Essentially declarative statements that are made into questions by adding an interrogative expression or a special marker. In Japanese they are used very often, especially in order to look for approval or to soften declarations.

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Is あれ? when used like 'huh/what?' contracted from something?

I frequently hear 「あれ?」 when people find something that catches their attention, often even when a listening party is not present. It seems to take a similar functionality to 'what?', 'what's that?', ...
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How is 〜んじゃない different from 〜じゃない?

Is it possible to say ~んじゃない? If it is, how it differs from ~じゃない? In what situation I should use ん/の for it, and what does ん/の express? Examples: [~い + ん] いいんじゃない 行きたいんじゃない 吸えないんじゃない ...
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What's the difference between ね and な as tag questions?

What's the difference between ね and な as tag questions? For example: そうですね vs そうだな Is there any difference in level of politeness? Does one sound more masculine than the other? Edit: The examples ...