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Can ~て初めて grammar be used with negative verbs?

I found many examples for ~て初めて with positive verbs, for example: 生まれて初めて寿司を食べた。It is the first time in my life I ate sushi. 病気になって初めて健康の有り難さが分かってきた。I began to know the value of health only ...
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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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“Yale並みに学費の高い大学”. Is “並みに” a suffix? “の” between “並みに” / “学費” is optional?

original sentence: 私が選んだのは、Yale並みに学費の高い大学でした。 I think that "並みに" is a noun suffix? A "の" between "並みに" and "学費" is optional: 私が選んだのは、Yale並みにの学費の高い大学でした。 Why is that original sentence ...
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精一杯 usage in this sentence

とても受動的な感じで、どんな場面でも「教えてもらう」という姿勢が精一杯だったと思います。 I think that [Please teach me] is in every occasion an attitude filled with passivity. Is it correct? Link:http://ameblo.jp/c-partners/entry-...
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Confirmation regarding Japanese colors i-adjective

I want to ask confirmation regarding Japanese colors. I understand that there are NOUN, and I-adj version of some colors. Such as 赤&赤い、青&青い , etc But this part below is something I cannot confirm. ...
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What is the subject of a sentence like 文字を紙に書いてある?

What is doing てある in 文字を紙に書いてある? I have thought of 書いてある and 書かれている as basically the same, but in 文字が紙に書かれている it is clear that 文字 is doing ている while it isn't clear what is doing てある in 文字を紙に書いてある.
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Expressing a doubt between multiple items in an enumeration

Consider the sentence: "I am hesitating between A, B and C". What would go between A,B,C―迷っています? Asking someone to make a choice seems more straightforward (I would say "A,B,C(の中)から選んでください".) I ...
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How to parse たすけにいって

How to parse たすけにいって in 子猫をたすけにいって 子猫にかまれたらしい I think I understand the overall meaning, "It seems that he went to save the kitten and got bitten" but i want to understand more about the に いって.
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けど in the end of sentence

無理をしないように言ったけど。。 Is it an incomplete sentence? So she want to say "although I have told him not to overdo things... (he did it anyway). Here's the full story for the context... 今日、鈴木くんに会った時、...
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I want to translate a medical certificate into Japanese. I'm not sure I used the right vocabulary and grammar. Because I used google translator [closed]

Medical certificate・診断書 This is to certify that・これはそれを証明します name of the patient・患者名 date of birth・生年月日 male・男性 female・女性 place of residence・ご住所 or 住んでいる場所 country・出身国 is an insulin-dependent diabetic. ...
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Vague subject of sentence

どうして田中が好きなんですか From what i understand, the sentence above doesn't have any subject, so depending on the context, it can be both Why do I like Tanaka? or Why do you like Tanaka? Is this correct ?
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How can I express a “person has a desire to do something”?

Sometimes I want to tell expressions like: Mrs. Honda wants to swim in the sea. All I have in my Japanese notes is: 私はケータイがほしいです。(Syntax used for expressing my personal desires for an object) ...
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What does “日本の『水文化』” refer to?

I need to write a short essay with this title, but I don't know anything about the Japanese Water culture. Any help explaining the concept, please?
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How would you say “the ___ family”?

So in English, we might talk about a family by saying (for example) "the Johnson family" or "the Johnsons." Is there an equivalent you use in Japanese? And would you use the same language when talking ...
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How can I describe Japanese home, family and school life? [closed]

I need to write a letter to my Year 11 Japanese teacher pretending that I have been on a 3-month homestay in Japan. I have to compare my host brother's life with my own in Australia. Unfortunately, I ...
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How does the までに work in ご参考までに

I know it means roughly "for your reference", but I can't really grasp why it means that based on my understanding of までに (which I consider roughly as 'before' or 'by'). I can't really come to any ...
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When I ask a simple question should I ask it in negative form?

My textbook is prompting me to ask questions: "Don't you want to see a movie?" eiga o mimasen ka? "Don't you want to eat dinner?" bangohan o tabemasen ka? I'm wondering if I should be ...
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Can someone verify the reasons I give for using a “wa” and “ga” in this sentence?

私の生みの母は、若い未婚の日本人だったため、私を養子に出そうと決心したのです。彼女がこだわったのは、私の養子先は日本に住んでいる家族でなければ、ということでした。 The highlighted "は" looks to be there for thematic reasons? The highlighted "ga" looks to be there for neutral ...
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What does と言ってしまった mean?

この前、大嫌いと言ってしまったのに*。 Translated as: Even though I told him that I hate him so much. I understand most of it except for しまった。Looks like a verb in past form, しまる? 閉まる? That doesn't seem to make ...
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一人の彼女 versus 彼女の一人

Sometimes I find 一人の彼女 but sometimes I also find 彼女の一人 Is there any difference?
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Use of する and しまう

忘れ物をしました 忘れ物をしまったんです 忘れ物をしてしました 忘れ物をしてしまったんです Are all these four expressions acceptable, what is the difference among them?
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What is the tiny difference between the two sentences?

How should I translate these sentences? It seems that their English translations are almost the same: 窓があきます 窓があいています And, in a similar instance: 電灯がつきます 電灯がついています
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Relation between 大学, 学校 and 大学校

These are the specifications, that I do already know: [学校]{がっこう} = school, including [小学校]{しょうがっこう}, [中学校]{ちゅうがっこう}, etc. [大学]{だいがく} = university (used frequently) [大学校]{だいがっこう} = university (not a ...
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What does the word 性故か mean?

I found the word 性故か while reading. I tried to look at the dictionary but found nothing. Here is the entire sentence: それとも逆らえぬ性故か I don't really understand, please help!
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Is 生まれてくる an active thing, and how to translate it?

For the birth of our son, we received a very nice card saying: うまれてきてくれて ありがとう While I entirely understand what it says, it seems impossible to express that exact meaning with the same nuance ...
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How to express love in japanese?

We know that in japanese people usually say '愛している', TO LOVER. CAN i say 愛する? or あなたがすきです?. Besides, is '愛している' is a single verb?
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How to say “leave a gap”?

As in instructions for making something. Like "leave a gap on the left side" or "leave gaps on both sides" 「左側に間をする」 「両側に間をする」 I'm guessing this is like "do a space" which makes no sense
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Do Japanese people tend to be vague even when talking about people their listeners know?

I've noticed that a couple of my Japanese friends, when talking about their plans, might say something like 「友達に会う」, "I'm meeting a friend", even though the unnamed "friend" is someone we both know. ...
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Please help with translation. Old guitar

I have an old 1970's electric guitar we believe to be made in Japan. Need help translating this writing please. It was located inside the interior of the guitar. If it is in fact Japanese. The writing ...
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help with two lines of this song

These are two lines of the song "believe" of Kalafina... 1-what means 巡{めぐ}り来る時の中{なか}で? 巡{めぐ}り来る時の中{なか}で出{で}会{あ}った君といた僕を信{しん}じている 2-it is normal to change the order in songs (蒼{あお}い日々を切{き}り開{ひら}...
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In this sentence, is changing “迎える” to “迎えられる” for a potential or honorific reason?

Here is part of a document that I am reading: 本日は、世界最高の大学のひとつで卒業式を迎えられる皆さんとご一緒できて、とても光栄です。 "everyone who is able to be attending" or "everyone who is attending" as an honorific ?
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What does と in “対象とする” mean?

In Japanese version of Magic: the Gathering cards, there is a common idiom "[target description] を対象とする。[subject] それに [action]." For example, in this card: the Japanese text says "...
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Appending 内 to a company name is read ない or うち?

For example, if I say マイクロソフト内のパートナーシップは強いです, is the 内 here read as うち or ない?
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-まする verb ending. Is る a particle?

Has anyone ever come across the form -まする where -ます would be expected? I have just come across a sentence ending ...と存じまする. My first thought was that る must be a particle, but I can't find any ...
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Should: ほうがいい、べき、ことだ

So far, I have learned about three different ways to say "should" in Japanese. I'm interested in knowing the differences among ほうがいい、べき and ことだ. What are some situations that each form would be better ...
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Would “Jr.” be included with the family name or given name?

On the application that I am filling out, they have split up the name section into three parts much like any English application, but instead of 'Last name' it says 'Family name'. I usually put my ...
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What's the difference between [歓喜]{かん・き} and [喜悦]{き・えつ}?

From the definitions and examples I've seen, it seems that 喜悦 focuses more on the emotion of joy/happiness, and 歓喜 focuses more on the experience of the joy. Or am I looking too far into it?
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Is ある or いる used for moving water?

Much has been written about the distinction between ある and いる, such as which is appropriate for robots or corpses.I know water is usually referred to with ある, but in a sentence such as 'この川にはいっぱい水が「ある/...
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Is the object uniquely determined when using は in the following sentences?

卵は私が食べた。Speaking of the egg, I ate. Is what I ate the egg? Is it possible that I ate something other than the egg?
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Can もう一つ Be Used As a Question?

Hirigana: もう一{ひと}つ Translation: Another; One More Scenario: I'm drinking with a close friend and we've both finished our beers. I get up to go to the fridge, point to his empty bottle and say "もう一{...
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A single verb or phrasal verb that means “I have no choice but it is better if I let you win”?

Consider the following situations: Your mother has just one cake. You and your younger brother really like that cake. If you eat the cake, your younger brother will cry. As you are older so you must ...
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In a sentence that ends with a verb, when could “が” modify a 3rd person pronoun?

3rd person pronouns (both English and Japanese) and the particle "は" have a commonality. For pronouns (jp & eng) antecedent must exist in the conversation. An "antecedent" is what the pronoun ...
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Why is あるうちに correct but 残るうちに is not?

This question comes from 新完全マスター文法N2: ( )うちに欲しい物を買っておこう。 1. お金がある 2. 給料をもらう 3. お金が残る The second answer seems pretty obviously incorrect to me, but I'm not sure why #1 is correct yet #3 is not. ...
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です after some verbs

Super beginner question. I've learned that です means something like the state of being, or close to the be verb. Recently I found the following phrase: 犬がほしいです。 Why does it end with です if I am saying ...
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Understanding ということのはずだ in this sentence

食事に求められるものは多々あるがー栄養バランスだの、しあわせ感だの、心の交流だのーしかしそのなかでもっとも求められているものは、空腹を満たす、一刻もはやく満たす、ということのはずだが、...rant continues There are many things that are desired in a meal but, nutritional balance, a happy ...
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にしても and としても, is there a difference?

にしても and としても...Don't they both have a meaning of "even if"? Is there any subtle difference between these two forms?
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What are the differences between 出かける and 行く?

What are the differences between A and B? I think both mean almost the same thing. I often went to various places once I had bought a new car. A: 新しい車を買ったばかりのころは、よくいろいろな所へ行った。 B: ...
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What form is あり?

On the road outside my daughter's nursery is painted 保育園アリ. I guess this is a form of ある, but what's it called, and why is あり used not ある?
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Questions about causative constructions

If I wanted to say "The teacher who made the kids write a letter to their friend in the hospital", how should I write it? Are 2 にs ok in the same sentence? Would 病院にいる友達に子供に手紙を書かせた先生。be acceptable?...
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貢がせる verb and its usage

遠坂にそんな高価な品を貢がせる悪しき男はあたしが天に代わって誅罰を下してくれるわー!キエー!」 【貢がせる女、貢ぐ男】 1. 思わせぶりな態度で男に貢がせようとする女のこと。 2. セックスのために売春婦に金を払う男、または付き合うために女に貢ぐ男。 The evil man who is tricking Tohsaka with precious goods. Is this ...

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