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副詞. Words that typically modify 用言 (words that inflect and function as predicators, such as verbs and adjectives). However, 副詞 also modify other constituents, including other adverbs, nouns (under limited circumstances), and even entire sentences.

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How do you define and contrast すっぱり すっぽり さっぱり and すっかり

すっぱり すっぽり さっぱり すっかり My dictionary is not leaving me with a clear understanding of how to distinguish these words, their origins, their connotations, or the contexts they're usually used in. They all ...
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What does 曰く mean?

I understand the sentence is akin to "Ah, the sword that the glasses old man used to cut... that' s not a normal sword. It's possessed/hunted" However how is 曰く used? As far context goes, it'...
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What is this adverb + そう construction

学校の中で子どもたちが元気に楽しそうに成長する This sentence can apparently be translated as "children growing up happy and healthy in a school". What confuses me is the "元気に楽しそう" part, because I would ...
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Do adverbs necessarily modify the first verb after it? (part 2)

Do adverbs necessarily modify the first verb after it? My question is the same as another user's because I feel like I didn't understand. How can I know which verb/adjective is being modified? ex: ...
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Is ばかり a noun or a な-adjective in ばかりなので?

According to this answer and taking into account the following rules (source) to use ので: [い-adjective]+ので [verb]+ので [な-adjective]+なので [noun]+なので I wonder whether ばかり is a な-adjective or not in ...
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Past continous with adverbs of time

当時私は母が入れ物に入れた餌を自分で動物たちに与えた I would have expected the above sentence to use てい form (与えていた) as it seems like a repeated action in the past. The speaker is talking about their childhood chores, so I ...
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What is the actual nuance of the verb に映る

この通路の先で行われてることを考えると楽しいとは言えないけど Which is about "If I think of what happens ahead of this passage, I can't say it's "fun"." To which then the other character replies おっしゃる通り むしろ ...
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What does なんてからっきし mean in this sentence?

からっきし means "quite; utterly; (not) at all; completely; wholly; entirely; totally; altogether​" however I'm not sure how it's being used here? The character gets asked what exactly he thinks ...
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How is the adverb さっそく acting in this sentence?

別に今日だって約束してたわけじゃないし さっそく感が恥ずかしすぎる In the second part, it seems like she's saying it like.. "the feeling of impatience is too embarrassing?" I'm too embarrassed of my impatience?" Edit: ...
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Understanding「さえ」and「いてくれる」in「お前が生きてさえいてくれたら」

I'm watching an episode with subtitle that goes: 「俺 ずっと お前が生きてさえいてくれたら と思ってた」 "I always thought, as long as you live on, (I'm ok)" I have three questions if the translation was correct. Is ...
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What does 改めて exactly mean?

改めて すごい人だかり! The character came out of the building to meet a journalist groups and says this. Why is 改めて used here? "Looking at it again"?
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Does はやく give the sentence the nuance of a order?

はやく もう入れる。。。から The character is standing in front of a wardrobe with something in his hands and the other character tells him this. From context the only thing I can gather is "Hurry up and put ...
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How is どこぞの is being used in this sentence?

I understand どこぞ is "Someplace/somewhere" and a の adjective, but how it's actually modifying 力自慢?
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Trying to understand forms of “どうせ…だろう”

To my understanding, in a normal non-conditional clause “どうせ” has a function of saying that something makes the surrounding context irrelevant, similar to “anyway” in English. As in for instance “...
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What does this usage of 適当にしてて mean?

Going from context, she was showing them around and gets called by the director, so she tells him "I gotta go! Sorry! However I'm stumbled on this usage of 適当にしてて. From context I guess she's just ...
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Why is ら attached to り ending adverbs?

First I saw it in a song called ヤミナベ, where it says なべがくるりくるりら回るよ, and I didn't think much of it, since I could only find crayons when I searched it up, then I saw it in a song called マグメル, where it ...
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したく in 「戦いをしたくありません.」

In 戦いをしたくありません. [He] didn't want to start a war. is したく the adverbial form of したい? Literally speaking, does this sentence means something like "wanting to do a war"-ly doesn't exist. ...
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I'm having trouble understanding the usage of 特に...もっとですね, and 15回以上は

From Sakura Tips podcast episode 615. パッキング, there is a transcript to the podcast. I'm having difficulty understanding due to my confusion regarding word/phrase ordering. Original transcript: ...
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Saying "mostly" in Japanese: ほとんど or something else?

I've come across a problem repeatedly when I use Japanese, and that is the proper use of ほとんど. I've gathered that it means most in an opposite manner; e.g. ほとんどない to say mostly don't have and I want ...
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Use adjective or adverb for clause + こと

As I understand it, when you make a clause and then put こと at the end of it everything is transformed into a noun (e.g. 食べましたこと is eaten thing.) If it's a noun, it should be modified by an adjective, ...
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What meaning does もう add to this sentence?

これはもう運命としか… Something unusual that has already happened, unexpectedly, happens again. The character who says that is a girl who meets somebody who looks like a prince at a party and the next day she ...
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「一番背が高くなります。」 or 「背が一番高くなります。」?

To translate the sentence: "Who became the tallest?", which is more natural? 誰が一番背が高くなりましたか。or 誰が背が一番高くなりましたか。 On Busuu (language learning app), the correct option was the former (一番 ...
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Can とき function adverbially?

In 道を渡るとき、車に気をつけてください Is there an implicit は being dropped after とき? Or is/can とき function adverbially (so that no particle need be after it, at least not necessarily)?
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The meaning of 若く in this sentence

恵子は若く美しかった。やつれてはいたが、柔らかい、優しげな雰囲気のままだった。 I'm struggling to understand how 若く is being used. Is it used like an adverb for 美しかった?
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Why are 副助詞 called "adverbial" particles?

For some context, according to wikipedia, the following serve as examples of 副助詞: Adverbial particles (副助詞, fuku-joshi) ばかり, まで, だけ, ほど, くらい, など, なり, やら Question: Why are adverbial particles (副助詞) ...
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Are (Verb+べく) combos considered to be adverbial phrases?

In sentences that involve (Verb + べく) combinations, as in: 身近な人間は(なるべく)避けたほうがいいな… As for people close to me, (as much as possible) it's best to avoid them.. (勉強すべく)図書館に行った。 I went to the library (in ...
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Understanding Obfuscated Song Lyrics in 夢うつつ - Dream

I have previously asked a question regarding what is being said in this song, but it did not follow guidelines since I was not asking anything specific. However, in consulting with my teacher on the ...
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Meaning of 途方もなくみすばらしい小屋 [closed]

その岩のてっぺんに、途方もなくみすばらしい小屋がちょこんと乗っている A preposterous, splendid shed is perched on top of that rock. (my literal TL) Perched on top of the rock was the most miserable little shack you could imagine. (...
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Turning adjective+すぎる into adverbs

Suppose I want to say "He was taken from us too soon." Could I do this by using 早い->早すぎる->早すぎて and writing the sentence this way? 彼は、私達から、早すぎて奪われました。
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How to say “I played well”?

How would you say “I played well”? I wrote よく 遊びました , which is よい (good) in the adverb form and then 遊ぶ (to play) in polite past but the translation comes out as “I played a lot”. What am i doing ...
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Placement of the adverb せめて

I'm trying to form the sentence "Could you at least call me when you get there?", and I'm unsure whether to put せめて at the beginning like せめて着いたら、電話してくれない? or in between like 着いたら、...
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Role of の and meaning in the sentence "その瞬間の自分の手に〇〇がにぎられている"

The complete sentence, although I don't think it is necessary, is the following: その瞬間の自分の手に、人類すべての運命を決定付けるような、重大なターニングポイントがにぎられているなんていうことは、分かるはずがないんた So, if the intended role of その瞬間 was to be "...
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Help with this Usage of an Adverb [duplicate]

I came across this sentence: 電話番号を新しく変えたので認証コードが届きません。 I believe it means "I changed my number to a new one, so I can't receive verification codes." My question is, how should I understand ...
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Did I say "I shall bring glory to God in all that I do." right?

I have to write a list of goals for this year for my Japanese class and one of them is "I shall bring glory to God in all things" or something of similar meaning. Using my many Japanese grammar, ...
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How to read そう in front of pronouns, nouns, and verbs?

I know そう definitions include "so, like that, such, and in such a way," and it can act demonstrative before verbs to describe whatever the verb is happening "like that." I've seen ...
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Is ながら an adverb? [closed]

Looking up into the dictionary I see that ながら is a particle, not familiar with that concept I just know that it connects to verbs and means "while" introducing a new event clause. But there ...
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Using よく with negative verbs

Would the sentence 牛肉はよく食べません。/ I don't eat beef often. be: grammatically incorrect because よく is used only in affirmative sentences? grammatically correct, but unnatural (Using あまり would be ...
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Is "まえのとおなじで" an adverb?

Sometimes I get confused on the frontier whether an expression is an adverb or not. For instance, in 政府はワインに新しく税を課した。(=the government has imposed a new tax on wine) 新しく is considered an adverb (made ...
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Does もっと act on nouns or predicates or both?

もっと本を読みなさい Read more books もっと対策をだれか考えてよ Someone think of some more countermeasures When I first learnt もっと it was in the context of modifying a predicate e.g. もっと速く = faster. So in the ...
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How to convert negated na-adjectives to adverbs?

I know when I want to use a な-adjective as an adverb then we have to use に particle instead of な. For example: 簡単{かんたん}に説明{せつめい}しました。 But I'm curious how to use negated な-adjectives as adverbs. ...
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Meaning and interpretation of とかく

In Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei second season, episode 4, the main character while discussing how humans tend to be distracted by side events, thus not paying attention the the main story, says this: ...
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Adverb modifying a noun?

I stumbled upon the following dialogue line in a game: おや、連絡かね。手早く確認が仕事の基本だよ What puzzles me is the adverbial form of 手早い being used, despite there being no verb (or any other part of speech it ...
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Meaning of に in 早くに

These constructions both have Google hits: もっと早くに言う and もっと早く言う. They seem to mean more or less the same thing. But what exactly does this に mean and when can we use に after an adverb? I don't think ...
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Use of だけ or だけで in imperative sentences

I have seen many examples here, here and here of the use of だけ and だけで. But I am not sure if it can be used in an imperative sentence such as "Only read the text (and do not respond to the ...
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Is there a conjunctive that's roughly equivalent to "in that case" or "if so"?

Say for example I want to say something like レストランに行きたいですか?行きたかったら、私は予約をしておきますよ。 It feels cumbersome to me to have to repeat the verb 行くin the second sentence. Is there a conjunctive that I should ...
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What role is 一面 playing in "床は一面血まみれだった"?

The sentence 床は一面血まみれだった。 apparently translates to The floor was covered with blood. Question: What role is 一面 playing in this sentence? It seems to me that if we omitted that word entirely, the ...
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Difference between 同じ and 同じく(い)

For example: あっ!お金欲しいな! A: 同じです (I said) B: 同じくです (A native Japanese speaker said) The 終止形 of 同じく is 同じい, but it seems they have the same meaning Is there any difference between them, anything makes A ...
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初めて聞いた時はどうしてもうまく理解できなかった - What is どうしても contributing?

初めて聞いた時はどうしてもうまく理解できなかった What meaning does どうしても add?
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How does reduplication of words work in Japanese?

Recently I've heard words like ただただ and ゆっくりゆっくり showing up. I guessed that saying adverbs one more time over again puts more emphasis on them, but I'm not at all sure if that's true. (Always means ...
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Is the に in 以上に mandatory in the following context?

I came across the following sentence in a text about 俳句 (emphasis, translation and words in square brackets mine): 携帯電話で俳句を送り合って遊ぶ若者もいますし、外国人が日本人以上にすばらしい俳句を表現することもあります。 There are youngsters who play ...

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