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Sentence ending with でもあった

I found this sentence on a visual novel, and it's the first time I see でも+あった at the end of a phrase, what does it mean? This is the sentence: だがその偶然はあらかじめ決められていた世界の意志でもあった。 Thank you in ...
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Grammar of 彼の日本語のレベルは私と同じくらいだ

I'm Jeroen, from the Netherlands and I'm currently learning Japanese. I'm using Anki, and it's a great tool, and I came across this sentence in the Japanese Core 2000 #1 set: ...
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What does the word 「とかいう歌」 mean?

I have came across the word in the following situation. A: What is coming to your mind when I say the word 「両{りょう}親{しん}」? B: おれは植木等のファンでね とくにあの無{む}責{せき}任{にん}とかいう[歌]{うた}が大好きなんだ 両親イコールってのは...な ...
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Meaning of これ、聞いたほうがいいのかな?

んー…別に寝不足って訳じゃないんだけど。ちょっと、やな夢見てさ… …やな夢? ん…昔のね…… え、えぇと… あ、あ、えっと、これ…聞いた方が良いのかな?それとも聞かない方が…… My question is about what the これ refers to. I think it's like "これを聞いたほうがいいのかな" where they are wondering ...
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Saying “you're welcome” at the workplace

There are a few ways to say "You're welcome". Which is the best for somebody in the workplace (inside and outside the team and of about the same level as myself) どういたしまして いいえ いえいえ others?
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Different ways to refer to oneself (2-in-1 question)

I have two questions about ways to refer to oneself in Japanese. Since they are so closely related I am posting both in the same thread but if anyone here strongly disagrees with this please let me ...
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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 ...
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Does “さよならだけは言わないで” mean “don't only say goodbye” or “don't say goodbye”?

One of the famous songs by Mayumi Itsuwa (五輪 真弓) is by the name さよならだけは言わないで I can't find a good translation of the name on a webpage but Google Translate suggests it means "Do not say only goodbye" ...
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Explanatory の particle in question

I've been watching a few videos and reading up on how the の particle is used in explanations (along with だ/です for statements) and I've come across this video. It explains how you can use の for ...
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Japanese for the tech industry [closed]

I've studied japanese for 6 years, equivalent of 3 years in college. I don't really have a formalized way to measure my Japanese level but I can read probably around 600-700 kanji and am more or less ...
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What is the term (if any) for heaty and cooling foods in Japanese?

Partially quoted from "Heaty and Cooling Foods": When a Chinese uses the terms 'heaty' or 'heatiness' to describe the kinds of foods he/she would like to have or avoid, most Westerners would ...
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ヤマトナデシコ七変化 translation

What is the meaning of this phrase? I understand the lady and kabuki references but overall, what is it trying to say?
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New usage for the particle に

I was talking to my friend, and she said きれいにとれた! What does に after an adjective mean, or what does に before a verb mean? And where can I read more about this? Thank you
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“on the drive home” / “while I was driving home”?

How can I say "on the drive home"? I could come up with 帰り道に but this really doesn't give any information about the fact that I was driving. I am planning to use this phrase to say something ...
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【対する】と【への】はどう違いますか。

to explain some pattern to a friend, I used this sentence : 君への気持ちは強くなる。 To express "my feelings toward you are getting stronger" and then I thought about 【対する】. What would the difference ...
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What does こっちの方 refer to here?

これは、叩いて返せばいいのか。 おう。ぶっ叩いて相手にぶち込んで、相手が落とせば勝ちだぜ。 なるほど。お前はこっちの方が良さそうだな…俺も、手加減無しでいこう。 My question is about what こっちの方 refers to here. It seems that they are playing a game where one has to ...
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「Vていった」 v.s. 「Vてきた」 in the case of 「お花しおれてっちゃった」

In the animated film Spirited Away, there is a line (00:00:54) saying: 「お花しおれてっちゃった」, a contracted form of 「お花がしおれていってしまった」. According to this page by 東京外国語大学, the difference between 「Vていった」 and ...
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What does 違う mean in this “なんか違うわよね、これ”

「この馬鹿!いきなりあんなことして、責任取りなさいよねっ!」 「もちろんだ。お前を嫁として迎えさせて欲しい。」 しまった、こいつって、こういうやつだった… 確かに責任取りなさいって言ったのは私だけと…なんか違うわよね、これ… でも… 「ふ、ふん。いいけど、報いは受けてもらうわよ。」 I'm not quite sure what she ...
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What does そういうところがです mean in this exchange?

なつみ 「あの…流星。」 流星 「ん?」 なつみ 「ええと…痛いところとかない?」 流星  「問題ない。もう大丈夫だ。」 なつみ 「そ、そうなんだ」 なつみ 「それであの…さ。改めてごめんなさい…私のせいで無理させちゃって」 流星が訝しげな目をして、なつみを見る。 なつみ 「な、なによ?」 流星 ...
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Nominalisation and は

I posted a question a long time ago about why we need の in this sentence: 毎日、同じ物を食べるのは、面白くない Eating the same thing everyday is not interesting. To which I was told that adding の here ...
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What is Naruto saying in this video?

I need the Japanese transcription. Here's the link to the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6IXWhFAD4SQ#t=2m04s (from 02:04 to 02:42). Here's what I could understand so far (mistakes included... ...
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How to refer to a fixed number of things

Once again I find myself unable to count. What is the best way to express the following in Japanese The three pigeons over there are noisy あそこにいる鳩が3わ煩い (my attempt) The four seasons are ...
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Is 長生きはするもんな a set phrase?

Is 長生きはするもんだな a set phrase meaning "you live and learn"?
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What exactly is 駄目 in this 突っ込み?

す、凄い破壊力です。わたし、思わず鼻血が出そうです! わ、私も なんの、俺は頭から血が出た。 駄目だ…ここは駄目人間の巣窟だわ Context: The girl who said 「駄目だ…ここは駄目人間の巣窟だわ」to herself was watching the other three being stupid and playing with a ...
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Question about the meaning of 内外

I can't figure out the meaning of 内外 and the nuance of 親族 because of it in the following passage. I think I'm more or less understand the basic concept of 内 and 外. I also looked through the dictionary ...
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Understanding correct choice on N1 grammar question

I'm starting my JLPT N1 study, but am already running into roadblocks just reading the example sentences which is rather embarrassing. The way things are going, I'll have many more questions in the ...
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Use of というような in this sentence

くまはたいそう感慨深げに「縁」というような種類の言葉を駆使していろいろと述べた。 I understand the use of (noun A)のような(noun B) to say noun B like noun A , and I understand という in the sense of 'that' e.g. 彼が無事だという知らせ, or 'called' as in ...
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Meaning of おともだちになるあくしゅ

ありがとう。それでね、これがあくしゅ、なの。 あくしゅ? そう。おともだちになるあくしゅ。 そうなんだ。うん、ことばでおしえてもらったときよりも、わかったきがする。 なんていうのかな、あなたのこと、みぢかにかんじる。 ねぇ、もしかしておともだちになるって、こういうこと? うん、そうだよ。そのとおりだよ。 ...
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How to read 二、三日 [duplicate]

If you have the two separate words, it's 二日{ふつか} and 三日{みっか}. But how are they read together? ふた、みっか, に、さんにち, some combination thereof or something else entirely? Source sentence for the curious: ...
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ほら and ほれ - the difference

I'm very familiar with ほら, used for urging someone to look at something. But sometimes I hear ほれ in about the same contexts. Are they the same?
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Can the tense of a subordinate clause be non-relative?

To my understanding, the tense of subordinate clauses is relative: 私は泣いている人に会った。 I met a person, who, at the time, was crying. 私は泣いていた人に会った。 I met a person, who, sometime before our ...
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When is it natural to use で and に and when not to use them

In my previous question I wanted to know how to say If we continue at this rate I will be fluent by Christmas. Both answers were really helpful and I now know how to say it but there is still ...
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Do even Kansai women use the ~ん negative?

As in 分からん and ならん. In Standard (?) speech, I'm fairly certain it's masculine.
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What distinguishes the different ways to say something must be done? (E.G. しなくてはだめ、しなくてはならない、しなくてはいけない and so on)

I've gathered a bit from the related questions I got, but I'm not quite 100% on what separates だめ,いけない and ならない each other, not to mention the differences between しなくちゃ、しなきゃ、しないと before the three ...
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What does こういうの refer to in こういうのって天然が一番怖いのよ

どこまでドジっ娘なのよ、あの子 あはは…ま、まあ、わざとじゃないんだし こういうのって天然が一番怖いのよ context: あの子 forgot something back in her room that they need and is in the process of going to get it and the other two then begin ...
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Does ゆく mean 征く in this line?

I found this line in the lyrics of a certain song, and I'm not quite clear on the meaning of the first ゆく. 道無き未知をゆく 環状線を走ってく I originally assumed it to be 行く, but that makes the sentence strange ...
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In Japanese, how do you say you will skip ahead past one section for time's sake while reading aloud to an audience?

How do you succinctly say that you are going to skip ahead past the next section or paragraph for time's sake and tell the audience which spot you are picking up again when reading a paper aloud at an ...
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Polite way to ask about something that I previously requested

Say I have the sentence below about papers I requested previously. (as I am reminding somebody that I haven't received something) 先日{せんじつ}に頼{たの}んだ書類{しょるい}ですが・・・ Is there any way to make a ...
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「聞こえなくなった」 or 「聞けなくなった」?

I wanted to say: "I became unable to hear." I said: "聞こえなくなった" but I was corrected and told to say: "聞けなくなった" That sounds strange to me. I've never even heard the verb form "聞ける" what does ...
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What does this Verb+Noun structure mean and how to use it?

So my friend told me this: 温室で死ぬ時が来た I understand that the translation means "It's time to die in the greenhouse", but I don't understand the 「死ぬ時」 part of the sentence. What kind of structure ...
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The grammar of 世話になる

One of my dictionaries tells me that 世話になる means 'to receive a favour', but another dictionary gives this as an example 「おばさんの世話になりました」which it translates as "I was looked after by my aunt". I guess ...
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とは、では、には Understanding of double particles

I have some troubles understanding those particles 【では】、【には】、【とは】 etc. I completely understand and can use 【での】、【のに】 etc., but when 【は】 follows one other, I can't figure out how to use it and how to ...
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Is it okay to say 日本語を好き?

I saw that is correct to use が but I can't understand the differences between を and が
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Can なる be used like this?

Is it possible to use one なる with two adverbs to indicate becoming two different things/states simultaneously? Can one say, for example, 速くて大きくなる to mean get quicker and bigger? Or would it have to be ...
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What is the real meaning of せずに in Japaneses language? [closed]

I don't know anything about Japanese language; I'm just researching about Japan. I got an email that said (This is summery): There is no meaning (concept) for sin in Japanese culture, and the shame ...
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Meaning of 誰もいはしない in this sentence

どうせ誰もいはしないと高をくくっていたところもある。 This one's throwing me for a bit of a loop. The translation says "He also didn't really take the possibility of anyone being there seriously." It makes sense to me except ...
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少し日本語を話します and 少し日本語を話せます - What's the difference?

What changes, in these phrases? The change is the し for the せ. A friend told me that the second one was better for saying I speak little japanese. 私は少し日本語を話します。 私は少し日本語を話せます。
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What's the difference between どこ and なん in this exercise?

I have two exercises which I don't exactly understand. I've already known that どちら is more polite form from どこ. This two could ask about place and "what/which one" ."nan" asks about "kind of company", ...
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What does 炸裂 mean here?

最終ラウンドでチャンピオンのパンチが炸裂した. The champion's punch exploded in the final round. (研究社 新和英大辞典 第5版) Did the punch hit really hard? Did it fail? Please explain what 炸裂 means in the Japanese sentence above, ...
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What is the purpose of なの in これらの話は本当のことなのか?

I heard これらの話は本当のことなのか from this video clip about Gozo Shioda sensei. What is the purpose of なの in これらの話は本当のことなのか? It seems to be redundant because これらの話は本当なのか or これらの話は本当ですか might be ...

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