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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 “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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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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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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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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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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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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~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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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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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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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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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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