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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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Understanding correct choice on N1 grammar question

I'm starting my JLPT N1 study, but am already running into roadblocks just reading the example sentences which is rather embarrassing. The way things are going, I'll have many more questions in the ...
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Is it appropriate to use irasshaimase when welcoming someone to a private office?

I want to say welcome to people when they enter my office. I am not in a store or selling anything. I have only heard this term used in large common public areas. There may be a more appropriate term. ...
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Difference between 目覚める and 起きる

I searched for both they mean to wake up. When do I need to use 目覚める and 起きる.
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Meaning of く も in this sentence

This sentence is from Doraemon: そんなのめずらしくもないよ. I think it means "It is not that rare/uncommon". But I don't understand the use of く も here. Should it be interpreted as めずらしく + も? 1. Why they use めずらしく ...
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Ending sentences with the て form

I have a question pertaining to the following line in a manga. いや実【じつ】は最近【さいきん】下【した】の名前【なまえ】で呼【よ】び合【あ】う事【こと】になってよ The speaker just called his girlfriend by her first name, and this surprises ...
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Difference between 「彷徨う」 and 「彷徨える」、「狂う」 and 「狂える」 etc

In 大辞林, the definition of さまよえる as in さまよえるオランダ人 is あてもなくさまよっている。 while the (primary) definition of さまよう is 当てもなく、あるいは目指す所が見つからずにあちこち歩き回る。 What's the difference between the two words, and ...
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What is おばあちゃん子?

I attempted to find the meaning of おばあちゃん子 but it seems that it does not exists in the dictionary. What does it mean?
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Meanings of ちゃんと

I always thought ちゃんと meant "properly" or "exactly", but I begin to think that its meaning is broader, more like "as it is supposed to be" or "as you're supposed to do" because in some sentence it ...
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Difference between [休日]{きゅうじつ}, [休暇]{きゅうか} and 休{やす}み

What is the difference between 休日, 休暇 and 休み? When each should be used?
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What does “子役の闇” mean?

a few days ago I find out that the term "子役の闇" exist, but I can't quite understand its meaning. I have seen it used on places like twitter and 2ch but it seems there's no English equivalent for this. ...
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The usage of とは in 緊急招集とは、おだやかではないな

From what I understand, とは can be used to "define" things. So does this mean that it can be used to expand on what comes before とは/というのは and that which comes after will explain the speakers view/...
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In which case should I use 連体形+上で?

This usage of 上 is still difficult for me. In the context of a sentence I may be able to understand what it does mean, but I can't get the feeling that would tell me: this a situation where using it ...
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How do Japanese people infer if a verb is a ichidan verb or a godan ending in ru?

In Japan, if a Japanese person sees a new verb ending in ru, what would they do to try and infer if it's a ichidan or godan verb before just looking it up or asking someone?
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「が」 meaning “or”

I found this sentence in a game manual: 16回に1度、グリーンがブルーのかわりに出現。 Unfortunately I don’t understand why there is 「が」 used between the two color names. The sentence clearly means that this red candy ...
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「春じゃもの」の「じゃもの」はどういう意味?

What does the じゃもの in 春じゃもの mean? The phrase is a koto song title, so I can't give much context. I think my teacher said it meant something like "clearly", or "the essence of". But I can't remember, ...
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What does ゆーか mean?

In sentence: 見ず知らず子供を助けるほど、お節介とゆーか、親切ってほどでもない。 I searched jsho, weblio and googled it and nothing. What does it mean? Is this some kind of abbreviation, or onomatopoeia?
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What does やっぱり mean in [そこまでなんだって、思っちゃうもん……やっぱり]

「もうみーくん、またそういうこと言って」 「駄目ですか?」 「ううん、それも嬉しい、ドキドキする」 「そこまでなんだって、思っちゃうもん……やっぱり」 I'm a bit confused as to what this やっぱり is doing in the sentence above.
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What is the difference in meaning between 練習, 訓練 and 実践?

What is the difference in meaning between 練習, 訓練 and 実践?
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ように at the end of a relative clause

In this sentence: 石の上にも三年とは、冷たい石でも三年間座り続ければ暖まるように、何事にも忍耐強さが大切だという意味です。 Is it saying that even in a cold stone, if something continues to fall/sit on top of it,in order to warm the stone you ...
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What does それ refer to in それでいい in this exchange?

「ええい、御託はいい!!それより流星。お前は見たくはないのか?嫁達の喜ぶ姿を。」 「嫁達の喜ぶ姿…」 「しかも温泉で!」 「お、温泉で…」 「…わ、分かった。嫁達の健康と笑顔には変えられん。」 「ふははははっ、それでいい、それでいいのだ、流星!」 In this exchange I'm a bit confused as to what the それ is actually ...
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The 「と」 conditional to be used as “when”?

i'm not entirely sure but remember that conditionals could be used to also mean "when" when in is that the case here? ゲームを愛する引き篭もり少年・佐藤(さとう)和真(かずま)の人生は、あっけなく幕を閉じた・・・・・・はずだったが、目を覚ますと目の前に女神と名乗る美少女が。 ...
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What does “なあ” & ”なんて” mean in this sentence. (うん、めずらしいなあ、めぐみのほうがおそいなんて)

Here is the sentence I'm talking about... うん、めずらしいなあ、めぐみのほうがおそいなんて
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What does 9月とか10月なんですよ mean?

What does 9月とか10月なんですよ mean? 日本で台風と言うと 9月とか10月なんですよ 7月に上陸とか聞いたことありません We were chatting about typhoons. Does it mean "What? We still have September and October, you know"? In particular, I ...
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The meaning of そう

I know when placed after a verb it means "seems like" or "looks like", but what I want to know is what the そう in そう です か means. I know そう です か means "Is that so?" but I've seen そう used with other ...
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The の in のに and なのに

I've heard that the の in のに and なのに is the general-noun の (I don't remember the word for it.). So why, in that light, does the meaning of the two make sense?
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Translation of a passage discussing zodiac systems

My friend and I are reading 宝石泥棒 by Masaki Yamada. In the beginning of chapter five, there are a few paragraphs that discuss constellations and zodiac systems, but we can't figure out how to translate ...
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Difference between 夫 and 主人?

The words [夫]{おっと}and [主人]{しゅ・じん} both mean "husband". What's the difference between them?
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が and けど at end of a sentence

I know that when in a sentence-final position が and けど can be used as softeners or to convey hedging, but in some situations understanding them as such doesn't feel right. Although my brain ...
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Strange phrase? 「お切らせ願います。」

I was translating a song (full lyrics: http://vocaloidlyrics.wikia.com/wiki/反芻の印象_(Hansuu_no_Inshou) ) and found this phrase which I am very confused about: 「お切らせ願います。」 "Please make (let) it cut" is ...
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Did standalone noun “好き” mean a person in classical Japanese?

In classical Japanese, did standalone noun “好き” mean a person who likes something? I do not think that it does in modern Japanese, although it sometimes means a person when used as a suffix (e.g. ...
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Alternate meaning for えぐい

One of the dictionary definitions for えぐい is "amazing". I've never actually come across this sense of the word in any sentences. Does anyone have examples of where native writers have used えぐい to ...
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What does 花つ月 mean?

緋【あか】色【いろ】の花【はな】つ月【づき】 I'm trying to figure out the meaning for this part of kanji in a title for a series. The red flower month? The red flower moon? The month of blossoming red flowers? I'm totally ...
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Meaning of 足のつかない?

I wasn't able to find any matches through dictionaries for 足のつかない or 足がつかない. Here is the sentence: 消えても足のつかない人間をさらっては上の集団に引き渡すらしい The context is thugs kidnapping people for money. I don't ...
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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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Can I use 行っている間(に) in the sense of a habitual action?

Knowing that 行く is punctual, stative, and a motion verb, I also know that, 日本に行っている means "I/he/she have gone to Japan (and am still there)" rather than "I am currently going to Japan." I also feel ...
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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 causative form appropriate in the following usage (悪事に加担させるようそそのかす)?

The following is an example sentence from "Tanaka Corpus" used in many free dictionaries (for example down below). 彼は罪のない若者を悪事に加担させるようそそのかしていた。 He was egging an innocent young man on to join him ...
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What does うんたらかんたら mean?

I recently heard this phrase being told in a show, but I just couldn't make sense of what it means...And what really caught my attention was that the listener was really surprised to hear this phrase ...
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Precisions about ほど, and particularly what quality ほどの refers to

The speaker is facing an old man in a martial art tournament and thinks : (1) 武道会に出場できるほどの老人なのにまるで聞いたこともない名だ。 Though this old mand is strong/good/in shape enough to participate in the ...
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Meaning of あくまで in あくまで私個人の意見です

What is the meaning of あくまで in the sentence あくまで私個人の意見です ? ALC: back and edge, consistently GJiten: to the end; to the bitter end; to the last; stubbornly; persistently; to the utmost What nuance is ...
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What does んだけど mean here?

「……さすがにそれはちょっと、あまりオススメできないっていうか……」 優には悪いけど、恥ずかしい……。 俺があのベッドで寝るのも恥ずかしいし、自分の部屋にあるのも恥ずかしい……。 ……というか根本的な問題として置けるのか、アレは。 「なんで? 私と寝るのイヤなの?」 「いや……そういうことは全くもってない**んだけど**……」 「じゃあ問題ない、いい生活にはいい睡眠が大事」 Can ...
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Difference between かおり and におい

In a TV show I am watching (孤独のグルメ, perhaps many of you have heard of it) the gentleman is about to drink some coffee but pauses to savour the aroma. He says いい かおり だ Which I translate as "good ...
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「○○は草」とはどういう意味でしょうか?

Abemaの麻雀チャンネルを見ていたら、人のコメントの一部または全部をコピーして、最後に「は草」を付けて送信する人がいました。 例えば、コメント欄がとても盛り上がっていた時に「コメント読みてえのに多すぎて読めねえんだよ だから各自で控えろ」というコメントがありました。 これに対して コメントを控えろは草 と送ってきました。 このようなことをいろんなコメントでずっと繰り返していました。...
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On the interpretation of 「酷い言われようだ」

The meaning of 「酷い言われようだ」 seems (to me) to be something not very different from 「酷いことを言われた」. e.g. それが今やサラリーマンとは「会社に飼われる家畜」なんですってよ。まったく酷い言われようです。 My questions: Is my interpretation correct? Did I ...
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What does「ゝ」mean?

Now, I've been at least trying to read 竹取物語, and in the second sentence of my version it shows a odd symbol that I've yet to see. 野山にまじりて、竹を取りつゝ、萬づの事に使ひけり。 The symbol in question is the 「ゝ」 what ...
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What does “いんやぁ” mean?

I've tried scouring through various Japanese dictionaries with no luck. For some context: Person A has just heard person B and C have gotten married: いんやぁ~おめでたいよねぇ~!
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Meaning of 欲ばっから and help with the following sentence

Context: Riku, the protagonist boxer of this manga, is fighting against an evasive opponent that is really good at dodging punches and who always tries to win on points rather than KOs. Riku tries to ...
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What is the purpose of 中 in ダウンロード中?

When I am downloading something, this comes up. I guess it would mean that the download is in progress or something but it seems a little unexpected to have that there. Is it something that you'd say ...
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Is “~の方が格上だ” a set phrase of sorts?

I've never come across "の方が格上" before, I'm wondering if it's a set phrase that would describe someone being "out of your league" in terms of power/strength so the implication is that one cannot hope ...
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Meaning of となら and とやら in these sentences

I've encountered those two words in a manga I'm currently reading. Here are the sentences : きさまとならまちがいなく勝てるぞ。 I don't know if となら is a specific particle or if it is と+なら(ば) (and in that case is と ...