Answearing by "because"...

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Answearing by "because"...

Post by Edvent » Tue 01.24.2006 4:59 pm

Hi all!

Well, in a kind of exercise I had to answear following question:

--> nande nihon e kimasu ka - why do you come to Japan?

ok, I know how to answear a "naze" -question (naze...? - nazenara...!)

But how can I answear a "nande" ? Is it maybe "nandenara"?
Just wanted to make sure...

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RE: Answearing by "because"...

Post by skrhgh3b » Tue 01.24.2006 5:15 pm

「日本人(にほんじん)の女(おんな)の子(こ)が好(す)きですから。」
"Because I like Japanese girls."


It's a simple why question, so just give your answer. Try not to get hung up on self-invented grammatical problems. (By the way, a quick google search does reveal that なんでなら is an expression, but I've been admonished for relying on google before, so....)
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RE: Answearing by "because"...

Post by Edvent » Tue 01.24.2006 5:28 pm

Ah I see

Thx!

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Post by Harisenbon » Tue 01.24.2006 7:54 pm

I've actually never heard 何でなら. I could be wrong, but I think it's grammatically incorrect.

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Post by IkimashoZ » Tue 01.24.2006 9:40 pm

I hear 何で quite a bit, but never 何でなら. Try ALCing it (http://www.alc.co.jp). Words that I hear frequently that all mean 'why': 何で、なぜ、どうして
Ist das einen Kanji, dass ich gefunden habe??

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Post by AJBryant » Tue 01.24.2006 11:45 pm

"何でなら" means, basically, "as to why" or "if you want to know why." It should be followed by a comma, and then a reason.

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Post by Harisenbon » Wed 01.25.2006 12:14 am

Tony,
Can you use the なら with 何で?
I knew that there was なぜなら, but I hadn't heard of 何でなら.
It's not in my dictionary either.
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Post by IkimashoZ » Wed 01.25.2006 9:30 am

It's also no on ALC. I'll ask a Japanese person about it tomorrow.
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Post by Edvent » Wed 01.25.2006 11:04 am

IkimashoZ wrote:
It's also no on ALC. I'll ask a Japanese person about it tomorrow.
ah, nice idea! thx

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RE: Answearing by "because"...

Post by AJBryant » Wed 01.25.2006 2:15 pm

I knew that there was なぜなら, but I hadn't heard of 何でなら.
It's not in my dictionary either
It's rather irregular, but it's the same idea -- or so I gather from usage.


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RE: Answearing by "because"...

Post by Damorith » Wed 01.25.2006 5:23 pm

I was wondering if you could use "tame ni" to answer a question like this. So when they ask "nande nihon e kimasu ka" could you reply;
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RE: Answearing by "because"...

Post by Harisenbon » Wed 01.25.2006 7:48 pm

Damorith
はい、この場合、「ため」を使っても、かまわない。
しかし、あなたの英文は過去形で書いてあるから、日本語の文も過去形で書いた方がいいと思う。

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