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What is the nuanced function of 何ひとつ in a negated sentence?

I'm translating the following sentence, and am stumped on how to translate 何ひとつ in a negated sentence. 名前も、家族も、友人も……何ひとつ思い出せません。 my name, my family, my friends...I cannot remember x. I know ...
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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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Difference between よもや and まさか?

They seem interchangeable when used in the meaning of conveying disbelief of something. まさかこの時点でやめる気じゃないよね?  よもやこの時点でやめる気じゃないよね?
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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 ...
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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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Does 決して always mean “never” even if the verb is negative?

So I saw this on chat on a gacha game I'm playing. 正式触媒も無くかの刀匠を引き当てるほどの奇跡を 忘れることなど決して My understanding of this. "It was a miracle for me to summon her without an official catalyst, I'll never ...
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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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には contrast in following sentence

ジャックは誕生日会に行きます。 彼はメグのために誕生日のプレゼントを買う必要があります。 ジャックはあまり多くのパーティにはいきません。 彼は緊張し、 何を買おうかと思います。 What is the role of には in ジャックはあまり多くのパーティにはいきません? The only usage of には I know of is for contrast but I can't ...
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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?
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Meaning of 何もなし

I came across this sentence while playing Persona 5 Scramble. ひっさびさに会えるってのに、何もナシじゃつまんねーだろ I can't seem to wrap my head around the 何もなし. Specifically how the 何も fits with the なし and the adjective ...
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What does “なかなか” mean here?

This was dialogue from a detective manga where a police officer is interrogating a suspect. 脅迫気味に二人切になれた (I got intimated with just the of us alone (?)) もののなかなか口を割らないので ゴリ押し... (I'll force through ...
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別に恥ずかしいとか思わない。別に I dont get it

別に恥ずかしいとか思わない。 What is 別に? I didnt get it. Ive already read some articles about it, but sill.. The first article I read. I learned the meaning of it, which can be "not really, not particularly", and ...
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Meaning of そうでもない

In this sentence: 神野{じんの}菜生子{なおこ}さして意外そうでもなくうなずいた I'm having some issue in understanding そうでもない, and according to how I read it it reverse the meaning of the sentence: as far as I understand, ...

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