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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 to distinguish between the meanings of “quickly”, “soon” and “early” for 早く

At What is 方 used for (when attached to a た-verb)?, I wrote that the 早く there means "early": 早く行った方が良かったでしょう。 It would have been better if (you) had gone early, would it not? But I'm wondering ...
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Question about の

I am having an hard time understanding the difference between のですね and ですね and the difference between のですよね and ですよね. For example, what is the difference between 簡単ですね and 簡単なのですね? Or the difference ...
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Meaning of ここで引くなどご法度

ここで引くなどご法度 I've read several articles on nado, and have found that it can mean 'whatnot, and such, etc.' but to me that doesn't make sense here. Can anyone help with this?
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“可能性がある” at the beginning of a sentence?

I'm reading a short extract from a story, and I'm having troubles understanding the syntax of the following: 可能性があるとすればギンの『生贄』を免れた山田とその父親だけだが、敵である男達が使えた所でなんだと言うのだと考え、チヒロは肩を竦めた。 I'm used to seeing ...
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知らない used in “I don't care”

A:一人で海外行きたいけど。。。反対しても行くよ!! B:ダメだよ!!何かあったら知らないよ! When this kind of nuance is used for the verb 知らない, why is the verb 知らない used even though it means "to know" and how do you translate it exactly...?
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What's the meaning of 乃?

Google Translator gives me no result.
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Meaning of 様子を交える

From an article I'm reading: 今回はこのイベントの様子を交えながら、このプロジェクトを総括します。 I understand 様子 as 'state/appearance', and 交える to mean 'mix', but I'm having problems understanding what they mean together as '...
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Meaning of そのままにする

I came across a sentence I don't understand. The essay it's from has a feminist theme about the roles of women in Japan. It's the second sentence below: それは尊敬すべき努力ですが、主婦はすべてそうするべきだというのには、賛成できません。 ...
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What does っていうんだ mean?

I came across the following sentence: 僕が何を怖がるっていうんだ? which was translated as "What am I supposed to be frightened of?" I know that the first part means "what am I afraid of?" I just can't see ...
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Usage of 以前 here

From conversation in an anime (へうげもの、第15話): (古田佐助) 遠く南蛮に至るまで小さきが良いなどと聞いたこともございませぬ。 (千宗易) 茶頭である以前に、しがない魚問屋にすぎぬ私ですらわかるのです。いずれ皆にも伝わることでしょう。(字幕) Is it 以前 ② or ③ from here? I'm confused because ③ ...
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What is the implication when a girl refers to herself using “うち”? Is it meant to be more or less feminine? Neutral? Tomboyish?

I realize it is a kind of Kansai-ben but how does it compare to the other forms of "I" in terms of how they want to represent themselves?
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What's the difference between 程 and 程度?

What the difference between 程 and 程度? I haven't been able to find any using my dictionary.
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What does 「自分の生きている姿勢」 mean?

I am reading Osamu Dazai's 「人間失格」. また、犯人意識、という言葉もあります。自分は、この人間の世の中に於いて、一生その意識に苦しめられながらも、しかし、それは自分の糟糠の妻の如き好伴侶で、そいつと二人きりで侘びしく遊びたわむれているというのも、自分の生きている姿勢の一つだったかも知れないし... When I read this sentence as a ...
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Meaning of 盗み飲み

きっと、盗み飲みしたお父さんの大人のジュースのせいだ。 So, I can guess from the words 盗む "steal" and 飲む "drink" that she drank secretly without anyone knowing, however I can't find this word in a dictionnary. Why is that ?
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What's meaning of 担当さん

なんと担当さんがその辺に落ちてた枝や石を使って実際に作ってくれました I can't finish the translation due I can't understand the 担当さん. At first time, somebody said me that it's name. But it's not name, right? I was told that this ...
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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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What does 何もいません mean?

I am trying to understand the dialogue 5:03 in this tutorial video. What I'm hearing is this: なにがいますか。 なにもいませんね。 あれ。ねこがいますよ。 え、どこに? あそこにいますよ。 The lesson is about how to say ...
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しな at the end of a sentence

In the manga Yotsubato, the main character Yotsuba's father says 「ジャンボが二人分働くしな」. I understand the sentence as a whole, I think, but I don't understand the しな at the end. Here's the full dialogue: ...
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What is the meaning of 山は越えたよ?

The sentence given with its translation is: I'm out of the woods. 山 は 越えた よ。 When I looked up the word "越えた", it was only matched with "越える" instead. I think the meaning is similar. When I ...
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少しぐらいは and 少しぐらい usage in casual speech

Could you please help me out with the last bit of this sentence: 「ええ。弓道部は問題児も多いし、巧いのが一人減ったからね。四月の新入生獲得の為に、少しぐらいは見栄えを良くしとかないと」 I've been wondering about the last bit, namely the usage of 少しぐらい and ...
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Understanding 〜たら良いか〜

The sentence 何と言ったら良いか分かりません means "I don't know what I should say." But what is the literal translation of this sentence? What is the purpose of the か in 良いか?
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What are some words with kanji/readings/meanings that don't match? [closed]

Maybe a hard to understand question, but for example, I love the word 百日紅 (さるすべり) because it's the name of a red flower and uses some very poetic kanji (one hundred days of red) but opts instead for a ...
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Is there any difference between 流石 and 予想した通りでした?

My question is Is there any difference between 流石{さすが} and 予想{よそう}した通{とお}りでした?
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Sentence structure and meaning

here is an extract from a manga that gives me troubles : (|| = column breaks in the manga) ただし||お前達の相手は||私一人でいい||一対一で闘い||私が勝ったら||次の者が||また 私と闘うのだ... First : can you confirm that there are 2 ...
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Why use 分 in this question?

I have come across the following sentence : そのダンボールゴミに出す分ですか? I understand it means something like "Are you throwing out this cardbox?". But what does 分 mean in this context and why is it at that ...
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grammatical and semantic difference of “嘘と思う” and “嘘だと思う”

Before I move on to the topic, here is my analysis based on my grammar book: これを嬉しいと思う。 これを親切だと思う。 The bolded part are quotation (引用), and the と behaves as a 格助詞 (quotation ...
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Can “逆に” be used to say “in addition”?

I know that "逆に" means "on the contrary", but in english "on the contrary" can be used either for contrast, or for saying "in addition" (or similar terms). Can the japanese "逆に" be used to say "in ...
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What is オレたちゃ a contraction of?

I came across this line of dialgue, and I'm wondering what the lengthened version would be. For context, the series is in the middle of a tournamet (there are teams, but players compete individually), ...
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Do I have the right idea with ~てきた here?

「日記を書いていたらまさにお腹がすいてきた」 That's the sentence. I believe it'd be, "I am certain to get hungry when I write in my diary." I'm just not entirely sure I'm right simply because the it is きた instead of くる, ...
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一番下のむす子 Translation

I have the following sentence that I have to translate for my homework. 今、ちょうど一番下のむす子が、昼寝をしているところです。 I am having trouble with the 一番下のむす子 part. I think might mean "youngest son" (number 1 low's ...
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Trouble with these sentences, subject-verb confusion and difficult words?

I'm a little clueless with these two sentences right here. 景気判断は前月のまま据え置き、消費増税後の駆け込み需要の反動減は「和らぎつつある」とした。ただ反動減が長期化すれば、「景気下押しのリスク」となる可能性を初めて指摘。 政府は7~9月期には自動車の生産・販売や住宅建設などが反動減から脱して景気が上向くことが、...
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会いたかった : What does it mean?

I've an instagram friend who is far older than me. One day, he figured out that I lived near his house, then he commented this in my instagram post: あなたに会いたかった。 What does that mean? Did he want me ...
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「かえって疎まれる」の意味について

「疎{うと}まれる」の意味はわかりますが、「かえって疎まれる」と使われたら意味がわからなくなりました。 「かえって」とは何を表すのですか。
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(をする) and (がする). Meanings and Uses

What does (をする) and (がする). Sometime ago I read on site something I dont remember, but I got confused because the use of 勉強がする, but I just knew the existence of 勉強をする. So actually Im pretty confused. ...
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Clarification of a sentence from a video game, 「~為」

As far as I understand, it generally says that the Area server did not respond in a certain amount of time. Can anyone give me some insight as to how accurate my understanding of this message from ...
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What is meant/implied by “じゃないんだからね”?

I noticed today, while playing Grisaia no Kajitsu (English version, since my Japanese is really bad), that when I click on a menu option while using Michiru's voice to voice the menus, she ends her ...
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Is Mierareru the potential form of Mieru?

The verb mieru appears to be able to conjugate to mierareru (potential form). If it is so, what is the meaning of mierareru and how is it different from mieru? To my knowledge mieru = "can see". So ...
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What is the literal meaning of 'マスコミにバラして'?

The sentence is, 'マスコミにバラしてもいいんですよ?' What does this mean, literally? Also, is this figure of speech frequently used? If it is, could you please give me some instances when it is used in daily life? ...
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Meaning of ガッといく

Stumbled upon this phrase. Dictionary as well as google does not yield any results. Example would be: 3年の威厳ってやつをガッといったってください。
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Translation of 竜すらも恐るるに足らない

The full text is... この魔剣があれば… メルヴィンの言うとおり 竜すらも恐るるに足らない… Is this a double negative? "Even dragons to be not afraid is not enough" = "Even dragons are [will be] afraid".
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why is でのこと used?

I have two questions regarding the opening lines of a short story called 真夜中の王女(midnight princess) ある王国でのこと。 うつくしい王女が十五歳でなくなって、そのなきがらをおさめたひつぎが、教会にはこびこまれた。 Is the use of でのこと just to give the ...
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Whats the Meaning of たるみきる?

So i came across this sentence in a newspaper article 与党が各党と修正協議をしている間、特別委員会での審議は、たるみ切っていた。 That I translated into While the ruling party together with the other parties were negotiating the ...
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Usage of する for the five senses - 音がする, 匂いがする, etc

Do these type of expressions mean that something is being perceived or that something is producing said sound/smell/etc? For example, in the Weblio website I saw "門を叩く音がする" translated as "There is a ...
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What does といった mean? [duplicate]

I started to read The Alchemist (both in Japanese and English) and I'm not able to understand the meaning of といった in this sentence: 少年の名はサンチャゴといった。 The equivalent of that sentence in the English ...
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Understanding what 逆に means in context with an emotion

I'm having trouble understanding exactly what this person is saying to me. The context being that I was asked a question by them, and after responding they said this: そうでしたか!それを聞けて逆に安心しました…!笑 I ...
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What does this conversation from a novel mean?

「おまえ、よく命が続いとるなあ」 「これが生き甲斐でござる」 「とりあえず酒でも飲め。いや、呆れたもんだよ」店主が言った。 「奢ってくれるかい?」 「奢るとも」 “You, よく命が続いとるなあ” “This is what I live for.” “Anyway, let’s have a drink. いや、呆れたもんだよ” said the owner. ...
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What's the meaning of までついて?

The までついて in the following paragraph is presenting some difficulties to me, especially the ついて, which I'm not sure is the て-form of つく or is conjunction ついて(就いて). だけど、...
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Meaning of ~ばいいかな

Recently, I've seen this sentence somewhere: 簡単に入れる大学に入って、いい結婚相手を見つければいいかな。 I'd like to know what is the meaning of the ~ばいいかな construction here - is it merely a "I wonder if..." sentence ("I wonder ...
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Meaning of はにゃせ or はにやせ

Context: two people are walking on a street and a tramp says to them: はにゃせー、バカヤロー I'm not sure if it's はにゃせ or はにやせ, because it is written in small fonts, I am attaching an image so you can tell. ...
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What is the meaning of こう見えて in this sentence?

こう見えてなかなかの策士 I get the なかなかの策士 part, but what does the first part of the sentence mean?