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I heard that A; it seems like A; it appears that A

  1. I heard that A; it seems like A; it appears that A
  2. Just like A; typical of A
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きのう かれ けんした らしい   
It seems that he got into a fight with him yesterday.
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キャロル  ウィル        らしい   
I heard that Carol and Will have split up.
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      した らしい  
It seems that they had a fight.
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    らしい  
He seems ill.
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      らしい  
He seems to be very sleepy.
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     コンピューター     らしい  
I heard that he bought a new computer.

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Aい adjective
 
Aな adjective
 
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らしい
Basic Examples:
あそこいるらしい (I hear there are strange people there)

らしい (I hear he's a smart one)

ここあのらしい (That cat seems to be famous here)

あれらしい (Well it appears to be true)

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Just like A; typical of A

  1. I heard that A; it seems like A; it appears that A
  2. Just like A; typical of A
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    といえば  やっぱり ふんどし でしょう  
When you say 'manly', a sumo wrestler's loin cloth comes to mind.
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        もっと    らしく して   
Don't walk bowlegged. Be more feminine.
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その    いかにも  らしい  
The idea is typical of him.
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   こと         こと       まさに   らしい  
It is just like her to think of others before thinking of herself.

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ferrygirl
Level: 6
(10 years ago)
のスカートはいかにもガールらしい
Her skirt is typical of yamagirls.
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mysticfive
Level: 908
(10 years ago)
very nice usage ^.^ only thing I could suggest is a period if you want to pick at nits ^.~
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ANoun
らしい 
Basic Examples:
らしい (typical of summer)

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with らしい you can't say something is like something it's not (for example a girl can't be らしい); it has to be something that exemplifies what it is.
12 years ago
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This structure already appears with a different usage here: http://www.renshuu.org/index.php?page=grammar/individual&id=129

Maybe they could be merged together?
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13 years ago
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Combined!
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13 years ago
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So, just to be sure, can this grammar be used with a noun which has been modified by an adjective? Like 'sad person' for example?
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12 years ago
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Pretty sure! ()
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12 years ago
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Don't laugh =(
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12 years ago
guest
Can someone explain what makes this different from "っぽい"? From what I'm understanding, they are kind of interchangeable. Is that wrong?
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12 years ago
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They are similar, but one of the main differences it that らしい is based on conjecture: based on information you've gathered previously. っぽい can be something you say as soon as you see it.

Also, っぽい also has a lot of uses that just can't be used with らしい. I tend to think of when it's translated as "-ish", like blackish くろっぽい - this isn't something you'd say with らしい: it's a visual observation, not something that you'd say after considering other evidence/information.
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12 years ago
guest
I don't think I completely understand but I'll go through all the sentences a few more times to try and get a better understanding. Thanks!
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12 years ago
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Sorry about that! I'm pushing over the next couple of months to increase the number of model sentences, as they are sorely lacking in a number of places.
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12 years ago
guest
ありがとうございます :)
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11 years ago
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Sorry to bring up a 3 year old discussion, but with らしい and っぽい... I usually hear people using っぽい when decribing something as being typical of what it is. っぽい, ちゃんっぽい, etc. So, this would be used for imediate reactions to something you see, rather than something that is typical all the time, such as らしい, らしい. These are based on the general concensus of what winter and teachers are usually like. From this, I kind of assumed っぽい was a way of saying something is a lot like something else. (っぽい: Boyish, ちゃんっぽい: Like a baby.) I also assumed that you could use っぽい to describe something as being like something it is obviously not, like calling a girl っぽい. Is this interpretation of mine correct?
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10 years ago (Edited 10 years ago.)
guest
There was some recent discussion somewhat related to this on the grammar page for っぽい: http://www.renshuu.org/index.php?page=grammar/individual&id=292 Edit: Also, I should add that I always saw らしい as being similar to the English expression, "That's SO like her!" (it works better if you imagine a Valley girl saying it) Or: "He's late again. That's not like him at all."
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10 years ago (Edited 10 years ago.)



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