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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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Is tachi disrespectful?

If there are only two people concerned but you say for example " John tachi ga" does it imply the other person is less important? Shouldn't it be used for a larger group of people?
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specific context of てもらう

In this sentence, I am unsure what てもらった is referencing, as the parts that follow make me unsure of what it is trying to convey. If it helps, I have added the past and following sentence to make more ...
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「手があれてひっかかっちゃう」とは何ですか?

日本の小説を外国語に翻訳している外国人です。 今、手がけている小説にこんな文章があります。 (Aは主人公、Bは別の登場人物) Bさんは布を包もうとして、Aをちらっと見ました。 「これはわたしの自慢のべールなのよ。あなた、ちょっと見たくない?」 「ええ、とても」 Aはこたえました。 Bさんは「手があれてひっかかっちゃうから・・・」とつぶやきながら、手のひらを合わせて何回もこすると、...
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「ぬれているようにまっくらです」は一般的なたとえですか?

Japanese 日本の小説を外国語に翻訳している外国人です。 今手がけている小説に、 二人は森の中にそろそろと入っていきました。空に残った明かりが少しは木の間からさしていると思ったのに、森の中に入ったとたんだれかが戸でも閉めてしまったように急に暗くなりました。冷たい空気が流れてきて、まわりはぬれているようにまっくらです。 という一節があります。 最後の「ぬれているようにまっくらです」...
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What does 人が重なるように働いている mean?

I'm translating a Japanese novel. Here's a part of the novel I'm working with: Aさんの指図をうけてお魚をつぎつぎ焼く人、ならんだおなべのスープをかき回す人、野菜を洗う人、きざむ人、できた料理を大皿に盛る人、人がかさなるようにはたらいています。 つくっても、つくっても、まだまだたりません。 I'm not sure ...
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Best word for "owner" of a business/restaurant: 経営者, 事業者, オーナー?

Just as it sounds in the question. A friend wants to own a restaurant as a goal, and I'm not sure what the best words are for translating that into Japanese. "Owner": I've seen entries in ...
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What does なんで means in 恥ずかしいことなんで何もない? [closed]

I think I can understand all the elements of the sentence, except for なんで. I know it means "why", but that definition doesn't apply to this context... so what does it mean?
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Meaning of 知りたい in the following TV program

Here is the URL to the webpage of a TV program. https://news.ntv.co.jp/feature/知りたいッ! If I understand it correctly, 「知りたいッ」is the name of the program. There is a brief explanation of the program on ...
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About the difference in these sentences with のを and のが

I've been struggling to find the difference between those two structures, is one of them wrong or they are both right and have a difference in meaning/emphasis 俺が走るのが見た 俺が走るのを見た
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Meaning of 貸し and 借り in「この貸しは借りになることなく相殺もしない」

From chapter one of 転校先の清楚可憐な美少女が、昔男子と思って一緒に遊んだ幼馴染だった件 I have difficulty understanding the meaning of 貸し and 借り in this panel, especially in this line この貸しは借りになることなく相殺もしない Based on what I know. 貸し ...
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What does this phrase about a face/expression mean? 少し尖った凛とした表情

I came across this sentence but don't know what it means about a girl's face/expression 整【ととの】った顔【かお】立【だ】ちに、少【すこ】し尖【とが】った凛【りん】とした表情【ひょうじょう】。 My guess: "in her well-ordered face, is a dignified ...
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The meaning of 連中を巻いてきたのか?in this context [closed]

Context : MC and the school's Public Moral Team are chasing down a strange creature .But MC found him sit on top of a statue (?) which was engraved on to the wall of the school's clock tower, and ...
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Need help with the meaning of this sentence [MC failed to catch a strange creature- half cat half bird like, then he said this]

MC is a detective in his school .He's trying to catch a strange creature ,that the student in his school are gossiping about.The school Public Moral Department is chasing this creature too like him , ...
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Meaning of なければ + 分かる訳ないだろ

My question is about the sentence "領にでも行かなきゃ分かる訳ないだろ", meaning: "You'd have to go to the territory to find out (what is happening)" I know that なきゃ from 行かなきゃ is an abbreviation of ...
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Meaning of ごまかす

その政治家は曖昧な言い方をして問題をごまかした。 The politician spoke in a vague way and misrepresented the problem. The politician spoke in a vague way and glossed over/dodged the problem. I'm trying to understand the verb ...
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Are 片隅 and 隅 synonymous?

I've seen them both used in the same context, for example, テレビは片隅にあります In that sentence, would 隅 have the same meaning, or is there some nuance to the two words?
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Questions about some JLPT1 grammar terms [closed]

I failed the last time I took the test, so I am looking to brush up. There seem to be a lot of repeats among terms? a) What is the difference between dano and toka? Also nari? They all seem to mean ...
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Meaning of かけやがりまして in 勝手にヒーリングをかけやがりまして

What is the meaning of かけやがりまして in 勝手にヒーリングをかけやがりまして? Should I read it as かけ + やがりまして? If so, what would the inflection of やがる(り)+ まして mean when used together with かけ? And what would the meaning of ...
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I'm not sure how I should translate this: "姉上が戦いを止めて誰もけがをしなかったみたいです"

姉上が戦いを止めて誰もけがをしなかったみたいです It SEEMS that the big sister broke up the fight or is it a FACT that she broke up the fight, so "it seems" that no one was injured? Is "it seems" related ...
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when is に used to mark the subject?

I was reading a grammar book, and I stumbled across the following sentence 君になんかわからない At first sight, I thought it means "I don't know you." But the translation given beneath the sentence ...
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Is it "Is" or "has " in this sentence? [closed]

人類が生き残る希望だと信じて Is he saying that he believed humanity had hope or that someone was its hope?
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Whats the accurate meaning of this ごまかすin this sentence?

照れ臭くなるとすぐごまかす... これじゃわかんなぃよ She doesn't understand the person because when the person feels awkward she ...plays it off/trying to hide it?
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The meaning of 一応 in 一応褒めている

According to any definitions I'm aware of, I don't understand the phrase "一応褒めている". 一応 is pretty tricky (for me, anyhow), so I'm sure I'm overlooking something, but what does it mean here and how ...
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Meaning of いーじゃん

I am reading 海街 Diary, and I have come across the dialogue below. For context: The older sister of the female protagonist calls her, and then has a go at her because her phone was switched off and she ...
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Meaning of noun + がどうとかいってたが

I found the sentence: 「なんでなんだっけ…… 魔王の代替わりがどうとかいってたが……」 Context: the character is reading a newspaper that talks about an event that occurred because of the replacement of the Demon King. I can ...
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Why is 起こしましたか woke up while 起こったのですか is happened?

Why does どこで起こしましたか means where did you wake up while どこで起こったのですか means where did it happen?
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Meaning of なんやけどな

I was translating a manga chapter and found this line: 蛍なんやけどな今行方不明になっててな What's the meaning of なんやけどな?
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What are the differences between 出身地 and 故郷{こきょう}?

I can't figure out the difference between 出身地 and 故郷{こきょう}, both meaning "hometown, birthplace", despite having done some research of my own in the internet as well as in this site. There is ...
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The diffference between 褒めてもらった vs 褒めてくれた?

I came across this expression on TV recently when B said something nice about A, and so A kind of told the viewers 褒めてもらった? I got the impression that the speaker meant "Did I just received a ...
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Why did "mairasesoro" (まいらせさうらふ/まいらせ候) have its own kana ligature?

The Japanese Wikipedia notes that before 1900, the kana sequence まいらせさうらふ (mairasesōrō) had its own kana ligature: Poking around Wiktionary, my best guess would be that this is a set phrase in ...
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What is the semantic difference between 認める and 通じる?

I am looking for the differences in terms of meaning between 認める and 通じる. I have 3 related questions which I have numbered across this answer to make it clearer. Now, 通じる has a myriad of different ...
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What is the difference between 何もありません and 何もあります?

何もありません and 何もあります both have the same meaning according to google translate. I have no trouble in understanding why 何もありません has the meaning of "nothing/everything" as one of my native languages has a ...
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What does だよなー mean?

I know that だよ is like the informal of です but I couldn't get it because when I was having a conversation with someone which went like this person: うん痩せたいです今よりもっと me: 私も... ;; person: だよなー I couldn't ...
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What’s the usage of “では” in this sentence?

歴史の授業は大きい教室でやります。歴史の先生は日本人で、授業ではあまり英語を使いません。 Is it composed of “で+は“ while は just highlights the noun before it? But if that’s the case then does 授業 here refer to a period of time?
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Does さえ mean "even" in the following sentence?

I encountered the following in our daily reading. どのような企業{きぎょう}も、創業期{そうぎょうき}には全社員が昼食をとること さえ 忘れてしまうほど、忙しくフル回転していたものです。 In a business, a person was so busy that he forgot to eat lunch even lunch. (Not ...
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でさえ and すら in the same sentence

幻想でさえ既知感すら拒絶のはず さえ and すら in the same sentence? How do I understand this? Like this? Even in an illusion even knowledge is supposed to be rejected
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Meaning of ものはないか

Context: the character is in a store, searching for something fun to do. Full sentence: 俺は何か面白いものはないか、店内を見回してみた。 My question is about the first part of the sentence, "俺は何か面白いものはないか", ...
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学校まで行くバスは、一時間に一本しかなかったので、学校にときどき遅刻をしてしまうことがありました。

学校まで行くバスは、一時間に一本しかなかったので、学校にときどき遅刻をしてしまうことがありました。 Hello, I don't know what the 1 book is doing in the middle of this sentence form my 新完全マスター語彙日本語能力試験N3 book. My meaning: "On the way to school ...
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Difference between んやったら and すれば

It seems like you can use 「んやったら」to say "if", so what's the difference between this expression and words like 「したら and すれば」 What would be the difference between: そのビザがあるんやったら... And ...
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Meaning of くれる in 転がってくれるわ

I found the sentence: ようし、転がってくれるわ! It was translated as: Alright, I'm gonna roll around! (The context is that the character is rolling on a soft tatami, he's alone so he's not really talking to ...
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“は…は” usage: What’s the function of the first は?

午後は授業はありません。 I saw this sentence in my book, and from my understanding the second は marks the topic of the sentence, and in some cases “は…は” highlights the contrast between two topics, but in this ...
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です vs ありますwhat is the difference between the two? Can they ever be interchangeable?

Q: 日本語の授業は毎日ありますか。一日に何時間ですか。 A: 日本語の授業は毎日あります。一日に二時間あります。 I have questions about the difference between “です” and “あります” regarding the above sentences taken from my textbook. Why is that “です” was used ...
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What does the word 秀尽 mean?

My friend has been playing the Japanese video game called Persona 5 and there was the high school named 秀尽学園高校. I can't find the word 秀尽 (shujin) anywhere. Does it mean something?
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Meaning of a fictional place-name: 星嶺鷹守学園

This phrase has helpful but rather confusing furigana (星嶺鷹守学園{セイレイタカガミガクエン}). I'm reading it to mean "star-ridge takagami campus", with star ridge being the name of the specific campus and takagami ...
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What's the use of tsumori in the first sentence and no in the second?

オレが...ここにいることで生かしてもらってることはわかってるつもりです Translation in the manga : I'm...here so i see you intend to let me live tsumori means the person plans on keeping him alive? In another version it just says &...
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Grammar meaning of でも in 何泊でもどうぞ

……まあ。本当は素晴らしい剣なのですね。そんなものをお預かりできるのでしたら、何泊でもどうぞ I know that でも can mean something like "Even", so 何泊でもどうぞ in this context probably means something like "Even if (でも) you stay as many ...
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What is もしくは doing in this comparision

I saw this sentence in an episode of Attack on Titan ライナーができないと言うようにもしくはライナーでさえここで休まざるを得ない現状を鑑みるに The speaker is referencing something that ライナー said they can't do I don't understand why you would ...
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What is とは in English?

I read a manga and there was this sentence: 巨人とは片想いのままだなクソメガネ Some people have been saying that because the speaker says toha there is a love that is implied to be mutual and he might be referring ...
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Cannot understand 甘える

I will show two examples from Japanese websites. First of all, from Weblio: 「彼女は私に甘える=She spoils me」 Secondly from some site for Japanese English learners (Gabastyle): 「悲しいことが起きたときには友達や家族に甘えてもいいんだよ=In ...
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ソーラン節の「[男度胸]{おとこどきょう}。。。」という一節

The line in Soran Bushi that says [男度胸]{おとこどきょう}なら [五尺]{ごしゃく}のからだ どんと乗り出せ 波の上 チョイー What does it literally mean? I think I know the words, but I can't understand what they mean from those meanings... ...

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