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Use of object marker with no verb

I've checked this link but i'm afraid it didn't help my understanding in this example: とし子ちゃんにきくと、やっぱり自分のことをふつうだと言った。 When she asked とし子, とし子 also said that her own affairs were ordinary (my, ...
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Is a sentence like 彼がやったんだ past or present tense?

For example, in an a situation like 誰がやった? 彼がやったんだ Would the latter sentence be considered past or present tense? Is んだ a combination of の and だ with だ as a copula, or is it a different ...
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What sound symbolism related to masturbation exist ?

Ideophones are words that stand for instance for physical sensation,psychological states or even abstract ideas. For instance: niko niko smile patan the sensation of slamming a door honobono ...
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The meaning of 段階で揉める

「そこで、まずは世界を望み通りにしたいと言えばよいのじゃ。実際にどうしたいかは後で考える」 「そういうのもありなのか……」 「試練を乗り越えたその時に、エストが望む世界に変えられよう……王も、国も、アルマとやらもしたいようにするがよい」 「望み通り……か」 「うむ、望みは具体的でない方が得策じゃ」 「家族に結婚を認めさせようと挑んだカップルが、冒険している内に冷めきって、...
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Native usage of けど

I understand that けれども/けれど/けど means "although, however, but", but I'm looking for the daily usage of it. It looks like that native Japanese use this particle not only when they are trying to ...
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Can you nominalise a verb for specific subjects by adding a noun after the verb in ている form?

Assuming "学校で読んでいる本は簡単なの?" translates as "Are you finding reading books at school easy?", is there a general nominalising rule here? From another question about こと and の, it's clear that the ...
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Are Japanese translations for “Pearl Harbor” ever used metaphorically?

In English, "Pearl Harbor" is sometimes used metaphorically to indicate an unannounced attack, or an event that strongly changes the outlook of a community. Can these metaphorical meanings be used in ...
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Question about ね

Once I read that the sentence ending particle "ね" is not only used when we are asking for an agreement or expressing our agreement, but it is also used when we are talking about our experience, our ...
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ni vs te form to express continuity/reason

What is the difference between the two Structures: 1: VERB ni VERB. ex:sentaku ni dekakemasu. 2:VERB(te form) VERB. ex:nagarete kaeimashita. (The example are from momotarou)
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What's the difference between 消える and 消え失せる?

In what situations would you use 消え失せる instead of 消える, and 消える instead of 消え失せる?
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Use of 差し込む to describe the sun

I have this sentence: 建物と建物の間から差し込む太陽が音もなく世界を赤くにじませる夕方、... An evening in which the sun piercing from between buildings silently blurs the world with red. I'm struggling with what the sun is ...
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What does the に in 見るに全員が全員 do?

一団は種族がてんで統一されていない冒険者で、見るに全員が全員、生半可じゃない実力を漂わせているような....。 I'm not sure how to interpret this phrase. What does the に do in this phrase? Thanks!
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What does 「まさかそれが、」 mean at the beginning of this sentence?

まさかそれが、あのような惨劇{さんげき}を引{ひ}き起{お}こす事{こと}になるとは、知{し}るよしもなかったのです。 What if 「まさかそれが、」 is at the beginning of a sentence? What does it mean? Would it mean something like "That's it,"?
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いくつになったら in this sentence

いくつになったら買ってくれるの? I'm not sure of the grammar used in this sentence. いくつ-> Does this still refer to how many? になった->Is the なった here a conjugation of なる (To become)? Also is the の at the end of the ...
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Why is the “-masen” form used to convey the meaning of negative present perfect here?

I was reading the basic dictionary of Japanese grammar, an entry on が to be exact, and they used this interesting example sentence: 走っていますが、ちっとも痩せません。 and translated it as "I'm running, but I haven'...
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Use of the particle を/に indicating target of an action - animate vs inanimate?

Currently learning Japanese from Rosetta stone, and so far, whenever a verb is acting on something, I've always seen the particle を used - eg: 彼{かれ}は本{ほん}を読{よ}んでいます。 Now the program has thrown ...
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には in this context

デイブ: カナダも暖冬です。海が全部凍りません。だから、アザラシが逃げます。 恵子: まあ、かわいそうですね。シロクマは。でも、アザラシにはよかったかも! Here is like a conversation between two people about polar bears in Canada. What I am confused about is the use of ...
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What is the meaning/usage of あのね/あのな at the start of a sentence?

によによ によによ ちょ、なによ、その顔?何か言いたいの、二人とも? 何もありません。ただ、今はこういう反応をすべきかと思いまして。 俺はサイエに自分と同じ顔をしろと言われてな。 で、この「によによ」に、なにか意味でもあったのか? あのね… Occasionally I'll see this usage where someone ...
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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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Are there more い adjectives or more だ adjectives?

Learning adjectives, I knew there are two major groups of adjectives い and だ. I am wondering, which group has more adjectives?
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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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What do the これ in これは失礼しました and これはしまった refer to?

Is it correct to view these as referring to the past actions of the speakers? So, for example, the speaker makes a blunder and then realises this and says/thinks 「これはしまった」(Which I think is short for ...
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規則性の無い meaning and usage

In Influent, the language learning game, 規{き}則{そく}性{せい}の無{な}い is used to mean 'random'. In checking the term, I see that it does appear in usage, though the dictionary I use (jisho.org) does not list ...
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Confused with an relative clause in active and passive form

I want to say I like eggs that are boiled in 7 minutes. My attempt is as follows but I am not sure which correct. A: 七分煮た卵が好きです。 B: 七分煮られた卵が好きです。 How to make an relative clause in ...
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What is a 甘えるような態度?

I'm not asking for a translation, but rather what kind of gestures/actions/behavior does it refer to?
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Meaning of 「逃げることないじゃん!」

My best guess at this point is that this means "you definitely can't escape". The English translation (which I've learned to take with a grain of salt) translates it as "Don't run off!" In context, ...
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僕 in 敬語 - is it possible?

With 丁寧語, it's very possible - 僕が行きます is a perfectly normal thing to say. But what of 僕が参ります? Would that sound odd? 私が参ります would be more normal, I think, but is 僕が参ります possible at all?
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耳をすます、何といみですか?what does it mean? [closed]

私は漢字ドリル本から漢字を勉強している。例文は”耳をすます”。 The sentence stands alone with no context.
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~くする or ~にする versus ~くなる or ~になる

According my teacher, ~くする or ~にする is used for direct action, but ~くなる or ~になる is used for indirect action For me, the meaning of direct and indirect is a bit ambiguous. Consider there is a tool ...
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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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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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What is じゃねんじゃ.. My friend say it is Tsukkomi but I don't get it

I posted this タイからこんにちは! in the web somewhere with my Twitter ID. And then there is someone new followed me in Twitter with a tweet タイからこんにちは! じゃねんじゃ in his timeline. I wonder what that actually means....
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Do 見える - 見せる come from 見る?

I have not learnt much yet but I am interested in knowing it quickly. My questions are: Do 見える (to see, to be seen, to be visible, to appear) and 見せる (to show, to display) come from 見る (to look, to ...
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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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The 普通形 of a verb in Japanese - future and habitual interpretations [duplicate]

According to my grammar book, the 普通形 of a verb in Japanese usually has two functions: it shows a regular common action and the action that the subject is going to do in the future. For instance: (...
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How to distinguish between う/よう of volition and suggestion?

Reading a lesson on 国語文法.com, I'm having difficulty telling 意志 from 勧誘. E.g. 「今度こそ成績をあげよう。」 is stated is that of volition (意志). However, why can't it be "(I suggest you to) improve your grades!"? ...
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Emphatic / Focus loss upon translating between active and passive sentences?

Background information (Do point out if I got anything wrong along the way) So I'm working through Jay Rubin's Making Sense of Japanese, and I've familiarized myself with the concept of zero ...
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Adverbial Clauses

Thinking about sentence structure in Japanese. Given that the simplest sentence in Japanese is a stand-alone verb, would it be valid to say that the rest of the sentence is an adverbial clause, and ...
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manzai vs banzai

In ancient times people usually said 'banzai, banzai'. But the kanzi 万歳, according to the context in dictionary, has two different ways of reading, banzai and manzai. So which one is correct in which ...
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What is 〜んだ and how is it used?

I was listening to a playlist of songs today and I heard the line 「…目を開け弱さをかき消すんだ」 What exactly is 〜んだ and when/how is it used?
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Sentence patterns for starting a picture description

I'm trying to do some picture descriptions to practice my Japanese (which is quite at a beginner level), just to avoid to focus only on grammar and 漢字 memorization, which can become really boring ...
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How is から used here?

An exchange goes like this 「from 第三夢」: A「どうも盲目は不自由でいけないね」と云った。 B「だから負おぶってやるからいいじゃないか」 A「負ぶって貰もらってすまないが、どうも人に馬鹿にされていけない。親にまで馬鹿にされるからいけない」 I thought the first [subordinate] clause ended ...
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How does ようにして work when followed by a verb/al?

Off these excerpts from 夢十夜: A 「田圃{たんぼ}へかかったね」と背中で云った。 B 「どうして解る」と顔を後うしろへ振り向けるようにして聞いたら、 A 「だって鷺{さぎ}が鳴くじゃないか」と答えた。 "asked by turning my head towards my back"? この時代の藁沓は深いものであった。立つと膝頭{ひざがしら}まで来た。...
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Does the pronunciation of ん also change with another word within a sentence?

For example, the word かばん (bag) is pronounced kabaN when it's alone but what if another word like と (and) comes after it? Would it be still pronounced kabaNto, or should you consider the following と ...
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How is 情けは人の為ならず used?

Is it used in the positive sense "you should do good things for others! good things will happen to you as well" or rather, negative "good things are rooted in selfish motivations", or something else?
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Answering exams in Japanese

When you are taking up an exam that is not written in 丁寧語 but rather in dictionary form, and it requires a brief answer from you (for example, the problem you have to answer is simply 「理由:」 ), are you ...
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Difference between verb ~ている + (瞬間・とき)

I know that verb + ~ている+ 瞬間【しゅんかん】 has a similar usage to ~ている+とき, for example 目を閉じている瞬間 and 目を閉じているとき. I want to know what is the difference between these two in general, will it change the meaning ...
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How to interpret this comma?

ですから、一回限りの人生、かけがえのない自己を大切にしようではありませんか。 So, shall we value this irreplaceable self in this life that we have but once? (example sentence from A Dictionary of Intermediate Japanese Grammar) How ...
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What does 元本払戻金 mean?

I'm curious what 元本払戻金 means (in a financial/investment context), if there is a corresponding single English word, and how it is pronounced. Thanks!
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How do I greet a group of people in different time zones?

Let's say a group of friends from different countries are in a Skype call. For me, perhaps it's morning, while others are in midday or nighttime hours in their respective countries. When in a one-on-...

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