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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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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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When is -の used for a question

When is -の used for a question and what is the exact meaning Context: (nj) = (Native Japanese speaker) (njs): 学校に行くの? (me): いいえ、学校は行きません。 (njs): 自分でやるの? (me): 自分やります。
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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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meaning of the verb 工夫 in this example

What is the meaning of the verb 工夫 when it is used with clothes? Example: [裏地]{うらじ}を[工夫]{くふう}してみる
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what does 寝取られ mean?

i have been wondering what is exactly the meaning of 寝取られ or definition of it. i tried to translate it using google translate to english and my native language and the result was confusing. to ...
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Question about ね

Once I read that the sentence ending particle "ね" is not only used when we are asking for an agreement or expressing our agreement, but it is also used when we are talking about our experience, our ...
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The meaning of 技術は習うものではなく盗むもの

技術は習うものではなく盗むもの I'm sure this is some sort of idiomatic expression, I just don't know exactly what it means. Searched everywhere but didn't find anything. Sometimes the "Gijutsu" part is replaced by ...
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Meaning of 持てない in 充電中は持てないほど暑くなるんだけど

Someone was talking about the properties of a charger But i don't understand the meaning of 持てない in: 充電中は持てないほど暑くなるんだけど
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What does 絶賛 in 絶賛仕上げ中 mean?

This is a rather straightforward question. I have the following line said by person H to person G. H: みんなが来るって聞いてたからお菓子焼いてたんだ~ 絶賛仕上げ中{ちゅう} It's an answer to unvoiced question of G to H about what ...
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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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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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Dictionary form of verb to indicate progressive actions or actions in progress?

I've always interpreted the plain/present affirmative of a verb (e.g. 行く/行きます) as either A.) an action that I will do in the future 図書館に行きます "I will go to the library" B.) an action that I ...
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アパートは多少遠くても、安い方がいい。

I don't understand "安い方" here (especially "方") I think it means something like "Even if the flat is somewhat far it's good that it's cheap" but it would be "アパートは多少遠くても、安いがいい。"
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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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Explaining the sentence 今になってもまだ実現していないさま

I have two questions regarding this sentence: 今になってもまだ実現していないさま。 The meaning / grammar of ~も in 今になっても. The meaning / grammar of ~さま part at the end of the sentence. As I know ~さま is added to the ...
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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?
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Meaning of ハートしている

In a boxing match, a trainer is telling a boxer to stay away from the opponent and wait the end of the round to recover, but he doesn't listen to him. Then the trainer says this sentence: ...
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What are the meanings of おはようございません and ありがとうございません?

Nobody seems to say those things. I want to know the meanings of おはようございません and ありがとうございません.
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Why use 行き and not 行きたい?

I'm currently learning the Desire Form of the verbs and I'd like to know why in this phrase, it's used 行き and not 行きたい. 私はショッピングモールに行き、自分のために服を買いたい The たい form should be added only at the last ...
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What does うえ mean in this case? [duplicate]

What does うえ mean in this case: 実行委員会によりますと、この冬は極端に気温が上がる日がなかったうえ、十分な量の雪も確保できたことで、雪像作りは順調に進んだということです。
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The meaning of この+own personal name

One of the villains of ジョジョの奇妙な冒険, Dio, frequently refers to himself as「このディオ」 (to the point it became a meme). What's the meaning of this grammar: この+own personal name? Is it just emphasis? Or are ...
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Meaning of Japanese slang phrase「モロです」?

Can somebody provide a explanation of the meaning of the term モロ as used in the phrase 「モロです」? I see references describing もろ/モロ as an adverb meaning "completely" or "totally" but that doesn't seem ...
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What does '今よ' mean?

What does 'よ' do when placed after a single noun like '今'? 今よ Would it be considered a question, like "Now?" ?
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What does やついておる mean?

I am unsure what やついておる means in the following sentence: …貴様、何をにやついておるのだ…? For some context Person A is comforting Person B who has just heard some happy news and gotten emotional. Person C says ...
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Meaning of My担当氏

I learnt from this answer that 担当さん is a common Japanese expression to address someone working with/for you. Does the presence of My and 氏 add a more specific meaning? The context is a letter from a ...
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What is the meaning of どうの?

Context: a former swordsman takes his daughter to attend kendo lessons. She doesn't seem happy, so he reminds her that she decided herself to go, at which che replies: んだよ!...
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What is やっちゃるけんな?

This looks like やる in a colloquial form. Can someone clear up what this says?
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Two から in the same sentence

I'm playing a game that talks about the story of Princess Kaguya in the following way. I think I got the general gist of it, but I found the second sentence in particular to be perplexing. I think the ...
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そのものと and 身としては

A superior is proud of subordinate's work, and says the following: お仕事は順調そのものと… 各部署にプレゼンさせて貰った身としては鼻が高いわ The first bit is her saying that the subordinate's work is exemplary (the very ...
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Reduplication mark 々

i wanna ask you about donojiten 々. These mark's function is to repeat a word right? But when I searching まだまだ、休み休み、泣き泣き on website dictionary and replaced by 々, cant found those words meaning. So ...
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Directionality of にも

This is part of an analysis of episode 6 of Death Note (from this page: http://samuraimoon.blog67.fc2.com/blog-entry-204.html#comment_list) 結論。夜神月はやっぱり幼稚で負けず嫌い。...
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Meaning of お世話になる vis a vis place of work or place where someone is being trained

I am aware of the usual meanings of the お世話 in reference to someone helping, taking care of someone. But recently I ran into sentences where it was used to describe a place where someone is being ...
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How far can a word be away from another and still modify it - 歪み 並ぶ 使い捨てのレール

I was translating this song (full lyrics here) and I ran across this phrase: 歪み 並ぶ 使い捨てのレール I was thinking that it would make sense if 歪み modified レール - "We chose (in the song, they are on a ...
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What does しまったり mean?

In this line from a song, 大人【おとな】になるにつれ 遠【とお】ざかってしまったり I'm tempted to say it translates to As you grow older, you're growing apart (from me) but I'm not entirely sure how to interpret しまったり. ...
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I don't understand this sentence

A taxi driver picks a girl up. He is driving. Unintentionally he looks at rearview mirror and he doesn't see anybody. Then I found this sentence: おや? と思って振り返るとちゃんといるのです。 When I have read it I have ...
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How is し used as a verb in this sentence?

I found these two sentences in "A Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar" under に(purpose): 学生が質問をしに来た。 A student came to ask questions. そこへ何をしに行くんですか。For what are you going there? When I look ...
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What does なってる mean?

Can anyone tell me what this means? The only definition I could find was "summer vacation" which made no sense in the context. This is what's on ether side of it: これ完全にマウン卜ポジシヨンになってるから!
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I need help understanding the grammar in this sentence

I am still in the beginning stages of learning japanese grammar and while I understand the meaning of the kanji I don't understand what のも means in the context of this sentence. 自分で言うのも なんだ けど
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What does であればこそ mean?

であればこそ、そうした課題の地平に、私たちにとっての「里」、そして、自然との折り合いかたをたえず模索する契機となりうる新たな《里山》 像という結実が期待されるだろう。 Can someone explain what であればこそ means?
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What is the meaning of あまり in this dialogue?

Is doesn't seem to be "not very much"... A: 運転ができますか B: あまり、うまくはないですけど I would be grateful if someone could help. :]
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Meaning and use of 身柄

In this sentence (psycho-pass's line): 私は議長の身柄を押さえます The 身柄 can be omitted and thereby result: 私は議長を押さえます I really wonder the use of 身柄 and if it is really necessary.
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Meaning of 男性がときどき見せる[これって脈アリサイン] [closed]

In the below sentence I translated the first part as "Men sometimes display" but cannot figure out the meaning of [これって脈アリサイン]. 男性{だんせい}がときどき見{み}せる[これって脈{みゃく}アリサイン]
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Is there a difference between a カーニバル and an お祭り?

Is there a difference between a カーニバル and an お祭り? I researched the terms on Jisho. Does it have to do with the duration or type of the activities? Thank you.
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What is the meaning of うが? [closed]

I know that omae means you but what does お前うが mean? [for reference the whole sentence is 毎度お前にばかり...すまなくお前うが]
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What term would be used for commemorative coins and notes collectively?

Would commemorative coins and notes collectively be known as メモリアル?to indicate a type of memorial? The special money printed and coined in honor of special occasions such as the Olympics and other ...
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Can 参加 be used to invite someone to a chat?

Context: I invited a person to participate in a chat. チャットに参加してください was my original sentence. Is my sentence and word choice correct? I was considering the word 関与.