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複合語. Words formed by putting two or more words or other elements together.

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Does 〜ようにする mean both 'make sure' and 'try'? (Grammar reference clarification)

On pg554 of Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar, it says that [sic] 〜ようにする (to try to ~) is an idiomatic use of 〜ように (so that ~). However, pg562 gives the meaning 〜ようにする (to make sure that ~). It ...
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How to unambiguously express, as noun constructs, "dependent" and "dependee"?

"dependent": the thing that depends on another "dependee": the thing that is depended upon I was thinking 「依存しているもの」 and 「依存されているもの」. While 「依存されているもの」 probably works to ...
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Negation in a verbてverbてはならない/いけない compound

I saw this sample sentence while looking up 乗せる on a dictionary: バスが乗客を乗せたり降ろしたりしているときは注意して通らなくてはならない。 While a bus is loading and unloading, you must be very careful passing it. What I do not ...
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Meaning of 繋ぎ合う

I'm currently translating the Japanese versions of some Final Fantasy songs. I found the compound verb "繋ぎ合えた" in the song "Yakusoku no Basho" from FFXIII-2 as a relative clause, ...
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