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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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How does the passive form work here?

This is from a visual novel. A dude is talking to his underlings: さって本日よりきさまらに新たな命令が下されるわけだが It translates to "Well now I’m calling you to give new orders" I was under the impression that ...
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How does しばらく work with ていない?

私たちはしばらく肉を食べていない。 We have eaten no meat for several days. I don't get how you get the meaning of "have not eaten for several days" from "しばらく肉を食べていない." I can only see it being "we will not eat ...
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Meaning of ぐらいでいいのでは in 「三回ぐらい噛んで飲み込めるぐらいでいいのでは?」

Can you tell me what ぐらいでいいのでは means? Also, I don't understand why potential form of the verb is used in this sentence Can you help me to translate this sentence? Context: The questioner asked how to ...
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What do いっぱいいっぱい and 余裕 mean in this context?

I'm translating this manga, but I'm having a hard time because I don't know what's the best way to translate these words Context: see pics... sorry that there are 7 pics, but I felt that explaining ...
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Is it ok to use 電車 for non-electric trains?

電車 has the kanji for "electric" in it, but is it more or less ok to use it even for non-electric trains, such as steam trains? I saw a steam-powered train being used as the picture for that word in ...
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Can “響く” have the meaning of “to come (home); to remain (with someone)”?

I looked up 響{ひび}く on jisho.org, where I found the meaning "to come (home); to remain (with someone)" under definition 3. I was curious and checked a few monolingual online dictionaries, but none of ...
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母 (haha) and お母さん (okāsan)

What is the difference in meaning and usage between 母 (haha) and お母さん (okāsan)?
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What nuance does ガールフレンド have?

Does ガールフレンド have a meaning of a female friend (like girl friend), or a female romantic partner? Someone told me it had the former meaning, and I should use "彼女" for a romantic partner. However, the ...
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Why is ば in this sentence?

そんなトコで何ばしよる。 I'm reading a manga and from the context of the pictures I think this sentence reads, "What are you doing up there," but I have no idea what part ば plays. The character speaks in a ...
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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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Meaning of …立てちゃいなよ

I am organizing an event and posted a flyer on a famous SNS. Someone commented on it saying: イベント立てちゃいなよ From the context I guess it is advising me to create an event (SNS feature), am I mistaken? ...
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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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How accurately can 使い be translated as “angel”?

On jisho.org, 使い is translated with words such as "errand", and the same holds true on translate.google.com. Neither site is offering "angel" as a suggestion. Yet in Matthew 1:20, the phrase: ・・・...
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Why is coffee with shochu or awamori called コーヒー割{わ}り “split / divided coffee”?

About five nights ago I went out with a local friend to a traditional Okinawan club in Naha. We were of course drinking 泡盛{あわもり} (awamori) with water and ice. But the girl working there had a drink ...
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Why is くれる used here and not あげる

The lines are taken from a visual novel and the translation as well Example 1 逃れるつもり ? 逃れる? 違うな世界の終焉までに時間をくれてやろうというのだ What are you running away? Run? No. I'm simply giving you time to ...
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What is そんでもって?

According to コトバンク, it is the exact same as two different definitions of それで。 Then there is this ベストアンサー which gives many usage examples. Again, it seems to be a very casual filler word meaning それで。...
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Does くだく mean “destroy”? What does いい mean at the beginning of a line?

Would the following be a good translation of the text in the above two speech bubbles? "Everything in this universe is composed of atoms. Destroying something is equivalent to destroying the ...
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Exact meaning of も (maybe emphatic?) in a sentence

I read in a Japanese Grammar(*) written in French: 息子【むすこ】は元気【げんき】で,私達【わたしたち】も安心【あんしん】した. ~ "My son is healthy, and we feel reassured". (translation from the French translation given by Reiko ...
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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 private 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 ...
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Why does 赤 have a negative connotation?

赤 is generally understood as meaning 'red' (which can explain combinations like 赤子 (red face of a crying baby)). However, I have seen some words with 赤 that have a negative meaning, 赤 possibly ...
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Reason for 「のか」 and 「かもしれません」 in 「何を言っているのかわからないかもしれませんけど」

One time I was formulating sentences on a website, to practice my Japanese and get natives to correct them. I had written 「何が言ってわかりませんけど」 which I now understand was wrong, but when they corrected my ...
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「のだろう、」 mid-sentence

私は自分では淋しくも何ともないから、彼女と私とでは、一般的にいう「不幸」という点で、どっこいどっこいのような気がするのだが、彼女は自分のほうが私よりも「ちょっと幸せ」だと感じているのだろう、結婚には失敗したけれど、子供が三人いる。これが彼女が私よりも幸せだと思う最大の理由だと推理したのである。 What is the meaning of のだろう here and how does it ...
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Difference between 回復【かいふく】, 修復【しゅうふく】, 復旧【ふっきゅう】 and 復興【ふっこう】

Here is the sentence: 約{やく}300年{ねん}前{まえ}の絵{かい}画{が}の __ が終{お}わり、~。 This sentence fragment is taken from JLPT1 test book. And there you have to pick one correct answer from 4 words to fill in the ...
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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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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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Is -はない just another way of saying -じゃありません?

In the sentence: 彼の論文には大した価値はない Is the -はない another way of saying -じゃありません or -ではない? And is it read as wanai or hanai?
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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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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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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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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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Weird usage of dakuten

Reading manga, I came across this speech bubble: I noticed the dakuten in ず is on the wrong side of the horizontal line, does this have some special meaning or is it just some sort of printing error? ...
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Meaning of として in this sentence

I don't get why として is used instead of を in this sentence, as it doesn't seem to fit with the "as" sense that I know. 品詞と無関係にコソアドとして一括して扱うのが一般的です。 What I understand is this: Treating コソアド as a ...
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What does「〜も何も」mean in this context?

I’ve been studying Japanese for a while now and came across the following dialogue: A: 私のこと、知ってるんだ。(So you know about me then?) B: 知ってるも何も、有名人じゃないか。 I'm not quite sure how to make sense of B's ...
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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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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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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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「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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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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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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“No, your taste is (not) good”

I am currently reading the "よつばと!" ("Yotsuba&!") manga, and in the first story (vol 1 page 13) there is an exchange about going to buy greeting gifts (for moving into the neighborhood): よつばの父: ...
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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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How to interpret だけじゃ with negative verbs?

I'm confused by the use of だけじゃ in this paragraph: たしかに、レスラーの試合があって大会は成り立ってますけどね。でも、やはりあの最高の空間であり、最高の試合っていうものはレスラーだけじゃ作れないですから。と、ボクは思ってますからね。ボクが思ってることが正しいか、正しくないかはわからないけど、ボクはそう思ってますから。で、...
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Meaning of にと思って in a sentence

I've been thinking about this for a few days but I still can't figure out what this means. Sorry if this is really beginner-like! I was wondering what this particular part in a sentence means: にと思って. ...
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Detailed distinction and relationship between 文、文書、文章、本書、本文、作文、文字、作成、表記 (and possibly others)

Every time I come upon these words, I get confused, because the meanings of them are either very similar with each other or have more than one meaning. For example, on goo辞書, the first meaning of 本書, ...
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Meaning of the construction ~て〇〇年/〇〇か月になります

I saw the construction ~て〇〇年/〇〇か月になります and it looks strange to me. Here is my question: does this construction mean that the action continues until now? For example: この 会社に 入って 10 年に なります。 My ...
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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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A question concerning どなたかにでも

In a story I was reading, the protagonist was given a reward he didn't want or have use for and the person giving the reward said "では、どなたかにでもあげて下さい。" What does どなたかにでも mean? Is the speaker saying "...
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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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