Kef Schecter
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When is the katakana form of wo (ヲ) used?
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Some of the posts indicate that ヲ is very rare. This isn't really the case. In general Japanese usage, yes, it is very rare. However, if you have all-katakana text, then you will always find を written ...

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What's the difference between wa (は) and ga (が)?
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In my opinion, it is a bit of a mistake to think of は as being in opposition to が. There are times where は marks things that have nothing to do with the subject of the sentence. There are times where ...

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When do you use 下さい as opposed to ください
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I'm surprised that none of the answers so far have touched on the actual source of the distinction. The rule is: ください when it attaches to the te form of a verb, and 下さい otherwise. That's why 下さい is ...

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What is the difference between 完了 and 終了?
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The video game Star Fox 64 uses 作戦完了 when you fulfill your mission objective, and 作戦終了 when the mission is over but there's some objective you haven't fulfilled. The English version translates these ...

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What are the differences between じ and ぢ, and ず and づ?
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Pronunciation-wise, there is no difference in the standard dialect. Some dialects may preserve the distinction between the two sounds, but most of the words that used to be spelled with づ and ぢ are ...

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Use of the particle を to mean where something is going?
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The two sentences are actually completely grammatically equivalent. Phrases ending in particles can be placed in an arbitrary order so long as they all precede the verb. That's because the particles ...

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What is 「々」 and how does it affect meaning and pronunciation?
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As others have said, it just means you repeat the kanji. However, there is at least one case I know of where there can be a difference between using the kanji iteration mark and not using it. 日々 is ひび ...

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How should I use 始める (はじめる) and 始まる (はじまる) as a suffix to intransitive verbs?
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When you express the idea of "begin to [verb]", the pattern is masu stem + はじめる, without exception, whether the verb is transitive or not. The distinction between はじめる and はじまる only applies when the ...

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Article versus postposition
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In addition to the other comments here, I must say that は and が are poor analogues of "the" and "a". I know how you got this idea because I once had it myself. But it doesn't work all that well. ...

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