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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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「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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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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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 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 ...
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What does 嵐にしやがれ mean?

I recently stumbled accross the japanese tv show 嵐にしやがれ and have been wondering what its title means. 「しやがれ」doesn't appear in any dictionary I use, but I found some rather unreliable online sources ...
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Meaning of によって/により

I’ve come across this phrase によって/により quite often and I’ve researched and found these meanings: by Person (この本は君によって書かれた?); due to/ because of; by means of (The teacher checked their knowledge by the ...
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Nuance of sentence when とも言えないが is used

I have the following sentence, where I get the main meaning. 大学生とはいえ、あまりアルコールに強くない僕としては、ビール一杯の「やけざけ」(とも言えないが)で大分ハイな気分だったのだ。 "(Though) I am a student, I can't take much alcohol because I get high ...
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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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Meaning of and に and くる in「 A」と「B」に同じグループのものがくる

I'm reading a definition of にしても〜にしても: 「AにしてもBにしても」は「Aの場合{ばあい}もBの場合も、どちらの場合でも」という意味{いみ}を表{あらわ}す文型{ぶんけい}です。「AにしてもAないにしても」になる場合と、「A」と「B」に同{おな}じグループのものがくる場合があります This example: N1を受{う}...
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What's the grammar behind 〜がいなくて寂しい

I can't understand how いる+寂しい means miss something like in 君がいなくて寂しいよ。
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Please help me understand this sentence [closed]

ご家族の皆様もお変わりなくお過ごしのことと 存じます The question also asks me to replace the underlined word with one of the following words: 思います お願いします 祝っています 知っています And the correct answer is 思います. I think the problem ...
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What does this sentence containing 「犯人意識」 mean in Osamu Dazai's 「人間失格」?

また、犯人意識、という言葉もあります。自分は、この人間の世の中に於いて、一生その意識に苦しめられながらも、... I understand this as, There's something called criminal consciousness. Even if I am suffering from this consciousness in this world of ...
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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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Differences between 楽しがちに、楽し気味に、楽しげに、楽しっぽく

Which one of the words above is most suitable in the following sentence and why? 近所の子供たちが校庭で________遊んでいる。 Thanks!
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What does 「自分の生きている姿勢」 mean?

I am reading Osamu Dazai's 「人間失格」. また、犯人意識、という言葉もあります。自分は、この人間の世の中に於いて、一生その意識に苦しめられながらも、しかし、それは自分の糟糠の妻の如き好伴侶で、そいつと二人きりで侘びしく遊びたわむれているというのも、自分の生きている姿勢の一つだったかも知れないし... When I read this sentence as a ...
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What does もうやめてください mean?

If someone says 「もうその呼{よ}び方{かた}をやめてください。」, does it mean: Stop calling me that already. Stop calling me that now. Don't call me that anymore. How do もう and やめる interact?
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How do we describe 'food that has gone cold/food that has gone stale?'

As the title suggests, I am wondering how do we describe food which has gone stale or food that has gone cold after being left out there for too long? I checked jisho and 大辞林 but I did not manage to ...
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Difference between「のびる/のばす」and「のべる」

With the use of a dictionary, along with reading some web pages, I understood the meaning as well as the proper usage of 「延びる/延ばす」and 「伸びる/伸ばす」. But I noticed an overlapping in meaning regarding「延べる」...
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Does 両親ともに健在とは限らない。mean “Both of my parents aren't alive.”?

This is a sentence from the Tanaka corpus, I would have thought that it means "I have a parent that has passed away.". I'm asking that because the Tanaka corpus contains some mistakes so I think it ...
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Trouble understanding 相変わらずとぼけた奴

I'm having trouble understanding this person is saying. I understand he is complaining that someone is late but not much more after that. おそいぞ 10時ギリギリか 相変わらずとぼけた奴だぜ
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Is this ことだ ことか? [duplicate]

ツッコミどころはいろいろあるのだが、その筆頭が挑戦する立場のBrock Lesnarに対してチャンピオンの2人(Seth RollinsとKofi Kingston)が「俺のベルトを選べ」と言ってることか。 If I translate this paragraph assuming か doesn't make the statement into a question, it would ...
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The “cultural” meaning of 人間 (ningen)?

So, I have a general question about the word 人間 (ningen), and it's not about grammar. The most common translation for this word is "human", but I have been noticing that its usage is somewhat ...
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Talking about what we are going to do

漢字の辞書を買おうと思っています。 (I am going to buy a kanji dictionary) (decision already made) from "Genki 2" So, we use the volitional form + と思っています to talk not about spontaneous decisions but those ...
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Meaning and usage of ずっとそう思っていました。

Which translation is most apt for ずっとそう思っていました。? "I always thought so." "I have always thought that..." "It is always on my mind" "I am always thinking about" When and how is the phrase/expression ...
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Meaning of 水洗式 other than flush toilet

In an article about penetrant testing (浸透探傷検査) I found the following sentence: 浸透液は水洗式でハケ塗りとし,極力溶接部以外に浸透液が付着しないようにすること. In this kind of test, a penetrant liquid is used on a surface (in this case ...
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Meaning/use of ように in this sentence

鳥の絵が得意になり、クリスマスにハトの絵を贈ってくれるようにもなった。 I cannot understand the meaning of ようにもなった in this sentence. I know that 鳥の絵が得意になり、 means "I became good/strong at drawing birds and..." ...
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What does 呼ばれてる mean in this context?

I’m reading a story, and in it 2 students are talking about a teacher. One says, ね、榎本先生ってさ。。。 男子にエロ本って呼ばれてるらしいよ。This is followed by a scene where the boys were caught with a prön mag, and the teacher ...
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大学教員の公募にでる「単行本」の意味

Japanese 一般的に、「単行本」という単語は連載している漫画の数章分をまとめて、本として、出版するものですが、大学教員の募集に 3)論文2編(主論文1編と参考論文1編とし、その別を必ず明記する。刊行された論文であること。単行本、修士論文、博士論文は不可。論文はコピーでも可。) と書いてありました。修士論文と博士論文の意味はわかりますが、単行本はこの場面で、どのような意味になりますか。...
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Meaning of 全数 when talking about frequency

In an article about quality control, I found the following expression: 検査頻度: 全数 I read in the dictionary that 全数 means "total, complete". Since we are talking about frequency, I thought it could ...
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Can わけがわからない be used as adjective?

Excuse my seemingly dumb question. I was reading a fan comment: (please feel free to read just the first paragraph, i just put the rest for some context but it may not be necessary) 第40話では、「わけがわからない『...
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What does this sentence from Dazai Osamu's 「人間失格」 containing 「女の修行」 mean?

はたから見て、俗な言い方をすれば、自分は、淫売婦に依って女の修行をして、しかも、最近めっきり腕をあげ、女の修行は、淫売婦に依るのが一ばん厳しく、またそれだけに効果のあがるものだそうで、既に自分には、あの、「女達者」という匂いがつきまとい、女性は、(淫売婦に限らず)本能に依ってそれを嗅ぎ当て寄り添って来る、そのような、卑猥で不名誉な雰囲気を、「おまけの附録」としてもらって、そうしてそのほうが、...
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What's the meaning of a sentence by a manga author? 「もともとイラスト畑の人間なので…」

もともとイラスト畑の人間なので、全体の流れよりも 1コマごとの絵に意識が持っていかれる事が多くて大変でした。 1コマ描くのに一日かかったのもあったりして.... 漫画って難しいですね! それでは、この本を手に取ってくださり まことにありがとうございました! I'm having a hard time understanding the sentence in bold. ...
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Meaning of を作画 at the end of sentence

In a manual about welding I encountered the following sentences: (3)FSWを行う継手について,表面(A)に垂直な直線(B)を作画 (4)表面(A)から距離440mm位置の直線(B)上の点(C)を作画 I am not sure if を作画 means "Drawing of the straight line.....
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Why does ~なんてもんじゃない / ~のなんのって mean とても?

Both the following two expressions from my text book 完全マスター聴解N1 are explained as とても(高い/人が多かった): 高いなんてもんじゃないよ 人が多かったのなんのって Could someone explain what they are based on/where they come from ...
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Meaning of ~なさいということらしい in this context

わたしは畳の上で正座したが、僧侶の指示で[結跏趺坐]{けっかふざ}に組み直した。[胡座]{あぐら}から両方の足の甲を腿の上に載せるポーズである。瞑想をして、心を落ち着けなさいということらしい。 What does the last part mean? Does it mean "Apparently (by telling me to sit in the lotus position) ...
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What's the meaning of ぜってーつえー

I've found this expression on a manga and I don't know if the correct translation be Absolutely strong 絶対強い
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What does 口 add to words like 出口?

As I am going over the uses of N5 kanji, I have gotten confused as to why 口(ぐち) is used in places such as 出口 and 入口. What meaning does it add?
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Jibun dake baka o miru meaning?

I saw it on a prep book and there says the meaning is to waste time and money, but I don't understand how.
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Meaning of “ホーケー” in a sentence

I'm reading some R-rated doujinshi on the internet and came across this line: この立派なホーケーチOチンで! I don't understand what "ホーケー" means. My guess is that it means something "take a look at this!" type of ...
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The connection of clauses

大豆は他の作物が育ちにくい、やせた土地で栽培できるので、昔から日本各地で栽培されてきた。 Please help me understand the meaning of the sentence. To me it looks like 大豆は他の作物が育ちにくい is a separate sentence, not connected with the rest. But it ...
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What is the 中 in ダウンロード中?

I was downloading an update for a phone game I set in Japanese and on the screen it said 「ダウンロード中」and I don’t understand the use of 中. Middle? In the middle of downloading?
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Real meaning of やがて

In many pages the meaning of やがて is "in the proper time", sometimes it's "eventually"… I'd like to know all the meanings.
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Meaning of 意義があるかどうかは自分で判断しないかもしれません

I understand what 判断する means e.g. 彼は人を見た目で判断しない - He does not judge people by appearances.  However, I'm failing to understand what is being meant by 自分で判断しないかもしれません in the last part of this ...
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まぁ、そんなものですかな? perhaps this means perhaps, perhaps?

I have seen this construction used various times in Japanese text, but I cannot really put my finger on as to what it could mean definitively. 人類の進歩と調和に役立つもの・・・例えば ディフレクターに代わる 新しいエネルギーとか まぁ、...
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What does 気楽 mean when attached to ビール or お酒?

I first found this here: https://www.ettoh.jp/ 楽酒=気楽なお酒 Does this mean the drink is easy to drink? Or that it's meant to be drunk in a carefree setting? One example I was taught for 気楽 is in ...
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Explaining phrase お客様各位【きゃく.さま.かく.い】

The expression お客様各位 means dear customer. The first part, お客様, means customer, or guest. That is easy to understand for me. But the meaning and usage of second part, ~各位 is not very clear to me.
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When is a table not a table?

A desk is a desk, but is there any important difference between the two words for "table"? Here is what the wwwjdic says: 卓 【たく; しょく】table; desk; (たく only) counter for tables, desks 机 【つくえ】 desk ...
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What does it mean when みたいな is at the end of a sentence?

彼ももうちょっとがんばればよかったのに..、みたいな…。 or なんか、お腹減った、みたいな… Just for some examples. Is it some sort of filler? I understand normal uses of みたい but I don’t understand what it means at the end of a sentence.
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「呆れる」とはどういう意味ですか?

呆れるとはどういう意味か今一つわからないのです。goo辞書で調べると、「あまりに意外なことに驚く」というのが出てきますが、今まで見てきた例を考え合わせてみると、やはり納得がいかないところが残っています。特に、「呆れる」には必ず「驚き」の要素が入っていますか?「ショック」「衝撃」と同じくらい、爆発的な印象がありますか? そして、三つの例について聞かせてください。 ①「...
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What does もうここにいられる気がしない mean?

I know that "しない" means "not do", and "いられる" means can exist, but I can't put it all together. My best guess is that it means "The mind/spirit that could be here won't do it".