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Questions tagged [interrogatives]

疑問詞. Questions involving the "question" words, such as なに・なぜ・どこ・どうして・いつ・だれ・どれ・どんな.

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Is どんな in this context a question?

I was reading some web novels online but I'm kind of stumped by this particular dialogue. 佐倉ちゃんがどんな子供とぶらぶらしてても... 僕で遊んでくれて... こうして虐めさせてもらえて... To put some context into this, a little kid ...
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What does this sentence with いつ mean?

I can't understand the last sentence in this video: 世にも奇妙な物語 《戦争はなかった》. I think this is what he's saying, starting at 17:41: しかし歴史というのはもともと活字と映像の中しか残らない、実に頼りないものです。奇妙な力によってそれが歪められた時、...
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What does “gentle interrogative” mean?

While browsing Jishio.org, I come across this definition of こと. I tried googling "gentle interrogative Japanese", and found not much that explains what differentiates a "gentle interrogative" from ...
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どんな危険 vs どんな危険も Confusion

Why does どんな危険 - what danger どんな危険も - any danger Is this a grammar point, this is the sentence that confused me: ここはどんな危険もないよ = There is no danger here も is after the noun of 危険 , is the も still ...
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The difference between 明日何をしますか and 明日どうしますか

What is the difference between 明日何をしますか and 明日どうしますか? I have come across the following question and answer: 明日どうしますか。 傘を箱の中に入れます。 So, I wonder if I can say 明日何をしますか instead.
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Different nuances of interrogative phrases

何{なに}がXですか。 Xは何{なん}ですか。 What are the different nuances associated with these two phrases?
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誰はしました。Who did it?

I'm aware that する is the Japanese verb "To do". In order to conjugate this verb using the Ta form for past tense we of course just replace する with し and add our polite form ます with the た to make しました, ...
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どれ as an attribute

I found this sentence and I wonder whether I understand it correctly: どれ腹の傷をおみせ、薬草をぬってあげよう。 The どれ there looks to me like “whichever” or “all”, so I’d get the sentence as “Let me look at all the ...
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Do we really have to change particles (usually が into は) in negative and interrogative sentences?

Which alternatives sounds more natural? 1.1 - その本は読めない。 1.2 - その本が読めない。 2.1 - ゴルフは上手じゃない。 2.2 - ゴルフが上手じゃない 3.1 - この映画は見たくない。 3.2 - この映画が見たくない。 3.3 - この映画を見たくない。 4.1 - 日本語は分からない。 4.2 - 日本語が分からない。 ...
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Combining なに with a noun

Our teacher has given as an example question: なに いろ が すきですか? But has told us that we cannot use the same construction for asking a question about food, instead we have: 食べ物 は なに が すき ですか What ...
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Value of が at the end of interrogative sentences

I know there are other questions on this site about が and けど at the end of a sentence, but I couldn't find one about interrogative sentences. Context: in a manga, person A said something that his ...
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(Sumo cloze passage) What in tarnation was I supposed to put in this blank?

I was given the following cloze passage with 9 questions. Blanks 3, 6, 7 and 8 have [requirements in brackets] that must be followed when answering. I have filled in my own answers in bold. While all ...
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How to say “What the f**k am I doing here?”

How to say "What the fuck am I doing here?" I came up with two versions for the above question. ここ一体何をやっているよ。 ここ何をマジやっているかよ。
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Using 何を with intransitive verbs (eg 何をにやついているの?)

貴様、何をにやついておるのだ…? What are you grinning at, you bastard? This sentence (asked in this question) seemed fairly natural and simple to me...until I realized にやつく is an intransitive verb. [×]彼は私をにやついた ...
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In the interrogative お元気ですか, how does the meaning change if the か is removed?

I've just started learning Japanese, and I've been told that the か at the end of a sentence is playing the role of a question mark (at least in formal Japanese). How does the sentence change if the か ...
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Indirect questions nested inside phrases

Trying to use interrogative words in nested (indirect ?) questions has been troublesome for me. First came things like: 先生が何を言ったか知らない Which I guess means "I don´t know what the teacher said". So ...
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Subtle differences between だれ and どなた?

I would like to know what the subtle differences are between the interrogative pronouns だれ and どなた. Is the latter more subtle or something? What is the exact difference? Also, how compatible are ...
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What is the difference between 何 and どれ?

何 means what and can be conjugated with か to mean something (何か要る : I need something) with も to mean everything/nothing (何も知らない : know nothing) and with でも to mean anything ( 何でもいい : anything is fine)....
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What is the meaning of doreka, doremo, and doredemo which is taken from dore?

So どれ means "which". When you add か,も,でも the "which" becomes "some,any,every" definitions which for "which" I don't quite understand.
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Is nominalization necessary in 「彼が戻るのか知らないんです。」?

Do we need to nominalize 彼が戻る with の to create an interrogative clause? Is B not enough? A: 彼が戻るのか知らないんです。 B: 彼が戻るか知らないんです。
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Unsure about this usage of か

I recently encountered this sentence: 床には血痕が残っている。かなり時間が経つのか血が固まっている。 I believe I understand that the second part is saying the blood is dry (or has hardened) because quite some time has passed. I'...
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What is the use of か in 売り始めるか〜

I was reading an article and I came across this sentence: 車の会社がいつごろこのような自動運転の車を売り始めるか予想しました What exactly does the か in this sentence/what is the meaning?
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誰も used in a positive sentence

I am reviewing the interrogative words like 何、誰、どこ etc. and I saw 誰も being used in a positive sentence, I wonder what the difference would be if みんな were used instead. For example: 誰もが知っている ...
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What does 「かけようかどうしようか」 mean?

The sentence below is taken from a light novel. 声をかけようかどうしようか迷っていたら、ほんの一瞬風が止んだ I don't understand what 「かけようかどうしようか」 means. Is it an expression? This light novel sometimes omits kanji and I'm ...