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Are these two sentences equivalent? 「トイレはあそこです。」、「あそこはトイレです。」

I've recently begun learning Japanese and was tasked with translating the sentence "The toilet is over there.". My first intuition would have been トイレはあそこです。 However, it was suggested that ...

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What does this 何でも mean?

何でも薄暗いじめじめした所でニャーニャー泣いていた事だけは記憶している。 はてな何でも容子【ようす】がおかしいと、のそのそ這【は】い出して見ると非常に痛い。 Doesn't make too much sense to me. Can someone explain please? (the sentences are not related to each other)

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Novel, novella, short story -- how to distinguish

Even for English speakers, the lines between novel, novella, and short story are not clear-cut. Wikipedia has 17,500 to 40,000 words as a novella, and 7,500–17,500 as a novelette; anything shorter is ...

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What is the difference between (ない)わけではない and (ない)ことはない?

As I understand, they are both very close in terms of meaning. E.g. 私は歌を歌えないわけではないが、人前で歌うのは恥ずかしい。 私は歌を歌えないことはないが、人前で歌うのは恥ずかしい。 Both sentences would mean: "It's not that I cannot sing, it's just ...

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What does "見てけらしょ" mean?

What does "見てけらしょ" mean? This is the full sentence: 見てけらしょ、おやじさん。なんだかお伽話しみたいだべさ。 (It is from the book 鉄道員 written by 浅田次郎.) This is the previous sentence for more context: ...

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What is the difference between 討論 and 議論?

As part of my research, I came across the following explanation here: 討論 is a discussion or a debate at one place. 討議 consists of several discussions for a specific subject. 議論 is more general word. ...

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What is the Meaning of "で" in this sentence? マイクは冬休みでわくわくしています。

The sentence: マイクは冬休みでわくわくしています。 Is it "Mike is thrilled for winter vacation"? If I change it to マイクは冬休みにわくわくしています, does it become "Mike is thrilled in winter vacation"? I ...

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Greatest hits from previous weeks:

How to say "See you soon" when meeting up with someone

I'm just wondering a simple way to say "See you soon" when the context is that you are talking to your friend remotely (via phone/messaging) and you plan to meet up with them in the very near future (...

phrase-requests  
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How to say "also" or "too"

The sentence "I also ate in Tokyo" can mean three different things: (Aside from my friends who ate there), I also ate in Tokyo. (Aside from the other places where I tried local cuisines), I also ...

grammar particles  
user avatar asked by Ken Gonzales Score of 18
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Difference between -ていく and -てくる

Can someone explain the differences between v-ていく and v-てくる for me. I know that they both express some kind of ongoing action (like a place getting crowded). For example, what's the difference between ...

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user avatar asked by nevan king Score of 75
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Differences among -たら, なら, -と, -んだったら, -ば, etc

The Japanese language has a lot of patterns for "if" clauses. What are the differences among the following patterns and how do we choose to use one over the others?: 行くと 行ったら 行くなら 行けば 行くんだったら 行くのなら ...

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user avatar asked by Lukman Score of 142
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What is the difference between そして (soshite) and それから (sorekara)?

Can anyone explain what is the difference between そして and それから, and when to use which? Thanks.

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user avatar asked by Marilou Score of 26
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What difference between ほしい (hoshii) and したい (shitai)?

What is the difference between those two ways of saying "to want"? shitaindesuga hoshiindesuga

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What does "nanode" mean? What are its grammatical rules?

What's the meaning of this sentence and what does なので mean here? If possible, I would like to know the grammatical rules of なので as well. 英語と日本語なので私にとっても良い勉強になります。

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Can you answer these questions?

の / が equivalence in this haiku from Bashō

I am aware of the equivalence of the particules の and が in the case of a relative clause (cf. for instance How does the の work in 「日本人の知らない日本語」?). However, the following haiku does not seem to fall ...

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What does this te form mean? あれ?お前ケガ治ってね?

あれ?お前ケガ治ってね? It is at the end, and I don't really understand why. Why would a person choose to use te form? (btw the person saying this doesn't say anything after, so I don't think its some kind of ...

grammar て-form anime  
user avatar asked by bulgur69 Score of 3
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Omitting the する after a する verb in formal writing

In reading several Japanese websites detailing how to write a Japanese resume, I ran across a pattern I found curious. There would be a sentence ending in a する verb used as a verb (i.e. with particles ...

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