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Re: [Lingo] いつからか

On 3/22/2010 8:25 PM, Stephen J. Turnbull wrote:
> s smith writes:
>  > Hi all.
>  > 
>  > I'm trying to understand the lyrics _Far_Away_ sung by Ayumi Hamazaki.  
> Now, that's wasted effort!  Try Imawano's adaptations of Dylan songs. ;-)
I have a hard enough time understanding Dylan in English :) Something is
happening but I don't know what it is...
> 「いすから」is a question marker.  A literal translation might be
> "from when did [Windows stop crashing]?"  For some reason, か makes
> that question rhetorical, so「いつからか」 means something like "From
> some unspecified time in the past".  Typically it's unspecified
> because it's long ago and the speaker has forgotten, but it could also
> be something like 「CDの音が出ない…ああ、いつからかワイヤが外されたな。」
> "There's no sound from the CD ... aha, the wire seems to have been
> disconnected some time ago."[1]
I knew ’か’ was a question marker but thought this must be something
different because I couldn't see how it would fit. Thank you Stephen! I
do appreciate the help.

Steve S.

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