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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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What is the difference between 生活 and 暮らし?

When I was looking through the main page of OKWAVE, and I saw that the questions are put in categories. One of the categories says 生活・暮らし. When I looked them up on Weblio, 生活 has the meanings of “(a) ...
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The usage of という in questions

My question is about the differences when using という in a question compared to without. Take for example the 4 questions below 何があったというのだ? 何があったのだ? 何かが始まるというの? 何かが始まるの? The two questions ...
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Exact meaning and usage of 「またこんど」

What is exact meaning and usage of 「またこんど」? I know that is like saying "see you later", but it's not very clear to me. Should we use Kanji in this phrase?
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だろう in question context?

This is sentence: 「“見る”か。お前はいったい、どのような世界を“見て”いるのだろうな」 I'm not sure if this is really a question, but words like いったい and どのよう suggest that it probably is. So if this is really a question, then how ...
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The meaning of 「尋ねられもしないこと」

I'm reading a Japanese novel and there's this part of the sentence I don't know the meaning 公安からの情報が必要な場合は、何とかして引き出す。しかし、尋ねられもしないことをこちらからわざわざ連絡するつもりはない。 My rough translation is: "In case ...
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How broad is the meaning of 薬?

I saw on a board the other day someone referring to insecticide as "薬", which doesn't really fit with the English conception of "medicine". I looked up "薬" in Kenkyuusha, and sure enough, "chemical" ...
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What conjugation of 願う is 願わくば, and what does it mean here?

This is my first post here, I'm sorry if I didn't follow any formatting or posting rules. Original sentence, from a character's monologue: 願わくばこの時間が少しでも長く続くことを。。。 The English translation I have (...
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How can we determine the subject of 「彼{かれ}が来{こ}ないことを知{し}りませんでした。」?

Consider the following sentence. 彼{かれ}が来{こ}ないことを知{し}りませんでした。 I really get confused in determining the subject. Which is the correct translation? I did not know that he will not come. He did not ...
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How to understand this usage of 「〜て来た」?

I found a slightly unnatural use of 「〜て来た」 in the postscript of the Gospel in colloquial Japanese. 当時口語の聖書はなかった。のみならず私の改訳について  聖書改訳文は元訳の文体に限り申候 口語体は威厳なく口調悪く記憶に不便に候 勅語もし口語体にて作られる時代来らばイザ知らず云々 ...
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Meaning of る in 問われたる

From the beginning of the novel "The Grove", what does the る mean in 検非違使に問われた る 木樵りの物語 問われた is the passive of 問う, but where does the る come from? Is it the short form of いる?
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Is there any difference between 早く終われば and 早く終わったら?

Consider the following two sentences, 仕{し}事{ごと}が早{はや}く終{お}わったら行きます。 仕{し}事{ごと}が早{はや}く終{お}われば行きます。 Is there any difference between them?
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首都 (しゅと) and 都 (みやこ)

首都 {しゅと} and 都 {みやこ} what's the difference? thanks for your reply.
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Can someone explain how this massive sentence works

アメリカやヨーロッパなど6つの国は、イランが核兵器をつくろうとしているのではないかと考えて、経済制裁(=貿易などを禁止すること)を続けていました。 America and Europe etc plus 6 countries (this is the topic) Iran is trying to make nuclear weapons Since it is not prohibited ...
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Difference between してください and なってください in this sentence

Is there a difference in translation and meaning between these two sentences or are they practically interchangeable? ギターのボリュームを小さくしてください。 ギターのボリュームを小さくなってください。 My translation: Please can you ...
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Does 数独{すうどく} really mean “single number”?

I've never actually played a sudoku puzzle (I know, I live in a cave!). I just saw the word written in kanji somewhere, which rekindled my interest. Wikipedia states: The puzzle was popularized ...
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trouble with comprehension: 最大公約数的な and くらいにまで

Following is an excerpt from 「涼宮ハルヒの憂鬱」. My questions concern the last sentence. 世界の物理法則がよく出来ていることに関心しつつ自嘲しつつ、いつしか俺はテレビのUFO特番や霊特集を熱心に観なくなっていた。 いるわけねー……でもちょっとはいて欲しい、...
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Help with the meaning of 大絶賛 in this sentence

というわけで、俺は実家で只今大絶賛ひとり暮らし中である。 From what I can tell, the speaker is saying that for reasons mentioned he is living alone at home, but I don't see how 大絶賛 (which means very high praise) affects the ...
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Is tonai (都内)only used for the Tokyo metropolitan area specifically?

I was having a chat conversation and used the word to comment on a profile. The person chatted that there are different words used depending on where the person is from, so if a person is from the ...
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ければ possibly used to link verbs instead of causation? (visual novel, narration)

I apologize if this is a silly question but can ければ be used to simply link two verbs (as in, "and")? It doesn't make much sense (or does it?) in the following sentence for "to scream angrily" making ...
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How is “しかい” used in this sentence?

I'm a bit confused about how "しかい" is used in this sentence I came across while studying: そこには私一人しかいなかった。 "I was the only one there." My guess is that it is an ending to "一人", but I couldn't find ...
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What does ように mean here?

So person A is talking to person B. A is saying he will move, B asks when, and A responds "tomorrow", and after that he adds the following sentence: ここに来るようになったぐらいだったかな、決まったの。 I guess it roughly ...
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What does the とは mean in this phrase?

I'm pretty new to Japanese and I have a question. So I know this is supposed to be something like "he differs from his former self" but I can't really make sense of what とは is supposed to mean in ...
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Help parsing 無事勝利

I'm not sure about the meaning of this sentences: ロリンズはヘル・イン・ア・セルPPVで俺がオーエンズに無事勝利したらこのリストを返してやる。 Is it saying that at ヘル・イン・ア・セルPPV, ロリンズ is going to return the リスト if he gets a clean victory ...
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Meaning of くる in 鼻の奥まで染みこんでくる

独特の臭いだな。鼻の奥まで染みこんでくるぞ。 穴から水が溢れてくる 水槽に手を入れると舐め回してくる人なつっこいホトケドジョウ てくる is something I've never really seen a clear and comprehensive explanation of the different uses and what they mean. They ...
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「~たのは」という文型は何という意味?

What is the meaning of ~たのは? For context, the song bluebird by いきものがかり says 目指したのは青い青いあの空.
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Help with translation, 綺麗事 and 奴の方

Context: Person A has been talking about how they will spend their life making better some wrong by dedicating their life to helping others. In fact it's not really A's fault but something their ...
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Problem understanding この素晴しい世界に祝福を!

I am studding particles, and I want to translate the anime's name: "この素晴しい世界に祝福を!" (kono subarashii sekai ni shukufuku o!). What does に mean in this sentence? I have seen many people ...
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Is this a wrong translation of the negative?

I found this sentence from Death Note with it's translation: "これなら私はあなたを殺せないし、あなたからしか警察はノートを奪えない。" "Now I can’t kill you and the police can only recover the Death Note from you." Why is 奪えない ...
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Translating a sentence with 恋 and 愛

The sentence is:「『恋』じゃないかもしれないけど 『愛』ならあるよ」 I tried looking up the difference between 恋 and 愛 , but I feel like I still don't have a complete grasp over it. A temporary translation I have is: "I ...
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Interpretation of “ならできるよう”

I have the following sentence that a character says: その上で、 協力できる事があるならできるよう善処する。 Context: Characters fought and are about to join up. Also this character tends to not speak 100% proper default ...
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突っ込む所 - is this what it means?

Would "私を見て突っ込む所はないか" translate to something like "Would you come take a closer look at me?" I've done a lot of context searching for 突っ込む所 but I can't quite pin down a solid meaning on it.
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Why this verb isn't in the dictionary form?

The sentence is this one: おむすびがころころ転がり穴におちてしまいました Why is it 転がり instead of 転がる? Also for a bonus question, I read in this forum site that てしまう means to make emphasis on the ending of the action ...
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How to get the right meaning of particles

Since Japanese is a left branching language, do you have trouble getting the right meaning of words or particles like the particle で in the next sentence (which can indicate location of action and ...
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What is the meaning of 商{あきな}いせず?

What is the meaning of 商{あきな}いせず? It is common to use the stem verb plus せず instead of the negative form of the verb plus ず? 持ち込んだ荷物を商{あきな}いせず
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How to use 彼 and 彼女?

The first time I saw these two terms, they were used in a love context, to mean "boyfriend/girlfriend". Later, I came to know that you can also use these to refer to "that guy/girl". So, what I ...
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What does いや、これで見つからないと俺としましては逆に大変なことになるのですmean?

Could someone help with the gramatical construction of this phrase? いや、これで見つからないと俺としましては逆に大変なことになるのです What I don't get is the としまして part Could someone help?
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What does 「ニゴでした」mean?

I was reading an article at Tomojuku. Link At the very end of the article, it says, ではでは ニゴでした。 What does ニゴでした mean ? I searched online but I couldn't find anything about this.
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Is there a difference between 嘘つき and 嘘つけ ?

Any subtle differences in meaning or respect? Which is more common? Or is it just another one of those words like やはり/やっぱり/やぱり, しょうがない/しかたない、あんまり/あまり etc. with no difference at all other than ...
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What is って in どうかしらって?

Which meaning of って is used in this case and what is its purpose? 「そうねぇ、私も考えていたのよ。捨ててしまうんなら取っておいたらどうかしらって。」
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dai 3 ka renshuu A 5 ( minna no nihongo 1 )

i have a doubt. In the lesson 3 practice A 5: [x] wa [ y ] desu x= something y= place That mean the X is in the place Y. Like in " The CAR ( x ) is in the GARAGE ( y ) " BUT the exemples are ...
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Can で mean 'and'?

I'm new so よろしくお願いします。 I'm completing my Japanese homework, and we were given a letter that we need to write a response to. There is a line that goes: '私の名前はみのりで、十五さいです.' I assume that here で means ...
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What do つれて and いくと mean here?

ある日、アリババがロバをつれて森へいくと、たくさんの馬の足音が聞こえてきました。 Can anyone explain to me what つれて and いくと mean in this sentence, I'm having a hard time understanding.. Thanks
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I am struggling with the sometimes conflicting uses of 先

Rikaisama's definition of 先 includes meanings like previous; prior; former; some time ago. However it also includes meanings such as front; ahead; the future; destination. I am struggling to make ...
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Understanding the usage of もう with present tense verbs

I think when a lot of people first learn もう it's as "already', right? There's also the meanings of "anymore", "soon", "now", "more', "another" and its use as an interjection. That's a lot of meaning ...
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What does using という add to a sentence?

This sentence is from a grammar website: 主人公が犯人だったというのが一番面白かった。 Why is という necessary? What does it add? And what meaning is lost in writing the sentence without it? For example, as in: ...
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Would 私は怖い mean “I'm scared” or “I'm scary”?

Or does it mean both? If so, is there any way to explicitly distinguish between "I'm scared" and "I'm scary"? If it only means one and not the other, how would you say the other?
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Usage (correctness) of だと after verbs

I've noticed だと showing up after verbs for a while now in various forms of media, such as blogs, anime, regular TV shows & also when speaking to Japanese people. However, I was originally told ...
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What's the difference between からには, 以上, and 上は?

I know all three mean "since that..", "now that..", "So long as...." etc. I have trouble understanding the difference between these three. I was wondering in what scenario would I use these 3 grammar ...
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Why does 目 have a counting sense to it?

Why does 目 get used in situations like 二個目? How did it come about getting the meaning of eye as well as some counting meaning?
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What is the difference between ~すぎ and ~すぎる?

When I was playing a video game a few months ago, I noticed that some of the characters (mostly young teen females, in case it matters) kept saying ~すぎ instead of ~すぎる. For example, when one of the ...