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んですが and differences in nuance with んです

I have read that when you use んです, you're implying that the listener already knows what you're talking about and you're just kind of emphasizing the conclusion. However, I have also seen some examples ...
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What is the function of だろう?

I've seen a question: なんでだろう? I know that なんで means 'why'. So what about だろう?
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What does だから、ではないが mean?

これからどのような色に変わるのか、それとも透き通ったままでいるのか、「未知」を前にした神の興味がつきることはない。だから、ではないが。 I am having trouble understanding what the bolded part means. How should I interpret it? thanks
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とでたしか。。。出してられます: particle and tense question

From Haruki Murakami's preface to Yume de Aimashō: ときどき「糸井さんと村上さんとでたしか『夢で会いましょう』という対談集出してられますね」と言われることがあるけれど、それは明らかなマチガイです。 I'm guessing that it parses as to de tashika, right? If so, questions: ...
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Sonkeigo forms of できる and なかったら

「できる」の尊敬語はありますか。「おできになる」は使われていますか。(見たことはありませんが...) また、「あったら」は「おありでしたら」になると思いますが、「なかったら」はどうなりますか。
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Can「箱の中を手で探った」be shortened to 「箱を探った」?

By using default meanings, couldn't the title be shortened to: 箱を探った。 Isn't の中 so obvious, it is assumed to be the location you searched? If I were to search under the box, then I would write ...
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What the difference between using か and が for a question?

So what's the difference between asking: だれか? And: だれが?
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らせる typo for される or different word?

暴風は擬神化された龍の如く、廊下と髑髏の面を飲み込もうと、その蛇体を螺旋らせる。 The strong wind, similarly to the quasi-deified dragon, makes its serpentine body twist like a spiral with the intention of swallowing the corridor and ...
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What does 活躍話 mean?

This is perhaps too quick a question but I'm not sure on the meaning and after searching the net I've found nothing to give me confidence in any interpretation. Here is the text that prompted to ask ...
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Deciphering Kawaii Writing

I was wondering if anyone knew how to read Kawaii writing and if there is any guide to help us read them? For example the following is I believe an omake or bonus page and it's not the first time I ...
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Usage of 認めよう and 空 on this page?

This one middle page in between these three (link) has been weighing on my mind for a good while. The character would seem to be commenting on a brave/chivalrous aerial battle going on overhead, and ...
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Understand the difference between [dictionary/ない + ようとする] and [volitional + にする]

I have come across a couple of concepts that seem relatively similar, but I would like an understanding on their differences, if any. The first is the dictionary/ない form + ようとする. And the other is the ...
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Meaning of the word どんこ

「なんて立派な干しシイタケ。上等のどんこだよっ。」 What splendid dried mushrooms! They're first-class ???? What is どんこ in this sentence? The dictionaries only mention a kind of fish.
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Is 望む a typo for 臨む in this sentence?

あのサーヴァント―アサシンには一騎打ちで望まなければ、先にマスターを叩かれてしまう……!」 Against that servant, if I don't fight one on one against Assassin, my master will end up being knocked out first. Why is で望まなければ used here? I ...
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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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What is the purpose of repeated words?

I came across 2 sentences that include the repeated words. 1) 流れ流れたドヤ街で へんなおやじにつきまとわれて... 2) マスコミ利用し世間からせしめた黄金百万両! 御用御用とむらがる捕り手あたるをさいわいぶったおし... I would like to know if there is any meaning other ...
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本来なければ usage and meaning

屋敷を一回りしただけで設計図を思い描き、本来なければおかしい部屋がない事を指摘する。 What does the last sentence mean? Just by going around the mansion once he was able to drew a blueprint, If it were not normal it points out the ...
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IPA transcription of kana づ please

IPA transcription of kana づ please: I think it will be [dzɯ].
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What is potential form?

I am in my fourth online Japanese class at UMUC Asia and we just started learning about potential form of verbs. I was wondering if there is an easy way to explain what it is? My teacher's explanation ...
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What does トラックなど12台の車 mean?

I've been trying to figure this text out in NHK news easy: http://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/easy/k10010447431000/k10010447431000.html There is a part when it says: トラックなど12台の車がぶつかる事故がありました。 I couldn't ...
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めちゃくちゃ寒いもん : Because it is freezing, or because it would be freezing?

【たるひ】「窓も開けられなかったしね」 【瞠】「冬場に窓を開ける必要なんてないだろ」 【たるひ】「うん、その意見には諸手をあげて賛成ー。めちゃくちゃ寒いもん」 【三橋】「ふたりとも窓際の席だもんね、あそこ冷えるんだよねー」 In the conversation above I am unsure of what is meant by めちゃくちゃ寒いもん. From what I ...
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Why is たばこ written in hiragana instead of katakana?

While studying my Genki textbook I noticed that the word たばこ uses hiragana instead of katakana. I've always seen loan words to be in katakana, so this was interesting to me. I saw in this answer that ...
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Is this 全くだ meant to be irony?

「あそこで雪像作ってるのに混じってきたらどうですか?」 【湯花】「肉体労働とかあり得ないわー。学園の除雪だって面倒だから課外授業の一環として生徒にさせてるのに」 「思ってても言うべきじゃない事ってありますよね、特に大人は」 【湯花】「全くだ」 In the above extract, 湯花, said 全くだ in agreement with what ...
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Why are there different names for the same kanji radical?

I was wondering why some of the names for kanji radicals are different depending on the source. For example, right now I'm learning radicals on kaniwani and they called 「丶」 drop, but on my kanji ...
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The meaning of 一丁前にてれちゃっても

「あはははは、こんなもの慣れよ慣れ。ほら、じっとしてな、払ってあげるから」 「い、いーですって、先生、自分でしますから」 「いっちょまえに照れちゃってもー。いーからいーから、自分じゃわかんないでしょ。ほら、頭の上とか」 I don't quite understand how 一丁前に modifies 照れちゃっても in this context. I ...
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About the second の in 不思議の国のアリス

So "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" is known as "不思議の国のアリス" in Japan. What does the second の do here? I don't think it means that アリス belongs to the 不思議の国, and 不思議の国 doesn't seem to be a ...
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What does ダークホース mean here?

I am vainly trying to understand the paragraph below but I am running into some difficulties. In particular, I have a lot of difficulties to figure out exactly what is meant by ダークホース here (there is a ...
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以上 and adjectives

If an adjective follows 以上, how is interpretation affected? An example: それ以上の大きな野心なんてない。 Should I understand that as "I don't have ambitions larger than that" or "I don't have large ambitions more ...
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の他に(も)grammar example sentences

I'm having difficulty understanding these sentences from my textbook. このクラスにはキムさんの他に(も)韓国語が出来る学生がいますか。 Could a literal (and rather awkward) translation go something like this: In this class, ...
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Meaning of て-form followed by さ

Hamaji is asked if his house ever recieves year-end gifts. He says that they get dried shiitake mushrooms. His friends express surprise. One of them says "it's not bad but..." and then Hamaji says: ...
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Liter/100 km or km/liter, which one is used in Japan?

In America we say the fuel economy of car as miles/gallon (miles per gallon). I know in some countries people use Liter/100 km (liter per 100 km). Some countries use km/Liter (km per liter). Which ...
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When did 濁点 and 半濁点 come into use?

When did diacritic signs 濁点 and 半濁点 start to be used in the Japanese language?
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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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Meaning of とっぴょうしもねぇ

Maruko stops a friend who is passing by and asks him if he ever receives year-end presents at his house. He replies: 「なんだよ急に、とっぴょうしもねぇこときく奴だなァ」 I am completely stuck on nearly all of this ...
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Titles of paintings as precedent phenomena

Precedent phenomenon is a linguistic phenomenon where some words—like famous people's names (especially of historical and political figures), titles of books or movies—are used not to indicate these ...
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How to say “plunge into (studies)”?

Please, could you help me to translate the phrase in bold in the following sentence? I have plunged into my studies.
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からは meaning in this sentence

町内会からはちびっこ店長と親しまれる謎の中国人・魃さんの振るう十字鍋は、ありとあらゆる食材を唐辛子まみれにする。 My TL: The Cross-shaped pot that Batsu-san, a mysterious Chinese man from the neighborhood association who is known as "The little ...
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Difference between 設定する and 調整する

Sorry, I don't have any example sentences... Anyway, usually I heard the word 設定{せってい} in the meaning of "adjusting something". But now, in the factory, I have come across the phrase ...
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Comparison of “迷惑をかける” and “手数をかける”?

(1) ご迷惑{めいわく}をおかけして、申し訳ありません。 (2) 毎日{まいにち}、大変{たいへん}お手数{てすう}をおかけして、申し訳ありません。 both basically mean the same thing? the time period for #1 is from 1 afternoon to several years? this time period ...
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What does “ne” in “so ne” and “gambaru ne” mean?

I heard somebody saying "so ne" which from the context sounded as if "Yeah, sure!". But then also one of my friends wrote to me "Gambaru-ne!" which from the context appeared as if "Gambaru to you ...
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What does “Ouen shite iru yo!” mean exactly?

One of my friends wrote in the end of the email "Ouen shite iru yo!" (応援{おうえん}しているよ). My approximate translation would be "I will continue to support you!" However, I am not good at Japanese and ...
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Can お[邪魔]{じゃま}します be used in cases of long-term stay?

So I need to write an email for an assignment where I am an exchange student who is going to Japan and staying at someone's house for a period of time. I want to begin with "thank you very much for ...
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What does "ああ こいつ ひろわれっ子なんで かーちゃんいないんだ”

I have problem understanding the following scene from a manga (Yotsuba&! vol. 1 pg. 196): Person A: Oh yeah, what about Yotsubas mother? Person B: ああ こいつ ひろわれっ子なんで かーちゃんいないんだ (I put ...
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What does the word 「すねぐれて」mean?

Here is the sentence including the word. 世をすねぐれて 十五年 孤児院ぐらしは身につかず Is it a combination of 2 verbs between 「すねる」and 「ぐれる」? I understand that 2 verbs can be combined with て-form of the first one. ...
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“Business” email letter opening when their signed name is their language center?

How do I respond and open the letter when they're signing their emails with their language center name instead of their "person"-name? They close with "「x」センター" Thanks!
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Usage and meaning of 連絡を入れる

Is this true? 連絡{れんらく}を入{い}れる = 連絡する In what situations is it used, and how is it used?
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What does [雲行]{くもゆ}き mean?

What does [雲行]{くもゆ}き mean? I looked this up on Google Translate, and it means "turn of affairs" which makes no sense to me. I looked this up on Google Images, and there are pictures of storm clouds. ...
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Difference between 谷 and 谷間?

I noticed that 谷{たに} and 谷間{たにま} both mean valley in the dictionary. However, when I Google 谷間, I get a bunch of pictures of cleavage. Should only 谷 be used to describe "valley"? And, can 谷間 also ...
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Meaning of volitional passive form

お姉ちゃんに何を言われようが、まる子はウキウキ気分なのであった。 What was said by her sister ???? but, Maruko felt cheerful. I can't think of any way in which something which is passive can also be volitional. How do I ...
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Meaning of phrase そこそこ上手く、そこそこ下手

I'm a bit confused about the part in bold in the following passage. I can't understand what exactly is the speaker talking about with 上手く and 下手? Is he talking about how the one could be 'so-so good ...

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