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Meaning of んでしょう in this context?

In the sentence 「なんて優しいんでしょう!」what is the purpose of adding んでしょう?
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Question about switching formality in a conversation

In case I am talking with someone using the informal form but we are not close friends yet (perhaps a close acquaintance or someone I'm chatting with online) and I want to ask him a personal question (...
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のもさーこう, イロイロ and other considerations

I have the following line (separated as it's divided into word bubbles): 今日のもさーこう…理由がないと呼び方とかイロイロ 悩んで悩んで逃げちまうからなんだよねぇ They are talking about a girl that was adopted into a familly and about ...
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Japanese concepts of formality and politeness (with a close passage)

Here is a test passage I came across that made me suspect that my perceptions of formality and politeness were wrong. In this passage, we are required to select the options we think are correct (...
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what does なってしもう mean?

うち、あんたなしじゃあ生きていかれへん体になってしもうたんや。 My unsure translation: "House (うち), I become(なってしもう??) a body(体) who can't go on living(生きていかれへん) without you(あんたなし)". whats going on with the なってしもう? Is it a casual/...
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What does 上 mean here?

ずるいずりい、うちのほうが上やったのに上やったのに Taking 「やった」 as 関西弁の「だった」, does this basically mean: [Not fair! I was above you.. I was above you...] or does わたしは「X」のほうが上です。 have another meaning?
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Best way to simply ask “how often do you”

Seems like a very simple question, but Im not sure of the best way to ask this conversationally.My understanding is if your asking over a specific period like a week or month, and taking "buy that" as ...
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How do you say “Are you sure?”

Lets say you ask someone 元気, and they reply 元気, but their facial expression and body language says somethings wrong. In this scenario what would the Japanese equivalent be to asking "Are you sure?" or ...
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Is “うん” really used to mean “You're welcome” by children?

In a book about Japanese manners for children (written in Japanese) there is a section which has basic "言葉のマナー", and two versions of several phrases: normal and more polite. It says that in response ...
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いいことですね vs. いいですね

Is there a difference between these two responses? いいことですね。 and いいですね。 Examples: A: 日本語のために、毎日日本語のラジオを聞いています。 B: 勉強のためですか。いいことですね。 A: 週末は大阪に行くんです。 B: そうですか。それはいいですね。
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かかれ as used in the expression「ナメてかかれ」

I am trying to obtain a full understanding of the below line of dialog: 「とっ、ともかく、明日までにはきちんと用意しておくので、百瀬さんは軽い気持ちで来てください。あ、決してナメてかかれというわけではなく……」 The only tricky part to me is ”ナメてかかれ”, for which I ...