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Does 「わるいところ」 also have the meaning of "negative aspect"? This I heard from a Japanese friend. If not, how would one say "the negative aspect of X"?

  • It actually does! – dinogeist May 11 '15 at 0:05
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Yes, わるいところ could indeed mean "negative aspect." ところ literally means "place", and this can be broadly interpreted as an actual place, a point in time, a characteristic, etc.

Some other examples of ところ used in the broader sense:

ドレスのシンプルなところが好きだ。

I like the simplicity of the dress. (Characteristic)

彼は高慢なところがない。

He has no pride. (Characteristic)

列車は出たところだ.

The train just left. (Point in time)

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