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Should I use 「なすぎる」 or 「なさすぎる」?

As I was taught, with verbs and adjectives, when you want to express an excessive degree, you simply attach 「すぎる」 to the stem of the word, as below. 食【た】べる 食べ過ぎる 多【おお】い 多すぎる However, when ...
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Pronunciation of 清音 and 濁音 [duplicate]

橋 reads as はし but 新橋 reads as しんばし 澤 as さわ and 金澤 as かなざわ etc. any rules for how to pronounce?
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Word request: Agreeing in a conversation

For example: in a conversation about food, when your friend says that the food is おいしい, then you can also say おいしいね, or そうだね. Are there other ways you can say in agreement? Perhaps a phrase similar ...
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Use of ~のか (~んですか) in questions not seeking a yes/no answer

I would like to know if there is a shift in nuance in questions such as these: 誰が参加したんですか。 vs. 誰が参加しましたか。 いつ着いたんですか。 vs. いつ着きましたか。 I wish to limit discussion to only non-yes/no questions (...
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V+て なかろうと meaning

俺が覚えてなかろうと、俺に人殺しをするつもりがなかったとしても、そんなものは何の意味も持ちえない。 How can I translate this sentence? なかろう I think is the volitional of ない. So volitional+と= Be about to, try to do. It can be used to say even though ...
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つけておいてください translation

An example is the following: 電気がついています。けしましょうか。 いいえ、つけておいてください。 The question is, can I translate the last part as "Please, leave them turned on", so that the whole translation is: ...
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“Yon” vs. “Shi” in school names

I've tried Voicetext.jp and Google's text to voice service to read this 四中の It reads something like Yon-chū no But Google suggested this romanization, which left me doubtful Shi-chū no ...
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How would one emulate capitalized letters in Japanese?

Capitalized letters look like I'M SHOUTING AT YOU. How would you reproduce this effect in Japanese? I don't think any of the obvious choices, using カタカナ instead of 漢字 or ひらがな, using punctuation, e....
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In what contexts can “始{はじ}める” be an intransitive verb?

"始める" is transitive while "始まる" is its intransitive form. In a textbook, I discovered: (1) 知らないうちに、雨が降り始めていた。 (2) 明治時代の初め、日本は急速に近代化しつつあった。 (3) パーティをやっている最中に、急に雨が降り出した。 In each of those ...
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Help me understand this sentence about film

I have a problem understanding this sentence. ヒットした映画の続編・続々編が制作されるのも、単に興業収益があがるというだけではなく、2時間程度の映画ではあがるきれないものが多すぎて、その部分を埋めてほしいという観客の要望も背景の一つになっています。 From my understanding the first part: ...
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ぐわん: Is this a word? Drunken speech in manga

I'm reading a manga and am completely stuck on what is being said in the following line of text: まわる = まる = circle ぐわんぐわん = ぐん?  ほわほわする = ほほする = cheeks I've attached the page with the text ...
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Why is みつぎもの written 賜ぎ物 instead of 貢ぎ物 in this comic?

I was reading Hunter x Hunter volume 24, when suddenly this thing appeared: 賜{みつ}ぎ物{もの} Just a bit of context: they are trying to infiltrate the enemy's base, and take advantage of one corrupt ...
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Can I make a noun from a の adjective in general?

Today I wanted to say that a book was 'colloquial'. I went to my dictionary and found: colloquial adj. 口語の; Is it correct to just remove の and write: この本は口語です。 Or must this word always be used ...
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How do you respond when someone knocks on the toilet door?

If you were using the toilet and someone knocked on the door what would be the common response to indicate it was occupied? I noticed some Japanese people knock back, but it is not always possible, ...
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What does つらり mean?

It's a word in a song called 「スローモーション」 by サカナクション. Somewhere in the middle part the song goes like this: 行けない つらりつらりと行けない それはつまりつまりはスローモーション ふわりふわり漂う 僕はまるで雪のよう I didn't find lyrics ...
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Can the phrase 不条理劇 “a theatre of absurd” be used figuratively in Japanese?

Would it be valid in casual Japanese conversation to use the term 不条理劇{ふじょうりげき} or 不条理演劇{ふじょうりえんげき} to describe a situation in which for example two parties A and B are talking to each other using ...
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What is the difference between [為替]{かわせ} and 両{りょう}替{がえ}?

What is the difference between 為替 and 両替? Both mean "exchange". When each of them should be used?
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What does がんばっぺ mean?

Today I got a mail from my company but I am unable to figure out the meaning of がんばっぺ!!. The sentence is as follows- 下期も 製図勉強会や(秘)レクレーション大会などを 予定しております。 水戸のみなさん、一緒にがんばっぺ!! Is it similar ...
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Can I use 印象 to talk about something the subject does not have personal experience with, but has an opinion about?

I'm sorry for the weird title. English is not my first language and I'm not sure how to put it... I wanted to say something among the lines "How Americans imagine Japan to be/What is Japan like, ...
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Spellings of あなた(がた)

The usual spelling would be hiragana for the first part and kanji for the second, but the spellings 貴女(方)(if the addressee is female) and 貴男(方)(if the addressee is male) are also in use. On to my ...
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Is アルコール from Portuguese?

The word アルコール is very similar to the Portuguese alcohol (pronounced alcōl), this seems closer than the English アルコホール. So is the real etymology Portuguese rather than English?
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What does 「例によって例のごとくや」 mean?

I have noticed that there is a definition for 「例によって例のごとし」 in a dictionary online but there is slightly difference in the sentence ending, 「くや」 and 「し」. I am not sure if they have the same meaning. ...
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Preparing for a fight in Osaka (dialectal んやったなぁ)

Subject: ironic story; place: Osaka; time: pre-mordern; situation: a boy is threatened with a sword-fight. More threatened than really called for a duel, so he has time. The hero of the story says to ...
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How do 行く and 来る *really* work?

We have a question on this site, What is the proper differentiation between 来る and 行く?, which does seem to correctly explain the basic general differentiation between 行く and 来る, which is that it is ...
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ような without a noun following it

いつからか、翡翠がやってくれば平穏な朝を迎えられるような、そんな日課が出来上がっている。 Why is ような used before the comma? I think it means: Since who knows when, if Hisui comes, as if i am brought with a tranquil morning, that way the day ...
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Passive form - The exact difference between を and が

I've seen this question asked before, but i feel the answer didn't quite answer all my questions, so here goes. Now, I am rather sure that this: ケーキが食べられた Means: The cake was eaten. (by ...
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Difference between 苗字 and 家名?

To put it simply, is there any inherent difference between 苗字 and 家名 ? Since both of these words means "Surname" or "Last Name". Does there a differ in how they are used? Does 苗字 refer to the ...
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Modifying individual nouns in の strings

I haven't seen any examples that make use of this, nor have I seen any evidence to the contrary, so I thought I'd ask about it. I know that の basically connects nouns and makes them all 1 noun that ...
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The use of へ and に in regards to time

If I were heading toward Tokyo but not neccessarily to Tokyo I would use へ. If I were going to Tokyo I would use に. That much I understand. My question is whether this can be extended to time. For ...
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How to understand this sentence about film reviews in Japanese newspapers?

I'm a little bit lost here. The following sentence is about a film critic (Tsuchiya Yoshio) and the Yomiuri Shimbun. But I'm not sure about the meaning.. 読売新聞であれば、土屋好生のような映画評論家が批評するか、...
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Word order/splitting the phrase 都合がつかず (possible mistake)

Today I received an email from a business partner. It read: 〜、〇〇日(〇)午後が都合がメンバーのつかず、〇〇日が〜 Is the word order in this phrase valid? Is it an editing mistake that resulted in a phrase different than:...
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Why is も used twice in this sentence?

I found this sentence, and I kinda understand the meaning and use of も, but I want to understand why it is used twice: 人間もロボットも区別しない
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Usage of ようにだそうだ

I saw this sentence reading some manga: 自分たちで処分するようにだそうだ I think in this context it means "I heard you guys are taking care of it yourselves". However I am surprised by the way だ follows after ように....
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Is this a different accent than Tokyo's?

A friend of mine wrote:  誘えていないんだ。 But aparently it should be written as:  誘いていないんか。 I think this is not a typo because he wrote two different sentences, both with え instead of い. Is this ...
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Difference between 日 and 一日

What is the difference between 日{ひ} and 一日{いちにち}? I thought that 一日 was used when refering to the length of a day but I saw this sentence and got confused: 今朝のニュースでも、アナウンサーの人が「うららかな一日になるでしょう」...
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Mystery about にく (肉) in kanji (漢字)

I have a question which is regarding to the word 肉 in Japanese Language. Below are my opinions and questions about it. First, pork in Japan is 豚肉 (google-translated from pork), which should be ...
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Different usages of 出てくれる

出る literally means to leave or to go out. In a conversation I heard it being used in "ちょっと手が離さないから、出てくれる" a request to check the door after the bell rang. Without knowing the context I would ...
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率直に and 正直に、how do they differ?

I just wanted to know how they were different (tone, formality, implications, etc.).
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How do you avoid multiple が in a sentence

I would like to ask on how to avoid multiple occurrences of the particle ga in a sentence. For example: 詳細{しょうさい}のクエリは削除{さくじょ}フラグが0がありません。 What I meant in the sentence: The Detail query does not ...
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Using が multiple times in one sentence

If you ask a question, such as 誰がこれが分かる? Is this still grammatical? Is it okay to use two が's in the same sentence?
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Multiple が in the same sentence

I found this sentence while reading and I came across 2 が in the same sentence. 認識結果{にんしきけっか}が保存{ほぞん}されていない登録{とうろく}画像{がぞう}があります。 Is it there a way to phrase is differently? How is this clause ...
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Confused about the meaning of these nicknames

I was reading manga the other day and came across these nicknames that I can't make sense of. The context is as follows: Some mischievous students in a certain high school are bragging about their ...
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Is “背中に嫌な汗を掻いた” an idiomatic phrase?

Okay I read a light novel and found a phrase that seems nonsensical to me. The sentence is: "私を見ながら背中に嫌な汗を掻いた。" The context is that a character in the story just realize something about the Main ...
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「猫種」「愛猫」などの読み方について

「愛犬」は「アイケン」と音読みで読みます。 「犬種」も「ケンシュ」と音読みです。 さて、猫の場合はどうでしょうか。 「猫」という字は音で読むと「ビョウ」ですので、正しくは「アイビョウ」「ビョウシュ」ではないでしょうか。 しかし「アイビョウが・・・」って言われてすぐにピンとくる人がどれほどいるのか疑問です。 ネットで調べたら、わかりやすさを優先し「あいねこ」「ねこしゅ」...
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What does ようとする do here?

長い首を振り回す小龍の背に調教師がロデオのように飛び乗る中、人々の興奮は最高潮に達しようとしていた。 What does ようとする do here? I know that it can mean "try to do something." But "The people's excitement was trying to reach a climax" doesn't seem to ...
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What does ても+いかん do?

今闘技場にいる観衆は外に出すな、モンスターが脱走したことを悟られてもいかん! What meaning does いかん have in this sentence? I've never seen this before.
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What is the difference between 思【おも】い付【つ】く and 思【おも】い浮【う】かぶ?

The words 思い付く and 思い浮かぶ both mean something along the lines of "to come to mind". But I'm not actually sure about the details of when to use one versus the other. Yet, at the same time, they don't ...
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The usage of そんな感じに to end a scene in narration

For example そんな感じに日は過ぎて行きました which may appear at the end of the scene. Do we have anything similar to this in English? What is the purpose of using a construction like this instead of ...
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What is the て form of しない?

The hypothetical scenario is given as follows. Yesterday night I played game and intentionally did not do the homework. I did not forget for sure. :-) This morning the teacher asked me and I want to ...
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What does the phrase 「やった人」 really mean?

I am a bit confused on what the 「やった人」really mean. You can see it used as a Twitter hashtag, but truthfully the meanings elude me. Does it mean a people who can do something?

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