So take the following (contrived) example in english.

A: What does 'plane' mean?
B: Which 'plane'? 'Plane' like 'the thing in the sky'? 'Plain' like 'hills on the ground'? Or 'plane' like 'a pocket dimension'?

Another example in Japanese:

A: 「なのか」はどういう意味ですか?
B: どっちの「なのか」?「なのか」 like 「みっか」?「なのか」 like 「だよね」?

How do I express the 'like' in that way in Japanese?

  • Don't these two nanoka differ in accent?
    – Yang Muye
    Jun 11 '15 at 0:46

Informally, I would suggest 「みたいな」 or even just 「の」. One can say:




In casual speech, you might say:

A: 「なのか」ってどういう意味?
B: どっちの「なのか」?「なのか、ようか」(とか(言うとき))の「なのか」?(それとも、)「なのですか」って意味の「なのか」?

If you want to sound politer you might say:

A: 「なのか」はどういう意味ですか?
B: どっち(orどちら)の「なのか」ですか?「なのか、ようか」(など)の「なのか」ですか、それとも「なのですか」という意味の「なのか」ですか?

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