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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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. ...
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How should I translate 彼が即死した?

即死 is a noun with meaning "instant death" and the grammar S+が/は+N+する as far as I know, means someone does something. For example, 僕は勉強する。I study. 彼がテニスする。He plays tennis. Now, if I apply ...
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The 「って」 + 「いい」 in this sentence what does it mean?

This is piece of dialogue from a book, and i don't quite get what the 「って」 is doing, if it's a quote, i don't get why they would need to phrase it as a quote. I'm guessing the 「いい」 is the word for "...
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The purpose of an auxiliary verb あげる

It is a very basic question that up to now I don't quite understand. あげる just gives additional information about the direction of action. Because 貸す provides direction of action clearly, I think あげる ...
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confusing usage of でも

a high school student walks into a confection store and after ordering some sweets, the female attendant with whom he is familiar with says: スイーツを? 彼女でもできたんでしょう~? she later sees him off by saying: ...
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What's the real translation of 俺物語? [duplicate]

I was wondering if the anime series 'ore monogatari' actually translates to 'my love story' or just 'my story' and why it's translated to 'my' since it doesn't have the particle 'no' in it, 'ore no ...
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What does the 「な」 mean in 「出過ぎず、足りな過ぎずな完璧な躰は」?

The full sentence is below and the context is a guy, describing someone he just met. 出過ぎず、足りな過ぎずな完璧な躰は、淡い紫色の、俗に羽衣と呼ばれるゆったりとした服に包まれている。 I don't know what the 「な」 is doing/means.
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Understanding わかんないこと言うんじゃないのっ

A) 「ちがうっ、量が肝心だよォ」 A) That's wrong. Quantity is vital. B)「わかんないこと言うんじゃないのっ」 B) Didn't I say that I don't understand. The context is that A is trying to get B to buy more stuff. B explains that ...
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「時間」「約束」「用事」の修飾 (Noun modification for these 3 nouns)

日本語 動詞で修{しゅう}飾{しょく}するときには、「た」や「ない」などの形の動詞が使えるでしょう。 ミラーさんが 住んで いた うちに ねこが いました。 でも「みんなの日本語」(第22課)によると、「時間」や「約束」や「用事」の場合はいつも辞書形の動詞で修飾します。 朝ごはんを 食べる 時間 映画を 見る 約束 市役所へ 行く 用事 ...
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Difference between 負担 and ロイヤルティ

Could you please help me to understand the difference between 負担{ふたん} and ロイヤルティ?
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Using i-adjective color words

Why is the sentence 「車はあかです。」 not 「車はあかいです。」? Since 「あかい」 is an i-adjective.
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How to use the verb こもる

感謝の気持ちは品物の量じゃない。 気持ちなんだから、気持ちがこもっていればいい。 A feeling of gratitude isn't about the amount of stuff. Because it's a feeling it should be filled with feeling. Obviously my translation of the second ...
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Masu te-form with Kudasai?

Can you use the -masu te form to form requests? Like, can you say "machimashite kudasai"? (O.o sounds weird huh.)
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Meaning of ぐらいじゃ足りない

松阪牛ぐらいじゃ足りないよ。 I understand the general meaning that Matsusaka beef isn't enough, but I don't understand what ぐらい or じゃ are doing in this sentence.
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Attaching は to a direct quote

If a Japanese person wanted to say something like: I don't understand the phrase "I am flabbergasted" then I think 「I am flabbergasted」という意味が分からない would be okay. I was wondering if you ...
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Dictionary form (解ける) as potential form (解けられる)?

Suppose I wanted to say to someone, "Can you solve this question?" According to my Memrise app and some Google results, this is the model sentence: (1) この問題が解けますか。 Since potential ("can") is ...
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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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Compund verb with きれる

In the sentence: 田中さんは諦めきれなかった。 what is the function/meaning of きれる? I assume the sentence means "Tanaka didn't give up", but how does it differ from 諦めなかった?
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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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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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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 ...