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Can we turn nouns into adverb by adding に? [duplicate]

しかし、期待を胸に中学校に赴任すると、理想と現実は大きくかけ離れていました。 加藤さんは大切な手紙を手に再び「パナマ」へ向かいます。 彼女は手紙を手に、階下へ降りてきた。 Is に turning these nouns into adverbs?
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For which verb is を marking the object [duplicate]

「にわかに目をキラキラさせ始めた友蔵を前に、さすがのおかあさんも、ズバリ、 そんな物は必要ないとは言いにくいらしく珍しく口ごもった。」 I'm struggling to parse this sentence. In particular I don't understand which verb the を in bold is marking the object of. We ...
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What is the function of を in this sentence? [duplicate]

彼は高齢を理由に社長を辞めたよ。 I found this example sentence in some core flashcards, and the translation says He gave up the company presidency due to age. Which makes sense to me, but I don't understand the ...
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What does this phrase それをヒントに... mean? [duplicate]

それをヒントに井上さんは演奏だけが履いている「8ジューク」という機会を作り、1971年にレストランや喫茶店に貸し出す会社を始めた。(source: line 7-8) First, my attempt at translation: ??? Inoue constructed a device which was called '8 Juke', which only contained ...
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How to parse 「Nを相手に、」 [duplicate]

I've gotten to the level where I can start going through some basic Japanese material and largely understand all of it, but there are some times where I'm confused by particle usage, and I'm not sure ...
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Why is を used instead of の? [duplicate]

I was looking at one of the example sentences in a kanji learning app I use, and the particle choice struck me as strange. In the sentence "青空を背景に木々を描く。", I can't understand why を is used after 青空. ...
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multiple を particles before a verb [duplicate]

I chanced across this sentence while doing anki. 彼は高齢を理由に社長を辞めたよ There are 2 を particles before the verb (in this case 辞めた being the verb). From what I understand of the を particle, it marks a ...
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The role of を in this phrase 夜景を背景に歌舞伎の映像が流れます [duplicate]

I am reading this article http://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/20161005/k10010718561000.html and come across this phrase: 夜景を背景に歌舞伎の映像が流れます I can get the general meaning but I'm not clear on what is ...
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How is the use of を broken down in this sentence? [duplicate]

I've been reading a Visual Novel, and I came across this sentence: リリーはくすくす笑い、ティースプーンを置くと、カップとソーサーを手にゆっくりテーブルに向かってくる。 What's throwing me off is the use of を right after 「カップとソーサー~」I put the sentence ...
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Particle を without a verb [duplicate]

In the sentence それぞれの心の中にあるそれぞれの思い出を胸に日常が始まるのだ。 translated as And in each heart there are different memories held inside each chest as we turn back to our daily lives. Where is the verb for を胸に? ...
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(そして彼女は窓際の壁を背に床に座り込む) - What does 壁を背に床に座り込む mean? [duplicate]

そして彼女は窓際の壁を背に床に座り込む。 - And then she sat against the wall to the side of the window. Judging the meaning, I think I managed to grasp what it means but I'm confused about how this sentence works. I ...
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Meaning of ~を~に(して) / ~を~として / ~を~にする / ~を~とする / ~を~にした / ~を~とした

While studying I found this grammar form, which I kinda understand by instinct, but can't actually formalize in my head; this is what the book say: [~を~であると考えて] 1) 祖父は今日も孫のヒロシを話し相手にして散歩に出かけた。 ...
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Difference between 以外で and 以外に

文部科学省は、病気などの理由以外で、1年に30日以上学校を休んだ子どもが、2016年度に13万4398人いたと発表しました。 The Ministry of Education announced that there were 134398 children in the 2016 school year who had more than 30 days of absence for ...
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I don't understand こちらは手が出せないのをいいことにやりたい放題だ。

From: 今日もようやく長い一日が終わった。この屋敷で働き始めて今日で三年になるが、ここの仕事は本当に辛い。旦那様と奥様はお優しいのだが、お嬢様がとても厳しく、理不尽な方だ。気に入らないことがあればすぐに怒鳴り、殴ってくる。こちらは手が出せないのをいいことにやりたい放題だ。 The text might be a bit above my Japanese skill...I'm ...
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を before a noun?

I'm currently learning at the JLPT N3 level, so I'm not sure if this is something I might haven't learned about. I never knew we could put を like this. This is a sentence from an e-dict so it should ...
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