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Iterative / repetitive る evolving from classical 連体形【れんたいけい】

This is somewhat related to the discussion of classical auxiliary verb ふ, mentioned in the answer to snailboat's question, What is the わ in 忌まわしい and 嘆かわしい?. Another apparent iterative / repetitive ...
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Do loanwords have quasi-phonemic vowel reduction?

I've started to notice this, and I'm not sure whether my eyes are deceiving me or not, but it seems as if several, but not all loans have a high statistical probability of vowels being reduced/...
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What is the difference between といったところです and というところです?

銀行に変化を促しているのがタイの中央銀行です。 日本で言えば、日銀が腰を上げて、変革の旗振り役をしているといったところです。(source) Could we replace といったところです by というところです here? If yes, what would be the difference? If not, why?
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Usage of に、とき, ときに

Are these sentences correct? クリスマスにパソコンを買った。 クリスマスのときパソコンを買った。 クリスマスのときにパソコンを買った。 What is the difference when using に、とき, ときに?
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What is the difference between に伴って and と共に?

Can somebody explain to me the difference between と共{とも}に and に伴{ともな}って? I believe that sometimes they can be used interchangeably, but not always. Moreover, their basic meanings also seem to differ. ...
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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 there any difference between じゃあない and じゃない?

これっ! 石を投げるんじゃあないっ! すいちゃったものはしかたがないじゃあないのっ! I've been reading a light novel called Slayers, and I noticed something interesting: the author usually writes じゃあない and not じゃない. I'm curious if there ...
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Casual Speech Particles in Classical Japanese

I'm writing a simple Japanese skit for my class and there is a place where an ancient samurai needs to speak a few sentences of Classical Japanese. I can mostly make the sentences, but it seems weird ...
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Cases where として and にとって are overused/ cannot be used

I've been reading through Imabi, and one of the notes on the site was about inappropriate use of として and にとって in contexts of contrast and although phrases. These three were listed as examples of ...
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Concensus on やりもらい動詞

In this post, I insisted that AはBにしてもらう is synonymous to BはAにしてくれる but not necessarily to BはAにしてやる / あげる. However, there was a counterargument that says you can't use くれる unless the speaker is ...
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On the interplay between pitch accent and devoicing in Standard Japanese

A claim regularly cited is that for younger speakers, devoicing and pitch accent are orthogonal features; i.e. the accent kernel is not shifted away from devoiced morae and neither is devoicing ...
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Can the か particle change the pitch accent of verbs?

Consider the Heiban verb やる. According to a video on Japanese verb pitch accent rules, Heiban verbs with no downsteps remain Heiban when conjugated to their negative form. Prosody confirms this rule ...
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Why is there a の in this sentence (ほうのにする)?

じゃあ、最初に見たほうのにします. This is a relatively easy sentence yet I can't seem to understand the purpose of the の here. This is said after choosing a product.
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What is the difference between ~たい and ~ことを望む?

I have been trying to translate some English sentences into Japanese. I have been asking people on OKWAVE to translate these sentences. I am happy to say that the results have been mostly satisfactory....
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Usage of 焚き付ける in this sentence

The topic is Gilgamesh here. 「英霊の座」スレ住民。タンクトップにジャージのズボン、バンダナに指抜きグローブ姿の立派な引きこもりニートで、その上セイバーのストーカーでもある。遠坂邸に居候しており、カソックにフリルのエプロン姿の家政婦のおじさんが生活全般の面倒を見ている。 いつも自信満々に全く説得力皆無のアドバイスを戦車男に焚き付けては、...
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What is the difference between 限る and 限定する?

I'm pretty sure that there's a lot more you can do with 限る than there is with 限定する, (When I looked up 限る, I saw a lot of different usages, such as it meaning "is the best," or "nothing is better than,"...
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What's the difference between ないわけにはいかない and ずにすまない??

I think they both mean that you have to do something because there is a social pression like なければならい、but I'm not certain that I can use them interchangeably. Could somebody confirm it?
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Common root among の~ verbs?

This is probably a bit of a stretch but I've noticed that a lot of verbs starting with の have some sense of something going (or being) upward or outward. Between Jisho and Wiktionary I found the ...
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How to interpret 「石の鼎さえ枉げる」

In the story 「英雄の器」by Akutagawa, while discussing the legendary hero Xiang Yu (項羽) one of the one of the characters says それは強いことは強いです。何しろ塗山の禹王廟にある石の鼎さえ枉(ま)げると云うのですからな。(from: Aozora Bunko) From what ...
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What is the difference between んだ/のだ being conjugated and it being added to the end of a verb or adjective?

I was reading Tae Kim and I came across two different ways of using んだ, one was to add it to a conjugated verb and the other was to conjugate the んだ itself. Would this affect the meaning of the ...
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The meaning of 内 with other Kanjis

Konnichiwa , I found this sentence on the news recently : "政府内には、「信教の自由を脅かしかねない」との慎重論もあるが、宗教法人法に基づく調査が実施されれば、初めての事になる。" And I can't figure out whether "政府内には" means "inside ...
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Having a hard time breaking down this sentence and understanding the meaning

Here's the sentence カン蛙のよろこびようと云ったらもうとてもありません。 I know カン蛙のよろこび refers to "Kan the frog's joy", and I believe that I should read this sentence like this to help understanding the meaning : ...
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Phenomenon of omitting the head noun of a relative clause

Take this dialogue for example, where A and B talk about a certain 田中さん: A: ところで田中さんって覚えてる? B: あ、このあいだパーティーにいた? I made it up, so please excuse any unnatural aspects. The important part is B's answer. ...
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Can そうにする be placed after all adjectives to form the meaning: (to pretend to be sth)

For example: I saw 偉そうにする (to act important) in my textbook. Could every adjective or 連用形 fit in this structure? ex. きれいそうにする (to act pretty) ばかそうにする (to act like a fool) 見られなそうにする (to act as one can ...
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Japanese honourifics during the Heian period

I'm just curious about honorifics during the Heian period. I know that "daredare no kimi" was used often in court however I am curious about other honorifics extant during the period. ...
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という/っていう - a few of questions

I’ve scoured this website and elsewhere to get to the bottom of this and I think I’ve cracked most of all of the という usages and meanings. But I just have some few questions I hope you can help with. ...
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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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Is there a Japanese term that conveys the meaning of "attention whore"?

Just to clarify, an "attention whore" is a noun that can be used to describe a person (usually a woman, in fact, but the term can be used for men as well) that seeks attention, and would do ...
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Is 「何もしないで暖かくする」 ambiguous?

I was reading this answer and I came across this: (A) 何もしないで暖かくする (ambiguous) (B) 何もしなくて暖かくする (unambiguous) I'm not sure why A is ambiguous, but here's my understanding: unlike なくて, ないで doesn't ...
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Difference between どれだけ and どのくらい and どんなに

It seems that どれだけ can be used interchangeably with どのくらい and どんなに, but is there any difference in nuance? For example: (どれだけ/どんなに)聞いても意味が分からない (どれだけ/どんなに)説明しても、あの人はわかってくれない 彼の身長は(どれだけ/どのくらい)ですか。 ...
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I'm confused by all the different ways to modify a noun. How do I know when to use what?

意味不明,学校全体,現実可能 安定した収入 もやもやとした記憶、もやもやしていた気持ち (1) I keep coming across examples like this where a na-adjective is placed after the noun and with the な omitted. Why is the order reversed in these ...
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Understanding 可能形+もの

「……折紙さんはもう除隊しやがってますし、真那は裏切り同然の形でDEMを出奔していやがります。正面から行って入れてもらえるものですかね?」 The speaker (真那) and her friend (折紙) wanted to enter a military base that they used to belong to. The speaker was asking 折紙 ...
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What is the purpose of 「で」 in the following sentence?

I came accross the following passage in my textbook: ゆとり教育で学校で教える内容が減らされたため、その教育を受けた子供達は常識的に誰でも知っているはずのことでさえ知らないという現象も出てきた。 I can understand the meaning of the sentence, as "Due to the decrease ...
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Official descriptions of kanji forms

How are the essential graphical identities of kanji defined? The length of the first stroke in 土, for example, is essential, because if it's longer than the third stroke, you have 士 instead. If you ...
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一時はどうなることかと思った vs 一時はどうなるかと思った

「一時はどうなることかと思ったけど、怪我の功名ってやつね。」 I also found the expression 一時はどうなるかと思った(「At one point [For a while] I was really worried.) in a dictionary. Are both 一時はどうなることかと思った and 一時はどうなるかと思った the same? If not, ...
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What would be the function or meaning of わけですし?

『それにしても、随分と思い切りましたわね、士道さん』 狂三が、面白がるような口調で言ってくる。士道は一瞬口ごもってから返した。 「……仕方ねえだろ。それに、狂三だって賛成したじゃねえかよ」 『まあ、それはそれですけれど。ーー確かに、折紙さんが現れる前に<ファントム>を追い払うことができたのなら、折紙さんはそもそも攻撃する目標を失うわけですし』 The context is that ...
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する -verbs perception by native speakers

I wonder how the (common) Noun+する verbs, e.g. 勉強する, are perceived by native speakers, especially children before the start of the formal education. In the manner similar to English "to do ...
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Semantic classification of verbs

Lately, I've been spending a lot of focus in how to translate certain verbs in the form ~ている. Mostly comes from the fact that, depending on the verb, it can have a meaning of prolonged action (e.g. ...
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Can this sentence be interpreted in more than one way?

I read a sentence 彼女はわかっていた。あるいは、わかっていると思っていた。 It was translated as "She knew, or she thought she knew/knows." Prior to seeing this translation, in my head, I interpreted it as "I knew her, or ...
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What is the suffix らっしせる?

A Japanese friend, a woman in her seventies who comes from Sapporo and has long resided in Tokyo, and who does not speak in a strong Hokkaido dialect, writes several times in a letter to me the -て ...
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Suffixes: らしき versus っぽい

I came across the following sentence recently: バイトらしき女の子に優しく教えてくれた。 Strangely, it was my first time encountering this form of らしい and I understood the meaning immediately, but it brought to mind ...
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Does 逆さまにする ever mean rotation on the Y-axis? a twist?

I've thought さかさま to mean to rotate 180" over the X-axis. In dictionaries, I see the definition "to invert, upside down; to flip" ok. But "to reverse, back to front" is also included in some ...
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Nuances and context of linking without 〜て / dropped 「て」in linked constructions

(Taken from ジョジョの奇妙な冒険6部: When Jotaro talks to Jolyne about who got her into prison.../ for those who do not know the series: The persons speaking to each other are father and daughter but have a ...
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Appropriate polite language when referencing yourself in a letter written on behalf of others?

Maybe this is a bit too hypothetical, but I thought it was an interesting question nonetheless. I was writing a business email in Japanese, using pretty formal language, on behalf of someone who ...
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How to politely phrase "what problem are you trying to solve?"

I'm struggling to find a way to phrase: "Could you let me know what problem you are trying to solve with ${COMPANY_PRODUCT}?" in a business email. The context is that we're offering a ...
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Statistics of on-yomi phonemes/syllables

On-yomi of kanji feel a bit like they all sound alike. For instance, vowels /o/ and /u/ are over-represented. Are there statistics of phoneme counts or syllable counts for on-yomi compared to kun-yomi?...
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Trouble ないで vs なくて

In this answer it is said that the usage of なくて is narrower than ないで(ないで can always replace なくて according to the logic explained and is ambiguous because of that) But in this question, the answer says ...
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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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Phonetic Mapping of the Hiragana System Used in the Okinawan Omoro Sōshi

The classical Okinawan poetry collection the Omoro Sōshi is written (mostly) in Hiragana, but the phonetic mapping of the characters to sounds seems to be different to their standard mapping. For ...
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What does conditional たら add to 未然形+う+とする?

Do the following sentences differ in meaning? I understand that conditional たら adds the meaning of simultaneous action, but does the meaning of the sentence really change without たら? 寝ようとした、...
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