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is this sentence correct 会議は三時からでいらっしゃいます.?

会議は三時からでいらっしゃいます. (I'm studying the honorific and humble forms) Thank you
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Difference Between “何も” and “何でも”

What is the difference between "何も" and "何でも"? I have commonly heard that "何も" means "everything/nothing" and "何で" means "anything" until my Japanese teacher (a native speaker) told me that the ...
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What does 「フーホり」mean?

I recently started learning Japanese before my friend suggested I try out this cool app that lets me meet people from Japan to talk to. I get a lot of japanese messages and in some requests the ...
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The meaning of 技術は習うものではなく盗むもの

技術は習うものではなく盗むもの I'm sure this is some sort of idiomatic expression, I just don't know exactly what it means. Searched everywhere but didn't find anything. Sometimes the "Gijutsu" part is ...
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Contractions in やんなっちゃう

A person is comparing herself to some disreputable school mates, thinking that she might be similar to them, and says: やんなっちゃうなぁ Is this a contraction of (い)やになっちゃうなぁ meaning "I ended up ...
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Meaning of ハグレ (kanji unknown)

The following sentence is from a book. The context is the main characters just finished fighting some monsters. One character looks distracted, and when one of the others asks her if there's something ...
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Understanding a sentence 〜声が誰のものか

それでも、俺はその繊細な声が誰のものかすぐに気づく。 Does もの here refer to a voice? If so, would there be any difference between the above and the following? それでも、俺はその繊細な声が誰の声かすぐに気づく。 Is it simply to avoid ...
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Modifying nouns with question phrases

The sentence at hand: サンタクロースをいつまで信じていたかなんて事はたわいもない世間話にもならないくらいのどうでもいいような話だが、・・・ I assume なんて here serves a derogatory role as など does in the following sentence: あの人の言ったことなど気にする事はありません。 As ...
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Present progressive tense of 覚える

I'm trying to say I remember his ex-girlfriend's name. 私は彼の元彼女の名前を覚えます。 私は彼の元彼女の名前を覚えています。 As I understand, the last sentence is in present progressive tense, i.e. an action that is ongoing. But I ...
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What is the difference between 類義語, 類語, 同意語, シノニム?

What are the differences between these words? 1.類義語 2.類語 3.同意語 4.シノニム In English we say 'equivalent word' or 'synonym'. How about in Japan? As I investigated it further, there is called ...
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The usage of だと and それなりに in this sentence

I ran into this sentence and I'm a bit confused. 魔法の事についてだけはあいつもそれなりに真摯なのだと I guess I'm more confused about the "da to" part. Is this supposed to mean "suppose to"? And so the sentence would be ...
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verb-ている in potential form やってられないよ

A girl is moaning about how she is treated for not doing her homework then pauses and says: やってられないよ I assume this is a contraction of やっていられないよ which would literally be "I can't be doing it". ...
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Meaning of 譲れん (譲れない)

Trying to figure out what 譲れない equates to in English. Context is that this is from a manga, and the conversation is: Character 1: はぁ、相変わらず熱心だなァ。 Character 2: ...
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“いまいち” vs “物足りない” meaning / usage?

Both いまいち and 物足りない generally mean that something is lacking, not good enough. Frequently, the undertone is that this is due to the inadequacy of the speaker. いまいち is sort of slang, but still ok for ...
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How to say “He likes something” without using は?

Typically, you would say 「彼は寿司が好きです。」 to say "He likes sushi." But assuming the "topic" of the sentence was something else and you couldn't use は without repeating it (if that's an option), what ...
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Colloquial grammar question: …が出来たから…ってくれって言ってきたんだろうが!

My colloquial Japanese needs some brushing up on, in particular with grammar. I'm currently reading a manga, the context is that Character 1 showed up and Character 2 seems surprised that he's there. ...
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コレ meaning in this sentence

長さ的には丁度いい。 しなりもなんとか。 ……こういう“強化”は初めてだ。 けど原理は間違っていないと思う。 要は補強に補強を重ねて、きちんとしたモノに仕上げればいいだけの話。 それにコレだったら、あいつが持ってたから参考になる。 くわえて、魔力ならさっきから体に流れっぱなしだ。 あとはいつもの工程を繰り返せばいい。 As for the lenght, ...
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What does this structure (~ + も + verb/adjective) mean?

What does Noun-verb + も + する mean? I'm not even sure this is actually a structure. I found it in these 2 sentences: 昨日のパーティーは料理もおいしかったし、雰囲気もよかった。(料理 [も] 美味しかった [し]) リサはよく勉強 [も] する [し]、アルバイト ...
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Exact nuance between 方が、たら、えば and テ形 in this sentence

I would like to know the exact nuance between all these forms in these example sentences : そうした方がもっと可愛くなる。 : This one feels like she would become cuter if she did that (instead of something else) ...
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Why my book uses に in this sentence?

私に聞こえるように大きい声で話してください Couldn't it have simply been something like 私が聞けるように大きい声で話してください ? Thank You
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What's the difference among 送る, 乗せる and 連れていく

They are all translated as "escort/take someone somewhere". Are there any differences? Can I use them interchangeably?
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Counter for ordinal dates?

More information about ordinal dates here. Say I have the ordinal date 2016-162 (the 162nd day of the year 2016, which would be Friday, June 10, 2016). Could I write it like this in Japanese: ...
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Is 方 read かた or ほう here?

Example sentences: 外の方が家の中より暖かそうです。 たいふうは西の方に去った。 ty!
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Whats the meaning of しょせい

I have encountered this word a few times whether in games or just spoken in drama/anime. In the game, it just written as しょせい without any kanji while being placed at the beginning of the sentence. I ...
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The Use of "の時” in This Sentence

If I were to write "二〇一五年間の時に" for "during the year of 2015", would the "の時" be redundant and/or grammatically incorrect due to the fact that the "間" in "年間" already implies the meaning of "during ...
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Can the translation for “you're welcome” be “mū”?

A Japanese-addict friend of mine recently told me that a possible translation for "you're welcome" in Japanese was "mū", but I must admit I was a bit dubious about that since I had never seen it nor ...
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Is there a difference between に and に対して?

デメテルに続いて言葉を連ねる女神たちに、ヘスティアは微妙な顔付きをした。 vs デメテルに続いて言葉を連ねる女神たちに対して、ヘスティアは微妙な顔付きをした。 What is the difference between these two sentences? In what cases can you use に to replace に対して? Thanks!
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Can the word もう be pronounced むう?

I heard the word もう (meaning "already, not anymore") pronounced as むう in this song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3R3uMTMHgPc at about 1:18, and yet it is transcribed as "mou". Is it a pronunciation ...
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When is “私じゃ” used?

One of my Japanese friends wrote this sentence: 私じゃ歌えない She meant that she can't sing a particular song. Is じゃ used in that sentence the same way が would be used to put an emphasis on the ...
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What is the form of “売らん” in the sentence “ウランは売らん。”? [duplicate]

I'm not sure if "売らん" is acting as a verb in the dajare, "ウランは売らん。". If it is, please explain what conjugation or form of the verb that this is. If it isn't, can you tell me where "売らん" comes from and ...
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What do we say the base ingredient in Japanese?

When we make okonomiyaki, for example, the base ingredient is the mix of cabbage, dough and eggs. There are many okonomiyaki topping but the base ingredient is the same. My question is What do ...
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What does ♢ mean on an assignment?

I know what the circle, triangle, and "X" notations mean, but this is a new one to me entirely. Next to ◇ was the letter grade "B", but I'm not sure of the relevance since I'm seeing the triangle ...
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“お会いできる日を楽しみにしています”

I met a Japanese couple last night who didn't speak English but my Japanese is terrible. I plan to write them a brief email just to thank them for their hospitality. Does お会いできる日を楽しみにしています mean "It'd ...
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Question about/with particles [closed]

this is my first question on this site and i going to use romaji because i didnt configured my keyboard. So... i use a book that dont have answers-key, then i dont have sure if i doing right. ...
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Particle between city and prefecture?

I'm trying to say, "I went to Oarai Town in Ibaraki Prefecture last year." 昨年に大洗町茨城県に行きました。 Is there supposed to be a comma or particle (perhaps で) between the city and prefecture? Please let me ...
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Help with understanding a sentence

詩の生命は暗示にして単なる事象の説明には非ず。かの筆にも言語にも言ひ尽し難き情趣の限なき振動のうちに幽かなる心霊の欷歔をたづね、縹渺たる音楽の愉楽に憧がれて自己観想の悲哀に誇る、これわが象徴の本旨に非ずや。されば我らは神秘を尚び... full Is it (syntax-wise) correct to ...
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「ある」と「ない」は動詞か形容詞か…

「ある」と「ない」はどんな品詞名か教えてください。​​​​​
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Conflict among teachings of なら and ば

I recently read a helpful answer on a question asking for clarification on the ways to say "if" in Japanese: と, たら, なら, ば. The link is here: Differences among -たら、なら、-んだったら、-えば, etc According to the ...
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Is *domo arigato* considered formal?

Is domo arigato considered formal? Context: Buying something at a store, thanking a waiter, etc
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Why is domo used also to say hello?

I'm confused 'domo' literally means 'very' so I can't understand why they use it as a way of greeting
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plain + とき + plain or polite?

If I use the plain past tense of a verb before とき, do I have to use the plain past tense in the sentence that comes after it, or is it okay to use the polite past tense? For example, I'm trying to ...
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Differences in meanings of interrogative words

Can someone please explain to me the differences between the following interrogative type words? いくらか/いくつか いくらも/いくつも いくらでも/いくつでも いくら/いくつ/どのくらい (in questions) For example I know that いくらか and いくつか ...
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Difference between Muromachi and Ashikaga

One of my books notes that the Muromachi and Ashikaga Periods, 室町時代 and 足利時代 respectively, can be used to name the same period of time (1333-1568), but I'm lost on what the difference is and when I ...
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What is a grammatical terminology to describe the group of the refrain of two syllable words like pera-pera, don-don, iki-iki?

Japanese language have a special group of words which repeat mostly two syllable word like pera pera, para para, jito jito, suku suku, aka aka, zuki zuki – you can name it, that are used adverbially. ...
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文の組み立て Question about word order

I am having problems with some sentences in those JLPT problems where one has to assemble the sentence from 4 piece of text phrases. The book contains the correct answer, but doesn't tell me the ...
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Difference between くらいなら ~ のほうがましだ and くらいなら ~ ほうがいい

Both expressions seem to be related to show a strong opposition to do something by rather doing something else. But what is the difference between them ? Additional question: both seem to express ...
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Does remembering meanings in two languages help [closed]

Let me explain, I know 2 languages, portuguese and english. When I learn the meaning of a new word in Japanese, I take note of and try to remember the meaning in english as well as in portuguese. For ...
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四角と正方形はどう違うの?~(What's the difference between 四角 and 正方形?)

While going through one of my study sets I created back in December containing words only marked as N2, I came across [正方形]{せいほうけい}, which was translated as "square". However, I always was taught and ...
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〜のです(か) in email

A friend has sent me an email with questions scattered throughout ending in 〜のですか, should I have 〜のです at the end of all sentences that address/answer those questions in my reply? (EDIT: Because I've ...
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What is the meaning of 国の母?

I'm attempting to translate parts of my 完全マスター N2 textbook just for the practice, and even though I've already gotten past this section, the meaning of [国]{くに}の[母]{はは} still eludes me. I don't like ...

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