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全然 {ぜんぜん} with positive adjective / na-adjective

In Japanese classes, I was taught that 全然 can only be used with negative-meaning words/phrases/clauses, for example: 全然出来ません 全然だめです However, I've observed that, especially in spoken Japanese, ...
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どこでも vs. どこにでも vs. どこも

What is the the difference between どこでも vs. どこにでも vs. どこも? I thought どこでも was anywhere, どこにでも was everywhere, and どこも was also everywhere... but then I didn't know what the difference would be between ...
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Is using「ありませんが」correct here?

背景とかってどうやって描いてるのかすごく気になってたので絶対買います!ソフトはクリスタしかありませんが。 I'd like to understand this better. The context is an artist announced that he is releasing a book about painting digital backgrounds and the ...
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How to use ~でも and ~も?

I have looked up 誰 in the dictionary, and found that both 誰も 誰でも can mean everyone and everybody. If there is a difference between them, what is the correct way to use each of them? It is not ...
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Can I use 「さぁ…さっぱり。」 to express that I don't understand at all?

The full form should probably be 「さぁ…さっぱりわからない」, but is it OK to omit the latter part in informal conversations and will that cause any confusion or will it sound strange? I suppose it should be OK ...
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How to interpret 全然 + positive adjective + とは思わない

As explained in this question, I know that 全然 used with positive adjective means "completely, entirely", while when it is used with negative adjectives/verbs it means "not at all, absolutely not". ...
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How to understand い adjective + ある? What is ある doing here

強いもなにもあるもんか From this panel: I originally read this phrase as meaning something like "There's no way you are strong or anything at all!" but then I noticed that there is ある in the phrase and now it ...
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Is it impolite to reply to an apology with 別に?

I was watching an anime. A boy is in a hurry and he's running, and ends up accidentally hitting a girl. He inmediately apologizes and says 大-大変申し訳ございません! He looks very nervous while speaking. The ...
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What is the meaning of 一切気にかけようともなさらない in this sentence?

I am trying to understand the sentence 人の批難など一切気にかけようともなさらない。However, I have not been able to parse かけようとも into any words and particles I can identify or find in a dictionary. So I want to know 1) ...
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What verb form is くださねばなるまい

The following is from a mystery manga. The criminal mastermind is lamenting that his accomplice Masumi failed to properly kill Kimisawa. ますみの奴・・・ 最後の最後でしくじったな あの至近距離でよもや急所をはずす ...
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What does 訳では mean in the end of sentence?

フェイ、まだ、そうと判明した訳では。違う原因かもしれない。 Is it short for 訳ではない?