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Quick question about 間

Postby Pianogirl123 » Wed 11.02.2011 12:36 am

That's weird I thought I posted this already, but I must have accidentally closed it or done something else...

Anyway, I've seen 間 used by itself, sometimes as a suffix and sometimes as a noun, and I'm not sure of the correct pronounciation in certain contexts. Here's some examples

王の間 ma?
私がいない間 kan? aida?

also, for 後
バリアが完成後 go/ato?

***edit*** by the way, I posted another question after the reply to this.
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Re: Quick question about 間

Postby NileCat » Wed 11.02.2011 3:02 pm

王の間 (おうのま)
私がいない間 (わたしがいないあいだ)
バリアが完成後 (ばりあがかんせいご)


[note]
いない間 is sometimes read ま especially when it is followed by に.
私がいない間に (わたしがいないまに), however, I’d say あいだ is more common read even in this case. The point is that あいだに sounds more colloquial whereas まに relatively sounds like a literary language.
For instance, in the following sentence, either way is fine but, the latter would sound slightly stiffer, I think.
彼が寝ている間に(かれがねているあいだに/かれがねているまに)

Also, it is sometimes read かん in our real life.
わたしがいないかんに or かれがねているかんに
I’d say it is a very exceptional read so as to put an emphasis on the meaning and it sounds stiff, though, some people use it like it is a lingo in their field. So I cannot say it is wrong, JFYI.
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Re: Quick question about 間

Postby Pianogirl123 » Wed 11.02.2011 6:30 pm

thanks a lot! these are probably the sort of things one can only really learn from experience. I'm saving your reply ; )
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