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personally I consider that it would have sounded better if B had also negated the verb If Person A had said 許されないことだろ, this is true. But って is a quoting particle, and what he actually said is 許される(ことじゃない), not 許されない. Literally: A: 許されることじゃねーだろ。  It's not something that's to be forgiven. B: 許されるって誰に?  "Forgiven", by who?  (implies "Regarding ...


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In future please only ask one question per post. 面白い事件が起こりました An interesting incident occurred. The verb here is 起こる, which is an intransitive verb meaning "something happened". If you want to say that you caused the incident you need the transitive version of the verb which is 起こす. Your sentence would then be 面白い事件を起こしました (I caused an ...


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I'd like to add some detail to @aguijonazo's post, regarding the development of the so-called "potential form" or 可能形【かのうけい】 of modern "type I" or 五段【ごだん】活用【かつよう】動詞【どうし】. Background There are a few different theories for how this verb form arose. The most compelling exploration of this that I've yet read is the 2016 paper 「可能動詞の成立」 by ...


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I can’t answer your question of why できる is used as a substitute for the potential form of する, but let me share what I think is relevant, anyways. What is now known as the “potential form” started to be used to describe something’s property, rather than someone’s ability. For example, what would eventually become 読める meant that a piece of writing was “...


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