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Difference between 可決 and 許可?

I want to know the difference between 可決 and 許可. I searched the dictionary and the meaning is quite the same: approval or permission. So, what is the difference and how to use them differently?
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Difference between 月曜 and 月曜日

I just want to know what the difference is between the two and their proper usage because in dictionary they seem almost the same.
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名 and 名前 - the difference

My impression is that, in speech, 名前 is polite, and 名 is ruder - but in writing, 名 sounds more literary. Am I correct?
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Alternative word to “お[巡]{まわ}りさん”? [duplicate]

I do not like the word "お巡りさん" because it sounds おこちゃま. I doubt an adult would say such a word. What is an alternative word to say for "お巡りさん"? In daily conversation, can I say 警察者{けいさつしゃ} instead ...
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How has japanese writing changed in the last century? [on hold]

This is a fairly vague question and I will try and make it more specific, but, if possible, could you list the changes that have occured in japanese writing in particular? (e.g character change, ...
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What is the Japanese term for putting an arm around another's shoulder?

What is the Japanese term for putting an arm around another's shoulder? it is kind of hard, at first I am thinking of 抱きしめる but I think it is more about embracing someone (tightly). Thank you for the ...
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proper usage of 出かける

What is the proper usage of 出かける because most of the time I am only using 行く or 出る for example 川へせんたくしに行く and I don't get its difference from 川へせんたくに出かける thanks for the responds
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What's the difference between まねをする and ふりをする?

What's the difference between まねをする and ふりをする and what would be each one's proper translation?
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Study names end in 論 - criteria?

I've noticed that some studies are named with a 論 suffix in Japanese, and effectively in Korean as well. They are otherwise simply suffixed with 学 in Chinese and Vietnamese. Compare these examples: ...
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Which is the difference of meaning beetween 業 and 行?

I was looking at the 20 precepts of karate and I really like this one: 空手の修業は一生である The translation should be something like: Karate is a lifelong pursuit. Looking for it on google.co.jp ...
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What's the difference between つれて行く and 送りします

つれて行く means to take someone somewhere, eg: 毋はびょういんへつれて行ってくれました However in the classic ご覧のスポンサーの提供でお送りします,送りしますmeans like "bringing you, taking you." Are these two phrases interchangable?
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This is pretty long, do you say this fully or is it one or the other? Also what does it mean? では・じゃ}ありません

I just read this lesson on imabi and i'm confused. "To make a polite negative phrase, you have two options. You can simply add です to ~ない. When you do this, you aren't actually saying "is" again. In ...
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Can you explain this a little better? [on hold]

New information does not equate to contrast. So, it's not that the sentence below equates to either the bird is blue or the bird is blue. Providing details is something we do all the time in a ...
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手を出す — how to use it?

I have learnt 手を出す from watching Anime. In the context it was 子供に手を出したりしないわよ (if I heard correctly) and it means that she wouldn't make a move on a child. Can I use this word without any sexual ...
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Use of である in formal writing after volitional form

I need to write a short abstract for research paper in Japanese, I used the desu/masu-kei, but thought about changing it to the formal writing style de aru form. I get that である is used after nouns ...
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Different ways to refer to oneself (2-in-1 question)

I have two questions about ways to refer to oneself in Japanese. Since they are so closely related I am posting both in the same thread but if anyone here strongly disagrees with this please let me ...
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“on the drive home” / “while I was driving home”?

How can I say "on the drive home"? I could come up with 帰り道に but this really doesn't give any information about the fact that I was driving. I am planning to use this phrase to say something ...
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「Vていった」 v.s. 「Vてきた」 in the case of 「お花しおれてっちゃった」

In the animated film Spirited Away, there is a line (00:00:54) saying: 「お花しおれてっちゃった」, a contracted form of 「お花がしおれていってしまった」. According to this page by 東京外国語大学, the difference between 「Vていった」 and ...
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What is the term (if any) for heaty and cooling foods in Japanese?

Partially quoted from "Heaty and Cooling Foods": When a Chinese uses the terms 'heaty' or 'heatiness' to describe the kinds of foods he/she would like to have or avoid, most Westerners would ...
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Understanding correct choice on N1 grammar question

I'm starting my JLPT N1 study, but am already running into roadblocks just reading the example sentences which is rather embarrassing. The way things are going, I'll have many more questions in the ...
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When to use ください (kudasai) or お願いします (onegaishimasu) in requests?

When asking for something I seem to hear sentences end in both ください (kudasai) and お願いします (onegaishimasu). Is there a difference and how do I know when to use which?
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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 ...