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補助動詞. Verbs such as いる, おく, ある, いく, くる, and しまう, which can follow the 〜て form of a verb with special grammaticalized meanings. Not to be confused with 助動詞(じょどうし) "auxiliary verbs", which are inflect…
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時間表現. Grammar or words that express temporal information. Whereas tense is always relative to the moment of utterance, time is more absolutely located on an imaginary timeline.
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異字同音・異字同訓. Questions concerned with the fact that many kanji (漢字) may share a reading or pronunciation.
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相(アスペクト). A verbal category mainly indicating the speaker's view of the temporal structure of the situation the clause describes, such as whether it is habitual or complete.
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手書き. Handwritten Japanese, including, but not restricted to, Japanese calligraphy.
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日本語学習. Improving your proficiency in the Japanese language.
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他動性・自他対応. Whether or not verbs take a direct object as a complement. In Japanese, these objects are typically marked with the accusative case marker を.
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専門用語. Specialized words and phrases which cover specific concepts, fields, or phenomena.
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接続詞・接続助詞. Parts of speech that connect two clauses together. This tag covers both conjunctive particles and actual conjunctions.
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可能形. The conjugated form that allows the verb to express ability.
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名詞化. Turning a grammatical constituent such as a clause into a noun phrase, often using a nominalizing particle or formal noun such as の or こと.
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終助詞. Particles that act as qualifiers for the clause or sentence that they end. Reflects register and other pragmatic effects, such as the speaker's attitude.
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食べ物. Words and phrases for food and drinks or related to their preparation, consumption, tradition, and other aspects.
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使役. Japanese has a causative morpheme -(s)ase-, which turns verbs into causative verbs. Japanese also has a number of lexical causative verbs, as well.
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擬声語. Mimetic words representing sounds.
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ローマ字. The various ways in which Japanese can be transliterated into the Latin script.
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語彙. Single words or set phrases that must be learned in order to communicate.
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Formal versus informal usage. In Japanese this can include, among other things, different endings and even entirely different words.
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挨拶. Reciprocal verbal exchanges like "hello". Includes slang, colloquial, dialectal, and differing politeness levels.
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音韻論. The way contrastive sounds (phonemes) are processed psychologically by native speakers. This is theoretical as opposed to physical. If your question is about articulatory phonetics (how to form …
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アニメ. Language used in Japanese animation.
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辞書. Questions regarding those resources, paper or digital, which typically list many words of a language in a specified order, along with usually a definitions or a close equivalent in another languag…
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意向形. The verb form ending with 〜(よ)う. Also called 意志形.
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形容動詞. A specialized class of nouns of that can be attached to other nouns (using the special copula form な for present-positive), to describe their properties.
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複合語. Words formed by putting two or more words or other elements together.
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代名詞. Words that substitute for a noun or noun phrase.
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句読法. A set of symbols and marks such as the comma and period, typically used to indicate either syntactic structure or to indicate pauses in speech.
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中国語. Although totally unrelated, the Chinese language has had perhaps a greater impact on the Japanese language than Latin has had on English, especially in the form of a vast number of loanwords and …
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連用形. An inflection of verbs and adjectives known by various names in English, including "continuative form", "infinitive", "the stem", "conjunctive form", and even "Vmasu form" (since it's the form th…
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漢字の使い分け. Questions about choosing the right kanji.
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インターネットスラング. Character strings unique to textual domains, including phone based texting. Includes emoticons if they are relevant to Japanese language or usage.
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高低アクセント. Changes in pitch associated with a particular word. Does not include changes in pitch due to intonation.
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Questions regarding verbs of giving and receiving such as あげる, もらう, くれる, also called donatory verbs
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助詞「から」. Corresponds roughly to "from" (indicating a starting point), "after" (following 〜て, indicating chronological order), or "because" (expressing a reason or cause).
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命令. Grammar, syntax, and sentence patterns of giving commands, issuing orders, and related acts such as some requests and the equivalent of English "let's".