Questions tagged [adverbs]

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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Using a く form of an い adjective with a noun

Is it possible that there just may be a verb that is being implied? The phrases are as follows (these are extracts of a song, so I've bolded the phrases in question and left the continuing lyrics as ...
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Why do many adverbs end with ず?

A quick search on jisho.org reveals that many of the first page results of words that end with a ず are adverbs. So this type of adverb is common. In fact, it's true (at least for these first page ...
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“一般の人” or “一般の な人 ” ,which the right one?

It's confuse me the usage of の and な adverb.
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Translation of 同じで in 同じで分かり合ってる

同じで分かり合ってる is a sentence in a lyrics of this song https://utaten.com/lyric/jb81104032/ Some sources translate this as “We understand each other the same” Some as “We understand each other because we ...
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Why does やすい conjugate to やすく in 分かりやすくいえば?

I was wondering how やすい becomes やすく in 分かりやすくいえば? Here is the full sentence: 分かりやすくいえば あいつらにとって葉山は友達で
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Can きっと be used as for sure?

Can きっと be used as “for sure” as in.. きっとこの状態でみんなは毎晩家でゆっくりお酒を飲んでいますね。 For sure in these circumstances everybody’s drinking every night in their house. If the grammar is wrong please let me ...
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adverbial form of an adjective to modify a noun? [duplicate]

I am learning from Japanese From Zero! online website, and came across this sentence: きょう、近くの こうえんに 行きませんか I would expected 近く to read 近い I have never seen the adverbial form of an adjective used ...
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Use of adverb with いる

I was reading an explanation online regarding the difference between いつも, いつでも and いつまでも. At the bottom of the article there was this sentence, which seems to be taken from a banner ad: ...
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When ending a sentence with an adverb, do I need to use copula?

pretty basic question, but I was curious if an adverb needs copula (like a noun, or na-adjective) or not (like an i-adjective). For example: たいへんだそう or たいへんそう ぴったり(+だ?) 私はズバズバ(+だ?)<- can i even ...
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Question about grammar, how to say “today I am returning to japan”

Today while I was self studying my Japanese textbook, I noticed this sentence which was translated roughly from "today I am returning to japan" わたしは 今日 日本 に かえります。 This seemed a bit odd to me since ...
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Is it possible to put two adverbs one after another?

In the following sentence: 本当に正直に話していいかな? I know that 本当に is an adverb which means "really" but what about 正直に? I though that it was an adverb because of the に but I don't know if one can put two ...
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Do all the い-adjectives become adverbs when you add く to them?

Do all い-adjectives become adverbs when you add く to them? For example: 新しい = 新しく 早い  = 早く But does this work with all the い-adjectives?
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What's the meaning of ともすると and かとも in this sentence?

I would like to understand the meaning and usage of those two sets of particles in here. 左の腋窩と右の脇腹に箆深く射された矢がなかったなら、 それはともすると羅馬の競技者が、 薄暮の庭樹に凭って疲れを休めている姿かとも見えた。 ともすると: I've read it works as an ...
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How does this passive sentence work?

I'm confused with this sentence. 顔はやや仰向きがち に、天の栄光をながめやる 目が、深くやすらか にみひらかれて いた。 I would like to understand how it's constructed. I think 目 is the passive subject of みひらかれて いた as が is its particle, ...
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Does the Japanese expression ''peko peko'' come from the English word ''peckish''?

I just learned that ''I'm hungry'' is : Onaka suita but can also be : Onaka peko peko I noticed that the ''peko peko'' was written in katakana. Does it come from ''peckish'' ?
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Can adverbs modify adjectives?

For instance: 昔の日本は身分の差が大きく厳しい上下関係があります。 Is 大きく modifying 厳しい? But the way I understand this sentence is in ancient Japan, there were large social divides and strict social hierarchy, which is in ...
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What is the meaning of 「ぞんぞん」?

In the following exercise, I'm asked to choose between 「どんどん」,「だんだん」 or 「ぞんぞん」to complete the sentence: 遠慮【えんりょ】しないで、____ 食【た】べてください。 Do not hesitate, eat ____ (adverb) please. I think that ...
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Does かえって処理 mean “altered process”

The following text is taken out of a novel. 「お人好しもいいですけど、hIE (インターフェース) が動いているところに手を出したら、かえって処理に負荷をかけますよ」 Kengo knew his computers and machines, though. “Best not interfere when an Interfacer is ...
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Reason for と particle after adverb さっき in sentence about something previously mentioned

I came across this sentence and I believe I understand what it is saying, but I don't understand why there is a と particle being used after さっき. Why is it not just さっき言ってる? As there is nothing that ...
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What does なんと mean here? [duplicate]

I'm reading this introduction to mahjong, and found this use of なんと I cannot match to anything in Daijisen. 1回目のツモがまったく関係ない西で、そこでローワンをアンカンしたら、なんとリンシャンからイーソウをツモ。 As I understand it, the line means ...
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The meaning of と in 未来の国からはるばると

未来の国からはるばると This is the name of the first chapter of "Doraemon" (1). What is the function of と in this case? Apparently, it's not for quoting, and it doesn't seems to mean "if/when," "with" or "...
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How are adverbs listed?

I know that nounss are listed with words like と, や, とか, and かつ, adjectives are listed with て-forms or the particle で, and that verbs and clauses are listed with the ます-stem, て-forms, and し. However, I ...
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なにも…良かったんじゃないのか? in this sentence [duplicate]

mc misread the time and thought he was late so he ran as fast as possible to school even though he had plenty of time. His friend makes fun of his frantic behavior as he entered まだ本鈴まで5分あるんだから、...
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Is there a rule to determine whether or not 「に」 should be attached after 「まま 」?

In the example sentences of my textbook for the grammar 〜まま, it is used either with 「に」 (①) or without 「に」 (②,③): In the case of ②, I understand that 「に」 is not necessary as まま is not acting as an ...
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Meaning of 全数 when talking about frequency

In an article about quality control, I found the following expression: 検査頻度: 全数 I read in the dictionary that 全数 means "total, complete". Since we are talking about frequency, I thought it could ...
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Relationship between temporal/adverbial nouns modified by relative clauses with verbs

I came across with the following sentence: 受験勉強で疲弊した深夜、グレープフルーツのへそに親指を挿入した瞬間、胸からぷしゅっと黄色の粒子が噴出した。 I was doubtful about how the sentences separated by commas were related to each other, so I asked a ...
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Making adverb form of verb + なります

I was reading an NHK article and came across this line: お金{かね}を払{はら}うとき「キャッシュレス」を利用{りよう}する人{ひと}が増{ふ}えて、現金{げんきん}をあまり使{つか}わなくなっているためです。 It comes after a line that says "This is the first time the ...
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Is there a negative form for adverbs?

So if you want to say you walk quickly you say 早く歩く. Great. Now, suppose you want to say you walk unquickly. Could you potentially say something like 早くなく歩く? The obvious answer is you simply say you ...
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What does 事前 refer to in this sentence?

What does 事前{じぜん} refer to in this sentence? その前提{ぜんてい}であれば、事前{じぜん}にテキストを確認{かくにん}しながら、お客様{きゃくさま}の環境{かんきょう}でトレーニングの準備{じゅんび}ができると思います{おもいます}。 Does it refer to: "checking the text"? -- as in ...
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そのまま and parts of speech

こんにちは、、、 私はこの文が分かりますが、文法を考えてみると、はっきり分からなくなります。 「北斗七星のひしゃくのえの部分を、そのまま曲がり具合に沿って伸ばしていきます」 二つの動詞、二つの副詞が見えます。「曲がり具合に」と「沿って」はペアです。「そのまま」は、「伸ばして」とペアになりますか? そうなら、「北斗七星のひしゃくのえの部分を、そのまま伸ばしていきます」と言ったら、...
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Can「他【ほか】に」and「それに」be used interchangeably when conveying “in addition”?

I am looking for any difference in terms of nuance, usage or frequent collocations so I can tell in what situation I should use one instead of the other. On the other hand, if the case is that the ...
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いつしか+noun , what does it mean?

In a Dragon Ball's novel, a paragraph says: しかし、いつしかサイア人は、圧倒的な力を持つコルド大王に支配されていた。 This could be? : However, an unknown sayajin was taking control of Cold Great Kind who had an overwhelming ...
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Finding a Notion for もう

I tried to find a notion for もう that combines all of its different meanings into one concept. This is what I came up with: もう shapes the entire feeling of a sentence by emphasizing change. ...
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What is the difference between 「結局【けっきょく】」and 「とうとう」?

According to the dictionary I use to study, both are adverbs and their definitions are so similar that I can't tell the difference: 結局【けっきょく】: after all; in the end; ultimately; eventually とうとう: ...
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What does むわりと mean?

I was reading something and saw the following: 小さな和室で、古い造りなので風呂とトイレは別になっている。換気があまりよくないので、白羽さんの入った後の風呂場のドアから、湿気と湯気がむわりと部屋にたちこめていた。 I can't find むわり or むわりと in any dictionaries. I'm guessing むわりと ...
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Meaning of ちゃっかり in ちゃっかり口には入れてた

I found a definition for ちゃっかり:自分の利益のために抜け目なく振る舞うさま however I'm still not quite sure of the nuance of this word example below. 「ムキィッ! カズさんだけズルイよ!みんな、僕にも『あーん』してっ?」 ジュー! ジュー! ジュー! ...
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What nouns can ながら turn into adverbs, and how does this differ from に? (残念ながら、当然ながら…)

I learned 残念ながら quite early on and simply took it at face value, but as I've gained experience in Japanese I've come to question why this piece of grammar has two seemingly unrelated uses - expressing ...
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What is 露わになる affecting in the following sentence, '才能の持ち主' (持ち主 to be specific) or '才能'?

それも生死に関わる窮地に陥って、 初めて露わになる才能の持ち主です。」 I know that 才能の持ち主 (as the の is a possessive の) can mean 'owner of talent'. Question is, what is 露わになる affecting in the above sentence, the 'talent' itself, or ...
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Meaning of 前を歩いてた人

Context: in the manga りくどう, a girl named Naeshiro is thinking over the friendship between her boyfriend Riku and a boy named Mihara. Both of them are boxers, but Mihara is older than Riku and is ...
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Meaning of すきっとした

白い十字架がたって、それはもう凍った北極の雲で鋳たといったらいいか、すきっとした金いろの円光をいただいて. From 銀河鉄道の夜. What is exactly the meaning of すきっとした. Also what is いったらいいか? Maybe らしい?
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初めてです, is '初めて' an adverb?

I saw following quotes: アメリカは初めてです。 This is my first time to America. I've learned about <n.> は <n.|adj.> です. Checking at several dictionaries, '初めて' is an adverb. Is it OK to use an ...
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Is 訴え連日通い a single word? If not, why no particles in between?

I'm reading イン. ザ. プール, where I found the following clause in one of its lines: 身体の不調を訴え連日通いつめる和雄 I roughly translated it to "Kazuo who strictly complains about his bad health on a daily basis." ...
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Does 特別に戦 mean 'special battle' or 'specially battle'?

特別に戦が神 (とくべつに いくさが かみ) I think placing に after とくべつ makes it into an adverb, right? However, I'm having a lot of trouble working out whether it means 'especially' or 'specially' or just 'special'. (...
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こんな、そんな、あんな、どんな + na-adjectives

How do they interact with each other? I know that depending on the part of speech these words may have/have no particle after them, but what about na-adjectives? Do these pronouns have any particle in ...
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Using のうちに to construct an adverb

For the full text see here. The fourth line from the bottom of the linked text is: イヤリングをつけ終わると、無意識のうちに、ドアの耳に口をよせた。 When he'd finished attaching the earring he unconsciously put his mouth to the ...
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Does あたかも only add emphasis to a sentence?

Does あたかも only add emphasis, without introducing any new meaning to a sentence? Would the sentence mean the same without it? It's translated as as if, but most sentences I find it used with already ...
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Are に and と interchangeable when used with adverbs?

Are sentences A, B, and C all correct? If not, which are incorrect and why? If they are all correct, does it mean that に and と can always be used interchangeably with adverbs? And that に and と aren't ...
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How do adverbs change when changing くれる to もらう?

Consider the following part of a sentence: 親切に教えてくれた。 Here, the subject of the sentence is the person who is the "giver". Furthermore, "親切に" is like an adverb for 教えてくれた. In English, a potential ...
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What is the correct pronunciation of 唯一

For the word (or composition of two words): 唯一, sometimes also written as: 唯一つ, Two possible pronunciations come to my mind: ゆいいつ [yuiitsu] -onyomi and ただ ひとつ [tada hitotsu] -kunyomi Which one is ...
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「ずいぶん」と「ずいぶんと」の違い

「ずいぶん」と「ずいぶんと」の違いは何ですか。 例)「まだずいぶんと時間があります。」 この例文で「ずいぶん」も使ってもいいですか。それとも、これは正しくないですか。 よろしくお願いします。

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