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On 2 February 2014 17:47, Puey McCleary <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

>   It can be sometimes
> annoying when a causative construction and a passive construction  collide,
> and deponent verbs are sometimes more trouble than they seem worth.  But in
> the end it gives the language its own flavor.
>
>
If it can make you feel any better, Japanese's potential, causative and
passive forms are so similar to each other that it's extremely easy to
confuse them. For the ichidan verbs the potential ("to be able") and the
passive are even identical!
-- 
Christophe Grandsire-Koevoets
President of the Language Creation Society (http://conlang.org/)

Personal Website: http://christophoronomicon.blogspot.com/