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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 職員室に叩き出される

When reading something I came across the following line: まずいな。職員室に叩き出されるぞ However I was not quite sure how to understand 叩き出される in this context. I think I understand the usage of 叩き出される when used ...
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What's this JRPG Famicom game shopkeeper saying to me: ごようは どちらです?

The scene is I'm a totally knightly dude trying to save the world and all that and I walk into a shop. The shopkeeper says to me: ここは ぶきとぼうぐの みせです (This is the weapon & armor shop.) The game is ...
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Meaning of 私が、安心します

In the passage below, I am a bit unsure how to understand the bolded part. Part of my confusion is thinking how the utterance is meant to be interpreted. Is she saying she is relived after hearing ...
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Use of あたる in this sentence

先輩たちが君に厳しくあたるのも 昔の自分と今の君を重ねてるからじゃないかな Context: A rookie's senpais have been giving him a hard time and another character explains to him why. The subtitles read as "The reason your senpais give ...
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英語よりも日本語の方が話しやすいです meaning

What does 英語よりも日本語の方が話しやすいです mean? (Eigo yori mo nihongo no kata ga hanashi yasuidesu) From my limited understanding of the Japanese language, my guess was "English compared to Japanese is easier ...
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Specific question about the use of “sugiru”

I learned you can use stem + sugiru, I adj - i + sugiru and na adj - na + sugiru to say "too much". How would you translate "I woke up too early"? Hayasugiru okimashita Hayaku ...
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The Meaning of ナイ(です)

From: 声が出なくなったので、会社を辞めて二人暮らし始めました。 Context: Sora stayed over at Ema's house. Ema quit her job two weeks ago and has not cleaned up her house since then.The morning after his stay, Sora says this ...
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あらら、ポカーンとしちゃったわね。(pokan to shichatta wane) >>What does this mean? [closed]

あらら、ポカーンとしちゃったわね Context is 1 character said this after a bold and strong self-introduction of 1 other character I don't understand ポカーンとしちゃった part (pokan to shichatta ).Please give me explanation ...
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What does a noun + に mean? How does the particle に work here?

I found the next sentence: 魔物が防御に徹するかのように動く。 And when I searched the word 防御 I found out that this word works only as a noun and as a のadjective, hence my doubt regarding the use and meaning of に in ...
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Meaning of “小さな頃”

I was translating some lyrics and I find this expression 小さな頃には宝の地図が And I have a problem with the one in bold, Reading another questions I find this, and the person how answered uses the example ...
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What does さあ (saa) mean?

I have seen this term used a lot in many different ways. 「さあ、忘れましょうその未来が」 saa, wasuremashou sono mirai ga — in this sense, I assume it means "come". But I have also seen it used as 「でもさあ」 demo saa — ...
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ほいほい騎士団が誘い出された時点で、半ば勝負はついてるんだよ >>What does this mean?

Context: A servant is talking with a prince, about an sealed egg that had been stolen from the cathedral. It can be resurrected to summon back an ancient being who can destroy the world. Meanwhile the ...
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が and に interchangeability and difference in meaning

Consider these sentences: だれ{が・に}これが出来るか だれ{が・に}日本語が分からないか When both が and に are acceptable, what is their difference in meaning and practical usage?
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Why does 「もう待てないよ!」 mean “I can't wait any longer”?

I've just learnt that the expression 「もう待てないよ!」 has similar meaning in English as "I can't wait any longer", but how to interpret 「待てない」 from a grammar point? Shouldn't the "te-form&...
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中 vs で for scope

Some time ago I learned about the uses of で particle and one of them is scope for example: このマンガは日本で有名です but now with the uses of 中 says that when it's used after a place indicates the scope of an ...
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What does 今さら言うでもない mean?

カッ──カッ──カッ── ハイヒールのコルクが大理石の床を打ち鳴らす。 眼下に座り込む相手の存在を確かめると、彼女は淑やかな所作で横髪をかき上げつつ言った。 「どうして、こうなってしまったのかしら──なんて。今さら言うでもないのでしょうか」 ──相手は、その言葉をさも当然と聞き届ける。 地下空間を支配する寂莫たる静けさもまた、最期を看取るのに相応しい黙祷めいて。 I understand 今さら ...
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Translating this Japanese text to English, character identification [closed]

I am a non-Japanese speaker and have been attempting to translate the text in the image below by identifying each character. This is from a poster. I have identified all of the characters in the ...
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Can't understand 虫に変ってしまっているのに気づいた

I am trying to read 変身 The Metamorphosis by Kafka. I have troubles understanding the following : 虫に変ってしまっているのに気づいた translated by he discovered that he had been changed into a bug First i'm not ...
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Does 語るでもなくて mean “Not worth speaking”?

In the opening of Violet Evergarden there is this verse: わたしなんで泣いているんだろう 心になんて答えたらいい? 言葉はいつでも語るでもなくて そこにあるばかりつのるばかり わたしはあなたに会いたくなる I'm having trouble understanding 「言葉はいつでも語るでもなくて」: the general ...
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「の向って」The point-of-view in this sentence/ when giving directional information after 「向って」

Sentence taken from 君の膵臓を食べたい 「彼女はのそのそと緩慢な動きで大きなベッドの向って左側に寄って仰向けに寝た。」 This sentence made me question whether my understanding of 「向う」is correct or not. It may be important to mention that the story ...
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What's the difference between 「なんだか」 and 「なんとなく」?

The meanings and explanation of なんだか and なんとなく in Wikitionary: なんだか【何だか】明確な理由が無いさま。 なんとなく【何と無く】明確な理由が無いさま。 It seems that they have totally the same meanings. Is there a difference between the usage ...
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Does 結ぶ refer to sex or intimate relations?

Was watching a drama and in the episode following a progress in a relationship where the main character finally kissed her boyfriend, her mother asked her "__君と結ばれたのね". The characters were ...
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今更自分で突っ込まないでよ。追加料金払ってるんだからいいでしょう >>What does this mean in this context

Context : MC is talking with a girl after he brought food to her place from a restaurant, where he is currently staying and working. The girl complains the food is a little bit cold, and suggests he ...
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Meaning of 見る in 実態を見る [closed]

In the below I am not quite sure how to interpret 見る but I don't think it literally means 'to see'. 東京市に忍び寄る影は、果たして実態を見るのだろうか。
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Is this topical tangent really as abrupt/unconnected as it feels to me?

Okay, so I'm attempting to translate the text from an obscure Japanese Super Famicom game (for fun/general posterity). (This is not a translation or proof-read request of course - those are against ...
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What does 張ってた (hatteta) mean in this context?

Context: a detective is talking with the police who is the real culprit behind the recent crime. This police threw away his disguise costume to erase evidence, but it has been found by the detective. ...
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Is there a difference in meaning between 匹敵 and 互角?

Is there a difference in meaning between 匹敵 and 互角? Besides that one is a suru verb and the other a noun/adjective
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How to understand 委ねる in this line

I'm failing to understand what it means for the 戦い to 委ねる in the below sentence. Is there anyone who could clarify what it means in this case? この戦いは国の勝ち負けだけじゃなく一人一人がどちらを選ぶのか委ねている Additional ...
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What does 普通に考えたら mean

The girl was playing the game of life(人生ゲーム) with her friends and said this(It sounds like this event caused her to go bankrupt): あ、交通事故で資産マイナス300万だって。何コレ普通に考えたら速攻で破産なんだけど What is the difference ...
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Te Okimasu and sentence ending with Kara

I have some questions to asks on Japanese grammar. What does 次{つぎ}の会議{かいぎ}までに何{なに}をしておいたらいいですか tsugi no kaigi made ni nani o shite oitara iidesu ka mean? How is this question conditional (oitara)? ...
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what does 見てできる mean?

Can this phrase be broken down into 見る and 出来る? If so, does it simply mean "can see"? How is it different than the potential form of 見る which is 見られる? Edit: To add some context to this ...
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いや、端から見ようとしてないのか What does this mean?

Context : 2 characters talking about who is the culprit of a crime and why MC was falsely arrested by the police G1: 最後の事件……逃げ道は、完全に封鎖されていた. だけど煙のように犯人は消えてしまった. だから、君が犯人だと断定されてしまったわけだけど. 皆、...
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What does 笑みがこぼれてくる mean and how is it different to 笑みがこぼれる

愛鳥の寝顔、見てるだけで思わず笑みがこぼれてくる 愛鳥の寝顔、見てるだけで思わず笑みがこぼれる My question is how is the 1st sentence different from the 2nd, and what nuance does the くる add.
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What does すごいこと考えるわね mean?

Context: 2 characters talking about what do to with an enemy after defeated him G1: この者が、目が覚めたら私達のことを報告されるだけだろう。 それとも、ここで息の根を止めておくか? 口封じに。 G2:だから、ダメですよそんな。 G1:分かってる。では連れていくしかないだろう。 目が覚めたら、...
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Use of 物 as a noun suffix, specifically 配達物

More pain with Duolingo. I've come across the word 配達物{はいたつぶつ}. It's supposed to mean "delivery" but it's not in Jisho, it's not in Weblio, it's not in my beginner paper dictionary and it's ...
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Meaning of どうすんだよ

example: "どうすんだよこの空気をよぉ!?" Is it "What are you doing with this mood?!"? I can't make sense of it. The line is from a manga.
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What does 「ものさ」 mean here?

In Miffy - 日本語 あめの ひの わすれもの! at around 5:14 Miffy with her family planned to go to the beach and before they started play, Uncle said: 「おじいちゃんの子どもの頃は砂浜でお城を作って遊んだものさ。」 Weblio辞書 says: 活用語の終止形に付く。多く「だって」「...
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Is there a Japanese word for money/wealth that sounds like 'tuh ki'?

About 30 years ago, when meeting the famous George Takei, my friend accidentally pronounced his last name as 'Tuh ki' (rhymes with 'hi'). As an 11 year old, he had never really heard George's name ...
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話がすっきり what does this means?

話がすっきり >>What does this means in this context? 2 girl are talking about MC, who was arrested by police. The police suspecting MC is the murderer of a crime. G1: 無実なのだから、そのうち帰してもらえるのではないか G2: 甘い。...
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Adjectives ending in らしい

I found some adjectives ending in らしい seem to be the combination of "stem of an adjective" and "らしい," e.g., かわいらしい, きたならしい, にくらしい, and いやらしい (there are certainly more). What ...
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Usage of とも in a sentence

だが、そんな永久とも思われた戦乱は、唐突にその幕を閉じる How is とも being used here? I'm not exactly sure on the specific answer and my translation came out to be "But the war they thought that would continue for eternity ...
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Understanding「彼のこれまで」

I found this sentence in a character quiz from a manga. 彼{かれ}のこれまでをクイズ形式でおさらいしていきましょう。 What does「彼のこれまで」mean in this sentence? It means "him up till now," right? How it is different from「...
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Does わかる carry more implication of assent or agreement than the English equivalents?

The dictionary definition of わかる is usually "to understand" or "to know." But in everyday life it's sometimes used by service staff in some of the same situations as the more formal かしこまる, e.g. "to ...
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Difference between 呟く and 囁く

I understand that both 呟く and 囁く mean "whisper", but are there any subtle differences?
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What does ギスる mean?

Conversation goes: A: まだひきずっていたのか B: え、お前忘れたの?ギスってたの俺だけ?びっくりする B: 次はねぇぞ The ギス I know means having a cold atmosphere or strained relationship. But here, I am not sure I get what it means.
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Grammar of [仰せ]{おおせ}になる

I've been reading through the Old Testament in my Japanese Bible (新共同訳). A phrase I've seen about a million times is [主]{しゅ}はモーセに仰せになった → The Lord commanded Moses I know what 仰せ(る) means, but I'm ...
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Is 集まろう! a common way to say “Let's get together?”

I'm pretty sure 集{あつ}まろう (atsumarou) technically means "Let's get together" or "Let's gather together" i.e. as a group, but I'm not sure if this would be a commonly used phrase in ...
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What is the difference between 外科 and 手術?

What is the difference between 外科 and 手術 ? According to 三省堂, they both mean "surgery". I've seen 外科 being used as part of larger names such as 脳神経外科学, while 手術 used with の before as in: ...
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Meaning of 人間ではない自分の心に、気づいた

In the below passage I am not sure on the meaning of the last line. The context of the scene is in hospital and the narrator has been told by あずきさん she only has several days to live and they are ...
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Use of たこと with te-form verbs

I've come across the following sentence 叫んでたことを知ってたよ。 I know that you can do past tense verbs + こと but I've never seen te-form verbs + たこと. So what does it mean using te-form in this case?

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