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na-adjective + に particle?

Why is a に particle following a na-adjective in the following sentence? I know that the particle has several uses, e.g. direction and location of existence, but I don't know the reason why it is being ...
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What is the difference between ガスコンロ and ガスレンジ?

What is the difference between ガスコンロ and ガスレンジ?
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What is the difference between「ブームメント」 and「ムーブメント」and do they share the same connotation as “movement” in English?

少し前まで潜り屋と揶揄されていた探索者達は独自のブームメントを巻き起こしているのである。 My question is to help me understand what 「ブームメント」 and「ムーブメント」 mean in Japanese using the example above. ブームメント gives the impression of something much ...
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によって and passive question

実力差は明確だった。 ライダーの速度は攻めれば攻めるほど減速していく。 目にも止まらぬ高速移動と連続攻撃。 セイバーによって傷つけられた体を癒す自然治癒。 後の事など考えない。 全ての燃料を燃やして畳み掛けなければセイバーを抑えきれない。 The fantranslation says: Natural healing that regenerates ...
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Why are some sharks named after birds?

Some sharks are seemingly named after birds: great white shark: hoojirozame 頬白鮫 from hoojiro (meadow bunting) sandbar shark: mejirozame 目白鮫 from mejiro (white-eye) blue shark: yoshikirizame 葦切鮫 from ...
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What difference does it add when you write それで or これで instead of それは/それが and これが/これは?

What difference does it add when you write the で particle after words like それ and これ?
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What is 「ピプロシン体」?

This is the first time I've failed to find a word in both dictionaries and Google search: the only hit Google finds is the article where this quote appears: ...
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The meaning of どちらが割に合うんだかな

「そんな顔をするな。これで何かあったら、さすがに寝覚めが悪いだろう? それにワシはお前が嬢ちゃんくらいのひよっこの頃から面倒見てるんだからな。恩人の頼みは聞くもんだ」 「連れ戻してきたら、ご馳走するぞ。今朝いい肉が入ってな」 「ったく、銀貨5枚とどちらが割に合うんだかな」 他の探索者は面倒ごとに関わるまいと散会している。断れる雰囲気ではなさそうだ。 My ...
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What is the name of paper to train how to write kanji?

I'm learning how to write hiragana, katakana and kanji. What is the name of paper that has little squares to write the Japanese characters? Where can I find it to print?
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When talking about percents can I use ◯◯パーセント as well as ◯割◯分?

日本語 「◯◯パーセント」と「◯割◯分」は両方とも「◯◯%」を意味しますが、どちらを使うのが自然ですか。「◯割◯分」という表現を使いたいのですが、使う前にその言い方が九分九厘使わないものではないことを確かめた方がいいと思ったので、質問します。 English Both ◯◯パーセント and ◯割◯分 can mean ◯◯%. Which is the natural choice? I ...
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Is there a standard way to clearly differentiate similar handwritten (kana) characters?

In English, you often see people who write certain letters or numbers with an extra stroke to differentiate them from similar characters, for example people will write a z with a horizontal stroke to ...
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Why is the kanji of idiot written with the kanji for “horse” and “deer” together?

I'm learning Japanese, but I'm a beginner, and I need to understand why this kanji is a compound of the kanji for "horse" and "deer": 馬鹿 = idiot 馬 = horse 鹿 = deer Why?
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What does そう mean here? [duplicate]

What does そう mean in these lyrics? 「今すぐ…壊して…」 そう呟くのは 今更 遅すぎる神への冒涜 Get lost!!! They're from a song titled GHOST by Gackt.
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Expressing difference between “fluent” and “native speaker” in Japanese

I want to explain the difference between the English linguistic terms "fluent" and "native speaker". I could do this in English, but I'd also like to know if it's possible to do so in Japanese. To be ...
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What is the origin of 付いてる meaning “to be lucky”?

Where does that come from? Was "to be attached" the only original meaning?
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what is the difference between である & という

I'm using a new textbook, 中級を学ぼう- the blue cover, not the orange. And the grammar point is using という at the end of the sentence. It means the same as そうだ・らしい。The explanation says that it is frequently ...
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Why is を used instead of の? [duplicate]

I was looking at one of the example sentences in a kanji learning app I use, and the particle choice struck me as strange. In the sentence "青空を背景に木々を描く。", I can't understand why を is used after 青空. ...
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Difference between ます and です

As a total beginner I noticed that sometimes simple sentences end with ます and sometimes with です. What is the difference? Thanks
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“め” in “五匹め” implies some sort of “ordering”? Where it makes sense, the default is “time”?

め after a counter implies some sort of ordering, right? Say that you are shopping for a cat. scenario #1 You look into a room with 5 cats in it. Does saying 五匹めが好きです。 mean anything? In that ...
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Is Facebook's use of double が grammatically unambiguous?

Facebook has issued me the following alert: Aさんが、Bさんがあなたとシェアした写真について「いいね!」と言っています I think this is a translation of "A likes the photo that B shared with you." Is it obvious what's being said? ...
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How to thank you in Japanese? [duplicate]

I just know "arigato" but when exactly should i use it
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Use of として in sentence about conditionals

I was reading up on the use of conditionals と, ば, たら and なら. One part of the source talks about one type of conditional clause, but I am not sure of its meaning. Here's what the source says, and my ...
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Adapting 楽しい時を過ごしてください

Can you "adapt" the phrase 楽しい時を過ごしてください ("Have fun" or "Enjoy your time") to refer to a specific situation? I.e. if I want to say "enjoy your time in Hokkaido" or "enjoy your time with your friend ...
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Can we re-position ほど phrase?

The following are commonly-used patterns that I find in some resources. A: 彼は私ほどハンサムじゃない。He is not as handsome as I. B: 私ほどハンサムな男の人はいない。There is no man who is as handsome as I. Question Is it ...
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What does 楽しめよ really mean?

I've been listening to the song "If I die tonight" by KOHH and at the end of the second verse he says 楽しめよ and the subtitles say it means "live it up". But when I look for translation elsewhere it's ...
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What does どういった mean in this sentence?

その場面というのはどういった場面かというと、ナチスの兵士がですね、ユダヤ人を職業別で分けていきます。 Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xs-XWk_oQA 0:55 Translation from subtitles: There’s a scene where the Nazi’s are separating the Jewish ...
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What purpose does はめ serve in this sentence?

ふたりではめあいしておかしいですね笑。 I know that ふたりで means Two of us. あいして means love. おかしい means amusing, funny or comical. But I'm not sure what purpose 'はめ' serves in the sentence and as such I can't really ...
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漂わせる meaning in this context

先ほどまでの憂いは影をひそめ、その仕草に優雅ささえ漂わせる. The hardships from before hide the shadow, (and through) that gesture give off elegance. Is this a correct way to understand it? Is 仕草 the agent? Is 漂わせる a ...
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Meaning of ~したいぐらい

I want to understand the meaning of this sentence 壁紙にしたいぐらい写真。 I was thinking the meaning literally could be "Your photograph is beautiful to be set as my wallpaper", but I argue about the ...
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Can 達 be used to pluralize inanimate things?

インターネットを見ていて、「これは便利だと思ったiOSアプリたち」という記事を偶然読みました。「たち」は人間など[有生]{ゆうせい}のものを指している名詞にしか付かないと思っていましたが、このタイトルは反例ではないとは思えません。 「たち」をこういう使い方で使うのは本当に普通ですか。複数性を強調する場合、有生でないものには「等{ら}」を付けるのが普通だと思っていましたが…
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Causative Form - Difference between 子供に本を読ませる and 子供を本を読ませる

What is the difference between these two examples? 子供に本を読ませる 子供を本を読ませる Please give me some other example to illustrate the difference.
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What's the difference between 上手い, 美味い, 旨い, and 巧い?

All four of these words are read as うまい and have the same meaning in my dictionary so I was wondering, can these four words (上手い, 美味い, 旨い, and 巧い) be used interchangeably?
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What is the function of というのは in this sentence?

その場面というのはどういった場面かというと、ナチスの兵士がですね、ユダヤ人を職業別で分けていきます。 Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xs-XWk_oQA 0:55 Translation from subtitles: There’s a scene where the Nazi’s are separating the Jewish by ...
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思う pronunciation

I checked in google translate but I wanted to be sure. Is 思う pronounced as "omou" or "omoo"? Usually when there is a お (or こ、ど etc), followed by a う, the う is pronounced as お, but I was not sure if ...
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meaning of 楽{たの}しむ, the verb being used intransitively

I read in the Asahi Shimbun the following article's headline (furigana are mine) : 神様{かみさま}も楽{たの}しむ? 桜{さくら}の新{しん}品種{ひんしゅ}、京都{きょうと}で発見{はっけん} 北野天満宮{きたのてんまんぐう} my translation : Do the gods ...
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Please enlighten me about a haunting "が”

I came across a long sentence in a story, which I have googled around and struggled for a couple of days. Here is what it reads: この頃わかってきたのだが、旅人の中には用心のためか、こちらの挨拶に頷くぐらいしか、挨拶を返さないものが少なくない。 My rough ...
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What does あこ mean?

English translations for the name あこ (Ako) seem tough to find, and are unsourced, so I don't know what to believe. Some say cute, others child, even wife!
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Understanding why に particle means “because” in this sentence

I am struggling to understand the syntax of this sentence that I found in a grammar book. あまりの言葉にあきれてものが言えませんでした。 I could not say anything because of the outrageously unkind words. I read it ...
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Use of と in these two sentences + のぼる or あがる

I've got these two sentences: 屋上にあがると景色がきれいです。 駅の前に銀行ができると便利になります。 I understand the vocabulary, but I don't get the usage of と. Also, I don't get why あがる is used instead of のぼる. I think ...
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Usage of を in 自らを豊作を司る

I came across this while reading 「狼と香辛料」and was confused by the usage of を in the sentence below: 少女は狼の耳と尻尾を有した美しい娘で、自らを豊作を司る神ホロと名乗った。 In particular I'm interested in 「自らを豊作を司る」which I would ...
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What does “ごゆるりと” mean?

What does this mean:「まあ、ごゆるりと」?
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difference between 級 and 位

As the title indicates; I'm doing some kanji studying, and these two came up with the exact same translation which is "rank", there are no synonyms given so I'm not sure what is the difference between ...
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「星のカービィ」- Why ィ and not ー?

The Nintendo character Kirby's name in Japanese is 「星のカービィ」, pronounced "Hoshi no Kābī". For the カ, a ー is used for extending the vowel sound. For the ビ, though, a small イ is used. I thought the ...
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「いつまで待つつもり」 v.s. 「いつまで待っているつもり」

Both seem to be possible. But what's their difference? Instances of the former are everywhere, e.g. a line from 「華麗なるギャツビー」 「信じられるもんですか、あんな男」「いつまで待っているつもりです?」 The latter may be less common (?), ...
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On the interpretation of an ambiguous(?) sentence from 「風立ちぬ」

I encountered a seemingly ambiguous sentence when reading the novel 「風立ちぬ」 by 堀辰雄 as below: お前の父や、それからまたそういう父をも数に入れたお前のすべてを絶えず支配しているものに、素直に身を任せ切っているのではないだろうか? My first impression was that the ...
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-た form of a verb followed by です [duplicate]

I came across the sentence: 花子はこんなすばらしいプレゼントをくれたんですよ。 Hanako gave me this wonderful present. Why does it use くれたんですよ rather than just くれたよ? My guess is that it makes the sentence more ...
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Just like “ら抜き” is there also “い抜き” such as “見ている” --> (い抜く) --> “見てる”?

With ichidan verbs, you create potential, and passive voice, as such: 食べられません If you want to get slangy, you can do "ら抜き" as such: 食べれません So, is there い抜き as well? ...
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Use of で in 小川さんは語学が得意で、フランス語もイ夕リア語もできます

In 'All About Particles', I have come across the sentence: 小川さんは語学が得意で、フランス語もイ夕リア語もできます。 (Ogawa is good at languages, he can speak both French and Italian.) What is the use of で in this ...
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腸が痛い: How do you know when your intestines hurt?

I am a foreigner working at a company in Japan. My native language is English but I believe I can converse somewhat moderately well in Japanese. After dinner one evening, I heard the following ...
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を and と used with 考える

I thought that 考える was used like 思う in that particle と always preceded it. However I found the following sentence from a reading task for class: まるで英語を公用語と考えているかのように、英語の言葉を多く使う。 What does it ...

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