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Is 「ごとと」 used as a particle or just plain word?

I wonder what does 「ごとと」 does in this sentence そもそも陸上部は恋愛ごとと断絶していたのに I've tried to use Jisho.org but to no avail, there are no definition of it which are relevant to the content of the sentence. ...
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What does the word 「間すらない」 mean?

Here is the sentence including the word. へいの中{なか}にはいったとたん投{とう}石{せき}をかけるやられて あの調{ちょう}子{し}だ! 声{こえ}をかける間{ま}すらないのだ
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“to offer” in Japanese?

Using a dictionary to learn Japanese turned out to be more difficult than expected. I wanted to say "I offered him a haircut but he refused." and "I offered him a beer." and "I offered him a ride." ...
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What does the word 「いつの間に」 mean?

I have looked up in an online dictionary and found out that 「いつの間にか」 means before one knows. For another question, when I have came across 「いつの間に通信」 in an instruction manual, I'm not sure if I can ...
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What does the word 「しとったんや」 mean?

Here is the sentence including the word. だいたいだな ジョーってやつはじぶんの腹{はら}をこやすために うちのせがれどもを利{り}用{よう}しとったんや
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あなた when a guy says that to a girl

I read online about different usages for あなた and how it can convey meanings and it's best to be avoided as it can come off as rude. so I got into a situation where I was referred as anata by an older ...
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What does the word 「やで」 mean?

Here is the sentence including the word. おまえさん とこのジョーは自{じ}分{ぶん}の身{み}を守{まも}るがためにわしらの子{こ}どもまでまきぞえにしとるんやで。
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Relationship between どゆこと and どういうこと

I came across the expression "どゆこと" in the show "世界の日本人妻は見た!". For example, at 21:12 in an episode involving a Mongolian husband. The phrase is also mentioned in the Wikipedia article about the show: ...
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Naming An International Headquarters

I posed this question previously, however the answers were somewhat ambiguous. I simply wished to see if there is a Japanese grammatical rule which would allow an organization whose primary martial ...
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手を貸す and 'lend a hand' - coincidence?

At some point I found that 手を貸す both literally and figuratively means 'to lend a hand' - is the resemblance a coincidence?
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Japanese Dog Training Commands

My fiance and I will be moving to Japan sometime next year and are trying to prepare our dog for the experience by teaching her Japanese commands so she can be easily handled by ...
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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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What does「そのせい」means?

Found a sentence 屋上に来てしまったのもそのせい What does そのせい means in that sentence ?
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What does 「だける」means in this sentence?

Found this in book that I've just read きっとその魅力がわかていただけるかと思います
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Are all kanji compounds considered words?

A friend once commented to me that Japanese has a larger vocabulary than English. I said I didn't think it did, because it wasn't really accurate to call all kanji compounds "words". My friend said I ...
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Is 超 (chō) seldom used in written works?

Is it true that the prefix 超 to mean “very” is seldom used in written works (like novels, not counting direct speech), and is usually only used when talking?
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inter- and intra- prefix

What would one use for the equivalent of the "inter-" and "intra-" prefixes in English? e.g. intercity, intracity, inter-server etc I did a fair amount of looking around. 間 looks like it might be ...
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What does the word 「ぶったてる」mean?

Here is the sentence including the word. このドヤがいの西{にし}のはずれにりっぱな総{そう}合{ごう}病{びょう}院{いん}をぶったてること!
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What does the word 「たたっ」 mean?

I'm not sure if it means "very long time" in this sentence. If it means that, what does the 「っ」 do in the sentence? ジョーのやろうは刑{けい}務{む}所{しょ}へたたっこまれるようなことになるんでしょうか?
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What does the 「おかけしやして」mean?

Here is the dialogue including the word. A: とまあこんなところが矢{や}吹{ぶき}丈{じょう}の罪{ざい}状{じょう}だが...   あんたもずいぶんたいへんな少年を保護していたものだな ええ? B: どうもごめいわくおかけしやして...
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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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What does the word 「よりうけ」mean?

Here is the sentence including the word. 生{せい}活{かつ}費{ひ}そのほかいっさいのせわを丹{たん}下{げ}氏{し}よりうけ
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Japanese Term for “Cutscene”?

As in, the kind you would see in a video game. Do people just use カットシーン, or is there some specific term?
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Odd misconceptions of question particle かい [closed]

This website claims it be a 'very, very strong, very male, yes/no version of か. (There are a lot of other problems with that website, too. It feels a little shameful that I found it by a link on this ...
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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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What does 「たまらん」 mean?

Just found a book and read the synopsis: 余命一週間と宣告された“たまらん”こと玉木走太 Is this equivalent in meaning to 洒落にならない?
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How to say something is not unusually x

In the case in question, my intention is to say that something is good, but isn't unusually delicious. My attempt has been いい味がしますが、非常に美味しいじゃありません。 My concern is that I've made an error in the ...
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How does 生まれ translate in this context?

こんにちは、皆さん。ちょっと質問があります。 今日、この歌を聞きました。 最初の歌詞はこれです: アイデンティティがない 生まれない らららら でも意味が分かりません。英訳するができない。 「(If you) have no identity, (you) haven't been born」と思いますが、確かめたいです。 日本語で説明していい。手伝てくれてありがとう!
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Why are the words 「とうもろこし」 and 「とうきび」 used more commonly in Hokkaido than 「コーン」?

Why are the words 「とうもろこし」 and 「とうきび」 so commonly used in Hokkaido, whereas 「コーン」 seems to be more commonly used on the other islands of Japan?
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“You know what they say…” in Japanese

So, I'm living in Japan right now, and I've been stocking up on idioms to make my speaking a little less stilted. In English, I like to proceed an idiom with something like "You know what they say," ...
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The usage of ~かね

Can you describe, in great detail, how ~かね is used, please?
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What does the word 「やり」mean?

It was said by a guy who has just realized that his kid has done something improperly. Here is the sentence including the word. 丈{じょう}のやろうついにやってはならねえことまで やりやがったか....
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Humble language for other people as an insult

In fiction, I've occasionally seen humble language used for other people - it seems to be an insult, and is most common as a command (申せ!). Is my perception correct, and is the insult sense restricted ...
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Questions about the words 「いくつ」and 「あってもたりゃ」

It is a situation when a worker noticed that one of his colleagues is working all day and all night without taking a rest. He then said the following: それじゃいくつからだがあってもたりゃしねえ。 Then his ...
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Difference between「広げる」、「拡げる」

These have the same reading as ひろげる, but a different kanji. Is there any variation in connotation between these, or is it just variant spelling? Is 広げる then, as I believe it is, the more commonly used ...
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Does 京都 use じゃ、や、or だ?

Also, is ね used at all in 関西? I know な is at least more common, even among female speakers. And has どす fallen out of use?
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What does 「ことにならあね」 mean?

Here is a sentence including the phrase. 路{ろ}上{じょう}でたたき売{う}りしようが こそドロやろうがめんどうみようってことにならあね。 Is it equivalent to 「ことにならない」?
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What does the word 「したって こられりゃ」 mean?

Here is the sentence including the word. しかし 里子といってもこのきずついた子どもたちをほんとうにいたわれるおとななんていやしない なんとなくいびり出されてそこをとび出し また 兄貴かぶのおれをしたってあつまってきちまったんだ したって こられりゃおれも男さ
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What does いいんだな mean?

An example I read is: こちらの条件を呑んだ、と認識していいんだな. (They) have accepted our conditions... What does the last part mean, and how does it affect the first part?
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What do the words 「ばかこくでねえ」 and 「へえるはずさ」 mean?

I have found it in a manga. It is a dialogue discussing to the third person going into a Pachinko shop. Here is the full sentence. ばかこくでねえ へえるはずさ あとで パチンコ屋【や】の店【てん】員【いん】がしらべたらよ。 What do the ...
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What do the words 「やった台」 and 「はずしてあった」 mean?

I have found them in a manga. It is a dialogue discussing to the third person going into a Pachinko shop. Here is the full sentence. ジョーがやった台【だい】はガラスがはずしてあっただと What do the words やった台 and ...
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What do the words 「しとられん」, 「ちゅうて」 and 「おびえとるん」 mean?

I have found them in a manga. It is a dialogue discussing to the third person going into a Pachinko shop. Here is the full sentence なんせ ここいらの商人【しょうにん】どもは あのジョーがくると おちおち商売【しょうばい】しとられん ちゅうて おびえとるん ...
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「悪気があっての答え」 vs 「悪気がある答え」

Hi all I was wondering what is the difference between these two sentences: 「決して悪気があっての回答ではないです。」 「決して悪気がある回答ではないです。」 I can't really make out the gist of the meaning of 「あっての」. WWWJDIC's ...
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How to accuse someone of lying

うそだ isn't really a serious accusation. How would you say 'you're lying' more seriously?
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In what type of social settings could one say “百姓{ひゃくしょう}”?

My understanding is that " 百姓 " is a very impolite way to refer to modern-day traditional Japanese farmers. A good translation might be " country bumpkin ". As best I can remember: I learned that ...
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Is the phrase 僕も私も used in ordinary speech?

It seems common in advertising, but is it used in speech?
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“Also…” interjection in Japanese, Appending an additional request or afterthought

In Japanese, how would one go about appending an additional request or afterthought? For example: 1: お水【みず】をお願【ねが】いします。 "Water please." 2: あっ、(・・・)、氷【こおり】を入【い】れていただけませんか。 "..Ah also, ...
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About: 開いた口がふさがらない

開いた口がふさがらない means: Feel shocked, or Unbelievable, right? My question is: What does ふさがらない mean, what is that verb without ない?
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What is the difference between んじゃない and んだ?

I came across the following sentence: 「…あの犯行予告、俺がやったんじゃないんだけどな。」 I also have English subtitles which translate this phrase as: "I wasn't the one who issued that threat, but no matter." What's the ...
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Validity of 紅葉が出来る?

Based off my understanding of できる in this context, it is used to describe something as coming to be. Would saying 紅葉ができる be a natural way of saying that the red leaves of autumn have come to be (i.e. ...