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Old 2008-01-23, 00:01   Link #121
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They are all different versions of "desu" and work the same way.

de arimasu=desu
de arimasu ka=desu ka
de arimashita=deshita
etc.
What is the specific use for each variation? For example, I notice that Wilhemina often ends with de arimasu ka when she asks a question.
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Old 2008-01-23, 00:38   Link #122
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de arimasu=desu (Present/Future Tense)
de arimasu ka=desu ka (Present/Future Tense [Question])
de arimashita=deshita (Past Tense)

You tack on "ka" to any Japanese sentence and it automatically becomes a question. It's not like English where you phrase the sentence differently. One of the few points of grammar in which Japanese is actually easier.

For example:
de arimashita ka=deshita ka (Past Tense [Question])
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Old 2008-01-23, 01:56   Link #123
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A small detail about de arimasu that bears mention is that it isn't just some unique quirk of Wilhelmina shared by nobody else in the world. De arimasu is a linguistic mark of the aristocracy in an ancient era of Japan's history. By speaking this way, Wilhelmina sounds very old fashioned.
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Old 2008-01-23, 02:01   Link #124
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A small detail about de arimasu that bears mention is that it isn't just some unique quirk of Wilhelmina shared by nobody else in the world. De arimasu is a linguistic mark of the aristocracy in an ancient era of Japan's history. By speaking this way, Wilhelmina sounds very old fashioned.
Keroro does it too.
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Old 2008-01-23, 02:14   Link #125
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Yeah, and a minor character in Genshiken and a whole bunch of characters in other shows which don't occur to me at the moment. Quite a few characters have it as a linguistic habit to show that they are very old fashioned.

It's nice to explain the definition of "de arimasu," but it is probably more meaningful to explain what it tells the viewer about a person who says it.
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Old 2008-01-23, 23:06   Link #126
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A small detail about de arimasu that bears mention is that it isn't just some unique quirk of Wilhelmina shared by nobody else in the world. De arimasu is a linguistic mark of the aristocracy in an ancient era of Japan's history. By speaking this way, Wilhelmina sounds very old fashioned.
Ah, so that's it.

All I knew was that "~de arimasu" was the longer form for "~desu" (desu is kind of the equivalent of a contraction in english, only now it's used as the formal form and "~da" is informal). That's certainly interesting. Cookies for you for knowing such an obscure nugget of knowledge!
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Old 2008-01-25, 19:30   Link #127
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general question regarding the WHOLE SnS series

I don'nt know where to post this cause theres a lot of threads going on but this one seems the most "generic discussion" thread so here goes:

Spoiler for current storyline:



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Old 2008-01-25, 19:51   Link #128
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This should really go in the novel thread
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Old 2008-01-25, 21:44   Link #129
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This should really go in the novel thread
Whoever wrote it on Wikipedia decided to add the actual 16 volumes + the 2 side stories (S, 0) and put down 18...
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Old 2008-01-27, 01:04   Link #130
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I was wondering if anyone knew of anywhere I could read the Shana light novel online.
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Old 2008-01-27, 01:09   Link #131
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I was wondering if anyone knew of anywhere I could read the Shana light novel online.
I don't think there is any.
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Old 2008-01-27, 01:13   Link #132
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I don't think there is any.
Well have the novels been translated into English and sold in the U.S.?
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Old 2008-01-27, 01:14   Link #133
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Yes the first two novels have
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Old 2008-01-27, 01:24   Link #134
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Alright thats good know. Thanks.
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Old 2008-01-27, 03:51   Link #135
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It sucks that we non-moonliterate have to rely on people who can translate .

Kudos to you all though.
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Old 2008-01-29, 01:02   Link #136
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i just started watching the series and i want to know how old is Shana?
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Old 2008-01-29, 05:01   Link #137
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i just started watching the series and i want to know how old is Shana?
We don't know. All Flame Hazes stop aging when they become Flame Hazes, but we have no information as to Shana's date of birth nor the date in which she became a Flame Haze.
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Old 2008-01-29, 19:38   Link #138
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I have a question...just exactly how old is Yuuji, and how old is Shana? I think Yuuji is 15, and I know Shana looks 11 or 12, but she's been a Flame Haze for awhile, so she's got to be a bit older than that...does anybody know? I've just been curious, since I can't seem to find a definite answer.
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Old 2008-01-29, 19:47   Link #139
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I have a question...just exactly how old is Yuuji, and how old is Shana? I think Yuuji is 15, and I know Shana looks 11 or 12, but she's been a Flame Haze for awhile, so she's got to be a bit older than that...does anybody know? I've just been curious, since I can't seem to find a definite answer.
Yuuji is 15.
Shana looks like 11/12, but her real age is unknown.

There was a question similar to yours a few posts back.
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Old 2008-01-29, 19:48   Link #140
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I have a question...just exactly how old is Yuuji, and how old is Shana? I think Yuuji is 15, and I know Shana looks 11 or 12, but she's been a Flame Haze for awhile, so she's got to be a bit older than that...does anybody know? I've just been curious, since I can't seem to find a definite answer.
Oh my f**king god can't you read the post before you.
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