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Usage of ~を好き outside of embedded clauses

I think exceptionally using 「を」 with normally 「が」-marked words is not something unique to 「好き」 and 「嫌い」. Let me start by expanding the scope of your question: the other questions you linked to ...
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How does the particle を relate to the verb 行く in the structure「A を + B に行く」?

The verb is 行{おこな}う not 行く。 They both conjugate to 行った in the past tense so it can look confusing, but as you have just experienced, the context can make it clear which one it is. ...
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Can を used with だ/です? 君沢さんを犯人だと思い込む

AをBだ in isolation makes little sense (although there are minor exceptions). This ~を~だと is a common pattern which appears along with various verbs for assuming, regarding, etc. AをBだと見なす to regard A as ...
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に vs. を in "to pass a test"

The ultimate answer to your question is "Japanese is different from English". I understand you want a reason, but there may not be a good reason. Some English transitive verbs are translated using a ...
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Causative Form - Difference between 子供に本を読ませる and 子供を本を読ませる

子供を本を読ませる is ungrammatical, and you have to say 子供に本を読ませる. Here are the basic rules for causation: For verbs which take を, the agent (or "causee") is marked with に. Such verbs are usually transitive ...
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Using 何を with intransitive verbs (eg 何をにやついているの?)

あまり詳しい説明ではないのですが、明鏡国語辞典によりますと・・・ なに【何】 🈩〘代〙 ❸《「ーを・・・か?」「ーを・・・のだ!」など、疑問・反語・詰問などを表す自動詞文で》不審の気持ちで、事態成立の基盤を問う。また、その不当性を非難する。どんな理由で。なぜに。なんで。 「何を泣いているのか?」「何をためらうことがあろうか」「何をぐずぐずしてるんだ!」 (語法)他動詞の場合は、~...
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まず、体を冷たくするスプレーを服を着た人形にかけました。

First of all, to answer the unasked question, this usage of を is acceptable. In English, as you are no doubt aware, sometimes we need a phrase to describe our nouns. For example: This is an air ...
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Strange usage of を-Particle inside a 俳句 (haiku)

What does をり in the last line mean? I have a feeling that it is intentionally written in this way and not as おり (which comes from 居る) There are two parts to this question, though it seems you ...
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は and を or の and わ

I think you probably meant to write: 私は日本語が悪いです。(Lit. As for me, Japanese is bad.) 私の日本語は悪いです。(Lit. My Japanese is bad.) The word 悪い is a literal translation of the English 'bad'. In Japanese, ...
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Structure: thing を numeral (or numeral and counter) ください

Think like this: All nouns in Japanese are uncountable. You can't count apples any more than you count water or light. Thus under Japanese grammar you always have to say "two 'objects' of apple", "...
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をも: Is this sentence grammatically correct?

You can say: 日本で英語を教えたい。書道の勉強もしたい。 which literally means "I want to teach English in Japan. I want to do the study of calligraphy, too." You could also say: 日本で英語を教えたい。書道も勉強したい。or 書道も[習]{なら}...
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Difference between the two "o" kana, and how to input them from romaji keyboard?

を is actually inputted as "wo", and should technically be pronounced as such as well, but that kana is almost completely unused except for the particle for verbs. And for a complicated reason, the ...
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~色がする or ~色をする?

To answer your question, only をしている is correct and がしている is wrong in this example. Actually, those two are confusingly similar but unrelated. What the verb する means in the two idioms are different ...
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Usage of の vs を for the direction of a place

[あの信号を][ひだりへ]曲がってください。 あの信号を continues to 曲がってください, not to ひだりへ. (I mean, it's not 「あの信号の/をひだり」.) あの信号を and ひだりへ both modify verb 曲がる. あの信号を曲がる make a turn at that signal あの信号をひだりへ曲がる lit. make ...
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Why can は and を sometimes be used interchangeably?

は and を can be interchangeable when it is put after object, but there are some exceptions. The most typical usage of を indicate the word is object. すしを食べません。 means 私はすしを食べません。 which can be translated ...
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Structure: thing を numeral (or numeral and counter) ください

The following Wikipedia article on Japanese counter word explains well about how the counter words or counters (josūshi 助数詞) work in Japanese. In Japanese, as in Chinese and Korean, numerals cannot ...
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Is it a right interpretation of the line of this Japanese song?

を is always an object marker in modern Japanese. It never replaces personal pronouns. Where did you see such a rule? noun + を at the end of a sentence is a fairly common device found in lyrics, ...
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で cannot be used here right?

If you were marking location, consider what you'd really be saying in English. I brush on my teeth, wash on my face, and have breakfast every day. When you're using で you'd indicating where the ...
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The difference between が and を with the potential form of a verb

According to Hamano and Tsujioka (2011), the difference between を and が with the potential form is that を has a slightly stronger sense of volition than が does. They give the examples A: ...
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Does indirect passive allow for the を in "四方を海に囲まれる"

(Here I'm trying to show why 四方を海に囲まれる is not direct passive. Please see this as an appendix to broccoliforest's answer and reply to KentaroTomono's comment.) First, OP's second sentence 四方が海に囲まれる is ...
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家を出ます ? Why not に?

出る is not a normal motion verb. Xに出る means to participate in X. For example, カタン大会に出る would mean to participate in a Settlers of Catan tournament. を出る means to leave a place.  see Differences ...
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Dropping particles in casual speech/songs

No particle has been omitted in your example sentence. You can not say masu-stem + を始める in the first place (unless the "verb" is actually a lexicalized noun derived from some verb (eg 支払い = payment, ...
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