9 Answered Questions for the topic conjugations

06/15/19

Differences among -たら、なら、-んだったら、-えば, etc?

Japanese language has a lot of patterns for "if" clauses. What are the differences among the following patterns and how do we choose to use one over the others?: - 行くと - 行ったら - 行くなら - 行けば -... more

04/14/19

Unsolvable problem?

What is the correct construction of "unsolvable problem"? Is it "解{と}けられない問題{もんだい}"?**(Question 1)** > Plain(intransitive): 解{と}ける "To be solved". > Potential form(of intransitive): 解けられる... more

04/06/19

What form is 恐るる?

In Final Fantasy VIII, Bahamut has a little speech: > …G.F.とは我らのことか > 我らを力として使うとは… > 恐るるべきは人間どもよ I'd never seen two るs doubled up like that. Which conjugation is this? It seems to have... more

04/06/19

What exactly is the difference between <verb>-てしまう and <verb>- [切]{き}る?

I've read that both the ~てしまう and ~きる (18th meaning of 切る at http://www.csse.monash.edu.au/~jwb/cgi-bin/wwwjdic.cgi?1MUE%E5%88%87%E3%82%8B) forms are used to signify something has been... more

04/01/19

ない in つまらない and similar adjectives and their conjugation with すぎる?

The usual path for conjugation would be: 1. 高い → 高すぎる  (drop い, append すぎる) 2. ない → なさすぎる (drop い, append さ, append すぎる) Is ない in つまらない treated as the negative ない which conjugates as 2.? Or is... more

03/28/19

Conjugated word + んだ vs nonconjugated word + conjugated んだ?

Suppose I have a verb/adjective/noun, let's say 無理, and I add (な)んだ to it as an explanatory sentence-ending particle. What would be the difference in nuance between the following two conjugated... more

03/21/19

What is the purpose of the suffix "さ" on adjectives?

What is the purpose of the suffix "さ" on adjectives like 美しさ and 多さ? The former is the title of an essay by Banana Yoshimoto, so I don't have much context for it. The book editors translated it as... more

03/19/19

Proper form of なさる - なさります or なさいます?

In Genki II (second ed.), page 168 we are given polite forms of some verbs, among them する with なさる. They have also written that some of them have irregular conjugations in long forms, among them... more

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