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Question about the part "のどは針のように細く" of this phrase

I found this in 大辞林 for ガキ: I know that the appropriate definition is probably: 俗に,子供の意。 In slang, has the meaning of kid But I always love to read the definitions with the (仏) in them: 〔仏〕(ア)...
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私は4つの県に住んだことがあります。 [duplicate]

In the following transcription, it seems to me that the first の follows the pattern AのB, where A is an attribute of B (e.g. カラーの写真). However, I am at a loss as to the meaning of the second の. ...
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What's a good way to say "liminal"?

I speak a fair amount of Japanese (from America, live in Kobe, Japan), but am having a hard time finding a good way to say liminal. The best I can think of is things like gap or transition 間 【あいだ】
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Can't make sense of the meaning of a paragraph

I am trying to read a reading of a 8 year old and I cannot seem to get any sense of it no matter how hard I try. Can someone translate and also explain to me the meaning of this? (I understand all the ...
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What does「十分になるか、ならないか」mean?

Currently reading こころ 四話 「たった今出たばかりで、十分になるか、ならないかでございます」と奥さんは気の毒そうにいってくれた。 Does the bold part mean the same thing as「十分になるかもしれません」? How this phrase works?
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What is the pitch accent of ワロタ?

What is the pitch accent for the Net slang term ワロタ? I've looked in the usual J-J dictionaries which have pitch accent info, but this doesn't seem to be a headword in any that I've seen. My guesses ...
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Is there a big difference between using "少年" and "男の子" ? Do they both mean "little boy" or "young boy"?

I was a little confused on the usage of both words and didn't know if they both meant the same thing like saying "kid" or "child" or whether there was some nuance between the two ...
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Is there a difference between ます and ません for sentences carrying an exclusive connotation(しか)?

私は野菜しか食べません。 apparently means "I only eat vegetables"? Shouldn't there be a negative connotation with the ません-ending? If that's the case what does 私は野菜しか食べます mean? Is there a special ...
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Can someone translate this to English please? [closed]

Can someone translate this to English please? Thank you!!!!!!!!
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Onomatopoeia for 'squeaky clean'

So, I know there's すっきり for neat rooms etc., ぴかぴか for something shiny, and きゅうきゅう for cleaning itself, but is there an onomatopoeia in Japanese to show that something has just been washed or cleaned ...
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できる after したがい meaning, and also what does "が," mean?

I read the definition of a word I'm pretty sure means crusty scab [瘡蓋]{かさぶた}: できもの・傷口が,治るにしたがいできる皮膜。 I believe this means "a film-membrane that can (?) follow up to fix a wound". I'm not ...
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~ばわかる as an idiomatic expression meaning something like "if you do this you'll know right away"

I was playing Genshin Impact just now, and heard the line: 別に考えなくても。。見れば分かるじゃないか This is after someone says something like "Why are you in Liyue? Is it for the Lantern Rite festival?" ...
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What function does として have in this sentence

I read the definition of 信用: 人の言動や物事を間違いないとして,受け入れること I have looked around a bit and found What does verb+とする mean? but it only covers "dictionary verb form + とする" This one is after a ...
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ので with requests [duplicate]

I was consulting my grammar book (A Dictionary of Intermediate Japanese Grammar), when I came upon the following passage (page 323): Now this is all well and good. But it's a bit conflicting with an ...
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What is going on with the grammar in 過ぎ去りし日々 [duplicate]

I have found several usages of this: 過ぎ去りし日々 過ぎ去りし時 過ぎ去りし思い出 I'm failing to understand what's happening with the verb 過ぎ去る. Is the し part of the conjugation of the verb? Is it instead some kind of ...
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Meaning of ローンボーイ

From the visual novel Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, 圭一 「おいおいおいおい! 本人不在で勝手に話を進めるなー! 俺は孤独と静寂を愛するロンリーガイだぜー?」 魅音 「あっはははははっは!! だぁれがロンリーガイだー!」 魅音 ローンボーイの間違いでしょー? くっくっくっく!」 レナ 「はぅ~、ローンって圭一くん…。 お金に困ってるなら協力するよ…...
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What is the meaning と in this sentence containing a たる adjective?

Just wondering what function と is performing in this sentence ごく淡々と、ダンボール箱に彼の私物をしまっていく I understand that 淡々 is a たる adjective but my understanding was that と could only be used with a verb after a ...
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〜たら by itself: 持っていってあげたら

How exactly is たら operating here? My understanding is that in the non-past, たら designates temporal antecedence. 赤ずきんちゃんが言います。「おばあちゃんの家に行きます。おばあちゃんが病気です。」 するとオオカミが言います。「あそこに花があるよ。花がたくさんあるよ。...
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Aは病気です. Isn't 病気 an abstract noun?

According to Jisho, 病気 is a noun meaning 'illness'. I recently read the sentence Aは病気です, which I took to mean "[Person] A is ill". My confusion lies in whether 病気 is properly an adjective, i....
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What is the Fast Way on remembering the Japanese adj/verb pronouciations and its related meanings? [closed]

By far, I found the most difficult and important parts of learning Japanese words is to memorize its pronounciations. eg. あつい . It means Hot, an adjective. But how can I relate the two - pronouciation ...
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What is the purpose of を in this sentence?

I'm playing through Ace Attorney's Japanese release to get reading experience, and decided to replay the first case, this time to focus on sentence structures. Not long after progressing past the ...
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間 vs 時 vs うち to refer to time intervals

So I was considering the grammar points 間に, うちに and 時に today. I came across this question, which talks about 間に vs うちに (which was already in my grammar book). I'm more curious about the differences ...
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What 中二日 means?

A sentence from こころ - 三話 それから中二日おいてちょうど三日目の午後だったと思う。 Due to 中二日, I'm uncertain about timeframe in this sentence. Based on what I know, 中二日 means a third business day. Does it mean After that, three ...
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What’s the function of the て form in this sentence?

For context, I’m reading Haikyuu!! and I'm stuck on this sentence: コート中央のネットを挟んで2チームでボールを打ち合う。 The verb 挟む is in the て form, but I can’t understand why, so I don’t get the sentence. Is it connecting ...
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Is this supposed to be referencing part of a Haiku or something?

This is a normally spoken quote in an interview, but to me it sounds poetic. I'm not sure if this is quoting a Haiku, or supposed to be making reference to something hidden deep in Japanese culture or ...
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What does いつも mean in this context

I can't figure out the meaning of いつもいつも in this dialogue. If I understand correctly the girl is asking the other two girls to free up some space for her (to hug the girl in the middle). But I can't ...
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赤ずきん vs. 赤い頭巾 (grammar)

My understanding is that 赤ずきん refers to the fictional person, "[Little] Red [Riding] Hood" and 赤い頭巾 refers to the actual object, "red hood". What is the Japanese grammatical ...
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Could someone explain to me what is the meaning of 期限も設けられます in this context? [closed]

Could someone explain to me what is the meaning of 期限も設けられます in this context? また、引き渡しまでに7日間、考え直すための期限も設けられます。 They will also be given seven days to reconsider before handing it over.
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Question about 意のままに

I can't understand quite the meaning of 意のままに in this sentence: おさえつけて自分の意のままにすること。 I got it from reading the definition of the word 制御. Does anybody know what it means?
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てくれて for a softened request

Suppose I'm making a casual request, and I want something in between 見てね, which is more of a command and 見てくれる?, which is more of a request. Is 見てくれて natural? Or maybe I'm looking for something else ...
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What is the tense agreement rule in comparative/subjunctive sentences?

Does tense of the verbs matter in the comparison part of the sentence? As I understand the main difference should come from the main verb/adjective. Forexample, in the sentences that are equivalent to ...
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What does this mean? 興奮気味の体温が、ぽっぽと熱い [closed]

When I was reading, I encountered this sentence describing a character's feelings while he is hugging a girl. What does it mean? 抱き締め返すと腕の中にすっぽり入ってしまう。興奮気味の体温が、ぽっぽと熱い。​
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Use of を with seemingly intransitive verbs describing emotions

何を悩んでいるの What is troubling you? 何をそんなに興奮しているんだ What are you so excited about? I keep seeing sentences like the above where verbs, which seem to me to be intransitive, are taking 何 as an object. Are ...
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Meaning of 胸を打って [closed]

I'm reading https://www.wasabi-jpn.com/japanese-lessons/japanese-lessons-learn-japanese-native-expressions-with-manga-1-1-2/ and there is a sentence with translation which doesn't make sense to me: ...
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Understanding the grammar of もしてたり

ゆめみ「わたしがこうして引きこもりから脱出できたのは、逢桜さんが親切にしてくれたのも理由のひとつだから……」 ゆめみ「優しくて、真っすぐて、カッコよくて……そんな逢桜さんに憧れてました」 ゆめみ「わたしも逢桜さんみたいな女の子になりたいなって、思ったりもしてたり……あはは」 ゆめみ「本当に……ありがとうございました」 逢桜 was going to study abroad and her ...
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What's the difference between 迷う, 渋る, 逡巡する, and ためらう?

I've seen all four being used as "to hesitate". What's the difference between these verbs?
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も after dictionary form of a verb [duplicate]

From Komi-san, volume 1, page 61. I understand the second sentence to be "after that, he asked several people, but got the same kind of response, and now he's like this" But what on earth is ...
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How Japanese speakers deal with Kanji reading/understanding

I am quite new to learning Japanese. Ideas are welcome. How do Japanese speakers pronounce Chinese characters? Do they need to remember all the pronunciations of a single Chinese character? And then ...
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How should I translate もとから、わかれてできたもの?

「もとから、わかれてできたもの。」 It's one of the meanings for the kanji 子 on my book. There are two examples for this meaning: 子音 and 利子. In kanji, it should be 「元から、分かれて出来た物。」. The first verb is from 分かれる, not the ...
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Looking for a certain symbol [closed]

This is for a court date... Please do not downvote this, I am in desperate need of help and have been searching the internet for days to no avail. If you have any heart at all and can't answer it, ...
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Can 続けて be used intransitively?

From a definition of 降り続く: 雨や雪などが、何日も続けて降る。「—・く長雨にうんざりする」 If you boil this down to 雨が続けて降る it appears to make no sense if you consider 続ける as a transitive verb. What's going on?
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What does これくらい mean in this context?

Dialogue goes as follows: A: へー!アンタってお嬢さんだからピザ切れないと思ってた。 B: これくらい...!バカにしないでよね! I understand they're saying "Don't be stupid" But can't figure out what the これくらい is supposed to be doing ...
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Does て見える work like ように見える?

I found some sources that said that I could use both constructions to mean "It seems like verb..." Therefore, are the following sentences equal in meaning? 泳いでいるように見えました。 泳いでいて見えました。
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ト and ツ in English loanwords

When it comes to gairaigo, every time there's a consonant cluster or a final one you generally add a -u to it. Glass=gurasu, plan=puran, story=sutoorii, wrestling=resuringu. As far as I can tell, this ...
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What does 見切り最少の動作で mean in this context ? (describing a girl dodging an attack from a robot)

Much thanks if anyone can help me understand the correct meaning 名状しがたい唸りを発して長い右腕をしならせ、鞭のように放つ。 Girl「ハッ!」 それを完全に見切り最少の動作でかわすと、美麗な戦姫が軽やかに舞い上がる。 (my guess is "After she had completely dodged that ...
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Budogyuu- what does this term mean?

https://8-burger.com/ lists its premium burger as having BudoGyuu 100%-jusshi. I didn't find this term on Linguee and Google translate but just found it searching for its いみ. https://prtimes.jp/main/...
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Should the て form or dictionary form be used in this relative clause?

あの人は千の魔法を使いこなす最強の魔法使い I took this sentence from a manga. in this sentence the noun that follows 使いこなす directly is not the one that it directly modifies but 最強. In such cases should the て form or the ...
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Do ては and のは have the same meaning sometimes?

I was listening to a song (ロジックエージェント) and these lyrics came up: 枯れては戸惑いを募らせて 遠く揺らぐ日々を眺めてた I assume that ては means 枯れるのは。 Is that correct? I know ては can mean If/When but I don't think this is the ...
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NounをAdjectiveとするNoun meaning something like a normal adjective

This is a bit embarrassing, but on no less than the very first line of Komi-san, in Japanese, I'm presented with the following: Now I've searched for a solid hour and found no definition for ...
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言われてもな as a standalone sentence

In Takagi-san, Chapter 141 (Volume 16), when they are having the graduation ceremony, I came across the following panel: I believe I understand most of this. In order: "How was the graduation ...

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