使い分け. The differences between two or more words or phrases and how to select the best one for a given situation.

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ほら and ほれ - the difference

I'm very familiar with ほら, used for urging someone to look at something. But sometimes I hear ほれ in about the same contexts. Are they the same?
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What's the difference between どこ and なん in this exercise?

I have two exercises which I don't exactly understand. I've already known that どちら is more polite form from どこ. This two could ask about place and "what/which one" ."nan" asks about "kind of company", ...
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Is it okay to say 日本語を好き?

I saw that is correct to use が but I can't understand the differences between を and が
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Terms for Royalty

Why are there so many terms for royalty? And I'm talking about generic words like "king", "queen", etc. I seem to remember from my studies that certain terminology was used specifically for Japanese ...
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Why are these words considered less politically correct?

Warning: I have no sense of how offensive any of these words might be. They are repeated only insofar as they help me learn what not to say. Apologies for any accidental offense, and please do not ...
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日本人は「面白い」と聞いて何を感じますか?

I am still a beginner at japanese and I have the strong feeling my title is incorrectly translated so here it is again in english: What is the "feeling" a japanese person gets upon hearing the word ...
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What's the difference between [四]{し}の[五]{ご}の言う and 文句を言う?

As far as I'm aware, they both mean to complain or grumble. When would I use [四]{し}の[五]{ご}の言う as opposed to 文句を言う?
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How do you say “a brush-shop clerk” in Japanese?

In Japanese would 「筆店の受付」 be how to translate "a brush-shop clerk" (an employee in an administrative position at a small store that sells all kinds of brushes [probably hair brushes and paint brushes, ...
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What is the difference between 踊り and ダンス

Is there a difference between ダンス and 踊り? They are both defined as dance in the dictionary.
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水疱 vs 火脹れ vs 水脹れ vs 肉刺

While hitchhiking from Tokyo to Sapporo in the past couple of days I devloped a few blisters on the soles of my feet. I like to learn my vocabulary based on my experience so looked up "blister" but ...
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死亡者がいる, or 死亡者がある? Which is correct?

I'm perfectly comfortable using いる、ある in Japanese, except today I came across one question of ambiguity. People say ロボットがいる, which makes sense given that they move as if they were alive. For dead ...
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What's the difference between 信じる, 信用する and 信頼する?

What's the difference between 信じる, 信用する and 信頼する ? How can I know which one to use? According to my dictionary they all mean "to trust". Are they interchangeable? For example, I trust you.
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Difference between 鼻先 and 鼻の頭

I've been reading the first Harry Potter book, and as one character's "tip of the nose" was referred to as 鼻先, another character's was 鼻の頭. Is there a difference between the two? When would one use ...
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なでしこ (the football team) [closed]

I would like to know the opinions of non-native speakers. The female Japanese football team is named なでしこ which means pink. My impression of pink is a flower which is cute but tiny and ephemeral. ...
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What makes 『青年』 and 『少年』 different?

It seems like they both mean the same, young man. What is the difference between them?
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人間 vs 人 to refer to an individual?

Some context: Person A and Person B both went through a trying situation dealing with Person C, someone that Person A has known for many years. They are now talking about how awful it was. Person A ...
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Giving and receiving with two 3rd persons

There are (at least) two words which mean "to give": あげる and くれる. The former is used when you give to someone else, and the latter is used when someone else gives to you. But which do you use if you ...
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How would one convey “get over it” in Japanese?

As a foreigner in Japan, one has to get used to the fact that some Japanese will compliment you on things that are too mundane to really deserve mention. Like the fact that you can use chopsticks, eat ...
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〜たい form vs. 〜てほしい

When first learning Japanese grammar, one is usually taught that to express a desire to do something one should use the 〜たい form of the verb: 東京へ行きたい On some occasions, however, I've also seen ...
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Can たい and たがる be used for a 1st/2nd/3rd person's desire?

もし生まれ変わっても見たい映画は あなたにありますか? When I saw the the above sentence, I started to wonder. Is it an over simplification to say that たい can only be used for your own desires? However the sentence above ...
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How do you ask for “the bill” at a restaurant?

This is probably a bit of a silly question, but what do you say in Japanese when you're asking for the bill in a restaurant? Or is it unusual to say anything at all? When I was in Japan I could never ...
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Security guard nuances: 警備員 vs. 守衛

In looking up a few words for security guard, I came across four words: 守衛{しゅえい}, ガードマン, 警備員{けいびいん}, and 警備人{けいびにん}. From what I can tell, ガードマン seems to be similar to 'rent-a-cop' - that is to say, ...
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Express the idea of “I was supposed”

I would like to know how to express "I was supposed" in japanese For example, in the sentences : - Did you meet John yesterday ? - I was supposed to but he cancelled OR - I am supposed to do my ...
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Would it make sense to say お好きに僕に連絡かけてください?

Does お好きに僕に連絡かけてください sound natural, and does it make sense as a sentence? If not, what would a more natural alternative be? In particular, I'm unsure about お好きに and ください in the same sentence.
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Should the color of Japanese stoplights really translate to “red / yellow / blue”? [duplicate]

I'm interested in the translation of colors. As an initial point of reference, I'd like to ask about the color of stoplights in the USA and Japan. In Japan, the color for "go" is said to be "青い". ...
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Using 持っていく with people

Is it possible to use 持{も}っていく with people? Or is another verb used for taking people to places? For example: 毎日学校に妹を持っていく
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Is the phrase うちに上がる still compatible for non-Japanese style houses?

As Japanese houses commonly have higher floor, the verb 上がる (go up) is appropriate, I think. How about non-Japanese houses in which the floor has the same level? Is the phrase うちに上がる still ...
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What's the difference between the ni and de particles? [duplicate]

Okay, so I am studying the Japanese language and i am struggling to understand the に and で particles fully. from what i understand the de particle shows an action happening within a location, while ni ...
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What are the best words to convey the same meaning of scab and dead skin, respectively?

I aggressively cleaned my ear canal with my finger and the canal got scratched. After several weeks elapsed, it got naturally healed but I cannot hear clearly probably because of the dead skin or scab ...
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How should かしら be used in the middle of the sentence?

Original sentence in the novel is: 何かしらの手は打ってくるだろう A post in this site shows that it is a particle used more by females, while tangorin also shows it to be used as the meaning of "head", aside ...
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How should 手は打ってくる be translated?

The full dialogue in the light novel is: 「だが注意したまえ。白峰は聡い男だからネ。何かしらの手は打ってくるだろう」 The characters were discussing about some operation. I'm not sure of why the author would use the particle は here ...
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Plural form with -たち/-ら

I found a similar.question here on stackexchange, but I can't properly understand the answers given there. And the textbook Genki doesn't give much of a detailed explanation on the plural form. What ...
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Is my understanding for the phrase, なくてはならなくなる correct?

The original sentence from the light novel: もしもこの作戦が失敗したら、我々は、我々の宿願の為、カルペデイムに戦争を仕掛けなくてはならなくなる。 カルペデイム, Carpe Diem, is a fictional place in the light novel setting. I've found reference for ...
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How is しまえば used? In what context and how it should translated to?

Was reading a light novel and this sentence popped up: ここまで動{うご}いてしまえば、フューネラルに気付{きづ}かれるのも時間の問題かもしれません。 フューネラル refers to an organisation within the light novel setting. I'm confused by the ...
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Does this sound like a native speaker? [closed]

does this sentence sound like a native speaker? 明日から、問題が有れば、私に話す前に、まずメールで会話の内容を送信します。お願いします。 Any suggestion are welcome. Thank you so much.
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How to say “please be strict with me” in Japanese

I'm trying to figure out how to say "please be strict with me" For when I am practising with conversation exchanges. So far I have come up with: 私と厳しくしてください 私に厳しくてさられてお願いします Are any of ...
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Difference between 入れる{いれる} and つける when expressing 'switch on'

入れる{いれる} can mean to turn on (a switch, etc.) 点ける{つける} can mean to turn on; to switch on; to light up I do not see the difference. When would I use which? 「入れる{いれる}」と「点ける{つける}」の違{ちが}いは何ですか。
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Difference between 損害 and 被害

What is the difference between 損害 and 被害? My dictionary lists them both as "damage", and I can't figure out any differences from the example sentences it gives. In fact, there are some examples that ...
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Is でござる used in Modern Society?

If one speaks Japanese to a, say, stranger in Modern times, is 「でござる」still acceptable? If somebody says 「でござる」, what would be the people's general reaction?
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What is the difference between 家{うち}の子{こ}供{ども} versus 私{わたし}の子{こ}供{ども}?

I have no idea what the answer is for the following question. What is the difference between 家{うち}の子{こ}供{ども} versus 私{わたし}の子{こ}供{ども} ?
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Is it okay to use お帰りなさい on a collegue?

I just want to ask what is the impact of using お帰りなさい on someone who just come back from a business trip? well to elaborate a little, we have a Japanese employee in our company, and one of my ...
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neighbor, but on which side?

I am a beginner in Japanese and so far, I've met two words for "neighbor": 隣人 (りんじん) and となり, as in となりのトトロ :) In Danish, there are different words for neighbor, depending on the location of his/her ...
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Difference between 信用 and 信頼 and when to use which?

I am trying to teach myself some Japanese and I wanted to find out how to say "I don't trust anyone" or "I no longer trust this person (because of a bad experience". So I thought it was a good idea ...
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The difference between しなければ and するのでなければ?

Are they the same or is there another wording that is しないのでなければ? What does the latter mean? Does the するの in the front imply that it's something that has already been done? I'm interpreting it as ...
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中{なか} vs 中{ちゅう}

When to read a character as 中{なか}, and when to read it as 中{ちゅう}?
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Difference between 簡単{かんたん} and 易しい{やさしい}

I only know that both mean "easy". But when would I use 簡単{かんたん} or 易しい{やさしい} respectively?
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Differences between する, 及ぼす, 与える with 影響?

All three of these seem to translate to influence/affect. Are there any differences in meaning? Or are they interchangeable? I can't figure anything out by looking at example sentences (although I ...
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How to make comparisons using “like” in japanese?

So take the following (contrived) example in english. A: What does 'plane' mean? B: Which 'plane'? 'Plane' like 'the thing in the sky'? 'Plain' like 'hills on the ground'? Or 'plane' like 'a ...
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I'm trying to modify “cogito ergo sum” into “I write, therefore I am” - am I doing it right?

I apologize if I'm not making much sense, very much in the beginning of my studies. I'd like to modify the phrase "cogito ergo sum" into one that means 'I write, therefore I am'. What I came up with ...
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difference between 実際 and 実態

What's the difference between 実際 and 実態? apparently these are two different words, but looking at the entry for 実態 and 実際 i can't understand the difference. 実態: 実際の状態, 本当のありさま isn't it the same ...