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How to understand みんなしてお出かけですか?

I have seen some cases where して is placed before a する verb: 1) みんなしてお出かけですか? 2) みんなして大好評だな Is this regular practice? Is this grammatically correct? Can this be done with other conjugations of ...
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What is the meaning of しも?

In a recent class, my Japanese teacher taught me the use of しも as something akin to a formal version of でも as in the following sentences: いつでも暇{ひま}じゃないんですよ。 いつしも暇{ひま}じゃないんですよ。 I was told the above ...
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Nuance of the structure “Verb (stem of negative form) + ざるを得ない” compared to “Verb + しかない”

I've browsed a bit throught the other posts and it seems like there is no clear explanation of the nuance of "V + ざるを得ない" compared to "V + しかない". Roughly speaking, they have the same meaning but is ...
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Meaning of 「かくや(という)」

A quote from 80日間世界一周: 巨大な湖が凍ったらかくやという景色だった。 It seemed like a vast frozen lake. I'm guessing the 「かく」 is this one, but I don't understand how the 「や」 works. Could this be a set phrase?
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Is this が at the end of the verb conditional ?

だが[殺]{ころ}したが[最後]{さいご}きさまあの[世]{よ}いきだ! I understand this sentence as,'if you kill him, you are following him to the netherworld'. I intuitively understand this が as conditional but I am not sure. I ...
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How to parse 政治家にあるまじき発言?

Consider the following sentence: その大臣は政治家にあるまじき発言で、辞任に追い込まれた。 I would like to know in particular how the section in bold should be parsed. For example: Since まじき is the attributive form of まじ, ...
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Why 予期せぬ is more common than 予期しない?

予期{よき}する (to expect) is a nominal verb with two negative forms: 予期せぬ and 予期しない. Why the せぬ form is more common than the more familiar しない?
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を before a noun?

I'm currently learning N3 level so I'm not sure if this is something I might haven't learned about. I never know we could put を like this. This is a sentence from an e-dict so it should be correct. ...
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漢文・古文-type expressions that survive in modern Japanese

I was translating an academic paper that quoted some articles that were written before WW2, and I came across the expressions [noun]+たらしむべく and きたらしめる (from 来る) for the first time. Thanks to these ...
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What does 形ク mean in japanese?

I was searching for the meaning of "時すでに遅し。" but I couldn't find 遅し in the dictionary goo.ne.jp and weblio tells me that it's おそい with 形ク in parenthesis.