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Is として in this sentence adverbial?

I was trying to get a full understanding of this sentence's structure: 政府が学校の建設を計画しているが、遅々として進まないので、現地にあるNGO組織が学校づくりを支援している I know として as "As; In", like in 教師として, "as a teacher", but in this ...
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Which one is the correct usage for “迎えにいく”

Please tell me which one is the most correct usage of 迎えにいく 両親が国へ帰るので、空港へ迎えに行きます。 迎えに行きますから、駅に着いたら、電話してください。(The answer is this one but I do not understand why?) この荷物を郵便局へ迎えに行きます。 今年の夏休みは子供を海へ迎えにきます。 ...
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Grammar of ~がどうかは問題ない

A textbook I am reading through provided the following explanation of ~を問わず: ~がどうかは問題なく、どれにも同じことが言える。 I understand the basic idea of what this means because I've read English explanations of を問わず ...
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Research on かのように, and other よう constructs

I wanted to learn more about よう constructs, in particular the かのよう(な)(に) and かのようだ constructs, so I did some research. The following is what I've found so far. よう - a noun that can turn into a ...
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てもいいですか vs. causative verb + もらってもいいですか

電話を使わせてもらってもいいですか。 I know that causative verb form + てもらう means to let somebody do something. And てもいいですか is for asking for permission. But I don't quite understand the use of these 2 constructions ...
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Passive voice + ようにする

I came across with this problem: 彼女はその場を離れようとしなかった。 母親に手を引かれるようにしても、 何故かパイプ椅子から立ち上がろうとしなかった。? what would be the meaning of "ようにする"? My dictionary says: "ようにする. try to, make sure to" so with that ...
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How do you use ってこと

I heard in a podcast ってことは、たったままでねるってこと I think it means something like "So that means you can sleep while standing?" but I'm not sure what the ってこと is doing here. The first one I get it's ...
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からできる vs からできている

These were given as two example sentences on a site and I'm wondering if someone can explain the difference/which is right. スーパーは木曜日にミルクからできている製品のセールをするよ スーパーは木曜日にミルクからできる製品のセールをするよ
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What is the difference in using the negative て command and the negative な command? [duplicate]

Is one harsher? More common? 歌わないで! 歌うな! What is the difference in these two?
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と考えていい ending sentence meaning?

In Season 2, Episode 3 of Shingeki no Kyojin at 12:30, I encountered this sentence: その表層は硬化した皮膚で形成されていると考えていい I understand its meaning literally is: "I think that this surface is constructed by ...
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願わくばこのまま穏やかなままとはいかねぇもんだろうか meaning?

in episode 3 of Shingeki no Kyojin at 8:30, I encounter this sentence. 願わくばこのまま穏やかなままとはいかねぇもんだろうか/ Try my hardest but couldn't understand what it means, can any expert here explain the structures ...
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N+だ+というN or NというN

Is it grammatically correct to say “Noun + という + Noun”? Or I have to say “Noun + だ + という+ Noun” ? Or is it a same thing with difference in an informal/formal speech ?
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The construction with んじゃないかな

リビングが広いのはいいと思うけど、駐車場が付いてた方がいいんじゃないかな。 "Although I like it that the living room is spacious, I guess an attached parking space would be great." Do I understand the sentence right? Why is んじゃない used ...
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Which Japanese sentence is grammatically correct?

My friend and I are making sentences from English to Japanese. We are trying to turn this sentence into Japanese: I think he's 23 years old, I'm not sure however. We came up with: 思う彼は23歳。...
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Meaning and usage of: [〜か] 〜か にもよりません

There seems to be a relatively rarely used grammatical pattern consisting of either a single か clause, or a AかBか, or else Aかどうか, followed by にもよりません。 Based on the scanty examples of this that can be ...
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拈得せん in a writing by Genkaku

水中に月を捉ふ爭でか拈得せん What does 拈得せん mean there? Is some classical construction? I cant quite find an explanation for it
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う/る+ことになる construction

So, I have an exercise which has 3 sets of sentences. The 1st one is supposed to be translated using ことになる, the 2nd - using ことになった, and the 3rd - ことになっている. The construction itself is pretty ...
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to say + tara form

I am a beginner of Japanese. Currently I've been studying for 1 month already and I am still n5. I try to watch Japanese TV as much as possible even though I don't understand what most of them say ...
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Bさんといるところを評価されれば meaning

Confused of the meaning of Bさんといるところを評価されれば as it just doesn't seem to make sense translating it. For context the whole sentence is: 君と話しているときには、コミュニケーション能力が高いように見えても、Bさんといるところを評価されれば、...
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~う/ることが(は、も)ある construction

During my studies I faced a situation where I stuck with understanding this construction. My textbook said that various particles can be used there but it hasn't explained the function of each ...