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林さんはピアノが好きで、子供にも小さいときからずっと 習っていた。 習わせていた。 For the statement above I chose 1 to be the correct answer, it was the wrong choice, 2 is the correct one. Can someone explain why 1 is wrong and 2 is ...

asked by fynxgloire 5 votes
answered by naruto 4 votes

How bendy is the referenced past with この前?

Sentence taken from the first volume of 「となりの信國さんは俺のことが好きな気がする」 この前にお弁当食べとるとは思えんパンの食べっぷり Context: Two girls are sitting together during lunch break when one of them starts eating bread, then the ...

meaning expressions  
asked by Himula 4 votes
answered by naruto 5 votes

How to parse 「店は人の多いところがいいです」

店は人の多いところがいいです Book translation: stores are better (to be) located at heavily trafficked places. My question is related to Relative Clauses: 多い人 vs 多くの人 in which the answerer provides a similar ...

grammar relative-clauses  
asked by Nameless 4 votes
answered by Eiríkr Útlendi 5 votes

reading of the counter 種

How does one read the counter 種 in this dictionary entry? https://dictionary.goo.ne.jp/word/三毒/#jn-91663 仏語【ぶつご】。人【ひと】の善心【ぜんしん】を害【がい】する3種の煩悩【ぼんのう】。貪【とん】・瞋【しん】・痴【ち】。 There are three kinds of vexations ...

readings counters terminology specialized  
asked by Ned Reif 4 votes
answered by naruto 4 votes


この学校ではバイクで通学することを 十年も前から校則で禁止している。 生徒会で話し合った結果、禁止された。 For the above statement the correct answer is 1, but i chose 2, why is 2 incorrect? Meaning: Riding a bike to this school was prohibited 10 ...

asked by fynxgloire 3 votes
answered by A.Ellett 3 votes

壁は内側が白くて外側は緑です, why 内側が白くて use が and 外側は緑 use は

why 内側が白くて use が and 外側は緑 use は why not 壁は内側は白くて外側は緑です or 壁は内側が白くて外側が緑です?

asked by yutrewq 3 votes
answered by Takashi 1 vote

How to say 'working late' for a salaried job

If you work at a salaried job and you want to say "I'm working late today" Can you say 今日、遅く働いています 今日、残業しています or do you say it another way?

asked by SpikedHelmet 3 votes
answered by istrasci 0 votes

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What is the accurate meaning of そうですね/そうですか?

I was told that 'そうですか’ has two basic meanings according to the speaker's accent. One is 'Really? I understand', the other meaning is 'Yes, it is, I know that'. But what about 'そうですね'? Does '...

grammar phrases  
asked by Null 5 votes
answered by Yuuichi Tam 6 votes

The difference between くらい and ほど in hyperbole

The following two sentences, I believe, are grammatically okay, however I'm not sure on how they differ in nuance. もう[歩]{ある}けないほど[疲]{つか}れた! もう歩けないくらい疲れた! Additionally, why is it that: [死]{し}...

grammar particle-くらい particle-ほど  
asked by phirru 35 votes
answered by Derek Schaab 43 votes

Why do Japanese speakers have difficulty pronouncing "L"?

Why is it that native speakers of Japanese have a hard time pronouncing "l"? Whenever a western word contains "L" I see that they pronounce it "ru", "ra", "ro", "ri", or "re".

asked by user1873 17 votes
answered by alexandrec 37 votes

What's the difference between による, により and によって?

I don't understand when you use them and what the difference is between the three. For example, when you say: 火事によって多くの森林が焼けてしまった。 今回の地震による津波の心配はない。

grammar word-choice て-form  
asked by soga 30 votes
answered by Tsuyoshi Ito 18 votes

How many Kanji characters are there?

I have been searching around, but all the sources give completely different answers ranging from 2,000 to 50,000. So my question is how many Kanji characters that have ever existed since the dawn of ...

words kanji  
asked by Van Nguyen 15 votes
answered by Zhen Lin 24 votes

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。

grammar particles  
asked by Andrea Neves Lopes 9 votes
answered by Hawkbeard 11 votes

How do you differentiate "nande" (why) and "nande" (how, by what means)?

In a question: Tokyo e nande ikimasu ka? how can I know what "nande" refers to, even when I have the context: how are you going? (by bus, by car, on foot) why are you going?

asked by Oskar K. 7 votes
answered by Yuuichi Tam 5 votes

Can you answer these questions?

ending noun phrase or clause: when to use である・はある・で

When should/can I omit/insert the copula である? For example, @dungarian augmented the …別のものと考えていた。 with …別のものである、と、考えていた。In principle, could I elevate any noun phrase to a clause by adding a copula and ...

grammar copula  
asked by rych 1 vote

What is the "B" in AがB in this sentence?

最寄りがいっしょのわたしに一言も話さず黙殺する程度のコミュ力の持ち主がわたしの高校の生徒会長? If A is 最寄り(Nearest person) then what is B? I'm confused in this case because I'm not sure if に can be attached to the end of a complete logical clause ...

asked by Tung 1 vote
answered by dungarian 0 votes

...はいい=not needed ≠...がいい? Does ...はいい have no subject?

I am trying to ask a question with several linked open ends at once. いい has the meaning that something is not needed. It seems to be related to the distinction of は vs が. For example here is a ...

meaning は-and-が subjects  
asked by Cabbage 3 votes
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