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How to say “I've never done it” without saying what “it” is

I know how to say "I've never done verb-phrase" using verb-phrase ことがない e.g. ケーキを食べることがない. But how would I say something like "Even though I've wanted to try eating cake, I've never done it" ...
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Why did the author use に in the following sentence?

Why did the author use に in the following sentence? 理解しかねて首をかしげる会場の様子に、司会役が「もう少し具体的に」と重ねてたずねた。 たずねる needs に but for animate objects such as human beings. In the above sentence, に is used after ...
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Are 何気なく and 〜てしまう equivalent? If not, how do they differ?

I've seen 何気なく attached to verbs and used to mean "unintentionally or accidentally" similar to how 〜てしまう is used. I was wondering if they had a different nuance. For example the sentences: ...
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Meaning of たァ after verb in dictionary form

「入浴剤まで置いてあるたァ、なんだか今日はかあさんの奴、気が利くじゃねぇか。」 Even bath salts have been put out. Somehow, today, mother's (things?) are thoughtful aren't they? I'm reasonably happy with てある: something has been done by ...
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How can verb て become an adverb?

I found a sentence 医者が「大丈夫ですか」と重ねて尋ねた。 with translation The doctor repeatedly asked "Is it OK?". As far as I know The concatenation of て verb represents several actions which are done ...
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Meaning of ボロカスにされる

I'm reading a manga and came across the following lines (in it A is talking to someone else about a third party C): A: バカめが! A: Cにボロカスにされるがいいわ!! Most dictionaries I've looked at put ボロカス as ...
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Difference 先 vs さっき vs 前

can someone pls explain the difference and usage of these words? I never saw an explanation on how to use them correctly. Right now, all 3 are just "(some time) ago, previous, before ..." for me.
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Meaning of とる in 迷惑かけとる

「いつも迷惑かけとるのはわしの方なんじゃから」 Because when it comes to causing trouble, it's usually me. (my TL attempt) I think I can insert an を to get 迷惑をかける = "to cause trouble". I've seen とる=取る appended to a few ...
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What does ゴミが落ちていない mean when replying the question 日本に来て、驚いたことは何ですか?

There is a dialogue as follows, A: 日本に来て、驚いたことは何ですか。What struck you when you arrived in Japan? B: ゴミが落ちていない。The trash is not falling down. I am confused in translating ゴミが落ちていない。. My ...
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Is たち in 子供たち redundant?

In my understanding, 達{たち} is a suffix used to pluralize a countable noun. For example, 私 (single) becomes 私たち (plural) あなた (single) becomes あなたたち (plural) According to most dictionaries, 子供 can ...
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What is the proper translation for と続いた後で?

xやyなどと続いた後で、zという答えがあった。 Literally it means something like: The answers were x, y followed by z. What is the better translation for this?
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別に in non-negative clause

Context: Grandad was bought food as a gift for looking after Maruko. Maruko apologises to grandad because dad has just eaten it all. Then Grandad says: 「いいんじゃよ、まる子。おじいちゃんは別にただまる子をかわいがっているだけじゃ」 ...
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What does the word 「たしけて」mean?

It is said by a boy who was running away from a danger situation. Is it an alternated version of the word 「助ける」? Which dialect is it?
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“Begrudging Conditional”

How might you express a rude, begrudging permission in Japanese? I realize this is something you'd never encounter in practice or in public, but I'm writing a fictional story about some rather rude ...
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What is the meaning of 「まちいな」?

Here is the sentence said by Kansai speaker who was capturing 2 boys who were chasing another guy. まちいな あんさんたち。 I think the word would mean 待つ with particle な emphasizing the emotion but I would ...
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how to pronounce 常暗い?

Saw this on the first page of きつねのはなし by 森見登美彦, searched online but only saw this book as reference. Wondering how exactly would you read it...Thanks a lot.
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How should one interpret ~ていた + だなんて

I came across the following sentence in volume 12 of the manga たいようのいえ and was unsure how to interpret the expression at the end. Could someone please explain how the "だなんて" changes the meaning or ...
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Particle at the end of a sentence

I've seen some sentences end with particles like が and で. The most common particle that I see is に. For example, if someone asked: どこにいる? → Where are you? I could reply, 友達{ともだち}の家{いえ}に → (I'...
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What is the purpose of と in this sentence?

I am reading a passage, the first line is as follows. 自治会から、留学生数人との交流会があるとの連絡を受け、行ってみた。 I got a message from student association that there would be a gathering with some exchange students ...
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Help understanding Noun Phrases/Relative Clauses

My question is about understanding the two relative clauses in the below. 「良い顔になってきたねぇ。あたしの大好きなお顔、半泣きで頑張る健気なキミの顔。ふふ、ぱくって食べちゃいたいくらい」 I always get confused with the way relative clauses etc are used ...
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Meaning of さてと and general comprehension

The context: Maruko and her mum prepared food and bath salts as a new year's gift for Maruko's grandad (ともぞう) and grandma. But dad (ヒロシ) has just eaten all the food. Maruko protests and dad says: 「...
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What additional meaning that なんだ add to the sentence

A. 彼は大学生ですよ B. 彼は大学生なんだよ What difference that なんだ makes in this sentence? For A, I understand it well as "He is a college student!" For B, eventhough i have read much article written about なんだ... ...
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と聞いて in this sentence

山に登るのは大変そうだから、本当は行きたくなかった。 Climbing mountain seems difficult so truthfully, i didn't want to go... The second sentence is the one i need help with... I wasn't sure if i get it right... でも ロープウェイを ...
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Action : differences between 行動, 活動, 動作, 作用 and 仕草

I'm currently learning some vocab through wanikani, and they have these two words 仕草 and 作用 both meaning "action", but no nuance is explained, and when checking on jishou for a more proper word for ...
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What does との mean in this sentence?

It is very hard to parse the following sentence as I don't know about との grammar. What does との mean and how to parse the following sentence? 自治会から、留学生数人との交流会があるとの連絡を受け、行ってみた。
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Differences between 類似 and ような

Is there any difference to how and when 類似 and ような are used? For example: 英国で同じようなことです。 英国で類似のことです。 Thanks.
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Different nuance between よく and いつも

My original sentence was: [Name]さんは仕事でよく忙しいんですか? I was told by a native that it sounds strange. She replaced よく with いつも: [Name]さんは仕事でいつも忙しいんですか? I always thought both were used for "often" ...
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Meaning of 運動神経が良い

I just got told: 背高いし運動神経良さそう Apparently 運動神経 means motor nerve: What does 運動神経が良い mean in this context? The conversation was about swimming, not something where reflexes are that important I ...
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How to say “Mathematics has a great impact on technology.”?

I have looked related examples up from the internet and I found some patterns as follows. What I want to say is Mathematics has a great impact (influence) on technology. or Technology is ...
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What's the difference between 天国 and 高天原?

I think the difference may be the heaven of other religions versus the heaven of Shintou, but I'm not 100% on it either way. Am I right, or is there still something I'm missing on this one?
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Questions about multiple particles 「が」 in a sentence

Here is the sentence said by a boy who had punched a pig in a pen and then being struck by it. だめだっ...なぐろうがけとばそうがびくともしやせん 1) Does the first 「が」 work the same function as the second one? 2) Can I ...
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What is the meaning of 「読むには読んだ」?

I have the following sentence and I can't find any material pointing out the usage of this grammar. 薦められた本を読むには読んだが、よく理解できなかった。 In general, what is the usage of 「VるにはVた」?
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Meaning of 勝つ手に

Dad is being told off for eating too fast and not leaving enough food for grandma and grandad. He replies: 「おう、これでも遠慮してるんだぞ。じいさんもばあさんも、どんどん勝つ手に食べりゃいいんだ。」 Even though it looks (bad) I'm holding ...
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How does き を つけます translate to I'll be careful?

Google translates it as "you care" and my guide says it is used to say "I'll be careful." From the structure I can figure out that き means something like care and つけます would be something like "be." ...
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How should I translate からである in this sentence?

日本の輸出をストップさせるために、円高が進行していたからである。 I know that normally it explains reason, but if I translate it with that meaning, the sentence doesn't make sense. And I've found this usage of からである, in other ...
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Is 他に essential in ~ほど~ない grammar?

When I learnt ~ほど~ない grammar, I found examples with 他に as follows. For me, the presence of 他に seems to be wasteful because 私ほどハンサムな人はいない。There is none as handsome as I. 私ほどハンサムな人は他にいない。There is no ...
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Don't understand the structure of 「夕方アパートの山田さん宅の玄関で」

I've just stumbled upon a phrase: 「夕方【ゆうがた】 アパートの山田【やまだ】さん宅【たく】の玄関【げんかん】で」 If I understand it correctly, the meaning is: In the evening, at the front door of Yamada's apartment. What I don'...
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What does the word よれん mean?

Here is the sentence: おおっ くせえのう… おらあぶた小屋だけはマスクなしではそばにもよれんわい。 It is probably said by Kansai speaker which I'm not certain. I understand that よれん or よれない means 'not to get twisted'. But I think ...
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Using particles with a time as a topic

If I wanted to say "I ate something this morning" or "Did you eat something this morning", would I use a particle with "this morning"? Example: けさ、なにかたべましたか? vs けさはなにかたべましたか?
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Can someone break down かのじょ and かれ for me?

I would like to understand these words more clearly as I do with おとこのこ and おんなのこ Being that おとこのこ basically translates into "male of youth" and that おんなのこ basically translates into "female of youth" ...
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Using 胸が苦しい when talking about love

What can it mean when someone is talking about love and they use this phrase? Example:  恋愛感情。  俺があの人に対して抱いている気持ちは、それなのだろうか。  綺麗だと思うし、ずっと見ていたい。今日のあの出来事を、忘れたくない。思い出すと胸が苦しくなった。  ...
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Does the 「の」 can be used as 「を」?

Here is the sentence spoken by Kansai speaker. そのフォークみたいの貸してください。 Other than the question I put on the topic, if the 「の」 is not used instead of 「を」, I would like to know if I can omit the 「の」 in ...
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How to say “marriage equality”?

I'm looking for a good way to say "marriage equality" in Japanese. I like to avoid the term "same-sex marriage" (同性婚{どうせいこん}) in English because I think that it has an implication that it is somehow ...
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報復する meaning in this sentence

あんまりにも痛いんで、ムシャクシャして、適当なぬいぐるみを報復したくなった。 包丁で、無抵抗なぬいぐるみを滅多刺し。誰にでもできる惨殺行為、簡単すぎてものすごく無意味【つまらな】い。 それはさぞかし気持ちが悪く、気色が悪く、後味なんか最悪で、つまり今のオレはそのぬいぐるみ役なのだった。 Because it hurt so much, because I got angry, I ...
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What is the difference between 片方の手 and 片手?

In my understanding, both 片方の手 and 片手 mean "one hand". What is the difference and how to use them correctly?
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How to say “One day at a time” in romaji

Good Evening, I'm a beginner in Japanese and stack exchange. I'm probably going to ask you all very simple and phrase based questions, so I am happy to give any points or perks of appreciation that I ...
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polite and casual language— being asked to switch?

So it's been a while that I have been wondering how each level of speech is called in Japanese. All I have seen, is in textbook the mention of casual, polite, humble, or honorific speech, but I ...
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What's the meaning of 「〜ようとも限り」

I cannot find any material relating to this grammar point. Give the following example, could you explain what the meaning of this grammar is? どんなに抵抗しようとも限り生きている人はいつかは死ぬ。
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Adding additional information as an afterthought

What is a natural way to add another object to a list as an afterthought? For example: 仕事で英語とピアノを教えています。フランス語____。 For work I teach piano and English. Oh, and French too.
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“Where” construction; grammar question

I'm beginning my study of Japanese grammar and am unclear as to the difference between the following interrogative structures. Is one more correct than the other in asking where something specific is? ...

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