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だって (datte) meaning
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From Handbook of Japanese Grammar, Masahiro Tanimori: INFORMAL PARTICLE OR CONJUNCTION (usually used by women and children) MEANING: but, because, also, even At the beginning of a sentence (in ...

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What is the difference between ~すぎ and ~すぎる?
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Note how this use of the noun form of a verb by itself is similar to, for instance, owari! (Finished; ended). アルゴリズム体操終わり! (The end of the algorithm exercise!) You could make the -i word a complete ...

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The origin of しなさい
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The ーし part comes from する, indeed. It is the infinitive form, or what some grammarians like Seiichi Makino call the "masu stem": the form of the verb that takes -ます. する → し → します なさい is the ...

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Dates, version strings, timestamps and numbers in Japanese. How are they formatted?
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Version: バージョン (baajon) Build: ビルド (birudo) バージョン 1.0.0 ビルド 0 (Source: I'm running Japanese Windows, and verified these guesses by looking in some About boxes for standard apps.) The date 2012-05-...

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Multiple onyomi
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There is no general rule. It depends on the compound in which the kanji appears. Sometimes even compounds have two readings. Japanese people themselves (literate ones, that is) sometimes don't know ...

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What is the etymology for やいかに
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As a punishment for being clueless, I've Googled this endlessly. The や here is a substitute for は. This may be dialectal or from old Japanese. I found an allusion to it in this paper: http://conf....

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Japanese equivalent of "Thanks anyway."?
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The Japanese equivalent is ありがとう【ございます】. The "anyway" part is rude, and so it unverbalized. To express gratitude for something that someone did (even if the effort wasn't successful), we simply ...

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Why does お[馬鹿]{ばか}さん contain honorific お?
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お馬鹿さん isn't "idiot"; it is softer, more like "silly". Also note the -san suffix. If a little boy named Daisuke is looking for his cap, while actually wearing it, you could say, 今日、大ちゃんは ちょっと ...

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What are these suggestions in hiragana typing?
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Japanese input methods on computers rely on the phonetic entry of text using the latin alphabet. The patterns which are entered are matched in a dictionary, which provides possible completions for the ...

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Can we have two thematic は particles in a sentence?
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When we say "contrastive", it is ambiguous. Sometimes there are two は in a sentence that are being contrasted with each other, such as in これ<は>僕ので<は>ありませn. But sometimes the extra, non-topical は is ...

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What do we call things that are neither kana nor kanji?
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Also, there is the word "shirushi" (印) meaning sign, symbol. For instance your example ※ is called "komejirushi" (米印). The well-known Zojirushi brand of rice cookers, coffee makers and such, means "...

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kanji composition question -- why these radicals for 出?
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This is just the opinion of your dictionary. According to the KRADFILE, 出 has these radicals: # # K R A D F I L E # # Copyright 2001/2005 Michael Raine, James Breen ...

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When is 友 read as とも, and when is it read as ゆう?
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It depends on context: what compound is the character involved in, if any, what are the okurigana and so on. 友達:ともだち (tomodachi) 友人:ゆうじん (yuujin) There are general rules, like lone kanji, or lone ...

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What are the rules determining the use of the dash in katakana?
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けい denoting the sound けえ is the result of some historic process of evolution within the Japanese language. Katakana is used for phonetic spellings of foreign loanwords (among other uses). In this ...

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Which verb means "to pet <an animal>"?
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In addition to 撫でる and よしよしする (良し) there is いいこいいこする (from 良い子). Also, there is a variant of 撫でる which is 撫ぜる. From that is derived the word 撫ぜ撫ぜ(する) (not to be confused with the 何故-derived なぜなぜ, as ...

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What does なら mean in this sentence? I don't understand
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なら is the informal, conversational contraction of ならば. And that is simply the conditional form of the verb/copula だ. Much like 食べれば is to 食べる. Well, that is a simplification because it's a connecting ...

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Meaning of ~きて~ and ~しまいました in sentence
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きて is 来て. This is a helping verb which indicates a beginning or continuation of an action up to the present time. しまいました is the polite past tense of shimau, which indicates a completed action (...

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What is the たて in 取れる+たて?
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たて is 立て, which is related to 立つ (to stand up). 立ちながらタバコを吸う (tachinagara tabako o suu: to smoke while standing). Something just having finished seems to be somehow related to standing, ...

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What Does 火信 Mean?
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Some years ago there used to be a web site called "hanzismatter.com". (Hanzi is Chinese for kanji.) This site was a blog where there were regular postings of photographs of people's really dumb ...

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Meaning of つかみどころがない on a person
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The phrase つかみどころがない has its own entry in EDICT where it is listed as "vague; fuzzy; elusive; slippery". That's where those translations you are seeing coming from. Nearly every J->E dictionary site ...

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What does おせわになってます mean?
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「あなたにいつもお世話になっていますからね」 means "It's because I'm always {indebting myself to you|being taken care of by you}, isn't it". The "isn't it" part corresponds to ね, a detail we should not lose in the ...

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Interpretation of 注意する: to warn or to be warned?
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I don't think that 注意する can mean "to be warned" because "to be warned" is a passive construction that would correspond to the 注意される inflection. 注意 means both caution and warning, so 注意する can mean ...

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What is this dash-like punctuation mark?
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In English typography, there is a practice to substitute two short dashes in order to simulate a long one -- like this -- with or without surrounding spaces, when the stock character is not available ...

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Are there any common grammatical errors made by native Japanese speakers?
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If some construct is common among native speakers, is it a grammatical error, or an artifact of a shared dialect? It's an error in the prescriptive sense, in that it is contrary to some preferred ...

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<te form> + っと (conditional particle)
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The ーと in this sentence relates two parts as a consequence, but also gives an admonishment: I.e. this character is effectively saying: "You shouldn't sleep in such a place or you will catch a ...

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Can there be such a thing as のんでましょう?
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When in doubt, as someone Japanese, or else search for the exact word or phrase to see if it appears in Japanese blogs, forum discussions, online publications or other material. There are a million ...

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Is "今の" in "今のは誰?" considered a synthetic noun?
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Note that 赤いの (the/a red one(s)) also functions in place of nouns. 赤いのの... seems strange, but it parses, and it does express "the ... of the red one". どちらの車のドアが開けっ放しですか? (Which car's door has been ...

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What is the difference between 希望(きぼう)and 気持ち(きもち)?
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"Hope" (or "wish") and "feeling" are different words. So this is like asking, what is the difference between "apple" and "bread", and can you show this in a sentence. (Are you sure you don't mean: ...

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What would be a proper definition and adequate natural translation for the term 替え歌王?
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歌王(うたおう, utaou) is literally "king of song". Someone who wins a singing contest (popular pastime in Japan, right?) is "utaou". A contest in general is 決定戦 (ketteisen) and a 歌王決定戦 (utaouketteisen) is ...

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Use of ら conditional form plus なら
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The たらなら construction seems to be something that is in use. Examples like 居たらなら, 食べたらなら and others are easily found on the web, in fairly copious numbers, as well as だったらなら, and even だったらならば. だったらなら ...

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