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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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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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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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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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; ...
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Can someone please help me understand the structure of this sentence?

ようやくきたかって感じでした I'm assuming ようやく is 踊躍 and きた is from 来る but I'm not really sure what the meaning of the sentence is.
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Meaning of くる in 鼻の奥まで染みこんでくる

独特の臭いだな。鼻の奥まで染みこんでくるぞ。 穴から水が溢れてくる 水槽に手を入れると舐め回してくる人なつっこいホトケドジョウ てくる is something I've never really seen a clear and comprehensive explanation of the different uses and what they mean. They ...
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What does the ”なの” in this sentence mean?

ここは、おすしがぜんぶ百円なの? I've read somewhat a lot on "na no" and just came to the conclusion that is something used to end a sentence similar to desu, but used mainly with females. So I was just wondering ...
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によって and passive question

実力差は明確だった。 ライダーの速度は攻めれば攻めるほど減速していく。 目にも止まらぬ高速移動と連続攻撃。 セイバーによって傷つけられた体を癒す自然治癒。 後の事など考えない。 全ての燃料を燃やして畳み掛けなければセイバーを抑えきれない。 The fantranslation says: Natural healing that regenerates ...
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What difference does it add when you write それで or これで instead of それは/それが and これが/これは?

What difference does it add when you write the で particle after words like それ and これ?
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what is the difference between である & という

I'm using a new textbook, 中級を学ぼう- the blue cover, not the orange. And the grammar point is using という at the end of the sentence. It means the same as そうだ・らしい。The explanation says that it is frequently ...
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How to thank you in Japanese? [duplicate]

I just know "arigato" but when exactly should i use it
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Use of として in sentence about conditionals

I was reading up on the use of conditionals と, ば, たら and なら. One part of the source talks about one type of conditional clause, but I am not sure of its meaning. Here's what the source says, and my ...
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Can we re-position ほど phrase?

The following are commonly-used patterns that I find in some resources. A: 彼は私ほどハンサムじゃない。He is not as handsome as I. B: 私ほどハンサムな男の人はいない。There is no man who is as handsome as I. Question Is it ...
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What does どういった mean in this sentence?

その場面というのはどういった場面かというと、ナチスの兵士がですね、ユダヤ人を職業別で分けていきます。 Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xs-XWk_oQA 0:55 Translation from subtitles: There’s a scene where the Nazi’s are separating the Jewish by ...
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What purpose does はめ serve in this sentence?

ふたりではめあいしておかしいですね笑。 I know that ふたりで means Two of us. あいして means love. おかしい means amusing, funny or comical. But I'm not sure what purpose 'はめ' serves in the sentence and as such I can't really ...
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漂わせる meaning in this context

先ほどまでの憂いは影をひそめ、その仕草に優雅ささえ漂わせる. The hardships from before hide the shadow, (and through) that gesture give off elegance. Is this a correct way to understand it? Is 仕草 the agent? Is 漂わせる a ...
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Meaning of ~したいぐらい

I want to understand the meaning of this sentence 壁紙にしたいぐらい写真。 I was thinking the meaning literally could be "Your photograph is beautiful to be set as my wallpaper", but I argue about the ...
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Can 達 be used to pluralize inanimate things?

インターネットを見ていて、「これは便利だと思ったiOSアプリたち」という記事を偶然読みました。「たち」は人間など[有生]{ゆうせい}のものを指している名詞にしか付かないと思っていましたが、このタイトルは反例ではないとは思えません。 「たち」をこういう使い方で使うのは本当に普通ですか。複数性を強調する場合、有生でないものには「等{ら}」を付けるのが普通だと思っていましたが…
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Please enlighten me about a haunting "が”

I came across a long sentence in a story, which I have googled around and struggled for a couple of days. Here is what it reads: この頃わかってきたのだが、旅人の中には用心のためか、こちらの挨拶に頷くぐらいしか、挨拶を返さないものが少なくない。 My rough ...
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Understanding why に particle means “because” in this sentence

I am struggling to understand the syntax of this sentence that I found in a grammar book. あまりの言葉にあきれてものが言えませんでした。 I could not say anything because of the outrageously unkind words. I read it ...
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Usage of を in 自らを豊作を司る

I came across this while reading 「狼と香辛料」and was confused by the usage of を in the sentence below: 少女は狼の耳と尻尾を有した美しい娘で、自らを豊作を司る神ホロと名乗った。 In particular I'm interested in 「自らを豊作を司る」which I would ...
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「星のカービィ」- Why ィ and not ー?

The Nintendo character Kirby's name in Japanese is 「星のカービィ」, pronounced "Hoshi no Kābī". For the カ, a ー is used for extending the vowel sound. For the ビ, though, a small イ is used. I thought the ...
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On the interpretation of an ambiguous(?) sentence from 「風立ちぬ」

I encountered a seemingly ambiguous sentence when reading the novel 「風立ちぬ」 by 堀辰雄 as below: お前の父や、それからまたそういう父をも数に入れたお前のすべてを絶えず支配しているものに、素直に身を任せ切っているのではないだろうか? My first impression was that the ...
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-た form of a verb followed by です [duplicate]

I came across the sentence: 花子はこんなすばらしいプレゼントをくれたんですよ。 Hanako gave me this wonderful present. Why does it use くれたんですよ rather than just くれたよ? My guess is that it makes the sentence more ...
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を and と used with 考える

I thought that 考える was used like 思う in that particle と always preceded it. However I found the following sentence from a reading task for class: まるで英語を公用語と考えているかのように、英語の言葉を多く使う。 What does it ...
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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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Japanese Nouns problem

Okay, this is my first question on this page so bear with me, I was studying Japanese nouns but I'm not sure if you use ではありません or じゃない to deny a noun, so if someone could please explain it to me, ...
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several difficulties reading an extract about Kobayashi Issa's works

I'm still reading "小林{こばやし}一茶{いっさ}" (a book written by 宗左近/Sō Sakon about the famous poet). I'm facing several difficulties with the following extract : 愛{あい}の歌{うた} 怒{いか}りの歌{うた} 作品{さくひん}の特色{...
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Is it correct - クッキング・テール?

I am starting a cooking blog which is named Cooking Tale. I wanted a person to translate the name and he said クッキング・テール is ok. But when I search for this name in dictionaries, it says "tail" not "tale"...
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De wa or dewa, noob question

What does dewa mean here? ブラウンさん、日本語では、トイレはお手洗いと同じ意味ですよ I haven't really studied it yet and thought it was kind of a negative used like janai, but here it means- Brown-san, in Japanese, ...
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Subject and object of a passive sentence are interchangeable?

I am a bit confused with passive sentences in Japanese. For example, when I want to say "My back was pushed by someone on the train.", if I am correct, the Japanese version can be phrased in 2 ...
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Sentences using humble expressions and multiple verbs

I was solving exercises from the Genki II workbook when I stumbled upon this sentence: ”私は先生に東京の大学について聞きました”. It had to be changed into a sentence using humble expressions. There appear to be 2 verbs ...
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ほしがっている versus ほしそうだ

I don't really understand the differences between the following sentences. 彼は新しい車をほしがっている。 彼は新しい車をほしそうだ。 In both sentences, the speakers made conjectures based on the sign that the third person (彼)...
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What is the meaning of ことに当たるように?

What is the meaning of ことに当たるように in this example (there is already a post of にあたって/にあたり, but I can't understand)? 以後{いご}はトムと協力{きょうりょく}してことに当{あ}たるように
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I'm having trouble understanding 持って帰ったら in this particular sentence [duplicate]

I'm attempting to watch Steven Universe in Japanese and I got really confused when I heard a character say something like "そのケースを持って帰ったら?” This is referring to when Sadie asks Steven if he wants to ...
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What does 辞書形+といけない mean?

Usually といけない follows ない形 of 辞書形. For example, 寝る前に、歯を磨かないといけない。I have to brush my teeth before sleeping. 明日までに宿題を出さないといけない。I have to hand in my homework by tomorrow. Today, I read a new grammar ...
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だんだん読めないようになった versus だんだん読めなくなってきた

What are the differences between the following 2 sentences? A: 僕は小さい字がだんだん読めないようになった。(Lit: I gradually became unable to read small characters.) B: 僕は小さい字がだんだん読めなくなってきた。(Lit: I gradually became ...
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What means 目えかける in this phrase? [duplicate]

What means 目えかける in this phrase? Is a type of contraction? What is the grammar behind this? 見所{みどころ}のある奴{やつ}に目{め}ぇかける
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Question regarding the use of なのに

What does the なのに mean in this sentence from Makino and Tsutsui's A Dictionary of Advanced Japanese Grammar: アパートの家賃を払うのが精一杯なのに、まして(や)家を買うなんて夢物語だ Dictionary of Advanced Japanese Grammar ...
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Best way to say “if you don't mind ____” in this circumstance?

I'm not too sure if what I think I should say is correct so I would like to ask for some help. I'm trying to say something like, "If you don't mind, I'd like to know what game software you use" or ...
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What does ~がままになる mean?

I saw this in a book I'm reading: 思考に空白が生まれ、突撃してくるキラーアントの姿を、ただ受け入れるがままになった。 I'm familiar with まま but I've never seen it used that way. How should I interpret the last part of the sentence?
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Usage of て form plus の (幸運が重なっての勝利) [duplicate]

I saw this sentence in a book: すさまじい幸運が重なっての勝利だった。 It seems pretty clear that this means "I won thanks to incredible luck" but I was caught a little off guard by what appears to be the use of ...
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Can とか have the same meaning as も?

いいか、危ないぞ。 ホントに危ないんだぞ。 イリヤ本人もだけど、部屋の主たる思春期の少年のナイーヴな心臓とかな Look, it's dangerous. Really dangerous. For Illya too but, among other things the naive earth of the young boy going through puberty who ...
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I have some problem with passive form of verbs, and actually with に particle in it

So, I have this: 父に犬を追いかけられています。 Is it correct? And what does that に particle mean?
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Identifying who's who?

I have the following sentence, extracted from a textbook, こちらからお願いに伺うべきところを先方{せんぽう}からお出{い}でいただき、恐縮した。 This sentence feels a bit overly polite which does not help me. I think that こちら is the one ...
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Is the 「て」missing from the passive-form verb in this sentence?

Here is the sentence. ソフトのプレイ中にHOMEボタンを押すと、ソフトが中断されHOMEメニューが表示されます。 I think 「て」would follow the verb 「中断され」to create conjunctive/continuative form.
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かのじょはブルスが生きさせる。

I see a book saying let and make are the meaning of せる. However, I see that "enable" is a synonym of let and make. So I wonder if these statements are similar, in the meaning of かのじょはブルスが生きさせる。 ...
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Can は be used to mean “at least” [duplicate]

As Noguchi walks away from the girls he overhears them whispering something. The narrator says: すると五メートルは離れていたはずなのに、野口さんがピクっと立ち止まった。 And then, even though they expected him to be five metres ...