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Iterative / repetitive る evolving from classical 連体形【れんたいけい】

This is somewhat related to the discussion of classical auxiliary verb ふ, mentioned in the answer to snailboat's question, What is the わ in 忌まわしい and 嘆かわしい?. Another apparent iterative / repetitive ...
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What does “夢プチ” mean?

I'm reading a manga in which a character mentions the following to another character: 今月の"夢プチ"見たよ I'm assuming that "夢プチ" is a play on something but I can't find anything via Google. Both ...
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The difference among と言えば and と言うと

I was trying to understand the difference among those two forms, but I am not sure about it. Could somebody provide me some example and explain it to me?
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The meaning of 吸口 in this context

The situation (story from Edo period, but in contemporary Japanese, at most stylised on old language): three thieves A, B, and C working in a group. Pickpocket A is caught in a crowd, B disappears ...
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How has Japanese kanji and kana usage changed since 1945

How has the percentage of writing using each script changed since 1945? With script reform, increasing influx of loanwords, and stylistic choices, several factors affect how much certain parts of the ...
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Meaning of “愛の響き合い” and “繋ぎ合わせる” in a tricky phrase

I'm trying to understand the below phrase, but having difficult with the "愛の響き合い" and "繋ぎ合わせる" portions: (See here for more context if needed, it's the first paragraph) 皆、朝日を望みながら、必死で働いている. ...
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Casual Speech Particles in Classical Japanese

I'm writing a simple Japanese skit for my class and there is a place where an ancient samurai needs to speak a few sentences of Classical Japanese. I can mostly make the sentences, but it seems weird ...
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とか vs たりする what's the difference?

What's the difference between とか and たりする when listing verbs?
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Help understanding the usage of 「で」 in this clause

I get the gist of this answer, but I fear I might be misunderstanding the very last part of the second sentence: 「今週末」と同じ意味なのは「今度の週末」じゃなくて「今週の週末」かな。 今度の週末は次の週末と同じ意味で、日曜日では「今度の週末」は「来週末」のことで「今週末」...
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(Sumo cloze passage) What in tarnation was I supposed to put in this blank?

I was given the following cloze passage with 9 questions. Blanks 3, 6, 7 and 8 have [requirements in brackets] that must be followed when answering. I have filled in my own answers in bold. While all ...
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Long & complicated verb forms? ( Vstem-causitive-passive-aspect-desiderative-NEG-tense ) 行かせられ続け得たくなかった (?)

Many of the Jp-related posts in the [Lingustics] SE are very advanced. For example ---- https://linguistics.stackexchange.com/questions/2319/what-is-the-maximum-number-of-forms-a-modern-...
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What is the correct pitch accent for ううん?

For ううん to express negation, Weblio gives the pitch accent as 【2】, i.e. ううん 【LHL】 However, (to me) this doesn't sound like how people actually pronounce the word. I've always thought that it ...
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Do unit words belong to a word or a specific object?

I recently though about words that have multiple forms as real objects. For example a ticket can be a paper slip, or an email receipt. Does the way of counting them change based on what it is, or ...
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Grammatical Correctness of 最終+noun

I lived in Japan for some time and can communicate quite well. However, sometimes there are some constructs in Japanese which I know but can't explain with grammatical rules. 最終 + noun is one of them....
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Is there a good etymological reason why the potential form in Japanese requires the が particle?

Is there a good etymological reason why the potential form in Japanese requires the が particle? When dealing with the -たい suffix, which also requires the -が particle for what in other languages would ...

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