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Questions tagged [grammar]

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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When is である/な Needed for Certain Words?

While studying grammar I noticed that some words require using である/な when used with a noun/な-adjective respectively. I wanted to see if there was a pattern between which words required them and which ...
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Is it possible to use the 〜たい form with the particle が instead of を? [duplicate]

For example, 寿司【すし】を食【た】べたい。 寿司【すし】が食【た】べたい。 If it is possible, then what is the difference in meaning or nuance? Thank you.
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Asking informal questions with 何

how do you form informal questions with 何 and without ですか? would 何 just go at the end? 「あなたの大好きな季節何?」 and is it appropriate to leave off です or だ with な adjectives and nouns? i’ve seen 〜なの?used, but ...
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Help with grammar of this sentence

I'm not sure about some aspects of the grammar in this sentence: 総会のあと、公明党大阪府本部の佐藤代表は、記者団に対し、都構想そのものへの賛否は白紙だとしたうえで、「法定協議会が再開されれば、いい協定書を作れるよう前向きに協力していくというのがわれわれのスタンスだ」と述べました。 Here is my attempted ...
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Using 何 with the general counter ~つ

Is there a way to use 何 with the general counter ~つ to ask "how many..." in the same vein as in sentences like "何歳ですか。" or "本は何冊買いましたか。"? If not, how do you ask something like "How many ideas do you ...
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Can you answer the question 何を飲みますか? with 水です。?

It doesn’t seem that natural, as 水です seems to mean “It is water”, rather than a shorter form of 水を飲みます.
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What is the purpose of the か in this sentence?

「僕達はあなたがどれほど頑張っているか心配です」 I know that 「か」in the middle of a sentence can be used for embedded questions or as "or," but I don't see any of that here.
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How is Volitional + と used in these sentences?

In these sentences, I don't understand this particular use of volitional + と. It seems that it's interchangeable with ように or ために in these cases. But I've never seen Volitional + と used like this. ...
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What does か at the end of the headline signify? [duplicate]

米追加関税第4弾 3805品目対象、スマホも 措置発動は6月下旬以降か I understand this as, "The USA has added additional tarrif/tax on 3805 articles/products (according to bullet point 4), which includes smartphones. To be put into ...
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Help understanding this line - usage of くれる

I'm a bit confused when trying to understand the second line in the below. To add a bit of context to help, the main character has traveled back in time, so that he can stop something bad from ...
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Expressing “to” - stuff to do, a movie to see, etc

how would this use of “to” be expressed in japanese? There are three new movies to see at the theater! We have more food to eat.
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Using ダメ with なくては?

I read that しなくてはダメ means “to have to do something” but someone said ダメ cannot be used with なくては to mean “have to”. I get different answers from different sources, both being Japanese speakers. What ...
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What does らん in 「強からん事を祈る」 mean?

I came across this sentence while reading Osamu Dazai's Ningen Shikkaku. The sentence is pretty long, so I have only included the relevant part. あまりに人間を恐怖している人たちは、かえって、もっともっと、...
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How to say phrases “Can you repeat that” and “can we go to the next question”?

I have a speaking exam coming up and I'm feeling mostly prepared, but after there's an unprepared conversation part which we're also graded on. It's with my teacher but luckily keigo isn't necessary. ...
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Function of と in Xと人気になる

青森県鰺ヶ沢町の店にいる雄の犬の「わさお」は、10年前にインターネットで紹介されて、ライオンのように長い毛と小さな目がかわいいと人気になりました。 Wasao, a male dog in a shop in xxx was shown on the internet ten years ago and, with cute lion-like fur and small eyes, ...
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Saying “I don’t have to…”

would this be 〜なくていい? I don’t have to study - 勉強しなくていい?
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Function of と when used with 続く

I don't understand the function of と when used with と続きます From this sentence in my textbook: 世界で一番インスタントラーメンをたくさん食べる国は中国で451.7億食、その次はインドネシアの137.0億食、日本の51.0億食、アメリカの43.2億食、ベトナムの39.1億食、韓国の33....
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Difference between なきゃand なくちゃ [duplicate]

i understand that they’re short forms of なければ and なくて but i don’t understand the different nuances between them. thanks! ex. 勉強しなきゃ。 vs 勉強しなくちゃ。
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なくちゃ is the short informal of なくてはいけません but why is there なくちゃいけないの rather than なくちゃの?

なくちゃ is the short informal of なくてはいけません but why is there なくちゃいけないの rather than なくちゃの? For me, なくちゃいけないの sounds like double negative being used here.
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What function did あり perform in classical Japanese 形容詞?

In classical Japanese, many uses of 形容詞{けいようし} had あり "embedded" in them, e.g.: 熱からず = 「熱し」の連用形+「あり」の未然形{みぜんけい}+「ず」 熱かりたり = 「熱し」の連用形+「あり」の連用形{れんようけい}+「たり」 熱かれ = 「熱し」の連用形+「あり」の命令形{めいれいけい} 熱かる人 = 「熱し」...
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Understanding 自分は in this sentence (and other potential gross misunderstandings)

受話器を置き、口ひげをなでながら、ダーズリー氏は考えた。 He put the receiver down and, while stroking his moustache, Mr Dursely thought. ———まさか、自分はなんて愚かなんだ。 I'm being stupid I'm really stuck on the line ...
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でも (demo) versus けど (kedo) to mean “but”

I learned that you can use でも (demo) at the beginning of a sentence to mean "but," and that you can use けど (kedo) at the end of a sentence to mean "though." However, I don't see a difference between ...
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Sentences without topic particles?

how common is it for there to be sentences like 「私、死んでるよ!」or 「これ、怖い」? is it super informal? any guidelines on when to speak like this?
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Differences between “even if”/“no matter (how much)” structures: としても, ところで, ~ようが/と

I've encountered several forms that mean both "even if" (might be used for example with たとえ), and "no matter (how much)" (used with どんなに, いくら, etc). ~ても ~としても ~ところで ~ようが/と The only difference ...
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Usage of こいつ, あいつ, etc

When can I use こいつ, あいつ, etc? I’ve seen that they can mean he/she/this/that in various contexts but when is it appropriate to use them versus 彼 or 彼女?
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What is the accurate meaning of そうですね/そうですか?

I was told that 'そうですか’ has two basic meanings according to the speaker's accent. One is 'Really? I understand', the other meaning is 'Yes, it is, I know that'. But what about 'そうですね'? Does '...
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I need some help understanding the grammar of しのげそうな in この寒さをしのげそうな防寒服を手渡され

I can understand the gist of what the below sentence is saying; but the part in the first section that's only hiragana (bolded part) is confusing me. この寒さをしのげそうな防寒服を手渡され、それを着込みながら僕は彼女に質問した。 I ...
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Meaning of 文字起こし? [closed]

話し合って、らいあんさんにはエンディング、オープニング、エフェクトなどの編集をお願いします!もう1人お願いする方がいて、その人に文字起こしなどお願いすることになりました! I am working as a video editor for my client and I understand the first sentence, but I am having difficulty ...
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Reason for using じゃないですか in this sentence?

「えとー、隣に人乗る時ありますけど、なんかこう前が壁じゃないですか。」 The translation in the subtitle was “Because, sometimes people do sit next to me but there’s a sort of wall in front of you.” I don’t understand where the じゃない ...
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Help with the grammar だと and なるみたい

So, I was reading a manga, and this sentence came up: 今日予報だと暑くなるみたいだよ。 I translated it as: It looks like it's going to become hot with today's forecast. There are a few questions I'd like to ...
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Does this double negative make a positive or negative sentence?

Is that sentence saying that you will worry, or that you won't worry? 最初からユニコーンを見つけるくらい大変だって知っていれば心配しないじゃないですか I'm pretty sure it's saying that you will worry, since she said that a unicorn is ...
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Use of の vs か in questions

i’ve seen japanese speakers switch between both の and か in the same conversation or situation. are there certain phrases where it’s better to use one or the other? for example is の better to use with ...
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What does it mean these symbols? [closed]

Levi is trying to clean the room with the vacuum cleaner
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How do you formulate the 連用中止 with 形容動詞 (な adjectives) and 名詞 (nouns)?

According to my textbook, verb and i-adjective sentences can be chained with the 連用中止【れんようちゅうし】 form like this: Later on, I came across this exercise where I'm required to replace the adjectives' ...
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Meaning of んでしょう in this context?

In the sentence 「なんて優しいんでしょう!」what is the purpose of adding んでしょう?
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Differentiation between subjects in relative clauses?

how do you distinguish between saying for example “A person he likes” and “A person who likes him” if they would both be 彼が好きな人?is there a way around that? different wording? a different particle? i ...
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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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Meaning of 感じの in this sentence

「なんか男らしくない感じの人。」 if らしく already gives the meaning of “seeming, characteristic of, ish,” etc then what is the purpose of adding 感じの?
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Japanese Buts: でも, しかし, ただ, ただし, ところが, が, けど, けれど, けれども

I'm sure someone asked a similar question but I did a search and couldn't find any. Usually I just translate everything into but, but (no pun intended) I think it's about time I got into the nitty ...
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Saying “that” like “It’s nice that…” or “It makes me sad that…”

I understand using relative clauses like 私が食べた食べものはおいしかったです but how do you translate “that” for expressing emotions?
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Finding a Notion for もう

I tried to find a notion for もう that combines all of its different meanings into one concept. This is what I came up with: もう shapes the entire feeling of a sentence by emphasizing change. ...
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Use of やと in 「日本人やとそれが当たり前やから、いまいちわからない」?

I understand や = だ in Kansai-ben but I don’t understand what either やと or だと would mean here. I’m guessing the meaning is close to “For Japanese people that is normal so I don’t understand.” Thanks!!!
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Purpose of のは in this sentence?

What is the purpose of のは in the sentence “今浮かんだのは”? The context is, I asked someone what their favorite English word was and they said “Hmm 今浮かんだのは bullshit. Just kidding!” Would the translation be ...
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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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Meaning of 挙げてきた in this sentence [closed]

実際問題として、近年多くの企業が新卒求職者に求める能力として挙げてきたのが、まさにコミュニケーション能力、「コミュ力」なのであった。 The 挙げてきた part is confusing me, I can't seem to find a definition of this word. In general struggling to translate this sentence and ...
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Difficulty understanding the sentence: 私たちは生命の危険を失うおそれがあった。

私たちは生命を失う危険があった。 私たちは生命の危険を失うおそれがあった。 These two sentences are translated the same way over various databases. I can properly understand the first sentence as: "We were in danger of losing our ...
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Do you use あります or います when talking about a sports team?

I know you use いる to talk about living things, but is a team separate from its players enough to refer to it as a non-living thing?
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How to combine 受身, 使役, 可能, etc?

I'm a bit confused how different forms should be combined together. Take 殴る (without tense, without ら抜き言葉) for example, correct me if I'm wrong, (I) beat him up = 彼を殴る (I am) beaten up by him = ...
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What does 何か mean in this sentence? [duplicate]

I’m having trouble understanding what 何か means in the following sentence: 今のチンさんの発言に対して、何か意見がある人は手を上げてください。 For the most part I understand the sentence, just not 何か