If I put in the search term "なればなるほど" I get one result. If I use a subset of this term ("なればなる") I get zero results. Note the double quotes around the search term.

This leads me to think that there maybe information on the site that I'm unable to find because I haven't put in the precise term that the search engine likes.

Does anyone know what is going on here? I assume this is something to do with the concept (or lack of in Japanese) of word boundaries.

What is the best way to search to avoid problems like this?

  • I am unable to reproduce this with our site's search. Searching なればなるほど yields 13 results, and なればなる yields 240. As expected, a less specific search gets more results.
    – Flaw Mod
    Commented Jan 2, 2020 at 13:34
  • @Flaw And now I get the same result as you. Either a temporary glitch (I tried several times) or I've just gone insane. Thanks for checking. Deleting the question... Commented Jan 2, 2020 at 13:38
  • @ Flaw Ah, I see the difference now. I had my search term in double quotes. I often do this because searches without quotes match all kinds of random nonsense. So, not a bug, but any advice on how to do better searches would still be helpful. Undeleting... Commented Jan 2, 2020 at 13:44
  • Hm, honestly I have no idea how the site interprets the double quotes. I get the same results as you with the double quotes.
    – Flaw Mod
    Commented Jan 2, 2020 at 14:19


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