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Rules to know which particle phrases modify which verb? [duplicate]

In this video the following sentence is analyzed それはある女の子が先輩のアパートで行われた飲み会に参加した日 In the video we learn that ある女の子が is the subject of 参加した, while 先輩のアパートで modifies 行われた. Put differently: the outer ...
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Ambiguous sentences when using の and に together

In the following sentence, the combination of の and に allows it to be interpreted in two ways: この巨大なネズミは他の地域に生息する固有種に比べれば小柄。 この巨大なネズミは(他の地域)に生息する固有種に比べれば小柄。 Compared to the endemic species in other ...
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Is the construction 'Verb + adjective + noun' possible?

I saw a scan of an official manga that's to be released, however the first speech bubble's grammar confused me. I am unsure if it is to be read as: 1) 水も滴るイイ男!! or as 2) 水も滴る。イイ男!! (1) makes ...
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Where to put the possessive pronoun in a sentence?

If I want to talk about a friend of mine who studies psychology, can I say following? 心理学を専攻している私の友達。 It sounds like I'm the one studying shinrigaku. Then I could say 私の心理学を専攻している友達。 But it ...
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What does の apply to after a list of items with と?

I've looked around, but I couldn't find an answer for this question. Here's the example phrase that I'm trying to translate that I pulled from a light novel: せりとレタスとキャベツの違い I'm not sure whether ...
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About the official (?) English translation of 'Odd Loop' by Frederic

So, yeah, I caught up with the latest interest towards this song and I watched the music video on the official channel. I am currently working through the lyrics (some of the words used are totally ...
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Could you please help me understand this sentence from NHK News?

タピオカは暑いところでできる芋から作った食べ物で、最近若い人。。。 I can't understand the part underlined quite well. Does it mean that Tapioca is made from 芋 that is grown in hot places, or does it mean that Tapioca is made in hot ...
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What is the difference in meaning between「この自然が多い町」and 「自然が多いこの町」?

Please, see this related question for more context. Thank you very much.
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How to get the right meaning of particles

Since Japanese is a left branching language, do you have trouble getting the right meaning of words or particles like the particle で in the next sentence (which can indicate location of action and ...
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"Binding" order of adjectives

Related: Order of multiple nouns and adjectives modifying the same noun I've come across an instance of the adjective ambiguously belonging to a noun in songs, but I'm never sure which is the correct ...
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Can one noun be modified by both a clause and a の marked noun?

I have tried to create a sentence wherein a noun is modified by both a clause and の marked noun, but found it to be difficult with my current understanding: Intended sentence: I stole the king’s ...
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How to parse アニメが日本語に興味を持ったきっかけ

アニメが日本語に興味を持ったきっかけというのもあったし、普通にアニメも好きだったんです。 I don't understand how the part "アニメが日本語に興味を持った" can be a modifier for the noun きっかけ if I'm talking about myself. The way I would go about ...
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Can もっと qualify ちゃんとした?

もっと ちゃんとした 攻撃用のスキルが欲しいんだけど… What does the word もっと refer to in this sentence? Is it ちゃんとした ("I would have preferred a more typical attack skill")? Or is it 欲しい ("A typical attack skill ...
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Why 広がる前 isn't 広がった前 in this sentence

In this NHK Easy article there's the sentence: しかし1年{ねん}に3000万{まん}人{にん}以上{いじょう}が来{き}ていたウイルスが広{ひろ}がる前{まえ}のときのようには、すぐに戻{もど}りません。 If I remove the part I'm having trouble with: しかし1年{ねん}に3000万{まん}人{にん}...
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Is 遠くに瞬いている街の灯 a correct clause?

Say I have a sentence that says "遠くに町の灯が瞬いていた", that is, "the lights of the town were twinkling in the distance". Is my understanding correct, that if I instead want to construct ...
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