Oren Ronen
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Who scolded whom in Aに怒られる?
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What none of the other answers pointed out is that the rare passive construction in Japanese actually has two distinct usages, one of which is only tangentially related to English passives but usually ...

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When and how did USA and UK come to be written as [米]{べい}[国]{こく} and [英]{えい}[国]{こく}?
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Most, if not all, of foreign country Kanji names (not including names with obvious different origins such as China and Korea) - and there are many more than 4 - are exactly this kind of abbreviation ...

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Difference between で and の when referring to "usage"
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My (non-native) intuition here is that by using の you are picking an attribute of the cup, which can really be any salient attribute it has. Syntactically, you are just omitting the noun after the ...

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Why is the correct counter for rabbits 羽(わ)
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I also heard the Buddhist monk story, but another theory is that while the word ウサギ is theorized to have come to Japanese from a Sanskrit origin through Korea, it was reinterpreted by some as う+鷺, ...

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What is the difference in meaning between "husband and wife" 夫婦【ふうふ】 and 夫妻【ふさい】?
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夫妻 is the more formal of the two, and shouldn't be used when talking about yourself or people from your inner circle. As a general rule of thumb, use 夫婦 for such close relations or for general ...

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Pluralization in Japanese: usage of -たち and -ら
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Adding to the previous answer, I feel that usage with the so-called Japanese pronouns is somewhat of a special case. For one, the plural cannot be implied without adding a suffix. 私, 彼, 彼女 and あなた ...

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What is the difference in usage between [問]{と}い[合]{あ}わせ and [依]{い}[頼]{らい}
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The two words mean different things. They just happen to be different things that can sometimes be represented by a single English word. 問い合わせ is a request for information. You often see it used for ...

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How do you pronounce the Japanese "r"?
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The sound that's transcribed in Romaji as 'r' is what's refered to in phonetics as an alveolar flap (or alveolar tap). It's a sound made by quickly tapping the tip of your tongue on the alveolar ridge ...

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Is there a difference between からすると and からして?
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I learned them as an interchangable set (along with からすれば thrown into the mix, though that one sounds a little bit more formal to my ears), and the two grammar reference books I just checked don't ...

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Just how rude is 「俺{おれ}」?
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For the younger generations, the rude connotations seem to be disappearing fast. I spent considerable time with Japanese in their '20s over the past two years and the vast majority of males ...

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