6 Answered Questions for the topic formal nouns

06/18/19

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

06/02/19

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

05/25/19

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

05/23/19

What does のですが mean in the following sentence?

焼き鳥屋さんで集まったのですが、とても楽しい、かつ有意義な時間を過ごしました。
Formal Nouns Grammar Japanese

04/18/19

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

03/29/19

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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