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複合動詞. A compound functioning as a single verb.

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Compound verb with きれる

In the sentence: 田中さんは諦めきれなかった。 what is the function/meaning of きれる? I assume the sentence means "Tanaka didn't give up", but how does it differ from 諦めなかった?
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How to use verb stem+始める?

I know you use verb stem+始める when you want to indicate that something started, so would this sentence be correct? 特にゲームをする始めます。
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When to use ます-stem + かかる

Watching a drama I came across the sentence 犯人は背後から女性に近づき、殴りかかった。 I would have translated it like: The perpetrator came up from behind and hit the woman. Unfortunately I am not to confident ...
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気力がつきかけていた: What meaning does かける have here? And which つき is this? [duplicate]

頭のどこかで諦めてしまっている。体に力が入らず、何より気力がつきかけていた。 I'm not sure how to interpret the meaning of かける in this sentence. What meaning does it have here? Also, is this つき 尽き or 付き?
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In what contexts can "始{はじ}める" be an intransitive verb?

"始める" is transitive while "始まる" is its intransitive form. In a textbook, I discovered: (1) 知らないうちに、雨が降り始めていた。 (2) 明治時代の初め、日本は急速に近代化しつつあった。 (3) パーティをやっている最中に、急に雨が降り出した。 In each of those ...
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What does the word 「なりそこなった」 mean?

Here is the sentence including the word. 自分がチャンピオンになりそこなったもんだから このおれにゆめをたくそうってわけだな。
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Struggling to parse last section of 「あんた 子どもたちを 森へ すててきておくれ」

The sentence is from a Japanese telling of Hansel and Gretel and I know enough to read it as "Leave your children in the forest before it is too late." What I don't understand here is how すてる has ...
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Are there verbs that simply cannot work alone under any circumstances?

Some verbs, like 過ぎる can be added to the stem of other verbs to alter the meaning, (食べる>食べ過ぎる), can 過ぎる be used alone in specific circumstances? Are there verbs which are either grammatically ...
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Compound verb in Japanese; verb(te form)+verb vs verb(masu stem form)+verb

I have seen two type of compound verbs in Japanese, in one type the first verb is used in its "te form", in the second type the first verb is used in the "masu stem form". What difference does the ...
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Verb + うる form. What is this?

Can't really understand this form: I've seen already this form with 考える and translated it like this: 考えうることだ - conceivable (possible) However how do you translate with other verbs? is this some ...
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Can 複合動詞{ふくごうどうし} ever not have [送]{おく}り[仮名]{がな} placed between the 2 kanji?

Can 複合動詞{ふくごうどうし} ever not have [送]{おく}り[仮名]{がな} placed between the 2 kanji in the compound verb?
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Semantic meaning of 出 in 出会う, 出来る, etc

There seems to be many Japanese verbs that are mysteriously compounded with 出る, like 出来る and 出会う. What is the actual semantic role of the 出? I'm especially curious about the difference between 会う and ...
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