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統語論. Rules governing construction of phrases and sentences in a language.

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あなたがこの文のおかしいと思うところは?

The structure strikes me because the underlying transformation seems to be like this: [ あなたが ] [ この文の  ~ところを ] [ おかしいと ] 思う [ あなたが ] [ この文の  _____ ] [ おかしいと ] 思う ところは~ Another similar example is: [ ...
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Is the following usage of について natural?

This is a sentence I came across when I was reading about 書体 on Wikipedia: 書体(しょたい)とは、一定の文字体系のもとにある文字について、それぞれの字体が一貫した特徴と独自の様式を備えた字形として、表現されているものをいう I feel について here is used as は (i.e. a topic ...
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The て form, the と and もの constructions: gerund, participle, transgressive, or verbal noun?

As far as I understand, among the constructions (て-form verb), (て-form verb)いる, (finite verb)こと, (finite verb)の, (verb phrase)と, (finite verb)もの the form (2) unambiguously functions as a finite verb ...
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when to use あります vs です

I am not 100% sure that I get the difference between あります and です. I understand parts of it, for example "わたしはマルクスです" using あります doesn't make sense for me here as I think it is more of a &...
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Are 接続詞 a syntactically unified class or classes of words, and what are the rules governing them?

A recent comment under a question of mine prompted me to consider how 接続助詞 work syntactically, and to discover that different ones follow different 形 (Japanese Wikipedia has a nice list). However, no ...
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When is it okay to not use desu?

I've been looking around for this, but all I can find is pretty basic stuff about desu. I've studied Japanese, but writing texts in Japanese still stumps me sometimes. Right now I'm wondering about ...
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What's the structure of the second part of this sentence?

人と話すだけでも緊張するのに、それが年上の女性とくればなおさらだ Here I think それ refers to 話し相手 and the second part is made from these 2 sentences: それが年上の女性とくる なおさらだ(no subject) And then the particle ば is used to connnect the two ...
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Can someone explain how で、だから works here diffrenttly than だ。だから?

くまは成熟したくまで、だからとても大きい。 I always see this construct as ...だ。だから never have i ever saw it used like this tried to search about it but could not find any thing useful . How is this で、だから different than ...
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Are 並立助詞 (Parallel-marking particles such as とか・や・…) coordinating conjunctions?

Assuming that a coordinating conjunction is a conjunction which links two phrases of the same phrase type (e.g. NPs) and create a larger phrase of the same type, it seems to me 並立助詞 should be ...
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General patterns in syntactic preferences

Today I wanted to explain basic particles to someone, so I started with an English sentence that I translated in Japanese while keeping the syntax the same. I ended up with: 昨日、(私は)東京に妹と電車で行きました。 ...
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にて / で adverbializer?

にて is older form of で, and now has literary or archaic nuance. にて itself was created by adding suffix て to に, which is form of copular verb n-. Traditional interpretation (e.g. here) is that 2 main ...
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How to say someone's (possessive) home in Japanese?

The romantic phrase "you're my home," I was wondering how you would translate that into Japanese using someone's name? More specifically, how to say "Mya's home" & "Nathan'...
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Leaving out endings to sentences

A lot of times, endings to sentences are omitted for some reason. For example, "konna ni ooki na tatemono no naka ni ita to wa" may be completed by something like "omowanakatta". I ...
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A question about parsing this complex passage

The passage in question is an excerpt from a novel. Background info: B is an inventor who works for the government in the story's universe and has created his own mechanism in secret that is capable ...
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Why do these sentences end differently?

This clip is taken from the Genki 1 CD (page 145, practice B) https://clyp.it/0hidoxpi?token=a6a5bcee7235ba7a1de2723699d145c4 I am confused about why some sentences end differently: かったです でした ...
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What does 私はお願いしたいんですけど mean in this context?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4WlniHylrU&t=143s This is a part of a legendary speech made by the former president of Nintendo at SpaceWorld. From my understanding, he is talking about the ...
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