文法. A collective term for syntax (the way sentences are put together) and morphology (forms of words, including the way new words are put together). Often used to describe function words such as particles, to describe word endings, and to talk about general sentence structure.

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96人も遅刻するような学校なんだな。- Confusing use of ような

96人も遅刻するような学校なんだな In this sentence, I've done my best to translate as 'that is like 96 people being late for school' but, ような here is confusing me. it makes me think of this sentence as 'that is ...
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Meaning of そこまで言うか

In a story book I found this construct: 「sentence where one character insults another」そこまで言うか。 Literally "Does he say until there". I can only guess that it means "He went as far as to say ..." ...
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The meaning of 来なんだ (a seemingly archaic form)

Situation from a story: 侍A is pursuing 侍B. 侍A meets 町人C and interrogates him: 侍B (some description)、逃げては来なんだかな。 I guess it must mean something like "didn't he come here while running away?" I ...
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How do adverbs denoting amounts such as たくさん and ちょっと work?

Japanese counters such as 一つ are adverbs even though they describe nouns such as in the following sentence. りんごを一つ食べた It is clear that 一つ refers to the amount of apples. However, what do ...
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Should I use 「なすぎる」 or 「なさすぎる」?

As I was taught, with verbs and adjectives, when you want to express an excessive degree, you simply attach 「すぎる」 to the stem of the word, as below. 食【た】べる 食べ過ぎる 多【おお】い 多すぎる However, when ...
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Different ways to “try”

I'm aware of two ways to say "try" 1) verb-てみる Try (for the first time) to see how it is 2) verb-vol とする Now, I've seen it said that 2) is used when failure is involved e.g. I tried to ...
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V+て なかろうと meaning

俺が覚えてなかろうと、俺に人殺しをするつもりがなかったとしても、そんなものは何の意味も持ちえない。 How can I translate this sentence? なかろう I think is the volitional of ない. So volitional+と= Be about to, try to do. It can be used to say even though ...
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Can I make a noun from a の adjective in general?

Today I wanted to say that a book was 'colloquial'. I went to my dictionary and found: colloquial adj. 口語の; Is it correct to just remove の and write: この本は口語です。 Or must this word always be used ...
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だと, にと particle doubts

The talk he is referring is something he was told to not let anyone know. 琥珀{こはく}さんは謝{あやま}れって言{い}ってたけど、あんな話{はなし}を聞{き}いたあとだとヘンに意識{いしき}してしまって、困{こま}る。 お屋敷{やしき}のお部屋{へや}もそう多{おお}くはありませんから、使用人{しようにん}...
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ような without a noun following it

いつからか、翡翠がやってくれば平穏な朝を迎えられるような、そんな日課が出来上がっている。 Why is ような used before the comma? I think it means: Since who knows when, if Hisui comes, as if i am brought with a tranquil morning, that way the day ...
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Why does the sentence combination 「situation。 explanation から。」sound awkward?

I'm Japanese giving advice to my friend. He wrote two sentences like this: 昨日は寝れませんでした。気分が悪かったですから。 According to a textbook「〜ですから。」is correct, but for me 「〜からです。」sounds better than「〜ですから。」 I ...
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How to parse 親も辞書を買ってやったかいがあるってもんだ

親も辞書を買ってやったかいがあるってもんだよ The context is that speaker (a child) is trying to find the meaning of a word and asks her friend if she can borrow a dictionary. The friend ridicules her. She brushes aside ...
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Difference between 日 and 一日

What is the difference between 日{ひ} and 一日{いちにち}? I thought that 一日 was used when refering to the length of a day but I saw this sentence and got confused: 今朝のニュースでも、アナウンサーの人が「うららかな一日になるでしょう」...
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Multiple が in the same sentence

I found this sentence while reading and I came across 2 が in the same sentence. 認識結果{にんしきけっか}が保存{ほぞん}されていない登録{とうろく}画像{がぞう}があります。 Is it there a way to phrase is differently? How is this clause ...
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What does ようとする do here?

長い首を振り回す小龍の背に調教師がロデオのように飛び乗る中、人々の興奮は最高潮に達しようとしていた。 What does ようとする do here? I know that it can mean "try to do something." But "The people's excitement was trying to reach a climax" doesn't seem to ...
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What does ても+いかん do?

今闘技場にいる観衆は外に出すな、モンスターが脱走したことを悟られてもいかん! What meaning does いかん have in this sentence? I've never seen this before.
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Does ようとした always mean failure to try doing something?

Consider the following sentences. A: 昨日たこ焼きを作ってみた。 B: 昨日たこ焼きを作ろうとした。 A means that "I tried to make takoyaki and I really made it." Questions Does B always mean that "I tried to make ...
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Can tokidoki only be used in a negative sentence?

I heard that ときどき can only be used in an affirmative sentence, and never in a negative sentence. Is that true? If anyone could please provide an example of ときどき in a negative sentence, that would be ...
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Meaning of こともあるもんです

How should I translate こともある in this sentence (response to '何それ?'): あなたが辞書を使うなんて、はなはだ珍妙なこともあるもんです Literal translation of はなはだ珍妙なこともある would be 'there are also really odd things', but that makes ...
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油断させる, who is being careless/unprepared?

In 暗殺教室 chapter 3, the students try to assassinate the teacher and fail and the teacher remarks: 笑顔が少々わざとらしい 油断させるには足りませんね But im a bit confused about whether 油断 here refers to the students ...
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What does てくんない ending on a verb mean?

丸尾君、ちょっと辞書かしてくんない? I think it means "maruo, won't you lend me your dictionary?" But I'm really confused about the verb ending on かす. A look at some other posts suggests that it might expand to ...
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Can I use quotation particle 「と」with noun?

Here is the sentence. いいかげんにしやがれっ おれは一年以上もシャバとおわかれなんだぞっ。 Since the word 「おわかれ」 is noun, I'm not sure if I can translate it as "Say goodbye for free life because I will be staying in it (prison, ...
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どう言い訳したものか. Sentence translation difficulties

それじゃあとりあえず―――今は、アルクェイドとの事をどう言い訳したものか、なんて真面目に考えなくっちゃいけないか――― I do not understand why it's どう言い訳したものか. Shouldn't it be どう言い訳だったものか?
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How would you say “doing something in preparation for something else”?

I was trying to make a Japanese sentence using て form to make a sentence that "Describes the manner in which the second verb is performed". While making my sentence I ran into a snag. Here what I was ...
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自分の小市民ぶり meaning [closed]

「―――いえ。 誰にも遠野くんは傷つけさせません。 それだけは信じてください」 ……というか、そんな事より旅費とかパスポートとかを心配してしまう自分の小市民ぶりが情けない。 I cannot understand the last sentence, especially 自分の小市民ぶりが情けない。 Can someone help?
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Why is を used with passive form here?

1. 頭が真っ白になる。何も考えられなくなる。意識が断線する。彼女は自由を奪われた。「檻の鍵は、どこ?」 息を吹きかけるように、囁くように耳元へ声を添えられる。 2.学生は先生に名前を聞かれました。 How do I interpret this? Are they suffering passives? Thanks!
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Understanding「汲ませて」 and 「にっぷん」, assuming that is what was said

I have a question regarding what is being said in this video. First of all, what is being said? The following is what I perceived. ...水{みず}を汲{く}ませて、しっかりとにっぷんしてから、撃{う}ちます。 In particular, I am ...
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Conditional form of future progressive

I am exercising conditional forms (I am still a beginner), and I have a bit of a problem bending this case: I want to say "If you will be living in Japan, it is recommended that you learn Japanese." ...
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Verb Dictionary form+ よう

「お断りの連絡でしたら引き受けます。 あんまり無茶するようでしたらお注射の出番ですからねっ」 Why is よう after the dictionary form of the verb?
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「食べていると話す」 Can this have two meanings?

Can this mean (ignoring likelihood or awkwardness) both He says I'm eating and He starts talking if/when I'm eating ?
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連用形 of 「だ」 - difference between 「だっ」「で」「に」

Out of the conjugations of だ, the 連用形 is what is confusing me. I understand だ、だろ、な、なら fine, but I'm confused about だっ、で、に. I think my question might be a bit too broad and that's because I really ...
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だけでなく and だけじゃなくて

According to the tobira textbook, ~だけでなく、~も~, means "not only ~, but also ~". One example they give is, 日本語はひらがなだけでなく、カタカナや漢字も覚えなくてはいけません。 For the last two examples, the grammar phrase being taught ...
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「輪郭の柔らかな瓜実顔」Why is it 「の」instead 「が」? [duplicate]

Is this an idiomatic thing? Or an exception? Maybe both are possible?
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What does なんていうか mean in this sentence

A person asks another if he knows the meaning of a certain word and he replies: ううん、なんとなく使っているけど、でも、こう、なんていうか、... No, I somehow use it but ??? ... My guess is that it means "Why do I say it?...
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Na-adjective in attributive form before という?

I have trouble with the last part of the following sentence, starting from the last 私 (bolded): その読まれる作品は、たいてい私のものと、川添と云う少女のもので、私の作品が、たいていは家庭のことを書いているのに反して、川添と云う少女のは、森の梟{ふくろう}とか幻想の虹{にじ}...
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is it okay to regularly say 気をつけてください to someone departing out?

I just want to ask if it is okay to say to your boss who is going home after work お疲れ様でした気をつけてください or it is impolite? Thank you
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What does としか mean in this sentence?

Really struggling with the meaning of this sentence from ちびまる子ちゃん: まさにうららかとしか言いようのない日だね My rough translation effort Surely, beautiful is the only way to describe this day But I'm ...
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Negative volitional+と

「それじゃあ放課後、茶道室に来て下さい。 そこでこれからのことを話し合いましょう」 先輩は校舎のほうへ走っていく。 それに遅れまいと、こっちも校舎へと走り出した。 Why is the negative volitional used in the last sentence?
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Boku No Koto - Usage of “Koto” [duplicate]

The following are from the lyrics of "Unravel", so the word order may be slightly off (due to poetic reasons, of course :) ) "mitsukenaide boku no koto wo mitsumenaide" (見つけないで 僕のことを 見つめないで) and ...
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Can I omit 「の」and 「もの」in this sentence?

Here is the sentence. 新聞での寄付金詐欺をやったとき十万円もの大金を寄付した人がいただろう。 Removing them, does the meaning of the sentence change as much?
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Can someone help break down それこそ〜くらいには?

故に客観的に見れば、怪物祭は都市の運営に目を瞑{つむ}らせる、市民へのガス抜きと捉えられてしまっても仕方がなかった。それこそ、先日バベルの中で誹謗{ひぼう}され、エイナ自身がそれを耳にしてしまうくらいには。 I'm having trouble with the last sentence, especially the くらいには at the end. What exactly does ...
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「何言わせんのよ」=「何言わせるのよ」?

I saw this in an anime clip: the context was, "What're you making me say." Is that simply a contraction or am I missing some conjugation or inflection here? The first is the original and the second ...
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Unsure of this sentence; lack of verb is throwing me off here

I can't properly understand this sentence そして, そのマントは 他人には決して見えないことを, 彼女たちは知っていた. I think it means: And the girls knew, those cloaks (would reveal/showed) to strangers something they've never ...
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Are “と” and “から” equal when they mean “from”?

When "と" and "から" can both be translated as the English preposition "from", do they have the exact same meaning/nuance and are they interchangeable? For example, in the sentence 「 確【たし】かに中沢{なかざわ}部【ぶ】...
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「電気の町」秋葉原は、最近「オタクの町」だとも言われている。

I'm having some difficulty with this sentence from the Tobira textbook: 「電気の町」秋葉原は、最近「オタクの町」だとも言われている。 First, I'm not sure what the first set of parentheses do to the sentence. Is that part ...
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What does 皆まで mean?

As is, 皆まで言うな, that is. Don't say all of it? Don't say it to everyone?
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Can さ be added to nouns?

I want to equate the quality of something to an apple. (Bare with me, just using a random noun to make the desired construct clearer.) But instead of going around it and saying something like "it ...
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Ending sentences with the て form

I have a question pertaining to the following line in a manga. いや実【じつ】は最近【さいきん】下【した】の名前【なまえ】で呼【よ】び合【あ】う事【こと】になってよ The speaker just called his girlfriend by her first name, and this surprises ...
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How do you use ”~じゃんよ。” and what exactly does it mean?

At the end of sentences in casual form I know you can use ~じゃない or ~じゃん to say "~isn't it?" similar to ~ね. And I know ~よ at the end of a sentence can be used like "I tell you" or for emphasis, but ...
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meaning of ちゃった verb ending

I've seen many verbs that end with ちゃった and would like to know what that means. For example: リボンも切れちゃった。