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Meaning of ぐらいじゃ足りない

松阪牛ぐらいじゃ足りないよ。 I understand the general meaning that Matsusaka beef isn't enough, but I don't understand what ぐらい or じゃ are doing in this sentence.
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「言ってたら」What is the meaning behind the “te-tara” form?

This has just come up in my textbook, but not too sure what the meaning is. 「~」と言ってたら~ I can see that it is a 'te' conjugation of 言う, but then followed by the conditional 'tara'. I've not before ...
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~と多い here meaning?

姉とほぼ入れ替わりでこの家に住み始めた祖父の持ち物は薬と洋服くらいだが、服の量だけはキャスター付き衣類ケース三つぶんと多かった。 How are と + 多い (+ た) used here? What does it mean (what would be the literal translation of the part starting with 服の量...)?
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dilemma with hana-bi and hana hi

So I know that hana-bi (はなび) means fireworks but if I want to say in more artistic way (and not about fireworks) flower of fire/flames can I say hana hi (はなひ)? Whether it will be understood? And can i ...
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How to use このたびの + N

Can someone tell me how to use this phrase and how I should translate it? Some examples would be helpful. Thanks!
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会話では助詞を省略することができるかできないか、くわしく説明してもらいたいです。

会話では助詞を省略することができるかできないか、くわしく説明してもらいたいです。
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魚心あれば水心あり: what does 心 do exactly?

According to JapanDict, this proverb literally means "if a fish is friendly toward water, water will be kind to the fish too" (although Wiktionary says it's the other way around...). Is that really a ...
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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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Does the ゛ have any use?

Does the ゛ have any meaning in the hiragana alphabet?
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When is “na” used at the end of a sentence?

When is "na" used at the end of a sentence, is it like "ne" or "yo" and has no meaning really? For example: Mata Nihon ni ikitai na. また、日本に行きたいな。
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Why is the name Tokiya written in katakana?

The name Tokiya is written トキヤ which would imply it's of foreign origin but I'm not having any luck uncovering the origin or meaning of the name. It seems to be somewhat traditional. Ideas?
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Attaching は to a direct quote

If a Japanese person wanted to say something like: I don't understand the phrase "I am flabbergasted" then I think 「I am flabbergasted」という意味が分からない would be okay. I was wondering if you ...
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Dictionary form (解ける) as potential form (解けられる)?

Suppose I wanted to say to someone, "Can you solve this question?" According to my Memrise app and some Google results, this is the model sentence: (1) この問題が解けますか。 Since potential ("can") is ...
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は and が with 何 & こそあど

One of my textbooks said that you cannot use the particle は with 何 and undefined words of the こそあど. Yet I'm sure I've heard これは何ですか。 many times before, and これが何ですか。 sounds unnatural to me. What is ...
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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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The particle は (wa)

I'm studying Japanese with みんなの日本語. In one page there are this two examples: にちようびは なにを しましたか. どようび なにを しましたか. Why one of them have the particle は and the other hasn't? It's a mistake or ...
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Saying you'll do/have done something for a certain amount of time?

I wasn't sure how to properly word the question, but I'm asking how to make sentences such as: "I have lived in America for 10 years." "I will go to Japan for a month." "I have had this job for a ...
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How do you differentiate “nande” (why) and “nande” (how, by what means)?

In a question: Tokyo e nande ikimasu ka? how can I know what "nande" refers to, even when I have the context: how are you going? (by bus, by car, on foot) why are you going?
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The differences between そうです ・ ようです

I'm recently revising my Japanese for the upcoming JLPT this July (I'm taking N4), and I came up with difficulties in using these 2 items. For example: 気分が良くなりました。やっとねつが (下がりました...)。 (I ...
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Compund verb with きれる

In the sentence: 田中さんは諦めきれなかった。 what is the function/meaning of きれる? I assume the sentence means "Tanaka didn't give up", but how does it differ from 諦めなかった?
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Why use が in the sentence below? [duplicate]

Why use が in the sentence below? Would を be equally correct? このピアノはとてもいい音がします。
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~かえす and ~なおす as suffixes

Does there need to be some mistake in order to use the ~なおす suffix: 宿題をやりなおしなさい。// ok (but there needs to be at least one mistake) 料理を作りなおした。 // ok (but there needs to be some fault) ...
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How to say “clean up” (for example a house or a room) in Japanese?

I'm trying to compose the sentence, which starts: パーティーが終{お}わる時{とき}に~.. I want to say "After party is over, it is hard to clean up the house." Can you help me?
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What does 笑みがこぼれてくる mean and how is it different to 笑みがこぼれる

愛鳥の寝顔、見てるだけで思わず笑みがこぼれてくる 愛鳥の寝顔、見てるだけで思わず笑みがこぼれる My question is how is the 1st sentence different from the 2nd, and what nuance does the くる add.
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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 grammar behind どうせ?

I saw a few bits here and elsewhere on it, but I have yet to find something that explains its usage, in detail(e.g. in positive and negative contexts and in different tenses). Anyone know?
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このとおりよ as an expression

In a manga I'm reading a boy accidentally broke a friends toy, after which he says in an apologetic fashion : あなたの言う事何でも聞くよ! このとーりよ! I understand the first part, but the second part which ...
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て頂く、てもらう, に. Who does the action?

あなたにとってWAO!!STYLEでの使命は?? WAO!!STYLEに関わる全ての人を幸せにすること、 私を選んでくれた人の期待を超えることです。 常に自分の満足ではなく関わる人の幸せを思う人間性をみにつけ、 私に任せたいといってもらえるようにならなければなりません。 また私に結婚式をまかせていただけるお客様の期待に応え、 その期待を超えていきます。 ...
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Which form is はじめまして?

So I've learned that はじめまして is used in first meetings and that it stems from the verb はじめる (to start; to begin). But what form is it? It's apparently not the polite past form, which has a -た at the ...
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女子 vs 女の子 nuances

I was wondering when to use one over the other, when talking about a girl. I've seen 女の子 more often, but would like to know the nuances. Interesting enough, I've only come across 男の子 for boys. But ...
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〜の vs 〜と before 分かる

Sometimes I see ~の(が/は) used before the verb 分かる, and sometimes と(は). Is there a difference in meaning or grammar between these two? For example, are both below sentences correct and do they have the ...
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Possible conjugations on certain grammar patterns

On "A Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar", when a grammar pattern works with the informal form of a verb, they only talk about the positive present tense and the positive past tense. (At least until ...
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Help with this sentence

While taking a look at his bycicle the protagonist said. つい気になった部分を、小手先で済ませるよりは結局早く終わるだろうと、分解しつつ片っ端から手をつけていったら、完全にバラしてまた組み直すような真似をしていた。 Regarding the parts I got interest in, thinking it's better ...
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What's the meaning of 「これはというもの」?

I'm solving exercises for N1 level and I came across this question. 新しい家に飾る絵を探しているが、なかなか__というものが見つからない。 A. これか B. これは C. これさえ D. これだけ The correct answer is B but I ...
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Noun + da kara desu — why are da and desu mixed? why not both “da” or both “desu”?

In this sentence: Neko da kara desu. Because it's a cat. Why are the "da" and "desu" used at the same time? Logically, it should've been: Neko desu kara desu. Or in a casual conversation ...
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How do you say 'it'?

How does one refer to 'it' in Japanese? Is there an equivalent word? I've seen a few different terms used in place of 'it' - sore (それ) - suki (すき) My context is for saying things such as: 'It's ...
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Is the stroke order native Japanese speakers use for romaji different to those of native English speakers?

Do native speakers of Japanese write romaji the same way native speakers of English would, or do they do it differently, possibly using the rules that they'd use for writing hiragana, katakana, and ...
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Confusing use of 減る

Maruko is complaining that mum is buying seaweed as a new year's present. Mum replies: 「のりは食べる機会が多くてすぐに減るからもらったらありがたいもんなのよ。」 There are plenty of opportunities to eat seaweed, and because they ...
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How do you say “a light read”?

What is a good way to say that a book is a light read? By that I mean writing that is basically created for entertainment, doesn't contain much drama and isn't particularly thought-provoking. ...
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Can もの be replaced with の when it is used to mean “thing”?

I'm confused about the use of the first (bold) の in this sentence: 「先によそへ贈るのを買うのっ」 I'm happy with the use of の as a nominaliser, but if I use it like that I get: Before that, I will buy ...
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How to say “written by”

In a shop I want to ask "Are there any books by Haruki Murakami?" I don't know the natural way to express by in this context. I thought maybe I could use the passive form like this: ...
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Do native Japanese speakers confuse “オーストリア” and “オーストラリア”

Native English speakers sometimes mix up Austria and Australia (example). Do native Japanese speakers sometimes mix up "オーストリア" and "オーストラリア"?
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…verb+ところあったのか

I've come across this statement in a manga recently: 今までの話で笑うトコあったのか俺マジ判んないんだけど? The part I am having trouble with is "今までの話で笑うトコあったのか". I'm familiar with plain present verb + ところだ/です = "be ...
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te-ageru, te-kureru [closed]

I want to make sure that I'm using these forms correctly in sentences, てあげる and てくれる especially because I know they give off certain vibes. 私は彰に手紙をあげたい。 I want to give a letter to Akira. ...
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What is the verb ending of われん mean?

I am reading the Fullmetal Alchemist manga and came across the following in the first volume: 祈り信じよ されば救われん The subtitles of the anime translate this to be: "Pray and you shall be ...
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Meaning of 言われ + ても

I was looking up the conjugation of 言う, and the passive form of it is 言われる. In the sentence below, which I did not write, ても gets attached to that verb form after first dropping る. Can someone please ...
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Meaning of kaomoji: ヨロ(`・ω・´)スク!

I’ve encountered this kaomoji: ヨロ(`・ω・´)スク! quite a few times already: However, I’m stumped as to what it could mean. I have noticed the half-width katakana「ヨロ」and「スク」, but am unclear on ...
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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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Oldest Japanese Pronunciation for “When Is It?”

I'm writing a story with some... very old people, so I'm chasing down some very outdated pronunciations. What's the oldest known pronunciation for the sentence "When is it?" (I'm not directly asking ...
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What is this い sound change?

I often hear 全員 pronounced as ”ぜいいん”. I also read online that 雰囲気 can sometimes be heard as "ふいんき” although I have personally never heard that. I have a few questions about this phenomenon: Is there ...

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