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What does「電車に乗ってたらなんだっていうんだろね」mean in this context?

For context, in the light novel Hige wo Soru, Soshite Joshikousei wo Hirou's chapter 12: the main character Yoshida leaves for work and his friend Sayu is left alone at their apartment. He's thought ...
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Meaning of “のであり” in the sentence

Having translated a book dedicated to economy, I found out a bit unclear sentence for me. Could you please explain that? その手間が面倒な人がペットボトルのお茶を買うのであり、そう考えると、私たちはお茶そのものを買っているというよりは、「...
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How to understand 「僕は誰より彼女が好きなんだ。」

I don't understand 「僕は誰より彼女が好きなんだ。」. I guess 好きなんだ means love, but なん means not. Can anyone help me?
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Nominalisation with の and こと and listing with の中で

の and こと are used to transform verbs (or sentences ended in verbs) in nouns (e.g. 氷菓をたべるのが好きです). However, I cannot understand what are the differences between the two, if any. Example -> ...
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Conjugated word + んだ vs nonconjugated word + conjugated んだ

Suppose I have a verb/adjective/noun, let's say 無理, and I add (な)んだ to it as an explanatory sentence-ending particle. What would be the difference in nuance between the following two conjugated ...
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Whats the difference between なんで日本語を話せますか vs なんで日本語を話せるのですか

What I understand is that the の is used when an explanatory tone is needed, but is there anything fundamentally different with these statments and which is used when?
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なんだけど Meaning and grammar patterns [duplicate]

I would like to know what (なんだけど / なんですが) means? I think these two forms are the same, but when I asked in class their meaning, I was told that they mean nothing, so I'm kinda confused. For example, ...
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のだ vs. similar constructions

I've read a number of questions on here regarding のだ, but what I'm looking for in this question is the nuance のだ imparts to a sentence as compared to when a similar construction is used. There are two ...
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Are のだぞ、のさ、のだ grammatically wrong?

I've been told の is formal, thus のです is grammatically right. Yet, のだ is not. Only んだ would be correct. Therefore, 「んだぜ、んさ、んだぞ、んぜ、んぞ」 are correct and 「のだぜ、のだぞ、のさ、のぜ、のぞ」 are not. Do you agree? Why or ...
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What is the meaning of ~んです/~のだ/etc?

This sentence ending has started to creep up more and more in my current Japanese classes, and I'm still a bit unsure what all it can mean, how to use it, or even when I should think to use it. My ...