"I put the postcard in the envelope."


June 30, 2017



who puts postcards in envelopes?

July 1, 2017


The hat-selling dog

July 3, 2017


but I thought he climbed a tree and died

July 4, 2017


You forgot there were two dogs. 師匠は亡くなったが、弟子はまだ帽子を売っています。 :-)

July 4, 2017


I feel like I missed out on all the fun by testing in so high...

July 26, 2017


You really may have. But that's cool.

July 14, 2018


This is confusing because you could say either 入れた or 入れました and either would be correct. Sometimes you guys use keigo and sometimes you don't so it's really hard to tell which one you're supposed to answer.

July 1, 2017


The ます form is pretty much always accepted, so if you're unsure, go with that.

August 10, 2017


Could someone explain the use of katakana for words such as カギ and ハガキ that seem to be Japanese in origin as far as I know?

June 12, 2018


We use katakana for animal/plant's name. Apart from that, it is customary, i.e. cannot be explained.

Yes the examples you provided are of Japan origin, and the followings are examples commonly written in katakana.

  • 葉書(はがき) postcard
  • 鍵(かぎ) key
  • 餓鬼(がき) brat
  • 塵(ごみ) rubbish
  • 皺(しわ) wrinkle
  • 癖(くせ) perculiarity
  • 駄目(だめ)no good
  • 喧嘩(けんか) quarrel
June 13, 2018


Is there one way that is more natural than the other? when putting something in something else is it more natural for を or に to come first?

December 7, 2017


An easy way to think these "something in something else" sentences is to just reverse the order of the english words. So if I put an envelope in the mailbox, the mailbox would take higher presedence and there for be first in the Japanese sentence. Think of the holder of the object as a higher priority.

May 9, 2018


Why is particle を before に?

August 23, 2017


It's more of a matter of を going with ハガキ than one going before the other

September 8, 2017
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