引用. Questions about Japanese quotations, or about the grammar of quotation.

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Use of past tense in quoting others

In my textbook, it says the translation of "Roberto said it was interesting" to be Robert-さんはおもしろかったといっていました. Since we quote the person in the same tense they used, does this imply that Robert ...
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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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Difference between 「ことを伝えて」 and 「と伝えて」

I would like to know the difference between these two sentences : 先生に10分遅れることを伝えてください。: Tell him (about the fact) that I'll be 10 minutes late 先生に10分遅れると伝えてください。 : Tell him I'll be 10 ...
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落ちしないかなあって思ってる sentence breakdown

髪を染めたんですけど、すでに黒髪が恋しくて、早く色落ちしないかなあって思ってるだけです I don't understand 落ちしないかなあって思ってる from the above quote. Is 落ち acting as a noun here with しない attached? is this different from 落ちない? What does かなあって ...
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Looking for the original Japanese of this haiku [closed]

I'm sure this is a translation of a haiku but I'm not able to find the original text or even the author. As the sun goes down the birds land one by one. I've been trying to Google it ...
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Direct and indirect quotes

This question is inspired by this question. In English I can quote something in two ways: She said "Seeing you smile is better". She said that seeing me smile is better. One uses quotes, and ...
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When to use だ before と思います?

If you want to state what you think you can put と思います at the end of a sentence. However I noticed that sometimes you're supposed to put だ before と思います so that it becomes だと思います, and sometimes you're ...
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Quoted clause in Aさんが言うには〜とのこと

I have a question about 施設での生活に不慣れな俺のため in the following sentence: 桐原さんが言うには、施設での生活に不慣れな俺のため、彼を専属のサポート役として使ってくれ、とのこと。 Maybe I'm mistaken something but those two parts — “施設での生活に不慣れな俺のため” and “...
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Using both と and を with the verb 言う?

I've recently been reading Tobira and there was a sentence that I was really having trouble finding exactly what was going on in it. そして、「どこに住んでるの?」と「い」を言わなかったり、「どこ、住んでるの?」と「に」を落として言ったりすると、...
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In Japanese, how do you tell the reader that a quotation is literally translated from the original when the original sounds strange?

In cases where the original wording of a quotation sounds strange, and thus the Japanese translation of it sounds unnatural, my advisor says I need to add a note each time in my academic paper to tell ...
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The usage of という in questions

My question is about the differences when using という in a question compared to without. Take for example the 4 questions below 何があったというのだ? 何があったのだ? 何かが始まるというの? 何かが始まるの? The two questions ...
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Use of quote marker と before unusual verbs

I'm happy with the purpose of と when it precedes verbs like 言う、聞く、思う etc. The following sentence puzzles me: おじいさんは「雀は大丈夫かな。」と、大変がっかりしました。 I understand that the man feels disappointed and ...
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Do Japanese people use quotation marks for emphasis?

I came across this tweet today: Is this the least confidence-inspiring use of inverted commas ever? The English part of the sign has "Safe" and "Comfortable" in inverted commas, and the ...
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Telling the speaker apart from the person being spoken about

A recent question about the usage of quoted speech contained this interesting sample sentence: ハイリアの民は、ふしぎな力を あやつることが、できたと言います。 Often when I read this kind of sentence, I wonder if ハイリアの民 is part ...
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What is the original Japanese for “It's always the darkest under the lighthouse”?

What is the original Japanese saying meaning, "It's always the darkest under the lighthouse"? (reference)
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と、て、って Quoting Particle Usage

と、て、って What's the difference between these three quoting particles? Is there any grammatical difference, or are they just casual/formal variations of one another? 田中さんは行きましょうと言った 田中さんは行きましょうて言った ...
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Is this って equivalent to 「と」?

Is the って in the following sentence equivalent to 「と」 as in AはBと変わる/違う? 昔から好きな曲って変わらないみたい。 My favourite songs have not changed for many years. Does this mean it is equivalent to the と used ...
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Introducing an indirect quotation with と

I find it difficult to translate Japanese indirect quotations into my own language partly because of different grammatical patterns and verb conjugation altogether; for example, what about this ...
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How to write “Aikido Wa Ichiban Budo Desu” [closed]

"Aikido Wa Ichiban Budo Desu" is supposedly a quote from 植芝 盛平, Ueshiba Morihei (founder of Aikido). Most people translate this as "Aikido is first and foremost a true Budo". My question is: how are ...
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Which kana/kanji are used to write Yoshitoshi's death poem?

Browsing for art late at night, I came across this beautiful poem by Yoshitoshi, said to be his death poem: yo o tsumete terimasarishi wa natsu no tsuki translated as: holding back ...
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Making sense out of Japanese proverbs

I was never able to make any sense out of the following Japanese proverbs or idiomatic expressions: 豆腐の角に頭をぶつけて死んでしまえ。 'Hit your head against a corner of a cake of tofu, and die.' ......
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What does 「父なる砂漠」mean?

There is a line in the 「この涙 星になれ」, which is a song of ZARD (Sakai Izumi): 父なる砂漠 コイン投げて 明日を占おう I don't understand the meaning of 「父なる砂漠」. It's quite strange to think of it as the desert that has ...
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幼いときに老けて、老いて子供に戻る。Can anyone explain the nuances of this sentence?

幼いときに老けて、老いて子供に戻る。 I can make a few guesses as to the specific meaning but I'm not sure which one is right.. does anyone know what would be the most correct translation of this sentence?
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“感動した!(like ex-primeminister Koizumi)” Where does this reference come from?

After showing a project to a Japanese coworker, he answered me the following: 感動した!、小泉元総理風 I found this amusing, but I couldn't get the Mr.Koizumi reference. Is there a story behind this?
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Which kanji and/or hiragana are used to write this snippet of Japanese that appears in the novel Gravity's Rainbow?

It purports to be a kamikaze chant, and appears near the end of the book. Being basically a Gravity's Rainbow nerd, I have always wanted to be able to write it out in order to impress other literary ...
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Is と necessary after a quoted phrase?

Hi all I was wondering if we want to treat a quoted phrase as a "noun", is it necessary to put a と particle behind the quoted phrase? For example: A) The "received" in "received from Tom" 「...