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Why does 悪く(は)ない give a condescending feeling?

I think it may sound condescending because it sounds like you have the right to say something is clearly bad. Typically, you can directly say 悪く(は)ない to someone when you judge their performance/...
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How do you join たる-adjectives?

Overview: Modern Japanese There is some brief discussion of these in the English Wikipedia, in the "taru adjectives" section of the "Adjectival noun" article here, and a bit more ...
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When would you use 新{あら}たな and 新{あたら}しい

新たな sounds more literary, as already pointed out. In addition, the usage of 新た is limited. 新た is only used to describe something is created/started from scratch. When something is compared by age or ...
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What is the difference between 適切、適当 and 適宜?

適当: This is actually a tricky word because it has two seemingly opposite meanings. 適当 especially in casual speech usually means "careless", "irresponsible", "lightheaded", "random", etc. 適当 in formal ...
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Why is 高いです acceptable but 高いではあります not acceptable?

This is because an i-adjective does not require だ (or its te-form で) in the first place. です at the end of a sentence like これは高いです is not a copula but a politeness marker which never conjugates. Why ...
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When should I use な in "na-adjectives"?

Actually, your question is right and your answer is wrong. You will only use な after a "na-adjective" if you're modifying a noun/adjective with it, for instance: あなたの部屋はきれいですか (anata no ...
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Is the use of 真面目な a modern way to refer to sentimental relationships as "serious" or has it always been standard?

To my eyes, 真面目な出会い is a perfectly natural word usage as Japanese. I do not think it was influenced by any English phrase or phenomenon. Period. ...Well, I agree that 真面目な出会い is becoming a popular ...
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What is the correct "healthy" adjective for healthy foods?

The word you're looking for is 体にいい (literally: good for your body in other words healthy healthful). 寿司は美味しいし体にもいいからかなり好きよ。 Sushi is delicious and it's even good for your health. I quite like it,...
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How to choose between a na- and a no-adjective form of a word that takes both?

This is a very good question. According to the Question and Answer on the Internet https://detail.chiebukuro.yahoo.co.jp/qa/question_detail/q1189040481 , your question is very difficult to explain ...
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What does 気楽 mean when attached to ビール or お酒?

気楽な corresponds to 気が楽 and describes feeling at ease or relaxed, a semi-literal translation of the latter might be "ease of mind". "Easy" itself has several meanings in English, and "easy to drink" ...
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Does linking adjectives allow you to talk about multiple variations of something?

近代的で伝統的な文化を見たい sounds to me like you want to see culture which is simultaneously modern and traditional. To say you want to see both modern culture and traditional culture, I would say: ...
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Why is there a な in this sentence?

This isn't simply 美味しい, but 美味しそう. The そう suffix means 'appears to be', and it takes な. When I saw a photo of delicious-looking food, I couldn't help but drool.
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When can adjectives be used with the particle "no"?

Grammatically, you can never use an adjective with の. You can only use の with nouns. Your confusion arose because the parts of speech do not always correspond between English and Japanese: 次 is a noun,...
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About combining adjectives

Yes, you can combine both types of adjectives like that. No, you can't. You have to use で. Yes, that's a correct sentence. When you join two verbs using -て, ない may be applied to the two verbs as a set ...
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Difference between 粗い and 荒い

Both happen to be translated as "rough", but I think their antonyms will help: 粗い is an antonym for 細かい/なめらか/fine-grained/detailed/smooth/etc. 粗い計算, 粗い見積もり, 粗いサンドペーパー, 粗く挽いたコーヒー豆 荒い is an antonym ...
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What is the difference between あお and あおい?

Technically, 青{あお} is a noun. You would use it as you would use other descriptive nouns (i.e. noun is [descriptive noun]). For example: ボールは青{あお}だ。 The ball is blue. 空{そら}は青{あお}だ。 The ...
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past tense na adjective + noun

Part of the confusion appears to arise from the fact that your two "sentences" are actually incomplete. 私の友達は綺麗な人 私の友達は綺麗だった人 These are fragments: they are only phrases, not full sentences. They ...
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Aozora versus Aoi sora

In this specific case, yes, 青空 and 青い空 both mean "blue sky". When used on their own, there is no surprising connotation and thus they are interchangeable. But 青空~ in a compound noun can mean "open-air"...
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Can aru be used as an adjective?

Here ある is modifying 人材 as a relative clause. A very literal translation of 才能(が)ある人材 is "human resource where talent exists". ある is not the only verb that "works like an adjective"...
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On adjective days, when to use の

In the sentences 寒い日は温泉に行きます and 雪の日は温泉に行きます, the words 寒い and 雪 are different parts of speech. Hence the differ structure used. 寒い means cold and is an adjective. 雪 is a noun. It means snow, not ...
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Meaning of adjective + にする

部屋をきれいにします "Clean the room" (make it so that the room becomes clean). 静かにする "Be quiet". The する in きれいにする means "to make", and the する in 静かにする means "to behave". すべてが静かにする する as "to ...
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What's the difference between an adjective's adverbial form and continuative form?

Joining two statements Broadly speaking, the く ending allows the meaning of the first statement to broadly modify the second, while くて puts an end on the first statement and separates it more from ...
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Grammatical correctness of 〜好きくない

好きくない is indeed not proper grammar. It is sometimes used by children (and hence in fiction for children or childlike characters), reanalyzing 好き which should be a na-adjective 好き(な) as an i-adjective *...
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Why is くなかった wrong and ではありません preferred in this sentence?

有名 is a na-adjective and thus is followed by だ・で・な・に (or by じゃ < では) あの人は有名だ lit. that person is famous あの人は有名な人だ lit. that person is a famous person あの人はきっと有名になる lit. that person is surely going ...
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Why would you use な for そう forms of い adjectives?

There are two things I would like to do as part of the answer to your question. First, you may not have been aware that there was a mistake in your sentence. I will address that first. You wrote: ...
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How do you describe something "spicy"?

grammarword-choicesyntaxmeaning 1) Why な is used after スパイシー when Japanese language imports a word from a foreign language, it almost always receives and encapsulates it as a noun regardless what the ...
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What is the purpose of のある in 人気のある?

人気 works both as a noun ("popularity") and as a no-/na-adjective ("popular"). The following sentences mean the same thing: "Pokémon is popular with children." ポケモンは子供に人気です。 ポケモンは子供に人気があります。 English ...
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Odd position of adjective

The two phrases are not identical. The difference is as follows: 世界で一番木の古い建物 = the building whose wood is oldest in the world 世界で一番古い木の建物 = the oldest wooden building in the world The latter simply ...
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