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意味. The meaning of words or phrases within certain contexts, especially when it does not seem to match the standard definition.

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Meaning of はいてなかったり?

I recently came across the phrase はいてなかったり which has me stumped. For context, a character utters the phrase after dismissing the possibility of something: Character: Oh, those guys? Yeah, they're ...
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past tense vs non-past in a book

I'm reading 大きな森の小さな家 (Little House in the Big Woods). This sequence of sentences are all describing a particular occurrence in the past, but some sentences are in non-past forms: ある晩、父さんは、...
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Meaning of “チャラにする”

What does this phrase mean? Here is the context: 死ぬほど悲しかったりすることを全部チャラにする。 I appreciate your help. Thanks!
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What meaning does やって add to the following main verbs?

What meaning does the prefix やって give to the main verbs? Is it a constant one can do with some other verbs as well? For example やって来る やって見る やって退ける やって行く
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The etymology and meaning of Oss, Osu, Ossu

I am training at a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu academy, and their use of the word "Oss" is ubiquitous. I have asked and also answered the question What is the etymology and meaning of Oss? in the Martial ...
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What does おめでとう煜ございます mean?

At first I thought it was a typo, but inserting the character 煜 into birthday wishes or the like seems to be common, e.g. おめでとう煜ございます おめでとうございます煜 おめでとう煜ございます煜 I have several problems: What ...
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Sentence impact: Articles, Negation without verb

In English, abbreviated sentence structure can convey contempt, disgust, anger, etc. — "I'm a doctor, not a mechanic" has a much stronger impact than "I am a doctor. I am not a mechanic." Articles ...
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ごほーし meaning? 18+?

ごほーし meaning? 18+? I know that's lewd vocabulary but I dont what does it mean?
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Explanation of でもあります? [duplicate]

I saw this in my Genki I book and I don’t quite understand how to use でもあります. Also, how would I say this informally? パットはアメリカ人でもある?
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What's the difference between 初心者, 入門者 and 初級者

I see 初級 Written mostly in books which mean beginner or elementary level, the other two were written on the same page for a drawing course i fould online as "入門者向け" and "初心者向け", but i don't see any ...
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Convoluted translation attempt 世界のすべて城砦に抱く

I'm trying to make sense of the words said by a character in a manga who talks in an archaic manner. I tried into account the context, the images, all to help me figure out what he is saying. ...
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What does the title「 僕だけの向こう側」mean? [closed]

Can someone help me with possible translations for this title? [僕]{ぼく}だけの[向]{む}こう[側]{がわ}: Boku dake no mukougawa Also, can you explain why that would be the translation?
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What are the different uses of iroiro?

I already know there is the adjective iroiro+na, and I've learned that, but recently I've learned that iroiro+to and iroiro+no are different ways to use "iroiro", which I have not learned in class, ...
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やることが多過ぎて気が張っているせいか

多過ぎ - too much て - Why is it there? What's its position relating the grammar? 気 - Does it express intention? What does it represent exactly? 張って - to fill, to do maybe? いるせいか - What is the ...
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Meaning of て form plus てね in dialog

I've come across a portion of dialog, which has some grammar that I have not seen before. Focusing on the portion in bold, what is the purpose of て form plus てね? What does てね mean and is it a ...
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What's the meaning of までついて?

The までついて in the following paragraph is presenting some difficulties to me, especially the ついて, which I'm not sure is the て-form of つく or is conjunction ついて(就いて). だけど、...
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What does 今一概に言える equate to? “Now, unconditionally said thing?”

I was watching a 45 second video, but ran into some trouble with the above. I will post the entire subtitles for context purposes. テレビ番組を勝手にアップロードするのは違法だからな 10年以下の懲役か1000万円以下の罰金か、その両方だが ...
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If somebody just says “暇か”, what does that mean exactly?

The setting is 4 kids in a park in Japan. The kid sitting on the bench is Ageru-kun, who is uploading a video to the internet, which is illegal in Japan. His 3 friends go up to him and have the ...
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Meaning of かわいい When Used By Kids Towards Adults

Okay, I'm fairly advanced in my Japanese studies after having lived and taught in Japan for almost a year. However, one thing that continues to boggle me is the possibly most common word of all: かわいい。 ...
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Help understanding this exchange

What's confusing me in the below exchange is: What he means by 苦労が絶えない in this context The usage of 言われ方. I often see 言い方 but I don't think I've seen 言われ方 before. For context, the 妹 is worried ...
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Is 足りるだけ with a negative verb idiomatic?

I've encountered sentences like: 「皆【みんな】に足【た】りるだけの椅子【いす】がありません」and 「皆に足りるだけのコーヒーがありません」. In English, we wouldn't say, "There aren't just enough chairs," except perhaps as, "There barely ...
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Is there a difference between the dekiteru/dekita part in “Junbi wa dekiteru/dekita”,and ii in “junbi wa ii”?

I would like to know if, like: Junbi wa ii Junbi wa dekiteru Junbi wa dekita Are all interchangeable? I feel like the last two mean "Plans are complete" and "Plans have been completed" ...
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Meaning of 日の跡のささくれ

I am checking the lyrics for a track of music in which the words 日の跡のささくれ are repeated in two different lines, I know the meaning of words, but the meaning of the sentence is still vague for me. ...
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What's the meaning and nuance of ばっかり in this sentence?

A girl is worried and upset because she believes she is more excited and happy about the relationship with her boyfriend than he is. So she says: わたしばっかり浮かれてる気がする…… I think the sentence means ...
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What does <verb>ことのある<noun> mean?

In a chat with a Japanese person, he told me 「ドイツ語で読んだことのある本を日本語で読んでみるのはどうですか?」 Context is that we talked about books. Can someone translate that into English and explain me what the ことのある本 part ...
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Explaination for はずです?

What is the difference between 貴方{あなた}には、会うべき御方{おかた}がいるはずです。 and 貴方{あなた}には、会うべき御方{おかた}がいる。(or います for politeness) ? According to Jisho.org はずです means "be supposed or expected to (do)" but ...
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討伐補佐に数えとけよ meaning?

in Attack of the Titan season 2, ep4 at 8:16, there is this sentence: 今のちゃんと討伐補佐に数えとけよ can anyone explain what it means? it doesn't seem to make sense to me. Count the support of conquest properly?...
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Is there a different meaning for ごちそうさま!

I have posted a "status" on Facebook: Dear santa, I would like for you to bring him for christmas My boyfriend commented: Your Wish is my command! And my Japanese manager (from our office) ...
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Is there any difference between 「精々」 and 「たかだか」?

Like mentioned in the title, I would like to know if there are any subtle differences between 「精々」 and 「たかだか」. As an example, are all these sentences grammatically correct? Is there any change in ...
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「捨ててしまう」Why are there two て’s used here?

The full sentence was : 「捨ててしまうのはもったいないと思って」 I think to throw away (something) is a waste But why are there two て’s? Why is it not 捨てしまう?
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Meaning of じゃないんじゃない?

I recently came across the phrase じゃないんじゃない in this sentence: Clerk: でも うちで売ってるアイスじゃないんじゃないかしら For context, some kids are claiming they have a winning popsicle stick but the clerk can't seem to ...
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What does エセインテリ mean?

is it like a pseudo-intellectual or something else?
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原作を消化していくつもりだ meaning

In the second episode's preview of the Saiki Kusuo anime, Saiki recapped the premise(that he has superpowers) and said the following: 次々と原作を消化していくつもりだ According to the dictionary, 消化 has the ...
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Verb (とどめる) and its meaning in these sentences

I was looking for the meaning of the verb (とどめる) and how it differs from (とめる). I understood that (とどめる) means (to stop "potentially" from moving). But how does that meaning relate to the following ...
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What does this sentence containing 「いい歳したオッサンが」 mean?

私は今20代後半ですがとても子供っぽく落ち着きがありません。(夢中になると特に)いい歳したオッサンが自分と正面から向き合ってくれた人と本当の意味で向き合って話が出来ないという現実に絶望しました。 Source: https://komachi.yomiuri.co.jp/t/2019/0624/903959.htm?g=04 Does 「いい歳したオッサン」mean he's ...
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What is written on my mug? [closed]

I was able to identify 弐 (alternative form of 二 used on legal documents, according to Jisho.org), but I still can't identify the others, in order to know what is written there Full-size
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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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What does 自由課題 mean?

I recently came across the term 自由課題 in this context: アイスの棒で作ったおうち 自由課題はこれでクリア!! For reference, a character just finished building a house made of popsicle sticks. I assume it roughly means summer ...
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Difference between 付き合いが悪い and ノリが悪い

In a manga, a girl is reproaching her friend for not being very sociable since she became friend with a guy from the school cinema club: あんた あの映研のメガネとつるむようになってからつきあい悪いしノリも悪い I read on Kenkyusha ...
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What does ドロドロしてた mean in 生徒会はこんなにドロドロしてた

To provide some context, if not apparent, they are looking to take part in the school election and have just been shown all the other groups that they are competing with. From what I can see there ...
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How to determine the meaning of a Kanji?

I just finished studying Heisig's "Remembering the Kanji". I would often look up Kanji in order to figure out their meaning when the English keyword was ambiguous. To my surprise, many of the keywords ...
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Please help me confirm the characters to this seal [closed]

chinese.stackexchange.com referred me here. One of their members told me that the reading in the seal is actually Japanese「知惠子/ちえこ」. Is this correct? Thank you!!
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What is the difference between 市, 都市, 都会 and 市街

And in which context are used. Why are so many words for city in japanese T.T
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Meaning of 形の上では前後だけど、気持ちとしては

最後の戦い。 マリウスが倒れ、アンジョルラスが駆け寄る。嘆く彼の手をグランテールが握りしめ、アンジョルラスはその肩を抱き寄せ、それからバリケードを駆け上がっていく。アンジョルラスが先で、グランテールがあとからついていく形。形の上では前後だけど、気持ちとしては、グランテールもアンジョルラスと一緒に駆け上っていたと思う。 This is from a recap of a scene ...
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Meaning of “足生やす”

I was wondering if the above is some kind of expression or set phrase? I saw this in in a novel actually where the speaker was remarking about his opponent in battle who was summoning hundreds of ...
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Using 於ける and 中

I'm having some trouble seeing when it would be more appropriate to use one over the other. Could someone explain any difference in nuance, and perhaps put things into context with some examples? ...
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What does 「1歳遅らせる」 mean?

Context: 5月の素案で示した「70代での発症を10年間で1歳遅らせる」という初めての数値目標は参考値に格下げし、患者の精神的負担にならないよう配慮した。 Source: https://www.sankei.com/life/news/190618/lif1906180018-n1.html I understand the sentence in bold as, ...
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How to determine 大都市 vs 都市

As I understand 都市 [toshi] means [city]. And therefore it could be any city, which is not town. In Russia town means over 12K population. 100-250K pouplation = big town. 250-500K pupulation = small ...
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How are で and いう being used in this context?

There are a few things that I don't understand about the highlighted text in the image below. The biggest question I have is what でいう is doing after 人間 (is it some sort of construction or are they ...
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What is meant by それはそれで面白い in this sentence

To provide some additional context, Girl 1 and Boy 1 are thought to be dating by lots of people (they are very close to one another, but they are not officially dating at least). 烈 wanted to make Girl ...