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Formal versus informal usage. In Japanese this can include, among other things, different endings and even entirely different words.

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How common is こちらこそ used? Is it considered very formal?

If i meet a friend's friend and he/she says よろしくお願いします, would people usually say こちらこそ? I saw this in the NHK japanese lesson page and was wondering if this is considered very formal and weird if i ...
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Omitting the する after a する verb in formal writing

In reading several Japanese websites detailing how to write a Japanese resume, I ran across a pattern I found curious. There would be a sentence ending in a する verb used as a verb (i.e. with particles ...
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How to contact again someone who did not reply to my previous mail?

It's a little bit awkward but I would like to know how I could contact again someone who didn't reply yet to my email ? It's been almost 2 month since I sent some questions in Japanese to a Tokyo ...
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explanation verbs form 座る 座って 座り

Hi may I ask for explanation of the following, I read here form verb 座る (sit) and polite form 掛ける for form Please sit down there is this forms 座る -> 座れ (very rude) -> 座って (better form) -> 座ってください (...
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Combining multiple verbs

I work in a hotel and I was asking a coworker if we are permitted to drink the coffee in a certain location near the desk. I am trying to be formal with this request. I asked "Are we allowed to take ...
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Do people only end sentences with ように after the -ます form?

Someone left a comment on the answer to this ending sentences with ように question saying that it only works with the -ます form. I tried looking up (どうか)~ように。sentences and all the ones I found were in ...
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