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Is 忍者/忍び also used for women?

I was discussing with a friend, who asked me if 忍者 is also used for women, or if くノ一 is used/preferred. I know 者 means "person", so it seems to be neutral; and Weblio defines the word using 者, which ...

word-choice words  
asked by Mauro 12 votes
answered by l'électeur 19 votes

Origin of 〜かった?

Is it by any chance the case that, historically, the い-adjective ending 〜かった is a contraction originating from 〜くあった, where あった is the past inflection of ある? To me, it sure sounds plausible, and ...

etymology conjugations i-adjectives  
asked by Trevor Kafka 10 votes
answered by Eiríkr Útlendi 8 votes

What does the に in でしょうに mean?

Recently I was talking to a friend and the topic of credit cards came up. I asked my friend (xx) if they had a credit card: ところで、xxはクレジットカードを持ってる? and got the following response: ...

meaning particle-に  
asked by Ringil 8 votes
answered by l'électeur 7 votes

Differences between なり and 〜たとたん

I just found out 〜たとたん, meaning "as soon as"; I already knew なり with (apparently) the same meaning: 今度は横になるなりほぼ即座に寝ついていた As soon as I lay down, I almost immedialy fell asleep ...

grammar grammar-constructions  
asked by Mauro 7 votes
answered by naruto 7 votes

Offensive/negative meaning of 雑草

Context: a boxer called Hyodo is going to fight against an opponent called Yanagi, whose nickname is Sniper. A friend of Hyodo tells him not to worry and then says this: ...

meaning nouns sports  
asked by Marco 5 votes
answered by l'électeur 8 votes

Disambiguation of 大抵

I am having problems with when to understand 大抵 as: a) 事柄のあらまし。だいたいのようす。また、全体のうちの大部分。おおよそ。おおかた。(https://dictionary.goo.ne.jp/word/大抵/#jn-133918) (or as defined in Apple's dictionary) ...

meaning words nuances particles  
asked by Himula 4 votes
answered by broccoli forest 3 votes

Difference between 「~てからでないと」and 「~ないことには」

Both of these grammar can be translated to English as A~てからでないと/~ないことにはB = Unless A is done, cannot do B From what I can find, ~てからでないと stresses the order or sequence of actions, that until A is ...

grammar nuances  
asked by shade549 4 votes

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だって (datte) meaning

What are the possible uses for だって?

asked by Mel 25 votes
answered by ジョン 19 votes

What's the difference between ようこそ and いらっしゃいませ?

Both "ようこそ" (y­ōkoso) and "いらっしゃいませ" (irasshaimase) seem to mean "welcome" but what are the precise circumstances under which each should be used? "いらっしゃいませ" (irasshaimase) is uttered in unison by ...

word-choice usage keigo greetings  
asked by hippietrail 23 votes
answered by Derek Schaab 6 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 31 votes
answered by nevan king 32 votes

Ending an email in Japanese to your sensei?

I am learning Japanese, and was wondering how to end an email to my Japanese Sensei? Like something similar to Regards or Thank You. A more respectful way to end an email.

asked by Vagish 3 votes
answered by ssb 2 votes

Saying something is like/not like something else

How does one say "this is like/similar to that" or "this is not like that" in Japanese in essence? An example sentence is "In this way, the English are like the Japanese" ; I have not been able to ...

grammar syntax  
asked by miikaelf 9 votes
answered by l'électeur 17 votes

でも (demo) versus けど (kedo) to mean "but"

I learned that you can use でも (demo) at the beginning of a sentence to mean "but," and that you can use けど (kedo) at the end of a sentence to mean "though." However, I don't see a difference between ...

grammar usage conjunctions  
asked by Alan C 67 votes
answered by jmadsen 57 votes

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.

word-choice words nuances  
asked by Marilou 18 votes
answered by naruto 24 votes

Can you answer these questions?

What is the meaning of 選任 in the following sentence?

I am translating a Japanese business document and unable to understand a kanji. 取締役7名選任の件 取締役7名 is 7 directors, の件 is about, I am unable to understand this kanji 選任. My search led me to some ...

asked by Harpreet Singh Kapula 1 vote

Why is が not being used in this sentence?

A: あの~、すみません。 B: はい。 A: このへんにこうしゅうでんわはありますか。 Image In the third sentence, は is used instead of が, but こうしゅうでんわ is something new being added to the conversation, which is a function of が.

asked by user532874 3 votes

Difference between "doko desu ka" and "doko ga"

I've read: Difference between Xはどこ and どこがX. I understand the top answer but I'm unsure of the "why" for why those two statements mean differently. A) 「病院はどこですか。」 B) 「どこが病院ですか。」 They say that ...

asked by user36012 2 votes
answered by naruto 0 votes
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