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Why is this sentence ungrammatical? 「お寺が公園のとなりです。」

I wrote this sentence (meaning "The shrine is next to the park") in my Japanese course and my teacher said it's wrong, because I was supposed to use a は instead of a が. My understanding is that there ...
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Should も be used twice here, or is it an error

This is a conversation in my Japanese book: John: I like Brad Pitt. Mary: I like Brad Pitt too. Mary's response is translated as ... 私もBrad Pittもすきです。 Is this correct? I feel like the second ...
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“But”, “but also”, “yet”, and “and yet” when listing things?

How do I express the these ideas in Japanese while listing things? For example, how should these sentences be translated into Japanese while carrying the same tone? He has a scary face but a heart ...
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Determine the correct reading of a word made up from kanjis

Supposed I know some kanjis and their reading, and come across a word I don't know yet that's made up from these kanjis, how do I determine the correct reading? Example: 大好き - daisuki 大きい - ookii ...
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How to parse 「場合でも」

I was standing at a urinal recently as tried to read the note on the top surface. It was as follows:  人がいない場合でも水が流れることがあります Based (mostly) on the words and context I would expect this to mean ...
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What does これでも mean?

Context is: 見りゃわかんだろ これでも必死で走って来たんだよ! Translation I have: Can't you tell?! We ran our asses off here! How does これでも come into play? Internet says it means "even though things may appear this way" ...
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Ways to specify “intra-” or “extra-” usage of 北・南・東・西

I Was trying to describe that a certain castle was located south of Kyoto, I would expect the phrase to be: 「伏見桃山城が京都の南にある。」 I was then thinking, how would I say that it is in Kyoto, but the ...
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Has anyone come across the word 畸端?

I've started reading my first Japanese book and the word 畸端検査官 keeps popping up. I know 検査官 means inspector, but I can't find a reference anywhere to 畸端. Can anyone help?
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How to approach Japanese Graded Readers? [migrated]

I am an absolute beginner. Only level 2 on Wanikani and I've gone through a couple of chapters in Genki. I would like to read something in Japanese and Japanese Graded Readers are famously good ...
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What constitutes a syllable?

For the sake of Haiku or in general, how are syllables counted in Japanese? Specifically, in the following cases, how are syllables counted? かあ, long vowels - two syllables? きゅ, addition of yō-on - ...
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What does “とこの” mean here?

Sentence is: うん俺の嫌いな杉木さんとこの一人息子な Translation is: Yup. The only son of the Sugiki I hate. What does とこの do here?
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Multiple Kun Reading

According to a dictionary website that I use, the character 終 has multiple kun readings. Is there any reason for this? Are there other kanji characters that have a similar case? Do their definitions ...
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すっごいレンジの音がしてるのが気になる。What does the second の mean in this sentence?

すっごいレンジの音がしてるのが気になる。 What does the second の mean in this sentence?
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te form negative vs negative form (HW: やっていない, why not やらなかった or やっていなかった)

I've been studying Japanese here in Tokyo from scratch for a good 2 months now. I've been struggling with daily conversation but I try to improve each day by studying. Lately, I am trying to ...
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「捨ててしまう」Why are there two て’s used here?

The full sentence was : 「捨ててしまうのはもったいないと思って」 I think to throw away (something) is a waste But why are there two て’s? Why is it not 捨てしまう?
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Verb (とどめる) and its meaning in these sentences

I was looking for the meaning of the verb (とどめる) and how it differs from (とめる). I understood that (とどめる) means (to stop "potentially" from moving). But how does that meaning relate to the following ...
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~te + oku vs plain masu form

Good evenings folks, Currently I'm here in Tokyo learning Japanese for about 2 months now from scratch, and our sensei is teaching us N4 level grammar structures already. My question is, what's the ...
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What does the Judo instructor say for assembling students at the beginning or the end of a Judo lesson?

The instructors are not Japanese speakers. I'm not sure I heard correctly. Is it "お ... (something) "? Also, sometime the instructors require us to have meditation or contemplation for what we've ...
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How are で and いう being used in this context?

There are a few things that I don't understand about the highlighted text in the image below. The biggest question I have is what でいう is doing after 人間 (is it some sort of construction or are they ...
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What does 強いとこキタ-------— mean?

a friend just sent me this message but I can't understand, especially that last one character, can someone help me plz 強いとこキタ----------
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What is meant by それはそれで面白い in this sentence

To provide some additional context, Girl 1 and Boy 1 are thought to be dating by lots of people (they are very close to one another, but they are not officially dating at least). 烈 wanted to make Girl ...
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Can someone please translate what it on here? [on hold]

We would like to know what is written here.
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Meaning of によって/により

I’ve come across this phrase によって/により quite often and I’ve researched and found these meanings: by Person (この本は君によって書かれた?); due to/ because of; by means of (The teacher checked their knowledge by the ...
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What does 嵐にしやがれ mean?

I recently stumbled accross the japanese tv show 嵐にしやがれ and have been wondering what its title means. 「しやがれ」doesn't appear in any dictionary I use, but I found some rather unreliable online sources ...
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What does からって mean?

Sentence is: 世界に出たからってファイナルまで残んなきゃ稼げねーし I mostly understand the meaning "We can't make money unless we make it to the finals in the world championships" but what does the からって do here?
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Recommendations on Japanese grammar books/linguistic books

As stated in the title. I understand that resource questions are regarded as off-topic. I checked the resource list but there were no books covering my request so I am trying my luck here. I will be ...
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Using 於ける and 中

I'm having some trouble seeing when it would be more appropriate to use one over the other. Could someone explain any difference in nuance, and perhaps put things into context with some examples?
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かなえてくれる what does it mean [on hold]

Recently I listened to the song doraemon and found a word I just can't search in the dictionary though it's shown on the lyrics translation but I think it's not detailed enough .it goes like this ...
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Japanese Character Recognition [on hold]

I'm using a few Japanese symbols as graphic design elements but I want to make sure what they mean before using them. I've tried using OCRs online without any success. The best so far was to use this ...
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Nuance of sentence when とも言えないが is used

I have the following sentence, where I get the main meaning. 大学生とはいえ、あまりアルコールに強くない僕としては、ビール一杯の「やけざけ」(とも言えないが)で大分ハイな気分だったのだ。 "(Though) I am a student, I can't take much alcohol because I get high ...
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Can the particle “no” の be used at the beginning of the sentence?

In the sentence Watashi no hon. Can the owner be omitted? No hon.
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What does 断っといたから mean?

I'm trying to read manga and came across this sentence. How is "から" used here? It does definitely not mean "because", as you can see from the picture, the character is explaining his action, he does ...
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Why is に marking time and not で?

As i have learned, the に particle is marking the target of the verb. And it make sense for most cases i have seen except for time. How exactly can time be the target of any verb? wouldn't it make more ...
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Was Warned that … (correct word choice / use of passive?)

I am trying to write out a short speech to say after my companies morning exercises, and I have chosen the very exciting topic of ... the weather! Anyway I wish to convey this meaning in my ...
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Japanese word meaning “sister” if the position in the family is unknown [duplicate]

I am translating the sentence from English into Japanese: On Christmas I get toys from my sister. I have no idea if the sister is older or younger than the speaker. So, if I don't want to be ...
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How to switch between full and half-width input for Windows 10 Japanese IME? [migrated]

How to switch between full and half-width input for Windows 10 Japanese IME?
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日曜日,the different meanings and pronunciations of 日

I am not sure about the pronunciation rules of kanji in Japanese. I understand that there are several pronunciations for each kanji, and I am wondering how native speakers decide when to use which ...
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The pronunciation of the Japanese translation of dictionary

the pronunciation of 辞書 is jisho, however, why does it sound like jishyo in prerecorded pronunciation online?
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What does 三角や四角 mean in this sentence?

I ran into the following sentence: 三角や四角でしか表現できない感情の発露は、ただ恐ろしく。 The same phrase appears in another sentence in the same book: 女の子の隣にいることで、ざわめくものがある。拾いあげることのできないそれは、砂浜に広がる波の音に少し似ている。...
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Meaning of and に and くる in「 A」と「B」に同じグループのものがくる

I'm reading a definition of にしても〜にしても: 「AにしてもBにしても」は「Aの場合{ばあい}もBの場合も、どちらの場合でも」という意味{いみ}を表{あらわ}す文型{ぶんけい}です。「AにしてもAないにしても」になる場合と、「A」と「B」に同{おな}じグループのものがくる場合があります This example: N1を受{う}...
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noun +うちに and noun+間に

When 間に and うちに are preceded by nouns are always interchangeable? For examble in : 春休みのあいだに/うちに友達と一緒に出掛けたい。 And also in: 大学生のうちに/間に留学する。
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How do I say what something is made out of?

The exact thing I want to know how to say is 'The wristwatch is made out of gold' and 'The wristwatch is gold and black in colour'. Would saying this be the same as talking about a house being made of ...
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先に used with nouns

I quite often come across sentences that post-fixes 先に to a place. For example: xxx駅先に各駅に止まります or 待ち合わせ先に直帰 I know that 先 can either mean before or after, and after reading Takumi Sueda's answer to ...
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Usage of て/ので + 心配

連絡がなくて/ないので、みんな心配していました。 Please may I ask for the above sentence, should I use なくて or ないので。thanks
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What's the いて in 「忘れないでいて」 for?

I know that the verb changes from 忘れる(to forget) to 忘れないで (don´t forget) but I can´t understand the いて at the end. At first, I thought it comes from the casual imperative form of いる as this post ...
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How to differentiate when に is a target vs. an adverb

先生が来たらみな静かになった I understand that 静か is a noun Will this ALWAYS mean quietly or is it a target, for example 私は静かに友人に手紙を出しました, i quietly gave a letter to a friend, i understand it means quietly, ...
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What does this sentence containing 「犯人意識」 mean in Osamu Dazai's 「人間失格」?

また、犯人意識、という言葉もあります。自分は、この人間の世の中に於いて、一生その意識に苦しめられながらも、... I understand this as, There's something called criminal consciousness. Even if I am suffering from this consciousness in this world of ...
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Sound equivalent in Japanese [on hold]

I recently found out emoji comes from the japanese characters e (meaning picture) and moji (meaning character). What would the equivalent be for the japanese character meaning sound? I tried using ...
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How can I say this in Japanese for some little ones? [closed]

I recently volunteered in a Japanese immersion class for 2nd and 3rd graders. My volunteer time is up and I would like to write a message to the class but my Japanese is still very bad. This is what I ...
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Help me translate! [closed]

So basically, I don't speak japanese. And there's this guitar guide that i think would be really helpful.Yes, It's in japanese. Anyone would translate it for me? Thank you!! https://www.youtube.com/...

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