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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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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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Intrepretation of 遠慮もしていられないか in this sentence structure

目を強く擦る。俺はひとりなんかじゃないぞ。母さんがいるじゃないか。 母さんとは、連絡はずっと取り合っているが、あえて顔は合わせないようにしていた。あちらは新しい生活を始めているからだ。 でももう、身内を相手に遠慮もしていられないか。 Include prior two sentences for context. Speaker is in a tough situation....
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What does 白と茶色を基調とする mean in this sentence?

白と茶色を基調とした真新しい洋風の外壁。 I saw that ~を~とする means "as" and that 基調 means "to be the main color in something like a picture" (2nd definition), but I can't link everything in this ...
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Is usage of を片手に necessary in this paragraph?

Is it normal to use 買い与えられたポケベルを片手に in this paragraph?: 私の二人の姉は当時高校生で、両親から買い与えられたポケベルを片手に、高校生活を謳歌しているように私には見えた。 Why not use just 与えられたポケベル or 買い与えられたポケベル. Is it necessary to use を片手に?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why is the particle を used without a verb in the following context? [duplicate]

First of all, this question shares the same context with another Q&A asking for the meaning of 手{て}かがり. What follows is an excerpt from N2新完全マスター, in particular the section 問題紹介 where they are ...
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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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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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に without a verb in a sentence

睨みあうサラスとユキを尻目に、平松がハンカチを差し出してくれた Why isn't there a verb in going with the に in the sentence above? In fact, what does the first sentence even mean? (since there is not verb). Is the 差し出し verb shared ...
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