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Different ways to show intention to do something

How can one say "I am going to", express intention to do something in the future. I know some expressions such as: たいと思う -  I'm going to/ I want to ましょう - I will/ Why don't I ...
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When should I use「かも」 versus 「アヒル」?

My Japanese friend uses the work 「アヒル」when referring to ducks in a public park. However, another Japanese friend uses 「鴨」(かも)in similar situations. In English, as far as my limited knowledge of the ...
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Comparing three or more things

To compare two things, I would use: りんごのほうがみかんより美味しいです。 i.e. noun のほうがnoun よりadjective But how can I say, "Out of these five fruits, apples are the most delicious"? Or "Out of Seoul, Tokyo, and ...
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How are 〜上, 〜上は and 〜上に different?

I'm wondering about these, mainly because I don't see how they change the meaning. これほど確かな証拠がある上は、Aが犯人だと認めないわけにはいかない。 Since there's such solid evidence, there's no denying that A's the culprit. [...
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Using に twice in the [Verb-連用形]に行く sentence pattern

Consider these example sentences given by my grammar dictionary: (1) 私はデパートへ贈り物を買いに行った。 (2) そこへ何をしに行くんですか。 Observation: The location is marked by へ instead of に. Considering that a ...
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おいてきてしまった vs おいてしまってきた

Is there any difference in the sentence when we mix the order of the conjugations in this sentence: 1) あいにく私はカメラを家においてきてしまった 2) あいにく私はカメラを家においてしまってきた Or are both "correct" and mean the same thing ...
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Using な in positive instead of negative imperative (e.g. 行きな)

Putting な after a plain verb turns it into negative imperative. But I noticed that in spoken Japanese, putting な after conjunctive form (連用形) turns it into positive imperative. For example: ...
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ぼちぼち - related words

I am at present rigorously studying 擬音語/擬態語 (an entire world of its own!). The definition my book has for ぼちぼち (also ぼつぼつ) is: 1. Gradually; slowly but steadily 2. Used to describe something that is ...
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How can I research how a film quote was translated into Japanese?

Are there any websites that lists Japanese-language translation quotes of English-language films? For example, how would I find out how English, mother******, do you speak it? from "Pulp Fiction" was ...
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regarding the kanjis 嗚呼; 於乎; 於戯; 嗟乎; 嗟夫; 吁; 嗟; 噫; 鳴呼

This question has 2 parts. Why is it that ああ has so many different kanji 嗚呼; 於乎; 於戯; 嗟乎; 嗟夫; 吁; 嗟; 噫; 鳴呼 (source) and is the average japanese (16 yr old and above) able to recognize them all?
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Meaning of 迷いを断ち切るかのように

「いや、そこまでは大丈夫」 迷いを断ち切るかのように。 可愛くも小憎たらしい優の顔から視線を外して断る。 I know that the definition of 迷いを断ち切る is 心を悩ませることについて考えるのをやめること and that かのように is 動作や状況を他の何事かに喩える表現 (i.e likening ...
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How to represent percentage and ratio in Japanese?

For the sake of simplicity, assume that there are 60 women and 40 men in my class. I want to say the following statements. Are they correct? The ratio of men to women is 2 to 3. ...
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How to parse the following sentence containing phrases that look like direct quoted relative clauses?

I cannot parse the following sentence. 自分の知る子供たちは、「無理だと知っていて」夢を語るが、日本の小学生は、「実現できると思って」夢を追う。だから「夢が違う」と言う。 As far as I know, 「」is used for direct quote. For example, 彼が「走ってください」と言いました。He said, "...
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Expressing a regretful wish

What is a good way to express a wish about something that won't or is unlikely to happen. For example. I wish I were tall enough to be allowed on that roller coaster. I wish I could eat that much ...
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Can the prepositions と、に sometimes be Interchanged in a sentence?

I saw the following sentences: 彼は円をドルに両替した。 He exchanged yen for dollars. 彼は円をドルと交換した。 He exchanged yen for dollars. I am not sure I understand why in one sentence に is used yet in the second ...
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さえ how to use it

Hello I'm not sure I have understood well the nuances so I have a few questions: What is the difference between the sentences below: ビショップさえ取ればいいよ。 ビショップを取りさえすればいいよ。 I also saw on a site ...
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What does 'タメを作る' mean?

What does 'タメを作る' mean? What exactly is being 'made/created'? What is a 'タメ'(as I understand, is being used as a noun here)? I see the phrase frequently being used in the context of sport, such ...
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Question about だれが「おまえを好きだ」と言った

As it was discussed here, the particle を may sometimes be placed in front of 好き as long as the main verb of the sentense does not take anything else to be its を. だれがおまえを好きだと言った。 My question is ...
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Why does native speakers rather say 言う通り not 言った通り?

I was watching a drama (無痛 ep.3) when a short sentence baffled me. The main actor's wife was taking her last breaths, thanking her husband, who himself a doctor, told her, that it would be best to die ...
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Would you consider the で in 日本食で一番好きなのは・・・ to be the particle で or the -te form of だ?

I've always taken this to be the -te form of だ. My reasoning is similar to the discussion given here: What's the use of で in 「日本の食べ物で大好きなものは何?」 However, I ran this by a native speaker, and she ...
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What is the nuance of わかりゃあせん vs regular わかりません?

I heard the following phrase spoken in Osaka: そう泣いてばかりではわかりゃあせん Is it regional? Does it have any nuance to it? Is it a more regular pattern or just an intonation of this particular phrase? (...
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Uses of [◯]{まる} symbol in Japanese typography

What is [◯]{まる} symbol is typically used for? The only usage I know of is the "correct" mark. But the dictionary says it is also used as a placeholder and for censorship, see ◯ and ◯◯. Here are more ...
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Lettered Bus Numbers

Consider the following categories of bus numbers: Number only - 11 Number suffixed or prefixed with a character - 11E or E11 Character only - A (Question) How common are buses with letters/...
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What does マナーもいっしょに「携帯」 mean?

What does マナーもいっしょに「携帯」 mean? This is the title of an article in J501 that talks about how people should watch when and where they use their cellphones. I get the text but can't make sense of the ...
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Usage of くせに and わりに in the following sentence

In Nihongo so-matome N3 grammar p63. In question I number 3 there is this question written where both answers seems fine to me. 男の(a.くせに,b.わりに)、女みたいだ. The answer is くせに. Isn't わりに used when an ...
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What is the difference between 飲む and 呑む?

I saw a tweet that said 要は日本酒が呑みたい And my dictionary translated 呑む as 'to drink', with 飲む as the default spelling and 呑む as an alternate form. What is the difference between 飲む and 呑む?
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Is the kanji in this scene a mistake or some kind of joke?

My friend was watching the anime みつどもえ 増量中!, and in the first episode there is a scene where basically there is a protest happening against the kind of "power rangers" in this show. It's the one on ...
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「スケジュール感をすり合わせましょう」 - what exactly are we going to discuss?

When I first received an invitation to a meeting containing words similar to 「スケジュール感をすり合わせましょう」 I thought we are going to discuss the schedule so that "everyone is on the same page". The schedule ...
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Is there any practical difference between しばらく and しばらくの間?

While answering How does しばらく work with ていない? I started to wonder if 暫く{しばらく} and 暫く{しばらく}の間{あいだ} were fully interchangeable? Or are there any examples where you would use one and not the other?
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Explanatory 「の」 particle being used twice in the same phrase

I was reading Tae Kim's Guide to Learning Japanese on the explanatory 「の」 particle and was following it very well. I was able to understand the usage of the の particle in the end of sentences to add ...
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Use of question particles in plain speech

I'm becoming increasingly confused about the correct way to form questions in informal speech. I originally learned that I should replace か with の. Then I learned that that was a bit girly. Then I ...
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Difference between もう いい です and もう けっこう です

I'm going back over my notes from Japanese For Busy People. I no longer have the books but I wrote out many of the examples. What I have not always done is write down my teacher's explanations. ...
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How common/formal is あたくし?

A while ago, I discovered that あたし has a more-formal variant: あたくし This is obviously very similar to the relationship between わたし and わたくし. However, there are a couple of details that I'm not too ...
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Meaning and usage of 〜してからにしろ

From the manga yotsubato!, casual conversation: 早く寝るのはいいけど、せめて晩飯食って風呂入ってからにしろ In this sentence how does からにしろ at the end change it? I know the full sentence means this: It's ok to go to bed ...
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3rd person references in formal emails

I deal with lots of formal emails (within the company) that refer to unnamed 3rd parties. The first reference is 「研究者」. If I want to use "they" later in the email, what should I use? I've seen both 「...
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What criteria decides whether to print 「氏」 or 「さん」 at the end of a person's name in newspapers?

I just realized that newspapers sometimes end a person's name with 「さん」: 後藤さん不明、昨年11月に把握 首相、答弁で明かす:。And then sometimes end a person's name with 「氏」: 自民・山本一太氏、人質事件で与野党結束訴え:。 In this forum, I found this ...
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What is the meaning of the phrase ”男の顔になったな”

The question in the title is just one of the various ones that I don't quite get. They all use the phrase such and such+ 顔になった + sentence ending particles Literally it sounds weird to me but ...
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Is Taito (たいと) (kanji/kokuji with the highest stroke count consisting of 84 strokes) legit and ever used?

Taito is mentioned as the kanji/kokuji with the highest stroke count consisting of 84 strokes in Wikipedia. Taito is composed of two kanji ("cloud" (雲) and "dragon" (龍) repeated three times each ...
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Grammar in a modern translation of the 古事記 : ~ようもない

I recently started studying the 古事記. In the beginning of the modern translation, there is a piece of grammar which, while not terribly confusing in itself, still fascinates me. The whole sentence is ...
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How to express appositives in Japanese

I have been searching high and low for how to express appositives in Japanese, yet the most I have come across is how to express something like "my friend John". I would like to know how to express ...
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ら抜き言葉: Why doesn't 忘れれれば exist?

The other day I was musing on chat about 忘れれれば, which I imagined you would get if you started with 忘れられれば and left out ら: 忘れる 忘れられる   (忘れる + られる) 忘れられれば  (忘れる + られる + れば) 忘れれれば   (...
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Dating slang question based on a Murakami story

In the New Yorker there is an English translation of a story by Haruki Murakami, called Yesterday. I was reading the first part of it to my wife, and the young man speaking asked, "Did she let you go ...
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When to use で vs に vs nothing at all

There are a lot of post that describe the ambiguous scenarios when to use で vs に, but there are still many scenarios that are confusing, and sometimes I'm not sure if I should be using a particle at ...
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センスで嗅覚も研ぎ澄ます - “sense of sense of smell?” Why use センス?

In the Zelda video game guidebook I am translating there is a part of the game where you transform into a wolf and have to rely on your senses. The title of this section of the guidebook is ...
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Replacing になっている with だ

A sentence from JapanesePod 101: 米は、多くの食事で、重要な糖質源になっている。 Rice is an important source of carbohydrates in many diets. The になっている seems unnecessary here. Could one simply end the sentence with ...
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How to express the concept of negation in mathematics

I have been reading the PHP manual in both Japanese and English and have reached the part about operators. In the 代数演算子 section they talk about 加算, 減算 etc, and have a table showing all of the 代数演算子 (...
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Is 青色をしている different from 青い?

I recently learned 青色をしている as a synonym for 青い, but I don't have a good idea of what the difference is, or even if there's any difference at all. On chat, Flaw suggested the difference might be ...
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Why are い-adjectives often used as nouns?

I can't really understand why sometimes い adjectives are transformed to nouns instead of just being used themselves. I.E. 白い鳥 has 300,000 google hits while 白の鳥 has 4 million. 近い家 has 113,000 ...
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Questions on the use of 動物 in reference to mankind/humans

I got this quote from a journal an online associate writes. I provided the translation. Some of the wording in Japanese struck me as strange, so I am wondering about whether in fact this quote is a ...
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Legibility of handakuten and dakuten in small font sizes

I occasionally come across text with a small font size where I can tell that there's either an handakuten ゚ or a dakuten ゙ in a kana character, but I need to zoom in to tell which one it is. Does ...

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