Questions tagged [conjunctions]

接続詞・接続助詞. Parts of speech that connect two clauses together. This tag covers both conjunctive particles and actual conjunctions.

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けど・が with “conjugated” adjective

I came across this example about "けど": 野菜{やさい}は好{す}きじゃないだけど体{からだ}にいいから食{た}べる。 This example feels wrong to me because the "だ" before "けど" doesn't have to be there; ...
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Usage of のに contrary to what I expected

The meaning of のに is "despite", "although". But in the sentence, it seems to have another role. Could you explain? Context: another character wants to join the team consisting of ...
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The different ways to translate “when”

This is more an observation on English, than Japanese, but the word "when" is used in quite a few different ways. And I've been wondering how to translate these different meanings into ...
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Meaning of してならぬ

I found this instance of してならぬ in the following passage: 養父を殺した騎士! 報仇の念が胸に猛った。 血の脈動と共に衝動が全身を駆け、目的を唯一事に定めて走り出そうとする。 そうしてならぬ理由が、何処にあろう。 そんなものは何処にも―― I'm well aware of the usage of してならない to mean "...
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How do you join たる-adjectives?

When joining い-adjectives and な-adjectives, you simply put them in 連用形 + て: この料理は美味しくて安いです。 田中さんは綺麗で親切です。 However, I have a bit of trouble with たる-adjectives. I couldn't find any resources on it. ...
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How do I introduce something new and then describe it in the same sentence?

I recently learned how to use これ, この, それ, その etc. but I was wondering how to introduce something new to someone, like これはゲームです and then adding onto that sentence to describe it (for example in English ...
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Why is 及び being used to mean “a.k.a.” in this sentence?

So this sentence in a Vtuber video (which has English and Chinese translation available) caught my interest: 今回の事件ははあちゃま及び赤井はあとがデビュー当初から秘められし能力を封印していたこと原因であり、すべてははあちゃまの責任です。 I initially went into ...
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How can I express “wearing multiple clothings” in a sentence?

Linked はく and きる or just きる? ぼうしをかぶるじょせい。 ワンピスをきるじょせい。 How can I express in Japanese the combinations of above sentences, eg: "woman that is wearing hat and onepiece" or, "woman that ...
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what does かれてた mean in 連れてかれてた [duplicate]

i was wondering what does かれた mean in 連れてかれてた. i don't really know how かれてた was conjugated and the overall meaning here is the full sentence. いつか 悩んで 奉仕部 連れてかれてた
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Conjunctions using stems, and its conjugation

While working through the Tobira textbook, I came to a grammar point Chapter 1 - #5. This stated verb stems and adverbial い-adj form could be used to combine sentences as in: 昨日は友達とレストランで晩ご飯を食べ、その後、...
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What is the difference between そして and そしたら

Both そして and そしたら translated by most dictionaries as THEN. Is there any difference in usage between these conjunctions?
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What's the difference between と思いきや and と思った

What would the difference between と思いきや and と思ったが in the following sentence: やっと富士山の頂上に着いたと_____、まだ8合目だった。 I feel that they can both translate to "I thought~" but I think there's a finer nuance ...
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How to express alternative options where the options use different verbs

I was about to answer this question when I realised I had a problem. If I want to say "Please do A or B" where the actions involve different verbs then, hopefully: 本を買うのに店に行くかインターネットを使うかどちらかしてください。...
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メアリーがアメリカに帰って悲【かな】しいです meaning

This is an example て-form sentence from bunpro where the translation is "Mary returned to the USA and I am sad." I'm wondering if this could also mean "Mary returned to the USA and she is sad" as ...
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Mixing 〜し and 〜ので in an explanation

In the Genki Chapter 13 reading section, an exchange student describes going to a restaurant with her host family and unwittingly eating turtle for the first time. Her host-father insists it is tasty. ...
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やり い-form conjunction vs て-form conjunction

From Assimil's "Japanese With Ease" volume 2, lesson 72, sentence 10. その上【うえ】一人【ひとり】で起【お】き上【あ】がれないから,そのたんびに起【お】こしてやり,半【はん】日【にち】かかって,やっとひとつの山【やま】から降【お】りられた。 その上【うえ】一人【ひとり】で起【お】き上【あ】がれないから, ...
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で at the beginning of a sentence

I hear native speakers using で or was it でー when speaking a lot at the beginning of a sentence. Judging by context, I think it translates to either "and" or "therefore" or "so" or "because of that", ...
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Can someone explain the usage of Verb+り in these sentences please

I previously practice reading beginner’s japanese book and was surprised by this verb form, the verb+り. Can someone please help explain about its usage or where I can study more about this form of ...
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Meaning of それと in this sentence [duplicate]

うちで[子供]{こども}と[お母さん]{おかあさん}が[話しています]{はなしています}。[お母さん]{おかあさん}は[何]{なに}を[買います]{かいます}か。 [男]{おとこ}:[お母さん]{おかあさん}、[今日]{きょう}は[僕]{ぼく}が[夕食]{ゆうしょく}[作る]{つくる}よ。[卵]{たまご}はあるんだよね。きゅうりとじゃがいもは? [女]{おんな}:きゅうりはある。...
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Te-form and かつ and も?

I'm reading a light novel and am stuck on a sentence. One big problem is this phrase: 優{やさ}しくて、かつ人間{にんげん}も I know that ーくて is used to connect things, and my understanding of かつ is that it's a ...
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“But”, “but also”, “yet”, and “and yet” when listing things?

How do I express these ideas in Japanese while listing things? For example, how should these sentences be translated into Japanese while carrying the same tone? He has a scary face but a heart of ...
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When to use “イ形容詞” plus “ったって”

I found the following sentences containing "形容詞語幹+い+ったって" in dictionaries 「大きいったって、それほどじゃないよ」(小学館) 「行きたいったって、先立つものがないとね」(明鏡国語辞典) and also the definition of "たって" written in 大辞林, &...
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When is it possible to use “だったって”?

I asked a Japanese friend of mine whether I can rephrase the following two sentences with the bold words: これがかの有名なマリー・アントワネットが座った椅子ったって、今見て彼女がいるわけじゃないのにね。(original) これがかの有名なマリー・アントワネットが座った椅子だって、...
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Can you separate clauses using ついて/ use a clause ending with ついて as an entire subject/topic?

Here's the sentence I've composed. すしを買うことについて、母を尋ねる。 The meaning I intend is something like, "I'll ask my mom about buying sushi," like I'm telling my friend I'll be asking her for permission to do ...
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How to link two cause–effect statements in close succession?

Take for example the following sentence, Since I didn't have time, I couldn't go, so I declined the offer. Here we have two cause–effect statements: Since I didn't have time, I couldn't go. (...
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「というのは」と「というのも」の違いは何ですか。

「というのは」と「というのも」の違いは何ですか。 また、下の文章でこの二つの接続語が交換してもいいですか。 わたしたちは感心した。というのは、桜の開花日が気象予報士の予想通りだったからだ 明日は各地とも花見客でにぎわうだろう。というのも、あしたは花見日和になりそうだからだ。 よろしくお願いします。
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Understanding of 働かせ in the sentence below

I came across the following sentence: 4000万円までは借金を膨らませて働かせ、5000万円になると自殺するのでそれ以上の借金はさせない How 働かせ is understood in this context? It looks like an imperative form of 働かす, but the imperative form over ...
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い adjective + くて + verb

I encountered this sentence: おなかがいたくてたべられません and got confused with くて. Isn't it used for adding いadjectives? Why is it followed by a verb in the example given? Can I use いたく instead? How will it ...
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Soredewa versus Sorekara

Read the following please: ... このホテルはどちらもありません。それから、冷蔵庫もエアコンもありません。このホテルは便利ではありませんでしたが、山や湖で色々なことができました。 Can それでは be used in place of それから in the sentence above (both mean "then")? By the way, ...
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Is the use of 後で fading from usage in Japanese?

When first studying Japanese, I learned that "after" in Japanese is 後で. But asking around and looking at regular usage, a lot of Japanese will tell me a sentence like the following is slightly ...
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JLPT sentence order section [duplicate]

I keep on trying this type of jlpt questions and I keep on failing. Do you have any recommendation on what to read or what to review? An example question that I answered wrong is : れいぞうこにくだもの__ * ...
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ながら sentence sample clarification

Sample sentences from A Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar page 270: A: ちょっと話がしたいんですが。 B: じゃ、コーヒーを飲みながら話しましょう。 C: じゃ、話しながらコーヒーを飲みましょう。 It states that B is an acceptable response to A but C is not, ...
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Meaning of 然 in conjunctions and other grammatical words

Here are a few grammatical words that use 然 according to jisho.org: 然し(しかし) however; but 然して(そして) and; and then; thus; and now; and finally 然うして(そうして) and; like ...
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Use of ~ても but what follows ~ is obvious rather than contrary to expectations

The gist of my question is that for the following statements, the ~ても feels out of place. More specifically, it almost feels absurd to make the exasperated "even if/although" statement in ...
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Do Japanese use commas or “and”? [duplicate]

In English when we have sentences like I ate an apple, pear and orange we use a comma to separate the words in a list instead of constantly using "and". Does one use commas in Japanese in a ...
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Not using くて in i-adjective Conjunctions

I've been reading 猿蟹 from this website. I've come across a sentence that puzzles me grammatically: まだ青い固い柿の実を、蟹に投げつけました。 Here, there is a conjunction of two i-adjectives, but the writer doesn't ...
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What is the difference between 「『の』ための」, 「『の』ために」and 「に」?

I am vaguely aware of how to use 「のために」in sentences, but I have recently encountered the following sentence: 「日本語がわかるようになるには、そんな風にゴロゴロしていないで。」 Would there be any significant difference when 「に」is ...
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Can し act as replacement for て when listing a series of adjectives?

I was watching an anime and one of the characters said this: 優しいししっかりしてるし可愛いし I was a bit surprised because I was told that you should connect adjectives with て. Why is this characters using し ...
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The verb after conjugation in たり compound sentence, is still a verb? And if so, why is it despite する being the verb?

雨の日は滑ったり、転んだりする。 If する is the verb, then what is the role of the 転んだり in the grammatical sense? I understand that it is a verb which is transformed into 転んだり in a compound sentence but is it still ...
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What is the difference between でありながらも and でありながら?

On this site, I came across this JLPT N2 question: これはシンプルで _______ 純粋で魅力的なスピーチです あってながら あるながら ありながら ありながらも I chose 4 while 3 is correct. I was having difficulties choosing between 3 and 4. 1 and 2 ...
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し at the end of the sentence

I learned that shi is used to connect two or more sentences. But sometimes I hear it at the end of the sentence. What does it mean? Can you explain on these sentences? 濃くなってきちゃったら、...
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Conjunction し and particle も

I've got a big question about し and も. カロリーも少なくなるし、おなかも張ります。 Can we not use も here? Will the meaning be changed? カロリーが少なくなるし、おなかが張ります。 Why does し usually go with も? Does も add some ...
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Many Usages of the term “you ni” in conversational speech [closed]

I am having trouble in using or interpreting a sentence that uses the japanese grammatical term 'you ni". Please don't confuse it with other grammatical structures such as 'no you ni" or "you'. This ...
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What is the meaning of 「れど」 in the waka poem title 「忍ぶれど」?

「忍ぶれど」 is the title of Taira no Kanemori's waka poem in Ogura Hyakunin Isshu and I'd like to know the translation of this title in English. I already looked up the meanings and 「忍ぶ」 means to ...
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Why is し added at the end of this sentence?

A person says these phrases: 嫌ではないです(it's not disgusting) というか... (I mean...) どっちかっていうと (If I had to choose) - /I'm not sure about this translation I made here/ ...気持ちいいし (and it feels good?) I know ...
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Can the て-form be used as a た-form substitute?

I've been reading manga by myself for some time, and I've been noticing sentences where the て-form takes the role of a past tense marker (that is, the role of the た-form). At first I was letting it ...
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Why is て form used here?

友達申請をしてくださって、ありがとうございます。 =>"Thank you that you have given the favor of doing a friend request." What I expressed in my translation is something which usually gives me a lot of trouble when I try to ...
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I need help translating as I'm Confused with かのような

So I'm trying to translate a sentence that contains the following hiragana at the end of the first part: かのような and I'm not sure if its 'kano - particle' followed by 'like/similar to', or if かのような ...
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と conjunction vs. て-form conjunction?

In the Genki series of textbooks, we are taught that both the て-form of a verb and the conjunction と can join sentences. I'm slightly unclear on their semantic differences. Some examples with my best ...
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Temporal sequence conjunctions

I am currently facing an exam in beginner Japanese where I will have to describe a picture of a person's entire day. I've prepared a list of conjunctions I can use to go from event to event, but I am ...