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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What's the difference between 「そうもない」 and 「ようがない」

I know that both of these two grammars have the meaning of "it's impossible to do sth" but in the following 2 sentences, only ようがない is the correct answer. ①一方的に責められたら、こちらも説明( a/しそうもない b/しようがない ) ...
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「とあって」vs. 「とあっては」

Both of them mean 「〜とあれば」. I know that 「とあっては」is followed by negative clauses like 「ないわけにはいかない」、「ほかない」、「しかない」、etc. (according to this) However, the answer for the following sentence is A, which ...
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いけない in this sentence and V-て+noun

I have searched and read articles and questions available regarding いけない and i do understand that it means that something cannot be done (you mustn't...). But i'm a bit unsure about it's meaning in ...
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Usage of ました form and た form with こと

Example: Is the formal of にほん に いった こと が ありまづ this : にほん に いきました こと が ありまづ. Or is the first one used in both cases?
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「自分でも」 and 「くらい」 what's it being used for here?

Ok, so I have spent some time trying to find so explanations of the grammar used in this sentence but I can't seem to quite understand what the 「自分でも」 and 「くらい」 are doing in this sentence. 「...
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What is the natural way to say “It is necessary for you to go home early”?

I want to say "It is necessary for you to go home early.", which is the natural way to say it? A: あなたがすぐ帰ることは必要だ。 B: あなたがすぐ帰る必要はある。 I am looking for a natural pattern to convey requirement ...
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Why is this sentence not separated?

It is a step how to use coffee filter. 圧着部分を図1,2のように交互に折り込みドリッパーの内側にピッタリと装着します。 In my opinion, it should be 1.圧着部分を図1,2のように交互に折り込み - Fold the filter alternately following to the diagram 1 and 2 to ...
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しかしそれがいったいどんなことなのか - “what the heck could have it been?” not sure of translation

I have been reading Colorless Tsukuru by Murakami in Japanese. I came across a sentence where I understand the spirit of what it is saying but can't quite see how it translates. I was wondering if ...
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Expressing that two words have the same meaning

Would someone please explain how the Japanese would most naturally state that two "words" (関係 and 関連 for example) have approximately the same meaning? My best bet is either 「関係」と「関連」の意味は同じぐらいです。 ...
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もらいましょう meaning in a sentence

I know that ましょう form changes the verb meaning into "Let's". As in 行きましょう 'Let's go' or あそびましょう 'Let's play'. But もらう verb means that something good is done by another person in which we are grateful....
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捨てても捨てても - what does this phrase mean?

I came across this sentence in my JLPT mock test book: 今の暮らしにはモノが溢れ、捨てても捨てても増え続ける。 I don't understand what kind of grammar and what is the meaning of the bold phrase. It looks like an expression....
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Why can を be followed by a non-verb?

When I read the following sentence, 少しでも長生きをという願いをかなえるために、医療は目覚ましい進歩を遂げてきた。 I think there is a missing verb as indicated as follows. 少しでも長生きを [missing verb] という願いをかなえるために、医療は目覚ましい進歩を遂げてきた。 ...
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Is nominalization necessary in 「彼が戻るのか知らないんです。」?

Do we need to nominalize 彼が戻る with の to create an interrogative clause? Is B not enough? A: 彼が戻るのか知らないんです。 B: 彼が戻るか知らないんです。
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「持っていっていい」 same as ? 「持っていってもいい」?

Is 「持っていっていい」 just 「持っていってもいい」 with the 「も」 omitted? I know 「てもいい」 means something along the lines of "may I" etc, is it the same for 「ていい」 or is there a slight difference?
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Role of の in this sentence

「カッコイイのやってみたいと思ってます」 What's meaning of の here? How I understand: (I think) I wanna try to do something cool? (I'm not sure about カッコイイの) Thanks for your answer
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Why is という in ボソニックという食べ物 (for example) written in ひらがな rather than と言う?

Why is という in ボソニックという食べ物 (for example) written in ひらがな rather than と言う? In my understanding, ボソニックという食べ物 means "a food called Bosonic".
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Any special meaning for “negative verb+なる (なってくる)”?

In the ヨコハマ買い出し紀行 manga (v.5 ch.32) there's a sentence また、南町にコーヒー豆が入らなくなってきて、今日は、うちも休日。 English translation reads I need to visit the south town for coffee beans again, but today is a day ...
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Difference between 言う and 話す

I've been trying to read Japanese articles (easy ones) and was wondering if someone could explain how と話す and と言う differ in nuance or meaning. They seem to be used interchangeably. For example, how ...
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Do I need to use という in 「この話が事実に基づいているという証拠はある。」?

この話{はなし}が事{じ}実{じつ}に基{もと}づいているという証{しょう}拠{こ}はある。 There is evidence that this story is based on facts. Does the meaning change if I remove という so it becomes as follows? この話{はなし}が事{じ}実{じつ}に基{もと}...
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What does ても mean in this sentence?

I am having trouble translating this sentence because of ても. そんなにゲームばかりして、目が悪くなっても知らないわよ。 Does it mean: If you only play the game so much, your eyes will get bad even if you don't know. I ...
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ならでは vs. ぐらいのもの

I understand that both means to emphasize the uniqueness of the word before it (i.e. "only ~") but in the following sentence, I don't know which one fits. この難しい手術ができるのは、渡辺先生__のものだ。 Both ならでは and ...
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Can we use 近づける without an explicit object?

近づける is a transitive verb. X: 僕は子供を池に近づけない。I keep away the children from the pond. But there is a case in which 近づける is used without an object as the following sentence quoted from another answer....
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Is it necessary the object of 近づける movable?

Assume that there is a pond in the garden in which a boy is playing around with his father. What is the correct expression that his mother must use? A: 息子を池に近づけるな! Keep away the son from the pond. ...
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Word choice: ながらも vs. からこそ

I'm practicing JLPT mock test and there's the following sentence: どうしても時間がないと言う人でも、一日に15分くらいは捻出できるだろう。(中略) 「時間がない」と嘆く前に、まずは一日15分間の勉強を始めてみる。なかには、時間が__できる勉強というのもある。 「短いながらも」and「短いからこそ」are two ...
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Using ます-form inside a (compound, conditional) statement

Japanese grammar books say that ます-form should be used only at the very end of a (compound) statement. So 〜ないといけません。is a correct sentence ending. However googling "ませんといけない" finds lots of matches (...
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といいんです and といいんですけど

What exactly is the difference between these two phrases. How does けど/が affect the meaning and how does it relate to its meaning of 'but'?
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multiple たとえ even if (in a compound sentense)

たとえ夏にあなたにあえなくても、たとえいっしょに旅しなくても、まだもっと待ってるよ。 The question is how to link two "even if's" in a compound sentence, as in the example above. Perhaps, You don't need two たとえ and if you only conjugate the ...
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How to say “A wants B to keep away from C.”?

I want to say A wants B to keep away from C. (A is a third person) My attempt is as follows, AはBにCを遠ざけてほしがっている。 Is it correct? Unnatural? Any comment and suggestion is really appreciated.
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plain present verb + ちょる

While reading a manga, which takes place during the samurai era, I came across the statement: 弟の鉄之助は中岡隊長の言うちょった犯人の特徴とピッタリ合うちょるきに…! I'm pretty sure it translates roughly to something like The ...
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I'm called and I think — the same?

From my newbie understanding, isn't "I think" and "I'm called" which is "My name is", the same phrase? .... to moushimasu -> ... I think Bill to moushimasu -> I'm called or my name is Bill Or ...
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Difference between てこそ and からこそ

「朝、起きる」という基本中の基本の生活習慣が身に__次の行為へとつながっていくのだ。 I think that both「ついてこそ」and「ついたからこそ」can be fit into the above sentence. However, the textbook gives「ついてこそ」as the right answer and I don't know why.
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「よかったでした」? Is this correct?

From this goo post: 確かに顔を見たことはありませんでした。 でも普通アパートって隣の顔を見たり、接点持ったりとかあまりないですよね? ただ今回は相手の方もうるさくないと思って聞いてたそうで、また性格のよさそうな人だったので、良かったでした。 Is this a mistake, or is this actually grammatically ...
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Sentence ending じゃよ

Maruko:「おとおさんはちょっとは遠慮しながら食べてよ」 Dad:「いいんじゃよ」 Grandad:「そうじゃよ、みんなたくさん食べればいいよ」 Maruko is telling dad to hold back a bit while eating (because the food is a way to thank her grandad). I don't ...
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Difference between だろうか and ではないだろうか

In my opinion, they both share the same meaning of "~, isn't it". However, it seems that they cannot be used interchangeably. For example, in the following sentence, according to my mock exam textbook,...
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How to ask “What are the necessary things to bring?” [closed]

I am going on to WWOOF in Hokkaido soon (a programme where you help out at a cafe/pension/farm in exchange for room). Kind of like a working holiday. I am just starting to learn Japanese so the ...
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Listing three or more items

In English, when we have three or more items, only the last "and" is kept, and the rest are omitted. I like fish, curry, sausage, and honey. What is the standard way to list multiple items in ...
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The usage of ものの

I have trouble understanding the usage of ものの in the following sentence: 病気が初期に見つかったからいい__、もう少し発見が遅かったら命が危なかった。 A. とばかりに B. かと思いきや C. というものの D. ようなものの The right answer is D. ...
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Can 誰にも be used in positive verb?

Most examples I read, 誰にも is always used in negative verbs. Is there a case in which 誰にも is used in positive verbs?
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What does だけ mean in this sentence?

I'll start off with the line itself: 親公認で付き合えるこの状況だけで、奇跡と思わなくっちゃいけない。 The line seems simple enough. I know だけ has a few more meanings than just "only" but none of those appear to fit here ...
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What is the meaning/nuance of ~ことになる in this context?

少し前のことになるが、私は或る評論家がインターネットのウェブサイト上に。。。 Generally, when I see ことになる, it means something along the lines of "it is/was decided". But here, that meaning doesn't seem to apply. What is the nuance being ...
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Understanding くらい

五千円で一万円の物が買えないってことくらい、まる子にだって分かる。 Even Maruko understands that you can't buy a thing worth 10,000 yen with 5000 yen. What does くらい add to this sentence? I think it suggests that although she doesn'...
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In which case should I use 連体形+上で?

This usage of 上 is still difficult for me. In the context of a sentence I may be able to understand what it does mean, but I can't get the feeling that would tell me: this a situation where using it ...
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Using ~ません (masen) with いいえ (ie) [closed]

I am learning Japanese with iStart Japanese. It says to express “do not” you use ~ません. E.g. I drink = nomimasu; I don’t drink = nomimasen I eat = tabemasu; I don’t eat = tabemasen It then ...
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Should I use ~てきた or ~て来た?

In the examples below 彼は私のところに荷物を送ってきた。 彼は私のところに荷物を送って来た。 荷物が私のところに送られてきた。 荷物が私のところに送られて来た。 would it be better to use the termination/set phrase てきた? (no kanji) because this is changing ...
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Combining だけ and 位

I'm aware that だけ can be used to say only. For example: 二年{にねん}だけ which means "only two years". I'm also aware that 位{ぐらい} can be used to signify approximation. For example: 二年位 which means "...
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Verb in dictionary form followed by のと

お母さんが頭を下げて試供品を受け取るのと、まる子がぴたりとさわぐのをやめるのは同時だった。 Mother bowed, and when she took the free sample, at the same time Maruko suddenly stopped making a racket. What is the purpose of the の in bold in ...
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In this sentence, to whom 自分 refers?

I want to say It is unfair to judge other people based on our own belief (not necessarily religious belief). I have two options: A: 私たちの信仰で、他の人を判断するのは不正である。 B: 自分の信仰で、他の人を判断するのは不正である。 I want ...
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Can たり be used without する at the end?

http://www.guidetojapanese.org/learn/grammar/compound#part8 explains what たりする is. I read "地面が40cm以上高くなったり、1m20cm以上低くなった所もありました" on http://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/easy/k10010492331000/k10010492331000....
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Confused over 「ろうそくが置かれている」

I encountered this sentence. 「ろうそくが置かれている」 I can tell from context it means something like "Candles are placed", but I'm confused about the usage of ている with a transitive verb. Genki tells me that ...
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「三昧だと」と「帰宅しようとしていた」 meaning?

I can read this sentence for the most part but i can't seem to quite translate it properly or into something that flows naturally. he's talking from a view of recalling a set of memories. ...