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誰も立候補者がおらず meaning

The context is that the protagonist went to the roof after being invited by someone and the protagonist was describing his admiration of this place (the roof). Then there's this passage: それを見ていると、...

asked by what the 5 votes
answered by aguijonazo 3 votes

様 being read as よう and さま to describe apperance

What is the difference between 様(さま)様(よう)in the case of describing the apperance of something? When is one prefered over the other? Normally this isn't an issue as よう tends to be written in kana but ...

asked by Jared 4 votes
answered by aguijonazo 1 vote

How to know where a quote ends?

I was reading up on how quotes are done in japanese, but I can't find anything about how far the quoted part of a sentence extents. For example this site makes a good example for what I mean: ...

particle-と quotes  
asked by mic 4 votes
answered by aguijonazo 5 votes

Difference between 表立つ and 表沙汰する?

From what I understand, they both have the meaning of going public or becoming public knowledge. Is there a more nuanced difference between the two?

word-choice words word-usage definitions  
asked by Kevin2566 4 votes
answered by aguijonazo 5 votes

Did the medical mask exist in Japan before the arrival of the English?

The word for a medical "mask" is borrowed from the English language. Does this infer that these types of masks did not exist in Japan before the arrival of the English? If these masks did ...

asked by ディービッド・アイリッシュ 3 votes
answered by Lucas 3 votes

Question about ん-volitional

So I was wondering this arcaic means of expressing volitional in Japanese, and the question comes up: Can a native japanese distinguish between ん-negative and ん-volitional in a phrase without or with ...

asked by MoonLord 3 votes
answered by aguijonazo 5 votes

Understanding NがNだからって

『ーーじゃあ、早速いきましょうか士道。相手が相手だからって、あまり気負いすぎないこと。確かに彼女の力は強大だけれど、それは今に始まった話じゃないでしょう?いつも通りのデートができればきっと大丈夫よ』 The 相手 and 彼女 refer to the same person. Could you please explain the usage of the construction ...

asked by chino alpha 3 votes
answered by aguijonazo 6 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

What do the shapes △ ◯ ╳ ◻ mean in Japanese? And are there variations in meaning, depending on whether or not the shape is filled?

I am interested in Japanese culture and the symbolism used in Japan, specifically I'd like to know what the △ triangle, ◯ circle, ╳ cross and ◻ square mean to a Japanese person. How are those shapes ...

translation words usage phonetics symbols  
asked by user17531 42 votes
answered by naruto 48 votes

Japanese Dog Training Commands

My fiance and I will be moving to Japan sometime next year and are trying to prepare our dog for the experience by teaching her Japanese commands so she can be easily handled by kennels/vets/groomers/...

translation words  
asked by thanby 7 votes
answered by Takashi 7 votes

What is 「々」 and how does it affect meaning and pronunciation?

I've seen this symbol in various places, such as 「日々」, 「色々」, and 「人々」. What is it, and how does it affect the meaning and pronunciation of the word?

kanji pronunciation  
asked by Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams 34 votes
answered by nevan king 38 votes

What word describes the concept of worldwide time zones?

The world is covered in the necessary evil known in English as "time zones". Given that, historically, it originated in England (some 300 or so years ago), the concept of a time zone was probably not ...

word-choice words terminology  
asked by Eric 3 votes
answered by Takashi 4 votes

What does the internet slang "草生えた" mean?

I came across the term 草生えた on the internet. There wasn't much context, but it didn't seem to mean that grass was growing. Is this a slang term? What does it mean? I couldn't find it in any of ...

slang internet-slang  
asked by snailplane 67 votes
answered by snailplane 70 votes

How would I say "Get well soon"?

Last summer my family hosted a Japanese exchange student for two weeks, and we've kept in touch with her a lot. Unfortunately, about 2 months ago I found out she had Leukemia. She said she'll recover.....

usage politeness  
asked by LainIwakura 20 votes
answered by istrasci 15 votes

How to say "weeaboo" in Japanese?

What's the best translation of "weeaboo" in Japanese? I would define a weeaboo as a (generally derogatory term for a) non-Japanese person who is highly interested in manga, anime, Japanese video ...

translation word-requests definitions  
asked by mic 2 votes
answered by naruto 11 votes

Can you answer these questions?

<Something>ように<可能形>度には<something else>

I've studied Japanese for years and I've never come across this expression before. I saw this in a Twitch chat and the full quote was the following (I was the one who asked the thing in 「」 brackets): ...

asked by xerosugar 1 vote

Connotation of あっし as a first-person pronoun

あっし is said by imabi to be a 1. person pronoun, derived ultimately from あたし・わたし and from the "working class dialect of Tokyo Bay" (which presumably refers to 下町言葉). Wiktionary claims it to ...

pronouns first-person-pronouns pragmatics  
asked by Sam 1 vote

How to say 'My stocks (investment) went up/down'

If I want to say 'my stocks went up/down', do I use the verbs 上がる/下がる as in 株式が上げました。 or are different verbs used?

verbs japanese-to-english  
asked by SpikedHelmet 1 vote
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