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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Explaining the phrase なかなか片{かた}付{づ}かない

なかなか片{かた}付{づ}かない means "hard to clean up". My question is ~か~ part in this sentence. The verb is 片付ける, but what 片付か is doing here?
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The differences between そうです ・ ようです

I'm recently revising my Japanese for the upcoming JLPT this July (I'm taking N4), and I came up with difficulties in using these 2 items. For example: 気分が良くなりました。やっとねつが (下がりました...)。 (I ...
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What does する means when it does not mean “do”?

What does する means when it does not mean "do"? Like: あなたも血のにおいがするな
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What does 笑みがこぼれてくる mean and how is it different to 笑みがこぼれる

愛鳥の寝顔、見てるだけで思わず笑みがこぼれてくる 愛鳥の寝顔、見てるだけで思わず笑みがこぼれる My question is how is the 1st sentence different from the 2nd, and what nuance does the くる add.
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What's the grammar behind どうせ?

I saw a few bits here and elsewhere on it, but I have yet to find something that explains its usage, in detail(e.g. in positive and negative contexts and in different tenses). Anyone know?
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Possible conjugations on certain grammar patterns

On "A Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar", when a grammar pattern works with the informal form of a verb, they only talk about the positive present tense and the positive past tense. (At least until ...
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て頂く、てもらう, に. Who does the action?

あなたにとってWAO!!STYLEでの使命は?? WAO!!STYLEに関わる全ての人を幸せにすること、 私を選んでくれた人の期待を超えることです。 常に自分の満足ではなく関わる人の幸せを思う人間性をみにつけ、 私に任せたいといってもらえるようにならなければなりません。 また私に結婚式をまかせていただけるお客様の期待に応え、 その期待を超えていきます。 ...
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Help with this sentence

While taking a look at his bycicle the protagonist said. つい気になった部分を、小手先で済ませるよりは結局早く終わるだろうと、分解しつつ片っ端から手をつけていったら、完全にバラしてまた組み直すような真似をしていた。 Regarding the parts I got interest in, thinking it's better ...
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Can もの be replaced with の when it is used to mean “thing”?

I'm confused about the use of the first (bold) の in this sentence: 「先によそへ贈るのを買うのっ」 I'm happy with the use of の as a nominaliser, but if I use it like that I get: Before that, I will buy "...
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What's the meaning of 「これはというもの」?

I'm solving exercises for N1 level and I came across this question. 新しい家に飾る絵を探しているが、なかなか__というものが見つからない。 A. これか B. これは C. これさえ D. これだけ The correct answer is B but I ...
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How to say “written by”

In a shop I want to ask "Are there any books by Haruki Murakami?" I don't know the natural way to express by in this context. I thought maybe I could use the passive form like this: ...
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Noun + da kara desu — why are da and desu mixed? why not both “da” or both “desu”?

In this sentence: Neko da kara desu. Because it's a cat. Why are the "da" and "desu" used at the same time? Logically, it should've been: Neko desu kara desu. Or in a casual conversation ...
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…verb+ところあったのか

I've come across this statement in a manga recently: 今までの話で笑うトコあったのか俺マジ判んないんだけど? The part I am having trouble with is "今までの話で笑うトコあったのか". I'm familiar with plain present verb + ところだ/です = "be ...
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“Reversal” nuance of なら

「帰るなら、窓を閉めなさい!」 I recently asked my teacher about なら being used in this command sentence, and she said while it was acceptable, it had a different meaning compared to 「帰ったら、窓を閉めなさい!」 While the たら ...
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りかい します Or わかります

I want to say "Brother will understand it," so should I use: あに は それ を りかい します。 Or あに は それ を わかります。 What other parameters am I missing? Is the first one preferred more and if so, why?
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What does という change in this sentence?

So I've been reading about という in here and other websites but its still very unclear. From what I've seen so far it sometimes doesn't mean anything, but I'm not sure, like it must have at least some ...
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Help understanding とわかった

I was reading the article linked and included below and came across the following sentence NHKが調べると、病院で「エコノミークラス症候群」だとわかった人がこの女性以外に19人いました。 Could someone please explain the grammar and/or ...
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What is Japanese for the grammar term “verb base”?

What is Japanese word for the grammar term "verb base"? In English language descriptions of the Japanese language verb conjugation for "kau' for example, "ka" is listed as the stem. Base #1 is "wa"...
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In a clause, which is the correct use, が or は?

My english kind of makes me confused about Japanese. は means the main focus is the thing after it. が means the main focus is the thing before it. For instance, 1.それは何ですか 2.何がそれですか This is my ...
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How to say “the third time since I started making…”

I want to say: Now may be the third or fourth time since I started making this cuisine. And my attempt is as follows: 今はこの料理を作るのを始めて、三、四回目かもしれない。 Bonus examples More examples might help ...
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Should I use “Te-” form or “Koto mo” for this?

If I wanted to list my hobbies, I'm not sure if it'd be better to use... 趣味は書くことも、素敵なノートと文房具を集めることも、テレビゲームをすることもです。 My hobby is writing, collecting lovely notebooks and stationery, and playing (...
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What does そういうことだよ mean here?

「これからね。パパと映画を観にいくの!そのあとね、カフェでフルーツパフェ食べるんだよ!」 言ったあぁ〜。言ってしまったぁ〜。 「そうか〜。それはよかったね〜」 その子のお父さんがそう言いました。 「◯◯ちゃんは、どこに行ってたの?」 音ちゃんが聞いています。全然空気を読んでない。 「お腹まだ治らないから病院に行ってきたんだよ」 ...
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Using お or わ (wa or o)

ごみわべつのふくろにいれます(Gomi wa betsu no fukuro ni iremasu) べつのふくろにごみおいれます (Betsu no fukuro ni gomi o iremasu) ごみおべつのふくろにいれます(Gomi o betsu no fukuro ni iremasu) Which if not all, is appropriate?
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How to determine the scope of subject?

I am very weak in determining the scope of subject when reading Japanese sentences. For example, when reading the following passage, 娘が「これ、借りて良い」と、兄に許可を求めている。同じような体つきのふたりは、共有している物がたくさんあるそうだ。私は、...
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Use of も after quote particle

電話のベルが聞こえたとき、無視しようかとも思った。 When I heard the phone's bell I wondered if I should ignore it. We have 無視する = "to ignore", 無視しようか = "will I ignore it?" 無視しようかと思った = "I thought 'will I ignore it'". I ...
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に恥じる (Clarification on に)

遠坂がマスターとして行動しているのなら、俺もあいつに恥じない成果を出さないと。 If Tohsaka is acting as a master, i have to get results which will not make her feel ashamed. 人に恥じることはなにもない。 People do not feel ashamed for anything. ...
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Translating sentences containing し

Here are two sentences containing the し particle: このアパートは綺麗だし、安い。 This apartment is clean and what's more it's inexpensive. 今日はお客さんも来るし、夕食も作らなくてはいけないし、エアロビクスにいけません。 I've got visitors ...
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Is it correct to use adjectives before 限り?

I'm studying for level N2 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test and have a question about 限り. I find in my book that 限り meaning "as long as" can be preceded by adjectives, but in A Dictionary of ...
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だけでなく and にとどまらず

I know that there are a lot of expressions that have similar meaning in Japanese. In JLPT N3 grammar, there's だけでなく that means 'not only...but also...'. And lately, I found the expression にとどまらず in ...
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Trouble understanding sentence

「質問に答えていない。 私は、人を殺すのが楽しいのかと訊いたのです」 サーヴァントを睨む。 歪な短刀を持った影は、 「とりわけ何も。第一、殺しちゃ楽しめねえだろ、色々」 ひひ、と。 愉しみを共有したがるよう、下卑た笑いを私に向けた。 What does that last sentence mean? I think he is saying something ...
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Would both of these sentences be correct?

Would both of these sentences be correct? Do they both have the same meaning? たくやの後ろに彰が座っています。Akira is sitting behind Takuya. 彰はたくやの後ろに座っています。Akira is sitting behind Takuya.
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Adjectives and particles が に

Adjectives describe a noun which is marked by が. 僕は料理が得意。 Could it be rewritten as 僕には料理が得意。 Or is it wrong? Regarding adjectives, a sentence like this would be correct: ...
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What is N+できる grammar?

Consider the following two sentences. A: 僕は左と右が区別できない。 B: 僕は左と右を区別することができない。 I often see B but just know A now. How can A be possible? What kind of grammar is A? The following sentence (from ...
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とする・にする before a noun

「竜の歯を依り代とした人型はコルキス王の魔術と聞く。 その娘、王女メディアは稀代の魔女と謳われたそうだが?」 Does this mean: The human form who made the dragon tooth as a vessel or A human form which was a dragon tooth made vessel. How ...
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Why is というのは used (both times) in this sentence?

I'm trying to understand the use of というのは in the second sentence below. Is it a way to refer to the 職業 in the first sentence? I find in some places that というのは can mean "the reason I'm saying this is......
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How do you use ~たりする with ~たい to say things that you want to do?

I recently learned how to use ~たい to say things that I want to do; for example: えいが を みたい です。 I want to see a movie. And I learned how to use ~たりする to say examples of things that I did, do, ...
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How to list multiple purposes for an action?

So, one of the example sentences for ため that I see in the learning software I use is: 彼女はダイエットのために泳いでいる。 Which basically means, "She swims in order to lose weight." But what if you wanted to ...
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Help with grammar number

I have trouble translating the next: よしおさんの車は赤と白です。 What is the correct translation to the sentence? Yoshio-san's car is red and white Yoshio-san's cars are (one) red and (the other) white
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ばかり usage in 目もくらむばかりの宝石の山

An example phrase from プログレッシブ和英中辞典 目もくらむばかりの宝石の山 a dazzling heap of gems Can ばかり here be safely replaced by ほど, くらい etc. without changing the meaning? Is this how ばかり+の (with ばかり working as a ...
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Usage of ばかり in とばかり思って

Can somebody please explain for me the meaning of ばかり in とばかり思って, as far as I can guess through the examples it means something like "そう思ったんだけど、実際に・・・・・・". 僕たちはずっと、彼らは一生安泰だとばかり思っていたんだけど、君の話によると、...
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noun + ばかり [exclusivity sense] ambiguity

My understanding of ばかり so far (please correct if any of this is wrong): After TE form, the meaning is unambiguous as it applies to the verb, e.g.: 本を読んでばかりいる。Do nothing but read books. However,...
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Correct usage of ばかり

On a certain online correction site, my sentence: 正直に言うと、最近アメリカのドラマを観ていたばかり。 Was given many possibilities. Some people crossed out 「ばかり」 like 「観ていたばかり」 in the following sentences so I'm inclined ...
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What does ヶ mean here?

昼でも夜でもない境界【きょうかい】の、現実の中の非現実【ひげんじつ】。そういうものが一般的【いっぱんてき】に何と言われ、形容されるか、それをすっかり忘れていた。黄昏刻【たそがれどき】は[逢魔ヶ刻]【おうまがとき】――人でないモノに逢【あ】う刻限【こくげん】。 What (I think) I understand so far: The most unreal of all ...
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Meaning and usage of ものとする

I could meet the phrase ものとする in some documents, agreements. I understand, the sentences with ものとする as a whole one, but I don't know anything about this very phrase. Which meaning does it exactly add ...
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で and counters in NHK article

I have two questions concerning the first clause in the following sentence: NHKが熊本市などにある73の避難所で聞くと、多くの避難所で食べ物が足りないと言っていました。 When the NHK asked at 73 of the shelters in Kumamoto-shi, they (the ...
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Meaning of ことにはわからない

それだって、実際に選んでみないことにはわからないのだ。 I often see something like 私にわからない meaning "I don't understand", but what does it mean when the particle に attaches to こと? From the context I think what this sentences ...
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Help parsing つまんないないんだよ

I have a question about the grammar (assuming it is grammatical and not figurative) in the following line from the song ときめきポポロン from the anime ご注文はうさぎですか?. つまんないないんだよ I think the meaning is ...
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Do I need to add “da” before “to iimashita”?

Not sure how to say "my mum said it was fun." Is this correct: watashi no okaasan wa, sore ga tanoshi to iimashita Or do I need to add "da"? As this is for speaking.
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Meaning of …ていいから and other puzzles

Uncle is blocking the doorway and waving his hand. He says: 「わしゃ松阪牛のステーキなんて、とてもとても、おかあさん、気ィ使わなくていいから、そんな、わしのために買い物に行かなくていいから、松阪牛なんていいから、ステーキなんていいから。」 I'm really struggling to understand this ...
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Meaning of 人材を作り上げる

This sentence is confusing me a bit, particularly the bold part: 国際社会に通用する人材を作り上げることに繋がるってわけなんだよ! Jisho.org has the definition of 人材 as: capable person; talented person; human resources; ...