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relative clauses without verbs

I read a sentence in Naruto that challenged some of my ideas about how Japanese works, and I'd like to try and clear this up. I can only assume that アナタがピンチの時 means "when you're in a pinch". First of ...
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Analyzing sentences like 日本がピンチだ and 明日は雨だ

How are sentences like 日本がピンチだ (Japan is in a pinch) and 明日は雨だ (tomorrow it will rain) analyzed? Translating them trivially, as 日本がピンチだ Japan is a pinch 明日は雨だ Tomorrow is rain doesn't make ...
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初めてです, is '初めて' an adverb?

I saw following quotes: アメリカは初めてです。 This is my first time to America. I've learned about <n.> は <n.|adj.> です. Checking at several dictionaries, '初めて' is an adverb. Is it OK to use an ...
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Why “to iu na no” instead of “de” or “no”?

So I'm watching this anime a couple of days ago and one of the characters were describing a group of people. He ended his description with "GIGN to iu na no inu". The subtitle says that meant: "Those ...
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Understanding ただより高いものはない

「むかしっからなァ、ただより高いものはないっていうことわざがあるんだぞっ。」 From the old days there's a saying that "nothing costs as much as what is given to us". I've taken the translation of ただより高いものはない straight from the dictionary,...
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About the second の in 不思議の国のアリス

So "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" is known as "不思議の国のアリス" in Japan. What does the second の do here? I don't think it means that アリス belongs to the 不思議の国, and 不思議の国 doesn't seem to be a ...
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hontou nano ka , is “na” here part of the question marker or is it something else?

I know that you can use ka, no, and noka as question markers. But what is "na" in "hontou na no ka" . is it another form of question marker altogether or what does it mean the "na" in that sentence?
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Questions about 話 and <副動詞>の

The following exchange occurs in Volume 3, Chapter 51 of the manga ReLife. The sequence of events is: A girl told a guy that she saw him a year or two ago and it was love at first sight. She ...
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Difference between すぐに and すぐさま

Can anyone please tell me the exact difference between すぐに and すぐさま?
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What is the definition of adjective in japanese?

In this question When can adjectives be used with the particle "no"? I was taught that next in japanese is a noun. In English, the definition of adjective is "A describing word which ...
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Making 「たくさん」act as a full-fledged 形容動詞{けいようどうし}

dic.yahoo.co.jp、weblio.jp、and other dictionaries, state that the parts of speech for「たくさん」are noun and 形容動詞。imho, usage cases where たくさん is used as 形容詞 is uncommon. I have seen たくさん take the な ...
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What part of speech is スティール製?

What part of speech is スティール製{せい} from スティール製{せい}カテノイドexpression? I know スティール is a noun (steel), 製{せい} is a suffix (made of), but I don't know their value together. スティール製{せい} is a noun or an ...
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Using な and の interchangeably?

Using them as descriptors, can they be interchanged? E.g. 親切な人 vs 親切の人 Is の only acceptable if referring to a specific new person from a certain place that has been established earlier in the ...
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How to say something is [a colour] AND [another adjective] using て form 'and'?

Do all colours work as な adjectives or い adjectives when using て form 'and'? In a sentence such as "my phone is white and small", would it be 私のけいたいは白いで小さいです。OR ~けいたいはしろくて~? Also, if the colour were ...
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Reduplicated words

Why I-keiyoushi is used more in reduplicated words than na-keiyoushi?

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