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Why do some people use 分からない, when they mean 知らない? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How should I choose between [知]{し}る and わかる? I often get puzzled when I ask a question and the other person says 分からない or 分からん, when they seem to understand but they don't ...
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分かっています and 知っています - Do they all mean “I know”? [duplicate]

As the title denotes, I have lots of vaguenesses in making it clear between 分かっています and 知っています - Is their meaning all "I know"? Hence, I can't stop thinking about these two: 中国語を知っていますか? ...
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“How did you know?” and “how do you know?” in Japanese

As explained in this question on the English site, there is a distinction in English between saying "How did you know?" and "How do you know?" When someone makes an assertion, the distinction ...
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知る vs わかる and when to use が and を in “how to” questions

"I don't know how to use honorific language." 敬語の使い方がわかりません。 "Do you know how to make a flight reservation?" 飛行機の予約のし方を知っていますか。 The above two sentences were taken from my homework -- which were ...
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Difference between “ga” vs “wo”

It's known that roughly, in most cases, we can think of using "wo" vs "ga" this way: ga is used when action is abstract, mental, non-physical otherwise, wo is used Yet, these ...
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知らない used in “I don't care”

A:一人で海外行きたいけど。。。反対しても行くよ!! B:ダメだよ!!何かあったら知らないよ! When this kind of nuance is used for the verb 知らない, why is the verb 知らない used even though it means "to know" and how do you translate it exactly...?
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「〜そうにない」 unfamiliar usage of そう [duplicate]

I'm playing a video game in Japanese, and one of the characters said 僕にもわかりそうにない。 I understand that (verb stem)そう means "it seems" or "it appears", but I've never seen (verb stem)そう used with the ...
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わかる、分かる、判る,解る - essential difference? [duplicate]

I've been coming across these three lately in a visual novel that I've been using to try to learn to read Japanese, and it seems their usage is not that interchangeable. I'd like to confirm/deny if my ...
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〜か知らない or 〜か不安だ

I came across the following sentence in an exercise: インターネットで注文したセーターは、実際に着てみるまでサイズが_____が、ちょうどよかった。 Although only B and D make sense to me, here are the four propositions: A. 合わなかった B. ...
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ぬかるむ Meaning and Use

ぬかるむ has the definition of "to be muddy" in my dictionary, but it is a verb. Furthermore, all the examples use it before a noun, as opposed to saying 丘はぬかるむ. Is it correct to say this? Why is ぬかるむ a ...
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Japanese て form with いる verb groups

In my textbook it states there are three groups of verbs used with て form when followed by the helping verb いる (1) verbs that describe continuous states (2) verbs that describe activities that ...