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What is the difference between "〜がる" and "〜がっている"

I want to know the difference between 〜がる and 〜がっている, and in what situations I can use them. My friend said 〜がる is used for a regular activity that someone does every day or every week, and the ...
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What difference between ほしい (hoshii) and したい (shitai)?

What is the difference between those two ways of saying "to want"? shitaindesuga hoshiindesuga
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What is ~げに suffix actually?

Today, while looking up random words in WWWJDIC, I stumbled upon an example sentence for the word いとしい as below: 少女は人形をいとしげに抱き締めた。 The girl squeezed her doll affectionately. The sentence uses ~げに ...
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〜たい form vs. 〜てほしい

When first learning Japanese grammar, one is usually taught that to express a desire to do something one should use the 〜たい form of the verb: 東京へ行きたい On some occasions, however, I've also seen ...
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Expressing desire of a third party using したいそうです

姉は学校を卒業後は海外留学したいそうです。 ane ha gakkou wo sotsugyougo ha kaigairyuugaku shitai sou desu. My sister says that she wants to study abroad after graduating from school. I found this sentence on http://www....
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Usage of -さ with そうな

I was learning about adjectives + さ, which turns them into a noun; as I understand it, a "measurable" quantity . I then thought of how X そうです could be turned into an adjective, X そうな Y, so I was ...
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Meaning of してほしいと考えています

KDDIは、いろいろな会社のビルやデパートなどでこのサービスを利用してほしいと考えています KDDI want to use this service in various companies and department stores. What nuance does adding 考えています bring to this sentence? Why not just say: ...
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How would you use the 'と思います' form to say what others are thinking?

'と思います' is usually used when saying what you think/your assumptions, that much I know, but is it possible to alter it so that you can say what others are thinking? For an example, how would you say, '...
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Is ~がる suffix limited to specific adjectives only?

I noticed that there are some adjectives that have ~がる suffix to make them into verbs. Some examples from WWWJDIC: ほしがる こわがる いたがる くるしがる さびしがる うれしがる Apparently ~たい form also can take the ~...
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When asking if someone wants something. . .

Alright, so when asking if someone wants something do you always use ほしがっています? Specifically, I'm thinking when you're trying to communicate with someone that cannot communicate back what they want. (...
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強がる usage and meaning

~がる is used to describe third person's feeling but today I found this word "強がる私" I don't know why 強がる is used with first person like 私. Is it because the speaker speaks in other point of view ?
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Is the use "ほしい” appropriate in these sentences?

Professor A asked you to go to his room. A先生があなたを先生の部屋に行ってほしいです。 Is it OK? I feel it is not quite natural. Similarly, how to say "Professor A hopes you can concentrate on the XX research." ...
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Omitting ようだ at the end of a sentence

父はデジタルカメラの講習を受けに行ったが、あまりの難しさにびっくりしたようだ。 So this sentence is saying, "my dad went to take a short course on digital cameras, but it was difficult to the point of surprising him." Could you say ...
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How to use nested causative?

I want to exaggerate my previous question by nesting one more causative action. Assume that there are a policeman, a girl with her dog, and a snatcher on the street. The dog belongs to the girl. ...
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The meaning of そんな気持ちはなくて in this context

Context: Girl B was in trouble and was also causing trouble. Girl A comes in and over a period of time fights with girl B trying to save her from her torubles and get her to stop. In the end girl A (あ)...

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