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コロケーション. Words that appear together more often than chance would predict, sometimes with idiomatic meaning or usage.

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Which reading of 通って is correct in this sentence?

Question Part 1: Which reading of 通って is correct in this sentence? もっともっと学校【がっこう】に通【??】って、絵【え】を勉強【べんきょう】したかった I wanted to go to school more and study painting. https://www.yomiuri.co.jp/kyoiku/kyoiku/...
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Explain the meaning of “いくら...とはいえ”

I encounter “いくら” in combination with “とはいえ” so often that I'm fairly certain these have some kind of fixed meaning together but I can find very little about it on the internet and all I can find is ...
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Does one read 行【い】った or 行【おこな】った?

In this sentence... 彼【かれ】の挙動【きょどう】がおかしいので警官【けいかん】がつけて行【い】った The policeman followed him because of his suspicious behavior. https://dictionary.goo.ne.jp/word/en/挙動#je-18506 ...does the verb mean "...
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Interpretations of “〜てよかった”

I had always though “。。。〜てよかった” can both mean “I'm glad that ...” and “I wish it were that ...” depending on context but I've recently been told that my understanding is wrong and it can never mean ...
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Confusing 行く【いく】<to go> and 行う【おこなう】<to do>

Sometimes I have trouble deciding whether to read 行く【いく】 or 行う【おこなう】 since both have the same て-form, 行って such as in this sentence 筆者【ひっしゃ】がときどき出勤前【しゅっきんまえ】にモーニングを食【た】べに行【い】っていた店【みせ】だ It was a place ...
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sentence final を?

I found numerous answers to the question... Does the particle "を" (wo) have a special use when at the end of a sentence? One comment says: It's like Japanese color-by-numbers: the outline is ...
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Is the reading 缶【かん】の縁【えん】correct?

Is the reading 缶【かん】の縁【えん】 correct? 缶【かん】の縁【えん】でけがをしないように気【き】を付【つ】けてください Be careful not to injure yourself on the rim of the can. https://www.bosai-nippon.com/article/4242?paged=2 I also found 縁【ふち】 ...
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Is the phrase 他【ほか】を利【り】する ambiguous?

Is the phrase 他【ほか】を利【り】する ambiguous? I found it here: https://dictionary.goo.ne.jp/word/en/他/#je-44494 他【ほか】を利【り】する benefit others Could this example also mean exploit others?
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Is 包囲に出てくる a fixed collocation?

Imagine if a soldier broke out of an encirclement and retreated away. Should enemies still use 包囲に出てくる instead of 包囲に出て行く?
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Why doesn't 「毎日学校に行ってきます」work?

This question stemmed from comments under another Q&A where @Chocolate points out that「毎日学校に行ってきます」doesn't work but 「今から学校に行ってきます」is fine. But I am still not quite sure why it doesn't work? When ...
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「まだ要る」いけません?なぜですか?

俺の本まだ要るの?返せよ! こういう感じで言いたいですけど。なんていうか、違和感?なんとなく、変な感じの気がします。「~がまだいる」は聞いたことない気がします。それ、言わないじゃないですか。 その本はまだ必要です というのはもっとナチュラルそうですけど。これは何故ですか。「まだいる」は正しいですか?じゃないと、"Do you still need that?"...
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Collocation for getting a dental filling

I wanted to tell a friend about a time when I had to get a dental filling. My instinct was to use 受ける or もらう, but Google tells me this is incorrect. Would I simply say: 去年、歯が詰め物した。 or perhaps ...
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Meaning of 意識を刈りとる

Context: in a manga a man is explaining the rope-a-dope boxing technique (see wikipedia) and he uses these words: ロープに体を沈めて相手の攻撃をかわし更にカウンター。予期しない反撃ならいくら打たれ強くても意識を刈りとることができる。 The meaning of the ...
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Meaning of 尖った道

What is the meaning of this expression? I know 尖った is an adjective that means "pointed, sharp", but I don't understand what a "pointed road" could be. I tried to google it but I only got 8 results, ...
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Can その程度 be used for a high degree or with a positive connotation?

Recently I have heard that the collocation その程度【ていど】 always implies a low degree, or rather a degree or level of something the speaker or author feels is insufficient or too low. For example: ...
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Different kanji forms for "みる"

Wiktionary lists a couple of different kanji words that are verbs pronounced "みる", some but maybe not all of which are associated with looking at something in one form or another. What's the ...
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Is either 霊験 or あらたか used outside the phrase 霊験あらたか?

Is either 霊験【れいげん】 or あらたか used outside of the phrase 霊験【れいげん】あらたか "miraculous"? (I believe れいけん is also a possible reading of 霊験?) The goo辞書 entry for あらたか has 「霊験―な神」 as its example phrase, and the ...
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What words most commonly follow どういう?

Which words most commonly follow どういう? I know certain collocations already, such as どういうこと and どういう意味. But my speech isn't always very natural-sounding, and I'm curious if there are any common ...
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