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Expressing similarity

Below are the 2 forms of similarity expressed for (V) ~nai and (N). Do I summarize these forms correctly? Self-deduction: (negative verb) ふらないさそうだ (noun) かのじょ王女みたい hearsay: (negative ...
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Expressing ~no option but

しかない/ほかない/よりない - are these forms inter-changeable ゆうがたまでやる(しかない/ほかない/よりない)- are all the forms correct?
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「高くはある」と「高い」の違い

「この花瓶は高くはあるが、それだけの値打ちはある」 I was studying with the "Dictionary of Japanese Grammar" and the above sentence appeared. I am curious about the meaning of the locution in bold and the difference it has ...
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Differences between 「することはない」 and 「しなくてもいい」

Like the title says, I'd like to know the difference in nuance and usage between 「することはない」 and 「しなくてもいい」。 For example: 「謝らなくてもいいよ」 vs. 「謝ることはないよ」 To me, they both sound like "You don't have to ...
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「君の声が聞こえなくて、逢えると信じる。」

For a research project in artificial intelligence, I investigated parsing Japanese. There was major problems with ambiguity in the mentioned type of sentence; in most cases the ambiguity is obvious to ...
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Question about the quote in the sentence

I have a question about 「施設での生活に不慣れな俺のため」 in the following sentence. Maybe I'm mistaken something but those two parts -「施設での生活に不慣れな俺のため」 and 「彼を専属のサポート役として使ってくれ」 feels unnatural here. If I'm ...
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Difference of まさか and まさに

Please help understand the difference between まさか and まさに. A look-up for meanings seems to indicate them to exactly opposite to each other. まさか - not at all まさに - surely However,i have not been ...
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Is 「どこにいくのがよろしいですか」 a correct way to ask for directions?

I visit an office and enquire where (floor, desk, etc) I should go - どこに いくのが よろしいですか Would this be an incorrect expression? If so, what is the mistake? What would be a better way to ask the ...
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Understanding a phrase - 必ずやらなければならないことを まとめてみた

I am trying to understand what looks like an expression, but seems too verbose. And I'm confused by the use of まとめてみた. To put it into context, the title of this page in my guide book is ひとめでわかる 攻略チャート ...
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それどころじゃない and 〜どころじゃない grammar points.

So I've been going over past JLPT N1 tests, and I came across this sentence: 「この仕事、ずいぶんもうかるでしょう。」「いや、経費がかかりすぎて、もうかるどころじゃありませんよ」 Now a definition for this one I got from the Goo thesaurus: ...
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Why in this example sentence there's no difference between ごとに and おきに?

I am using the "A Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar" to help me with Japanese studies. As explained from page 128 on I understood the difference between ごとに and おきに. For example: 2日おきに = every ...
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“To the East/West/North/South are distinct [feature-rich] areas that fill the land”

Could I check my understanding of the last part of this sentence please? For those who don't play games, Hyrule is a fictional place in the Legend of Zelda videogames (this is from a guidebook I am ...
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How can we understand and translate はず used with facts of known truth?

I've thought for a while that there was something a little "strange" about the way はず is used in Japanese, and I recently thought of a way of explaining it that I've not seen elsewhere. Half of this ...
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Do you need to use の when using へ to modify a noun?

For example, I was listening to a song, and the lyric 願いや野望や空想が知らない次元【レベル】へドアをたたいて came up. Don't you usually need to use a の to make 知らない次元へのドア or else 知らない次元へ might get confused as modifying たたいて? ...
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What does `nanode` mean? What are its grammatical rules?

What's the meaning of this sentence and what does なので mean here? If possible, I would like to know the grammatical rules of なので as well. 英語と日本語なので私にとっても良い勉強になります。
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Difference between 「で」助詞 and 「だ」助動詞の連用形「で」

Could you please explain me what exactly is the で in the following sentences and how can we distinguish 「で」助詞 and 「だ」助動詞の連用形「で」? ...
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Have I placed “itsu” correctly in the sentence?

きょう の パーティー は いつなんですか。 Is placing "itsunandesuka" correct when I'm trying to make a sentence which means "When is today's party" while using the grammar pattern "ndesuka"?
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What is “Sino-Japanese word order”?

In the answer to the thread What's the difference between 腹切{はらき}り and 切腹{せっぷく}? in the 1st paragraph, 2nd line, the author mentions "Sino-Japanese pronunciation and word order". I assume that ...
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Adverbs in Japanese versus English

I have heard that Japanese adverbs usually occur along with particles in a sentence. Also, I perhaps simplistically consider particles to be the analog of prepositions in English. In English it seems ...
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Why is ~とみえる used here?

I'm reading a short story called 『つめたいよるに』. This girl was crying on the train to work, so another passenger (the 少年 below) invited her for a coffee. ...
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What happens if なの is used, but not at the end of a sentence?

大学から歩いてニ十分ぐらいの所に適当なのを見つけた。 What does it mean when なの is used in a sentence like the one above? The を that comes after it is really throwing me off. I came across a similar question on here but ...
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Translation help- which word あまり is effecting and general implication of the word 方向

あんまり恋愛方向に持って行きたくない So, context: an author's reply to someone asking whether a character of his would have a romance or not. Said character had a few hints of a possible romantic interest in ...
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I don't get how 今日 works in 今日は誘ってくれて嬉しかった.

I was watching Sora no Method 06, and at about 17:03 the line 今日は誘ってくれて嬉しかった came up. Crunchyroll translated the line as "I'm happy you invited me today," but the problem is that she was invited the ...
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Expressing subject vs target

Are these translations correct? "As per the survey conducted on the students..." [学生]{がくせい}たちに[対]{たい}する[調査]{ちょうさ}によると…… (students are the topic of the research) "As per the survey conducted ...
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Using conditional 'ば'

In this thread on japan-guide.com, we find two seemingly contradictory statements concerning the conditional particle ば. One poster states: If A & B are the same subject, B must be ...
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This text appears to be labeling V-し・V-せず・Adj-なく・N-に as present, V-して・V-しないで・Adj-なくて・N-で as past. Why?

I found a table at this page that seems to be labeling Vし・Vせず・Adjなく・Nに as present tense, and Vして・Vしないで・Adjなくて・Nで as past tense. Please teach me about this distinction in the above words.
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助詞「も」の意味を教えてください

「こういうことも、歳をとったらできなくなるだろうなあ」という文中の助詞「も」の意味を教えてください。
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Comparing ということだ and そうだ

天気予報【てんきよほう】によると今年【ことし】の夏【なつ】はあついだろう(ということだ/そうだ) Both ということだ and そうだ can represent an 'externally induced' opinion/conclusion. How do we identify the context to choose one over the other then?
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どの object も = “whichever”?

I think in the example below, どのダンジョンも・・・ means "whichever dungeon". The advice applies to any dungeon in the game. Can somebody confirm this for me please? ...
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ことになっている vs ようになっている

The definitions do not help with an umabiguous separation. So I put forward an example: どあはしめると,じどうしゃてきにかぎがかかるようになっている Why would ことになっている too not be apt here? Is this dependent on the speakers ...
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Is saying 「XはYは…」 acceptable?

In いっすんぼうし, a very popular fairy tale, this line appears: だいじんは からだは ちいさいけれど げんきな いっすんぼうしを たいそう きにいり じぶんの いえで はたらかせることにしました。 Is 「だいじんは からだは」 grammatically correct? What would be done to make ...
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Please teach me more about ハダカ格

From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agent_(grammar): In certain languages, the agent is declined or otherwise marked to indicate its grammatical role. In Japanese, for instance, the agentive ...
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What is the function of particle に in 「Aチームに[勝つ]【かつ】チームがあるとしたら…」?

I came across the following sentence Aチームに[勝つ]【かつ】チームがあるとしたら… If A team is the winning team... Why is the に particle being used in Aチームに? Why would it not be Aチームは in this case? I have not ...
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Interpreting active/passive voice in Japanese

As this game is selling well, I plan to buy one too. How would we express this in Japanese? よくうれているようだから よくうられているようだから Would the above sentence be interpreted as an active or ...
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Expressing 'according/as per'

このアパートは[古]{ふる}いが、その[広]{ひろ}さによって[家賃]{やちん}の[安]{やす}さが[気]{き}に[入]{い}った。 Isn't this application of によって valid? 'According to/based on the spaciousness of the room, the meagerness of the rent is ...
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Is 行く stative, continous or instantaneous?

My textbook says 行く is instantaneous (expresses changes from one state to another) and can only be used to describe the result of a change, not movements that are currently in progress. But a ...
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Difference between 変{か}わり and 変{か}える

What is difference between 変わり and 変える ? 変える means "to change". Maybe 変わり is just a noun? Or maybe there is some grammar rule?
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How can I translate these workplace goals into Japanese? [closed]

I'm an ALT and my supervisor asked me to write my goals in Japanese this year. I'm trying to keep it simple, but I really struggle with putting English into Japanese. Here is my attempt Deepen ...
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How is かって being used here?

いつまでに送ればいいかっていうことですよ。 I can kind of get whats going on here. Forgive me if I'm mistaken but I think it means "When are you expected to send this thing, is what I mean". I don't understand how かって ...
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Translation help with this sentence? 何人も触れること能わぬ- everyone or no one?

何【なん】人【びと】も触れる【ふれる】こと能わぬ【あたわぬ】才媛【さいえん】 I'm having trouble with this sentence. I'm just confused as to whether '能わぬ' counts as a negative verb that affects 何人も or not. Since I know 何人も means ...
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買う, durative or instantaneous?

I'm at the point in my textbook where it explains the use of -ている and the three kind of verbs related to its use: stative, durative, instantaneous. The book says I should ask myself if saying ...
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使ってみなさい, and 使っても意味のない場所

After a brief hiatus I'm getting back into my Japanese study. I've hit a roadblock straight away ;-) I am having trouble with the use of '使ってみなさい' here. I don't think I've seen it before. -なさい means ...
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What function does で have in the sentence 馬は動物である? [duplicate]

I have a denshijisho, always giving me helpful expressions attached to a kanji/word etc. and this time it was 馬は動物である。 A horse is an animal. in which I don't understand the function of the ...
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たの at the end of 「そんなに寝ぼけるまで熟睡してたの?」

Could you help me with this sentence (it's from Attack on Titan) そんなに寝ぼけるまで熟睡【じゅくすい】してたの? そんな refers to the muttering he did earlier まで probably doesn't mean "until", but rather "even" So ...
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What does ~とか mean when it doesn't indicate an example?

事故【じこ】があったとかで電車【でんしゃ】が止まり【とまり】…… Here とか does not seem to indicate an 'example'. Do I understand it correctly? What does this form of とか represent?
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Difference between ~に伴う【ともなう】 and ~を伴う【ともなう】 [duplicate]

このしごとはきけんを伴う I am aware of the にともなう construct. Is this any different? When would ともなう take the を particle rather than に?
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Purpose of ~とは in 「あなたにとって仕事とはなんでしょうか」

あなたにとって仕事【しごと】とはなんでしょうか What is the purpose of とは above? Would using は alone have been any different? If とは is a grammatical construct, I would appreciate additional examples clarifying its ...
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What's the function of ~には in 「おやには長生きしてもらいたいとおもう」?

おやには長生きしてもらいたいとおもう Please help understand the には construct. Is it a form of emphasis?
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Grammar in the 古事記 : ~ようもない

I recently started studying the 古事記. In the beginning of the modern translation, there is a piece of grammar which, while not terribly confusing in itself, still fascinates me. The whole sentence is ...