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Different meanings of こわい

I was watching this video (it's actually a really good series, despite the odd presentation). In it, there is the example: おばけがこわい。 Ghosts are scary. No problem there, but the series has been ...
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Why does 「電話は切れた」 sound more adversarial than 「電話が切れた」?

I noticed that while 「…、電話が切れた」 sounds just like a neutral phrase ("... and the call got cut off."), 「…、電話は切れた」 sounds more like you were negatively affected / that the person on the other side ...
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Why is this sentence ungrammatical? 「お寺が公園のとなりです。」

I wrote this sentence (meaning "The temple is next to the park") in my Japanese course and my teacher said it's wrong, because I was supposed to use a は instead of a が. My understanding is that there ...
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How to respond to ポイントカードが宜しいですか。

When I am paying for my goods at a supermarket or konbini, the cashier always asks me that question. On dictionaries, the meaning of 宜しい is "fine / good" and it made me confused, "What is good about ...
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What is "new information" for が?

I've been trying to understand the age old question of が vs は recently. The resources I've used so far have given helpful answers, but I'm still not getting 1 key point. I'll summarize my knowledge so ...
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Why がない but はありません?

I was under the impression that は should be always used in negative sentences. Is がない an exception to this rule? Does が add something special to the negation? 仕事はありません。 仕事がない。 Do the above sentences ...
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Which は is this?

A過去の通知はありません There are no past notifications B参加予定のイベントはありません There are no planned events. C(あなたは)メッセージがありません You have no messages. In A and B, it can either be the main topic or the contrastive は as ...
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Would I be right in reading 「私には...」as 「to me it's ...」?

Would I be correct in reading things like 私には or 個人的には as being "to me"? Like in the following: 私には寿司が美味しいって!To me sushi is tasty! Or 彼には女性が誰よりきれいです。To him she is better than anyone. Would I ...
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Meaning difference between 夜は明ける and 夜が明ける?

In this song lyrics, 夜が明ける is the name of the song, but until the end of the song 夜は明ける is used. This sounds like there is a distinct meaning difference between the two forms. I read about the ...
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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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は、が、を、に and information structure of Japanese Question

I read 日本語の助詞(情報構造) and from what I understand it says: What comes before は is old information and after it it's new information. (This makes sense to me). What comes before が is new information (...
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question about sentence structure

I came across this sentence in a workbook: 大町は電車や車の音が五月蠅いです。 If it was changed to: 大町の電車や車の音が五月蠅いです。 would it still be grammatically correct? Thank you.
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usage of 『は』and『が』with adjectives { na-adj and i-adj }

i really had this question in my mind and it caused me a lot of pain. My question is : what is the difference between using ( wa ) and ( ga ) with adjectives ? i got confusion because i studied ...
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difference when using は and が with てくれる structure

So, I think that I'm not alone when it comes to being confused about when は and が are supposed to be used, but here I would like to ask about a specific example 浅野君は(私に)かわいい手袋を編んでくれた x 浅野君が(私に)...
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Usage of「が」and 「は」in ~くれる [duplicate]

everyone. May I know why does different particle is used in the following examples? 小林さんは私にチョコをくれた。 友達が私にチョコをくれた。 姉が娘におもちゃをくれた。 Thanks.
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