6 Answered Questions for the topic formal nouns


What is the こと in sentences such as あなたのことが好きだ?

*There were a lot of great answers here. I gave the checkmark to ento's answer because I felt it most completely explained all aspects of this use of こと. But many of the other answers are... more
Formal Nouns Grammar Japanese Nuances


How to use 〜かのよう{に・な・だ}?

I understand fine how to use 〜(の)よう{に・な・だ}, but I'm not sure when or how you can add in the か. Here's an example from my book: > 4月になって雪が降るなんて、まるで冬が戻って来たかのようです。 How is this different than if... more


Difference and nuance between することはない and する必要はない/する可能性はない?

I understand the grammar point "Verb (Dictionary Form) + ことはない" can mean either "There is no need" or "There is no possibility" depending on context. However, what are the differences? Are there... more


What does のですが mean in the following sentence?

Formal Nouns Grammar Japanese


The nuance of ことなく compared with ないで?

What nuance does "ことなく" have? If we compare the following two sentences: (For example, at a footrace:) 最後まで、あきらめないで走ります! vs 最後まで、あきらめることなく、走ります! Is ことなく stronger than simply saying ないで? Does... more
Formal Nouns Grammar Japanese Words


the different usages of つもり?

Hi all I understand that つもり means "intention" like say 夏休みにはゆっくり休むつもりです。 = I intend to rest during the summer vacation. But what does 分かっているつもりだ。 means? Well if I translate directly, it seems to... more

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