弱い vs か弱い?

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kinokage
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弱い vs か弱い?

Post by kinokage » Sun 05.30.2010 8:35 am

How is kayowai different from yowai? Both seem to mean weak/fragile. I haven't been able to find an example with a kanji for "ka" that would add nuance. Is yowai more physical (弱い vs 強い)?

「人はか弱い、か弱いものですね。」

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Re: 弱い vs か弱い?

Post by kurisuto » Sun 05.30.2010 12:06 pm

According to Goo, か is a prefix mostly used with -i adjectives, that adds emphasis. Apparently it's never written in kanji. So, apart from the added emphasis, か弱い means the same thing as 弱い.

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Re: 弱い vs か弱い?

Post by kinokage » Mon 05.31.2010 12:26 am

kurisuto wrote:According to Goo, か is a prefix mostly used with -i adjectives, that adds emphasis. Apparently it's never written in kanji. So, apart from the added emphasis, か弱い means the same thing as 弱い.
なるほど。 Goo is a little intimidating for me, even with Rikaichan. This is a big help. Thank you. :-)

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