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When is it wrong to use んだけど for introducing a subject/adding background information?

These are two corrections (told to remove bolded) from my teacher of some of a short presentation I did on Hokkaido dialect phrases I learned about from an anime: まず、登場人物によく使われていたのは「したっけ」というものです。標準語では「...
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Casually asking whether something particular is the reason

Up until now, I've been under the impression that it's acceptable in casual texting or speech to say ○○から?? when you're asking whether ○○ is the reason for whatever the topic of conversation is. For ...
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What does んだけど mean?

I’m incredibly frustrated because I can’t get a straight answer anywhere. WHAT DOES IT MEAN? Is it contrastive, or not? In some sources, it says it is used to simply connect clauses (The first clause ...
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Why does そうなんだ have a な? [duplicate]

if I'm not mistaken, そう is 然う (an adverb) but I don't see any rules about adverbs when I look up the rules for the grammar pattern のだ. they only say that な should be added to na-adjectives/nouns, ...
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What does 嫌いなの (kirainano) mean [closed]

I know that kirai means to dislike or hate. And I know that nano can be used as a question marker at the end of a sentence. But the context of where I saw kirainano didn’t seem like it was a question. ...
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Meaning of のか in this sentence?

The sentence is this one: その音に反応したのか、わたしの耳に一つの声が届いた I kinda understand the connotation that のか has in some sentences, but I just don't understand it in this particular one.
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Explanatory form のです used in two consecutive sentences

I am learning the explanatory form のです. My book gives the example: ケーキはもうないのです。犬がぜんぶ食べたのです。 There is no more cake. That's because the dog ate everything. I don’t understand why they use the ...
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What are the grammatical roles of the two のs in the following sentence?

What are the roles of the two の particles in the following sentence? 彼はこういうのがうまいのです。
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Why is のだった used here?

士道とのデートはとても楽しい。二人で歩いているだけで、喋っているだけで、本当に時間を忘れてしまうような感覚を得ることができる。 でも、いや、だからこそ---------士道がいなくなってしまったあとの寂しさは、より強くなってしまうのだった。 Hi. I know のだった has some different usages than のだ. For example, according to ...
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Sentence meaning - 「それにしたって」, 「だったっていうんですもの」, 「で」

I'm trying to read this short story, and I can't really understand this exchange; context: a 木馬 was given to a school and put in the garden, and if I understood well it was fixed to the ground; one ...
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What does the ending to this する conjugation mean してんなぁ?

Here is my sentence なんか俺 体力低下してんなぁ meaning "I feel like I am getting weaker." 低下 means to fall/decline and it is a noun and can be used as a suru verb. It seems suru is in it's te form here, my guess ...
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What does 歩けというの mean in this song?

In the song Cry by Garnidelia there're two lines that go: ひとり どこへ 歩{ある}けというの The second line is what I don't get. I've tried looking up というの but didn't see anything about it at the end of a sentence,...
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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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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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いつもあなたの名前呼んでいるのよ 気付いてよ此処に来て

いつもあなたの名前呼んでいるのよ 気付いてよ此処に来て What is the meaning of のよ in 呼んでいるのよ? What is the function of よ in 気付いてよ此処に来て? Does this sentence mean: I have been calling your name, (so) please be noted and come ...
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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 the word たんじゃ?

It is a situation which a boy who is carrying some goods after successfully escaped from chasing by policemen. なあ...わらってたんじゃわからねえよ。
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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 ...
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