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文法. A collective term for syntax (the way sentences are put together) and morphology (forms of words, including the way new words are put together). Often used to describe function words such as particles, to describe word endings, and to talk about general sentence structure.

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How/Why is 皆 (みんな) used as an adverb?

What I understand about an "adverb" is that it modifies a verb. E.g. in 遅く走ります, 遅く is an adverb because it modifies the verb 走ります. It "describes" how I run (slowly). Now back to 皆.....
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Meaning of ということ / っていうこと in this context

''これは認めたってことでいいですか?'' Need some help understanding the concept of ''ということ''. I've always been vaguely confused by it and would like an explanation to what it means here if possible. Tried searching ...
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Grammar analysis of adverb inbetween relative clause and modified noun

What I mean with the title are these types of relative clauses: 寝る少し前 雨の止むまさにその切れ間 少し and まさに seem to be modifying 前 and 切れ間, respectively, which at first glance seems unusual for adverbs. How can ...
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How to use こと (verb nominalizer)

From what I understand, "こと", being a verb nominalizer, changes a VERB into a NOUN which roughly means "the act/experience of doing the VERB". So: "What do you like to eat?&...
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Can 〜とか〜とか and “〜たり〜る” also be used to have the first items be examples of the last?

What I mean with that is that I can vaguely recall at one point having read that one can say say “「スパイダーマン」とか「スーパーマン」とか漫画が好き” to mean “I like comic books such as Spider-Man and Super Man,” rather than ...
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Asking a question using ですか vs の

I see the following sentence in a language learning app: 背中が痛いの? which it translated to Does your back hurt? But from what I learnt so far, we can also say 背中が痛いですか?, no? What's the difference between ...
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Using 何 to mean "many"?

I have doubts with the meaning of 何十回何百回 in this panel from Kakegurui chapter 4: This sentence doesn't look like a question to me, so it doesn't make sense to interpret it as "how many tens of ...
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Does それぞれ~ごとに make sense?

From the definition of 相撲部屋 from 三省堂 すもうべや[相撲部屋]⦅名⦆ 〘すもう〙年寄(としより)が経営する、それぞれの集団ごとに所属する、力士の組織。部屋。 I am not sure if それぞれ is redundant since ごとに is already used. Is it an example of 重複表現? I am still ...
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Understanding the definition for 講座

I have trouble making sense of the definition for 講座: こう‐ざ【講座】(カウ━)〘名〙 ❶ 大学で、学科ごとに教授・准教授・講師などを配した研究・教育のための組織。また、それに基づいて行われる講義。 I am unsure how to understand 学科ごとに. There are two ways I can read the ...
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Understanding [person]+相手に

I encountered two examples of [person]+相手に: Boruto Blue Vortex ch. 11: She is Beautiful ch. 42: I wonder how [person]+相手に is grammatically understood. Is it [person]の相手に or [person]を相手に(して)? I ...
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For the まで・から time based meanings of てくる and ていく , are they grammatically required? If not, how do the meanings change?

Given these grammar point example sentences: <現在から未来へ> これからは一緒に生きていこう。 これからも頑張っていきましょう! <過去から現在まで> これまで会社員としてずっと生きてきた。 10年間頑張ってきたバレエをやめた。 What would change if I instead said: これからは一緒に生きよう。 ...
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Difference between future use of てくる・なってくる vs base form・なる for state change verbs

For example, imagine a doctor saying: 医者:すぐによくなってくるでしょう。 How would this be different from simply saying 医者:すぐによくなるでしょう。 Similarly, if someone said 寒くなってくる季節。 How is this different from 寒くなる季節。 Or for ...
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Can どのぐらい or どれぐらい mean "how often"?

A language learning app that I use translates どのぐらい運動しますか? as how often do you exercise? But a few other sources I looked up do not list how often as a possible translation of どのぐらい Also, Google ...
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Are 自分で来ました and 自分で来た grammatical?

Are 自分で来ました and 自分で来た grammatical? From my understanding, 自分で means "by oneself, relying only on oneself, without any help coming from others" while 一人で is a more neutral term meaning "...
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Meaning of でも in もちろん別のニュース番組でも

I am uncertain about the meaning of でも in もちろん別のニュース番組でも. I am pretty sure that this is an incomplete sentence but I am not sure what should come after でも. My intuition tells me that it should be ...
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What is the grammatical relation between こそこそしたN and 汚れたN? [duplicate]

The two in the title, こそこそした, and 汚れた, are not necessarily related words, but are grammatically used in a similar way. For example, in both cases I technically can say: こそこそしている男, Sneaky Boy 汚れている男, ...
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Understanding そうまでして光里のことを思い出してほしくないのかと自分で自分に呆れる

This is the first few entries of a diary written by 清香, who is taking care of くるみ. She purposefully let herself to lose her memory every day for some reason and to make up for it, she writes a diary. ...
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What does に mean in 口止め料にこうして色々やらせてもらってる [duplicate]

I am uncertain about the function of に in this sentence: 口止め料にこうして色々やらせてもらってるし I think this に indicates a reason. So, 口止め料に mean "because I receive hush money"? (Source: she is beautiful ...
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Understanding いつもは隠してあるわよ

I have difficulty making sense of いつもは隠してあるわよ in the below panel. From a grammatical perspective, it is odd to me to mix an adverb いつもは with a verb that describes a resultative state 隠してある. I assume ...
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わかい とき and 子ども の とき. Why there are の after こども and not after わかい?

"わかい" とき、あまり べんきょうしませんでした。 "こどもの" とき、よく かわ で およぎました。 I know before とき any noun will marked by の and an adjective will marked by nothing(な adj will marked な). if わかい is an ...
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The use of たり here is unclear to me, please explain to me! [duplicate]

A quote taken from 女王の教室ドラマ. It is said that 「いつまで経っても、何にも気づいたりしません。」 What is the use of たり here? I don’t understand… I couldn't wrap my mind about this. Thanks in advance
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ように vs と in delineating quotation

I'm trying to write some practice sentences and I've come across a bit of a dilemma; I can't decide which clause conveys my meaning accurately. I am trying to say "I realized I liked playing ...
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Does Xと同じ and Xも同じ mean the same thing?

It seems to me that there is no difference in meaning between Xと同じ and Xも同じ. They both translate to "same as X" is that right? Are there any situations when Xも同じ is understood as "X is ...
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Plain + Masu Form Implication

In the Japanese version of Deltarune, the character Spamton speaks in the manner of your typical overzealous slimeball salesman, but also makes heavy use of corruptions that only work in text「DIEすき」 ...
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Understanding this particular usage of たり

For a bit of context, 清香 has been looking after a patient in a coma. Occasionally, she would converse with her even though she was in unconscious state. I am uncertain how this sentence is understood:...
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What does っつぅ mean?

example sentences (from wind breaker anime): 食べるものっつぅよりこうやってみんなでワイワイしながら食べることが好きなんだよ 俺がてっぺんだっつぅこととなんの関係もない simple sentences despite the fact I've never seen っつぅbefore. It feels similar to って but its ...
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Is the "ぐらい" always needed in "どのぐらいかかりますか?"

The examples that I see regarding asking how long something (e.g. a train ride) takes always translates to "どのぐらいかかりますか?". But from what I understand, "ぐらい" means "about (how ...
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Can は function like など?

There is one sentence in the below page I am uncertain with: 成長カプセルはともかく記憶力プセルはほとんど完成までこぎつけたものが入っているし Based on my understanding もの refers to 力プセル. In that case, I think は means など because 記憶力プセル is ...
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そんな VS その - category VS specific

そんな is often translated in bilingual dictionaries (such as jisho) with expressions along the lines of "such, that sort of, that kind of". This suggests to me that そんな literally refers to ...
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What is もの in 持ってるって今まで知らなかったものなら?

I have doubts with もの in this sentence 持ってるって今まで知らなかったものなら. There are two possible interpretations for this もの: Object for 持ってる Part of ものなら construction I think two is likely because the hidden ...
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Use of 何 in constructs like 何者にもなれない

This recent answer reminded me of a quote from the anime Mawaru Penguindrum: きっと何者にもなれないお前たち。 You who are surely unable to become somebody (literal TL) Is there any significant difference between ...
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Does 誰と mean 誰とも?

There is one sentence I am confused with in the below panel: だから気に入らない、誰とつるむでもなく孤高を気取って表面上明るく接して上手くやれてると思ってるアイツが I am bit confused about the use of 誰と. I think it is supposed to be 誰とも. Is it a typo?...
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What does てほしい here mean?

でも騙されてはいけない。やつはわたしの三倍ぐらい素行不良だ。そういうところは出 席日数で判断し (てほしい) 。 What does てほしい here mean? It was translated as "If you wanted" in a fan translation but I don't understand why.
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ということとか VS こととか

In the following extract, is there a reason why っていうこととか is used for the first circumstance, while simply こととか is used for the second circumstance? [...] そういう色々制限は、コロナの人は増えたけど、前よりも制限が少なくなってますね。ま、これも、...
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Can “〜といい” also indicate permission similar to “〜ていい”

Both monolingual and English resources on “〜といい” indicate it means “should” or “hope that” similar to “〜たほうがいい” but I often see sentences like say “何でも好きなものを注文するといい” where it seems to not so much ...
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What does masu + そな mean?

In the song "World's End Dancehall" by wowaka, there is a line that goes: パッとフラッと消えちゃいそな I can, from what I know, translate this as (We) suddenly, by chance, completely disappear, but this ...
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what's the difference between 居る and 要る

In a sentence like "彼氏がいる" in spoken dialogue, I can't differentiate between "I need a boyfriend" and "I have a boyfriend". I'm thinking that 要る can't be used for people, ...
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Understanding 最後に咥えて人の煙で吸った気になりたいから

He got diagnosed with lung cancer and he is not allowed to smoke anymore. He meets up with his smoking buddy for the last time. I am not sure what he meant by 最後に咥えて人の煙で吸った気になりたいから. He will put a ...
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Breaking down 岬波の英語の音読女子が載せてバズったやつ

I have difficulty trying to make sense of the dialogue below: (The one with blond hair is 天神岬波.) There is one sentence I am uncertain: 岬波の英語の音読女子が載せてバズったやつ It is hard to make sense of the structure ...
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Can くらい mark subject?

A salaryman was very tired and fell asleep beside 田山さん. On the next day, he recalled what happened yesterday and said 田山さんの前で寝るくらいヤバかったんだ I initially interpreted this くらい as ほど and it means "(...
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Is 好きじゃねえな人 correct?

would 好きじゃねえな人 be grammatically correct for "people I don't like"? or does it have to be 嫌いな人?
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Why is the answer だけは preferrable to 限り in the following exercise?

I came accross the following multiple choice question in my Japanese textbook: 母に(  )どうしても本当のことを言わないといけないと思う。 The possible answers are: 限り ばかり 限って だけは I chose 1. 限り, because I thought that に限り can ...
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Understanding 浮気とか以前にその行動はよくないかと

The below short dialogue is about whether going to 合コン is considered cheating or not: A: ねえ、合コンは浮気だと思う? B: う~ん…浮気とか以前にその行動はよくないかと I have doubts on how to parse 浮気とか以前にその行動. It seems like とか has the ...
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東北地方で「だっけ」という表現

東北地方で「そうだっけ」とか「たのしかったっけ」の語尾の「だっけ」や「け」はどういう意味ですか。
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や as an if statement

Is this a colloquial use of や listing particle as an if statement or is this another grammar?
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Understanding 連れていかれそう

In this panel, a guy is talking about how having a girlfriend is impossible and his friends agree. I might be overthinking but I am uncertain with 初デートでアニメイト連れていかれそう part, especially the use of ...
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Is it weird linking four verbs together?

As I was thinking some mock conversations I tought the next phrase: この漫画は友達が日本に行って買って来てくれた Does it get confusing, weird or unnatural linking four verbs like that? (I can't remember hearing/reading ...
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する時 referring to one-time actions/events in progress

It is usually said that する時 refers to the time before the action begins, while した時 refers to the time after the action is concluded. For example: 日本に着いたとき、すぐにWi-Fi使えるかな? The person is referring to the ...
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Usage of あたり to mean “the fact that” [duplicate]

I can kind of guess what it’s trying to say from context, it seems to mean something like “the fact that”; but I can’t seem to find formal explanation in my grammar books to explain this usage of あたり, ...
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what does たし mean here? [duplicate]

In the sentence その一味の船長の首に賞金をかけられたし! I'm thinking it is the archaic form of たい but i'm not sure
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