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About the construction 大好きな彼女

This construction felt very weird to me: 大好きな彼女 I saw it here: https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x3vupgr I thought that normally, you would construct that type of sentence like this: 彼女を大好きな ...
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How do I express “I'm better at doing X than Y”

How would I form the phrase, "I'm better at understanding (spoken) Japanese than speaking it," both casually and politely? Like this?: 私は日本語{にほんご}を聞いて{きいて}分かる{わかる}のほうが話す{はなす}のよりいいです。 ...
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How to properly denote a nuance between comparing choices [closed]

My question relates to how to create the nuance between choosing two or more methods and knowing which should be the preferred or more suitable choice. E.g. "How did you know whether to do/use 'A' ...
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長くしました: Make long or make longer?

Regarding panda viewing times at Ueno zoo: 動物園はたくさんの人に見てもらうために、シャンシャンを見ることができる時間を2時間半長くしました。 The zoo has made the time when you can see the panda two and a half hours long(er) so that lots of ...
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How do you use comparatives for Japanese adjectives?

I am currently writing a section about the Japanese writing system. I have previously stated that Japanese was originally written completely in Kanji. However, people found it very difficult. ...
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Can the ~ほうが~より pattern be used with both an い adjective and a な adjective?

In my grammar reference book the pattern is layed out like this: [高い/高かった] + ほうが + いAdjective + より... [静かな/静かだった] + ほうが + なAdjective + より... This indicates to me that I could say, for example, ...
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How to say “I think studying English is easier for Brazilians than for Japanese”

I wanna say "I think that for Brazilians, studying English is easier than it is for Japanese" I know how to make simple comparisons like お寿司の価格の方がラーメンより高い but I am having trouble coming up with ...
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Meaning of 味を増した

What is the meaning of 味を増した in the following sentence? Context: Two boxers meet after a long time, but Boxer A isn't in a good mood because is worried about his imminent qualifying match. So Boxer B ...
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How to express a comparison between two elements in two different fields

It can seem a trivial question but I am quite struggling. I would like to translate a sentence form like this one: [noun1] is more/less [adjective1] than [noun2] is [adjective2].
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More complex comparisons with より

The use of より/のほうが for comparisons seems straightforward when comparing like with like (e.g. "私の方が彼より英語が上手く話せる"). But I have trouble finding a non-clumsy way to express more complex comparisons, e.g. ...
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Questions about comparatives

I have two questions that I think are quite related regarding the interpretation of comparatives. 1. Is it necessary to include a より or a 方 expression to convey a comparative. Suppose you are having ...
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noun + verb + comparative degree + than I thought

What are the Japanese constructions to express the following English formula? noun + verb + comparative degree + than I thought E.g. Today is colder than I thought. This works better than I ...
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Understanding ”どっちがいい?”

Some questions... Does ”どっちがいい?” literally mean "which one is better?", or does it literally mean "which one is good?" but sometimes you're supposed to guess the actual meaning from the context? Can ...
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How to make comparisons like “the wider the river the easier to navigate”?

How to make comparisons like "the wider the river the easier to navigate"? I mean, how to say that because something is this way, something else is that other way? Thank you very much.
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Exact nuance between 方が、たら、えば and テ形 in this sentence

I would like to know the exact nuance between all these forms in these example sentences : そうした方がもっと可愛くなる。 : This one feels like she would become cuter if she did that (instead of something else) ...
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Verbal short form の for expressing the idea of doing a verb + のほうが / より

Okay so the のほうが / より combo is to my understanding used to say something is more than or less than in Japanese and if you add の to the short form version of a verb it the expresses the idea of doing ...
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A more colloquial way of comparing A and B than the A のほうがBよりXです pattern?

I want to say that 'A is cheaper than B'. Genki, the book, would formally suggest: A のほうがBよりやすいです.  What would be a more colloquial way to say this?
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I think it's incorrect: 小さいのより大きい方がいいです。 is it?

Somewhere I encountered the following example sentence: 小{ちい}さいのより大{おお}きい方{ほう}がいいです。 It's supposed to mean "The big (one) is better than the small (one)." If I understand correctly, より should ...
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Meaning of 日本に来られたらより理解できる

I wrote: 14、15歳だった時、僕は飛ぶことができる車を作ってみたくなったので、いろいろな自動車メーカーに興味を持った。フォルクスワーゲンとかHONDAとかビュイックとかBMWとか。「どこのメーカーのために飛べる車を作ればいいかな」と思って、僕の父に「好きな自動車メーカーは?」と聞いた。父の答えは「もちろん、TOYOTA。このメーカーの車はとても頑丈で長持ちするからね」。それで、...
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The use of particle の in positive and negative comparisons

Colour me a little confused. 1) Say I'm comparing two objects: Q: テレビと本と、どちらが好きですか? A: テレビより、本のほうが好きです。 2) Then say I'm comparing two actions: Q: テレビを見るのと、本を読むのと、どちらが好きですか? A: ...
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When to use XはYより vs XとYとどちらが……?

If I wanted to ask, Which is faster the red car or the blue car? I could phrase it as: 赤い{あかい}車{くるま}は青い{あおい}車より速い{はやい}ですか?  or 赤い{あかい}車{くるま}と青い{あおい}車とどちらが速い{はやい}ですか? But when would I use 1 (...