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I can't figure out the meaning of 美しくいる It's the second meaning of いる here: 居る "to stay".


If I have guessed right, you are somewhat confused by the ambiguity of English be. Be itself is a verb that has a meaning when you say "I think, therefore I am". Meanwhile it has another usage as almost meaningless bridge between words in a case like "I am Sam". And English adjectives need the aid of the latter (copula) be to correctly inflect, which ...


How does it differ, if at all, from the suffix っぽい? I don't think the two are interchangeable. For one thing, the ppoi suffix is often some kind of negative thing like やすっぽい = cheapo, あきっぽい = easily bored, or something. らしい is just "seems like" or "appears to be" without a negative connotation. 2) Is it as archaic as other -き form adjectives tend to be, ...

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