Chris Frederick
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Why does the narrator switch tenses here? ~いました ~です
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This is definitely not unusual: verbs often switch tenses in the middle of Japanese narratives for effect. I don't have a definitive reference to back this up, but I'll try to explain the general ...

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Is this the correct way of saying attending a school?
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First of all, note that attend is not equivalent to enroll. A quick Google search on "define: attend" reveals the following meanings (emphasis mine). Be present at (an event, meeting, or ...

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Who is the subject of Aにはaction?
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This is context-dependent. It could be the speaker that was frightened, but it could just as easily be the most recent subject (e.g. person) being discussed prior to this sentence. Without more ...

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"Should" in Japanese
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TL;DR You should be able to use ~はず or ~べき to indicate an ideal state perceived by the speaker, but a phrase that contains 理想 would help to emphasize that fact. 1. To express the expectation of the ...

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の as a substitute for beings
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の can be a placeholder for many different things, including people and abstract concepts. In your sample sentence ("Who can't see?" or "Who is blind?") it refers to a person, but in other contexts it ...

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What went wrong when I asked for a 衡器{こうき}?
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As far as I know, 衡器{こうき} is equivalent in meaning to 天秤{てんびん} and refers to a balance scale rather than an electronic scale. This would intuitively make sense because the balance scale is the older ...

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