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Which kanji to use for saying ありがとうございます in emails?

When sending emails, I've noticed that Japanese colleagues use all sorts of kanji/kana combinations for the simple phrases ありがとうございました and よろしくおねがいいたします. For example: ありがとうございました 有難うございました 有難う御座いました ...
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できる vs ~えます form for "can", "able to" [duplicate]

A couple of days ago I tried to express "I can ..." where "..." was some some verb or verb phrase. I used the ~て form of the ... verb followed by 出来ます but was told instead to change the form of the .....
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When is よう written in kanji as 様?

We have been taught a lot of uses of よう pattern like ように, Vます ように, sentence ending with ように, ようだ for comparison, etc. But everywhere in textbooks, the よう is written in hiragana. I recently found out ...
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Intuitive or logical way to know when to use a kanji spelling vs hiragana spelling?

A recurring theme on this site is that foreign learners of Japanese use too much kanji. Often the reaction is puzzlement that we can't "just know the right way". Native speakers literally say they don'...
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How do you know what word to write in its kanji correspondence?

My study book writes some words like あまり and おおぜい in pure hiragana and I can't figure out whether it is common to write these words in hiragana as the books says, or I'd better write them in their ...
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Question about mixed kana in おススメ

I read this line in a blog today: 料理に使えるおススメ品や、ご飯屋さんを紹介しています。 and I have two questions: 1) I know that the writer can use katakana for emphasis or for some other reason, but why is it mixed ...
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All the uses of わけ?

Ok, I've come across a few expressions involving the word わけ (訳)such as わけではない, to indicate that something differs from a notion the listener may have; わけがない, to indicate that there is no sense in ...
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Use of Kanji characters

Why are Kanji characters used along with Hirangana script characters for a word? For example: 飲みますwhich is spelled as nomimasu (correct me if I'm wrong) uses a kanji character. Why can't の be used ...
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In the context of 「では、また」 , is it wrong to write 「また」 as 「又」?

If I understand correctly, 「では、また」 is basically short for 「では、又{また}会{あ}いましょう」, in which case it's completely normal to write 「また」 as 「又」. But is it very weird or even wrong to use the kanji in the ...
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How to tell when to use kana instead of kanji?

In the 研究社 dictionary, under 持つ heading, example sentences for some sub-entries use kana only. How can I tell when kana is more appropriate in my own writing? Here's an example of the sub-entry where ...
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Why are some Kanji written in Hiragana? [duplicate]

I just noticed something. There are some Kanji that use Hiragana instead of the characters (like きれい). I'm a bit confused.