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When do you use the “な” version of the copula?

As I understand it, the copula "だ" turns into "な" in some situations. The most obvious one is after な-adjectives, but it often appears after nouns too, like in this sentence: "スミスさんは、...
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What does 開けたかった mean?

From the novel The Old Man and the Sea. Japanese translation on Aozora: http://www.aozora.gr.jp/cards/001847/files/57347_57224.html 「食ったほうがいいか?」 「そう言ってるじゃないか」少年は優しく答えた。「サンチャゴの用意ができてから蓋を開けたかったんだ」 ...
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Difference between の and から for denoting a reason/explanation

So I remember that back in the day I learnt that things in Japanese were explained by using から or an explanatory particle の and then the more formal version of から is ので. Ever since then I've just ran ...
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What does んだもん mean and is used for?

I am currently studying for the JLPT N3 exam and I come across the following rule that I don't really understand. んだもん Although it is not identic, according to this link ~もん is Used to reply ...
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How do the は and が function here?

受験生は夏休みが勝負なのよ? So since there is no verb here, how do the は and が function here?
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I can't quite parse this sentence about not remembering something

そうか そういや [ペッパー]{おまえ}は 昔のユトを なにひとつ 思い出せねえん だったっけ。 So the first part, そうかそういや is preamble, "Is that so? come to think of it..." ペッパー is the name of the protagonist who's being addressed. ...
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What is pimsleur saying (shtain desnoga)?

Listening to the first Pimsleur Japanese audiobook and I'm having a hard time recognizing the words its saying. It says to say "I want to go shopping" and then in Japanese says something that sounds ...
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Negative questions + の

First I'm kinda confused. I'm concerned if these 2 questions bring the same nuance or not... "Isn't he young?" and "He is not young? / He isn't young?". Both sounds quite different on how they imply ...
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Questions about の→ん contraction, でござる→でございます shift

【原文】Original version 各これらの語の特徴はいつからなの?何時代ですの? 第一、「のです」と「なのです」を書いて「んです」と「なんです」を書かなかったことはいつからなの? 第に、「でござる」を書いて「でございます」を書かなかったこともいつからなの? 私の日本語がよくないですと、すみません! Edited version I have two questions ...
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Japanese sentence that needs translation

I'll just write the sentence here and hope I get some good translations. Always thankful. :) "僕がしたいって聞いた事をこんなにも叶えてくれようとしてくれてるんだもん" (My rough translation): I want to do (or things I want to do) that ...
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What is 〜んだ and how is it used?

I was listening to a playlist of songs today and I heard the line 「…目を開け弱さをかき消すんだ」 What exactly is 〜んだ and when/how is it used?
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What does の mean in the sentence after いる verb form

Below is from a children's book that I am reading and I am confused as to the way の was used in the sentence. あれは 亀が吹いて いるのに違いない I would appreciate any inputs/infos regarding this. Thank you in ...
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Why no んです in the following sentence…?

Happy 2018 everyone! And I'm (a little) belatedly kicking it off with a question that may quite possibly be a duplicate, but I thought I'd risk it anyway. I quick searched it but there are so many ...
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諦観{ていかん}が迷{まよ}いを殺{そ}いでくれてたんだ meaning

I am not sure what this means...That line is said by the speaker to the listener. 「諦観{ていかん}」 = resignation 「削{そ}ぐ」 = to discourage; to weaken; to reduce (here I found that this verb can be written ...
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Whats does のか do in the next sentence

I already tried to google this but can't find an answer, first I thought it was a question clause (not sure if correct term) but then I realized there's no question word in that clause. The sentence ...

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