あの背が高くて、髪が黒い人です This sounded awfully familiar to me. So I went back and remembered we learned どれ too. 例えば:...
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これ・それ・あれ when referring to products in a store

I am generally familiar with the usage of こそあど words, however I wanted to verify which would be best to use in a store when asking you want to purchase something. I assume if you are pointing at a ...
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Why/when should I use the different forms of this and that?

When do I use これ, それ, and あれ vs この, その, and あの to say "this" or "that". example: why is it それはペンです vs そのはペンです?
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は and が with 何 & こそあど

One of my textbooks said that you cannot use the particle は with 何 and undefined words of the こそあど. Yet I'm sure I've heard これは何ですか。 many times before, and これが何ですか。 sounds unnatural to me. What is ...
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What does こう mean in this sentence?

そのときに歴史の先生がこう呟きながら連れて行かれます。 Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xs-XWk_oQA 1:17 I'm assuming it's the word 斯う meaning "in this way," and here it would be describing how the teacher said the ...
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Why is こ〜 used towards 2nd person in derogatory speech?

Why is the こ prefix for pronouns used in derogatory speech in the presence of the other person, like: この野郎! or こいつ。何言いやがる? Or maybe the question should not be why it's not こ〜, but rather "why ...
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Can その(其の)X be used without X previously being referenced?

Namely this definition of 澄ます: よけいなことを考えないで、その事一つに注意・意識を集中する。  (under 3, http://dictionary.goo.ne.jp/leaf/jn2/119957/m0u/). This seems to be used like ある, e.g. あること ("a certain thing"), not ...
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Choosing the right prefix of the ko-so-a-do series

When talking to native speakers, I find that I'm often corrected for picking the wrong prefix when using words from the ko-so-a-do series (as in これ、そちら、あそこ、どんな、etc). My confusion mainly involves ko-so-...
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How are こと and こんな being used in this sentence?

I have to translate the following. メモには、「毎日、家のことをしてくれて、ありがとう。」と書いてありました。 こんなやさしい、ロマンチックな日本人の男の人がいると思いますか。 For the first sentence, I am not sure what the note says. In the note, "Every day, you ...