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Grammar dictionary [closed]

The dictionary that I use primarily is http://dictionary.goo.ne.jp/ . I wanted to know of good sources online for looking up how different aspects of Japanese grammar work. I would prefer it if the ...
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[plain form]-んじゃない

When I was first learning Japanese, I learned that the explanatory form, -んです is always constructed by conjugating the verb in short form and adding -んです, and that the です part is never conjugated. But ...
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までに, まえに and うちに to express “before doing X, Y happens”

I've come across this sentence: 主人が帰ってくる までに 晩御飯の買い物と支度をしなければいけません.  I would have used まえに instead of までに. Is it correct? How does the meaning change? Furthermore, is it correct to say ...
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Is there a word or phrase for “run around”?

I'd like to know if there is a phrase similar to the English phrase of "running around". To explain more clearly, it should mean to be able to go out freely and do whatever one like's without being ...
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Comment dire “dossard” en japonais?

Un dossard est un morceau de tissu qui identifie les sportifs dans un marathon: Comment dire ça en japonais ? 日本語では、フランス語の「dossard」と同じ意味の言葉がありますか? In Japanese, is there an equivalent for the ...
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What is やっちゃるけんな?

This looks like やる in a colloquial form. Can someone clear up what this says?
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What's the difference between “な感じ” and “という感じ” when written after quotation marks?

な感じ was crossed out and replaced with という感じ in a sentence that I wrote that was similar to this one: その文には「それは私にはもったいない」 な感じ という感じ があると思う。 I think that sentence has a feeling of "that's more ...
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Not understanding 解{と}く in this sentence

This sentence comes from my JLPT practise book in a section explaining the use of 解{と}く: 練習{れんしゅう}問題{もんだい}は答{こた}えを見{み}ないで、自分{じぶん}で解{と}いてください。 I get that 解{と}く means to "unravel" or "solve", but ...
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How do the two ideas in this sentence come together?

I have this sentence as part of a question in my JLPT practise book: スリのグループがボスの合図{あいず}で乗客{じょうきゃく}から金{かね}を盗{ぬす}むのを目{ま}の当{あ}たりにして恐{おそ}ろしかった。 Part of the sentence means, "the pickpocket group ...
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How to say “Pretty women are not necessarily attractive, let alone ugly women”?

I want to say the following Pretty women are not necessarily attractive, let alone ugly women. in Japanese. My attempt is as follows. 不美人どころか、美人も魅力的だとは限らない。 Is it correct and natural?
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What are the Japanese words for MMA terminology?

Bit of a niche question specific (mostly) to words. I'm currently living in Japan and I'm a fan of mixed martial arts (MMA / UFC), watching and training. There are a couple of Japanese people I live ...
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Expressing 'likeness' and using ku Verbs in the past tense

I'm trying to say "I drew an original character in the NEWGAME! style" 俺はオリギナル、カラクターを描いたNEWGAME!みたい That is the way I formulated my sentence but it seems off; can someone help?
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How does one say 'my compliments to the chef'?

What is the expression 'compliments to the chef' or 'give my compliments to the chef' in Japanese? Is their a suitable matching phrase, or something that expresses a similar message? (Please ...
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What role does と play in this sentence?

What role does と play in the following sentence? みなさんは、アフリカの平原で、ライオンがのんびりと寝そべっている姿をテレビや映画などで、見たことがあるでしょう。 In my understanding, のんびり is a noun and 寝そべっている is a verb. So interconnecting a noun ...
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What does かこっかな mean?

I see this used but I can't figure out what it means.
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Japanese Names for Logical Fallacies?

Are there Japanese terms for logical fallacies, or are the English phrases used when they are discussed? If you're wondering what I mean by "logical fallacies," I mean anything on this list, courtesy ...
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Closed due to misunderstanding | How should I translate the sentence with ~のみ [closed]

There is a line in an anime said this: でも[高校生]{こうこうせい}のみ[運]{うん}ないな。 I understand all the vocabulary in the above line. However, I really don't know which one is indicated by のみ, the high school ...
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Using -ndesu correctly?

Does this translate correctly? First, let me go to the washroom. まず、おてあらいにいきたいんです。
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The usage of 向き合う in a romantic context, as well as sports

What would 向き合う mean in a romantic context? Is it something similar to "connecting with each other"? Or is it something else? In a sports context, does it automatically mean "facing each other as ...
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Would まで work here?

In this weekend's Wall Street Journal, there is an article about Russia being a hotbed for terrorism. I apologize for the serious subject matter, but I wanted to see if my understanding of the まで ...
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たらしめる? ex: “素晴らしいfontを素晴らしいものたらしめているのは何かについて学んだ。”

素晴らしいcalligraphyを素晴らしいものたらしめているのは何かについて学んだ。 I studied what makes great calligraphy to be great. With regard to たらしめる I don't understand that sentence structure. The presence of を means there must ...
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Meaning of には in this sentence.

……こういう時の遠坂にはどんなワガママもし放題なのであるが、生憎、ここはちょっとの油断で轢き飛ばされる制限速度六十キロ車道、二車線である。 When Tohsaka is like this she does anything she wants but, sadly, this is a a 2 lane traffic road with a limit of 60 km/h ...
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Using「仇」instead of 「敵」

Here is the full sentence including the word. 小気味いい矢吹丈と、ボクシングだけを想う老残の丹下段平、そしてチャーミングな仇役力石徹。 I found that the first Kanji 「仇」is 表外漢字 and an alternative form of 「敵」. Then, I am curious why the writer ...
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Questions about double particles 「は」in a same sentence and using comma

Here is the full sentence. 負けず嫌いで、しかも勇敢な矢吹丈は、ナイフで刺すとか拳銃で撃つといった、卑怯なリヴェンジは何も考えませんでした。 I guess that the first one would be the actual subject marker and the whole sentence would roughly be translated ...
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Using から (because) with nouns, adjectives and verbs

Could I please check my understanding of how から is used with nouns etc? I today read what I think were some rules. から needs だ/です depending on what precedes it. しずか ですから 散歩しましょう - -na adj, needs です ...
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What's the meaning of 来たこと?

Both of the following two sentences taken from two different sources contain 来たこと. How could this 来たこと be interpreted? 「来れたら行く」と言って来たことある人ってほとんどいない気がします。 (source) これは上流から見ているので奥から進んで来たことになる。 (source)...
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Meaning of さてと and general comprehension

The context: Maruko and her mum prepared food and bath salts as a new year's gift for Maruko's grandad (ともぞう) and grandma. But dad (ヒロシ) has just eaten all the food. Maruko protests and dad says: 「...
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What does 遅刻するとやばいんだけどな mean?

In something I was watching a hero whilst on his way to work heard a lady have their purse stolen and he said 遅刻するとやばいんだけどな Before he ran off to help her. I can understand what the first part ...
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Polite form of つかわないで ください

What is the polite equivalent of つかわないで ください ? (tsukawanaide kudasai) Can we write つかいませんで ください ?
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Master suppression techniques

"Master suppression techniques" also known as "domination techniques" are defined as "ways to indirectly suppress and humiliate opponents". Master suppression techniques are defined as strategies ...
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How to understand やすくて in this sentence?

How to understand やすくて in this sentence: 制服を買ってみたのは はじめてですが 見やすくてとても助かっています! At first time I tried to buy an uniform, but... 安くて is て-form of 安い, right? I can guess that in English it ...
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Why is it that Neptune's name is written as ネプテューヌ and not ネプチュヌ?

The title of Hyperdimension Neptunia game in Japanese is written as 超次元ゲイム ネプテューヌ. My question is, why Neptune is written as such? Shouldn't the "tu" in Neptune be be written as "tyu" (チュ)since it is ...
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やましたせんせいはこどもでしたか

hm.. does this mean "did he have children?" or "was he a child?" both seem irrelevant to the context of the book I'm learning from :/
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Why is という in ボソニックという食べ物 (for example) written in ひらがな rather than と言う?

Why is という in ボソニックという食べ物 (for example) written in ひらがな rather than と言う? In my understanding, ボソニックという食べ物 means "a food called Bosonic".
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Need a brief explanation of the grammar of って when it means “if … then”

The って I'm referring to is in the sixth line of the lyrics of a song called Don't you see! And it is right after 楽になる. 信じる事を止めてしまえば 楽になるってわかってるけど Judging from three translations of this song I ...
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How to determine which object this もう少し modifies?

The もう少し I'm referring to is in the third line of the lyrics of a song called Don't you see!: もう少しお互いを知り合うには 時間が欲しい Maybe I haven't learned much about the related grammar, but I'm thinking that the ...
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Can we use 近づける without an explicit object?

近づける is a transitive verb. X: 僕は子供を池に近づけない。I keep away the children from the pond. But there is a case in which 近づける is used without an object as the following sentence quoted from another answer....
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Describing progress of a project

I would like to know some natural phrases for describing that a project is running along smoothly. This is what I can think of but there may be better expressions. 最近のプロジェクトは着々と進んでいます。 ...
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How to ask “What are the necessary things to bring?” [closed]

I am going on to WWOOF in Hokkaido soon (a programme where you help out at a cafe/pension/farm in exchange for room). Kind of like a working holiday. I am just starting to learn Japanese so the ...
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How to read 大船 when it means “big boat”

How is 大船 most commonly read? jisho.org shows three readings, おおぶね, おおふな, and たいせん. There is apparently a place name where it is pronounced おおふな, and that is the pronunciation given by many automatic ...
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The 「と」 conditional to be used as “when”?

i'm not entirely sure but remember that conditionals could be used to also mean "when" when in is that the case here? ゲームを愛する引き篭もり少年・佐藤(さとう)和真(かずま)の人生は、あっけなく幕を閉じた・・・・・・はずだったが、目を覚ますと目の前に女神と名乗る美少女が。 ...
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Translation of 「項目」in the company president's speech

What could be the appropriate translaton of the word 「項目」in the next sentence? 私{わたし}から皆様{みなさま}に再度{さいど}お願い{おねがい}したいことは、次{つぎ}8つの項目{こうもく}についてです。 ① <...> ② <...> … ⑧ <...> I ...
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Phrasing with two clauses & how to say 'is'?

I am attempting to phrase 'I apologise/I'm sorry if my Japanese is impolite.' I have never phrased a sentence with two clauses before. Looking at the sentence as a whole, and using SOV, the subject ...
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Explaining the phrase なかなか片{かた}付{づ}かない

なかなか片{かた}付{づ}かない means "hard to clean up". My question is ~か~ part in this sentence. The verb is 片付ける, but what 片付か is doing here?
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What does こう mean in this sentence?

そのときに歴史の先生がこう呟きながら連れて行かれます。 Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xs-XWk_oQA 1:17 I'm assuming it's the word 斯う meaning "in this way," and here it would be describing how the teacher said the ...
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What's the correct transliteration of ~“yao mae”?

I've heard a martial arts Sensei use a phrase that sounds to my English ears like "yow may", I think in context (at the end of a teaching, when it was time to practice he would clap his hands and then ...
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How is 値 (あたい・ち・ね) read and when?

Out of the three lectures ね is the easiest to predict for me because it is always related to a price as in 値が張る (which is the only place where I would read it ね when alone), this lecture can also be ...
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Trouble understanding sentence

「質問に答えていない。 私は、人を殺すのが楽しいのかと訊いたのです」 サーヴァントを睨む。 歪な短刀を持った影は、 「とりわけ何も。第一、殺しちゃ楽しめねえだろ、色々」 ひひ、と。 愉しみを共有したがるよう、下卑た笑いを私に向けた。 What does that last sentence mean? I think he is saying something ...
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What is N+できる grammar?

Consider the following two sentences. A: 僕は左と右が区別できない。 B: 僕は左と右を区別することができない。 I often see B but just know A now. How can A be possible? What kind of grammar is A? The following sentence (from ...
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Asking 'how much'?

Which of these is a more appropriate/polite way of asking how much something costs without specifying the object? (I'm working at a very low level, so please be straightforward - no kanji, please ...

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