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What is “koto” used for? [duplicate]

I know "koto" means thing, but I've seen it used like this in my Self-Study Japanese book: Nihon no koto ga yoku wakarimasu ka. and Chiimu no koto o kangaete imashita. Does this mean Japan's thing ...
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anata no koto suki vs anata ga suki [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the こと in sentences such as あなたのことが好きだ? What are the guidelines of omitting particles? It is possible to say both of these: あなたが好きです あなたのこと好きです The adjective 好き is ...
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Trying to understand 私のこと in this sentence [duplicate]

According to a tweet from @real_eikaiwa, the following sentence: こんなに私のこと笑わせてくれる人なかなかいないって思ってる! Translates to: "I don't think I've ever met anyone that made me laugh so much!" But this doesn't ...
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difference between “田中さんのこと” and just “田中さん”? [duplicate]

I'd like to compare the meanings of: 田中{たなか}さんを尊敬{そんけい}している。 田中さんのことを尊敬している。 Are the following statements true? -#2 has a much broader meaning, right? Like, I respect Tanaka as a man, a husband,...
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Why ‘‘君のこと‘‘好きです。 [duplicate]

I'm a beginner in Japanese. So why do they use 君のこと to mean you? If I write this same phase but instead of 君のこと I write 君は the meaning will change?
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Understanding the meaning of a sentence [duplicate]

わたし、かずさのことを愛してる。 I think it means "I love Kazusa". を愛してる would be the love part but I'd like to know if I'm missing something relevant.
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I'm doing well. But some particles seem not to fit. What's the role of “こと” in this sentence? [duplicate]

そっか。みなさん、どなたか木村さんのことしりませんか。 Thankyou.
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What does this phrase mean?(not asking for translation) [duplicate]

先生の事好きですか here means "do (you all) like (your/the) teacher?" 先生 means teacher and 事 means event. So does 先生の事 means "event of teacher"? Or precisely "the teaching of the teacher"? Then it would mean ...
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What is the difference between キミ and キミの事? [duplicate]

In songs and anime (yes, I know that they're not always good representations of normal spoken Japanese) I see キミの事 used (for example キミの事が大好き), and I'm pretty sure that it doesn't mean the literal ...
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difference between [pronoun/noun][particle] and [pronoun/noun]のこと[particle]? [duplicate]

What is the difference between 誰よりも君のことを愛している。 and 誰よりも君を愛している。?
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Meaning of だけはわからない

それでも彼には、自分のことだけはわからない。 I'm translating the above sentence from Japanese to English, and I'm having issues with understanding what だけはわからない means. Why does だけ come before は? says that だけは means 'at ...
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What is the Japanese equivalent of 'you're in my heart'?

According to this, the translation would be: あなたは わたしの こころに います。 That seems simple enough. However, the same source claims it's not in use, and recommends the following instead: いつも あなたのことを ...
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What does こと refer to in だけのことはある

I'm trying to figure out what "こと” is referring to in this idiom/grammar point. In the following example sentence: 彼は若いころから日本に住んでいただけのことはあって、さすが日本語がうまいんだね。 What does koto refer to here? ...
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が in subordinate clauses

Since you can't use は in subordinate clauses, it looks to me like が is forced to take on both roles, so how would we distinguish them? For example, if we have the sentence 僕が好きな動物 how do we ...
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What is the difference between Verb+ときです and Verb+ときのことです?

Why is のこと used in the sentence below? Or more specifically, what is the difference between V-ときです and V-ときのことです? むかし、むかし、桶屋で働く若者が桶にする竹を切っていた時のことです。
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Difference between こと、もの and やつ

I am trying to understand the following clearly: 私のこと 私のもの 私のやつ When someone is talking about us, we can use こと. いいえ、それは私のことではないです No, that is not something related to me. やつ is used when ...
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How do the two が in もう止まらない あなたがあなたのことが恋しい work?

The following lyrics are from a song called "YOU": "もう止まらない あなたがあなたのことが恋しい" Mou tomaranai  anata ga anata no koto ga koishii I know that "mou tomaranai" = "no longer stops" and "anata no koto ga ...
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(Person's name) + 君の事

I came across the following sentence and I'm having troubles understanding the grammar: …一条君の事好きだった… 一条 stands for the person's name. That being said, I understand 君 is a personal pronoun like you,...
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X wa Y ga suki desu

I read several times that an expression such as "X wa Y ga suki desu", where say both X and Y are people, is inherently ambiguous and can be understood as either "X likes Y" or "Y likes X", according ...
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Does ところ mean the exact same thing as こと in this sentence?

Consider the following sentence: お金じゃないところが好きだから一緒にいるの 【おかね じゃない ところが すき だから いっしょに いるの】 I think it means "I'm with you because of the parts of you that don't have to do with money". I'm ...
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Is it correct to use のこと with 読む?

Is 「Aのこと読んだ。」a correct sentence? I know that usually「Aについて読んだ。」is the correct way of saying "I read about A", but I've seen sentences like 「Aのこと考える」and just wondering if it's correct to substitute ...
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Can I use こと or の to say “Everyone said that ~”?

I study japanese on my own, so i dont really have a teacher to correct my sentences. I am trying coming up with some sentences to help me fixating things on my mind. So I want to make the following ...
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~を話す to mean talk about? Confusion

メアリーと翔子は友達のトムのことを話しています。(A) The English translation was given as "Mary and Shoko are talking about their friend Tom." The following two sentences I guess would mean the same. ...
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人のことをいっときながら DB Chapter 2

This is Bulma alone complaining about Goku rudeness. Translated as: "I can't believe he had the nerve to call me stuff like witch or fairy". 人のことを = things to people (like in saying things to people) ...
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Help me understand the grammar of this sentence: ~のこと~のこと、~なってもらえたかな

The Sentence: Recently, I've been trying to broaden my understanding of Japanese by stumbling through translating some blog posts. I came across this sentence: 見に来てくださった方、 チームAのことも、私のことも、 ...
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How accurately can のこと be translated as 'with regards to' in the following sentence?

While stumbling over my serval-month-old translation notes out of boredom, I found that I had made note of のこと to mean 'with regards to (noun)" for the following Japanese sentence. それでも彼には、...
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How do I say “people like me”

It's for a daily affirmation. I don't mean people that behave like me which is what I keep getting when I search for a translation; I mean "people like me as a person". Do I just use 好き?
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State of being and the word こと

I have 2 questions: When I put a verb in the past does it already carry the state of being? For instance, the quote 私は疲れますです。First, です translates like "am", right? Now if I wanted to put this ...
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Differentiation between subjects in relative clauses?

how do you distinguish between saying for example “A person he likes” and “A person who likes him” if they would both be 彼が好きな人?is there a way around that? different wording? a different particle? i ...
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Double checking my understanding of のことで

Would just like to check my understanding of お前の持ってる徽章のことで交渉がしたい Am I correct that the のこと nominalizes "お前の持ってる徽章" and で is simply means 'with' for 交渉がしたい "With the talisman you have - ...
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What is the difference between ある日 and ある日のこと?

For example: ある日のこと、たろうは、また海へ出て。 As I understand ある日 means "one day". What does the のこと do to it? Possibly related? What is the こと in sentences such as あなたのことが好きだ? and What is “koto” used for?