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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Meaning of 一人目はやはり、君になったか。, やはり and か shenanigans

Context: people are being chosen for a task, and the speaker is awaiting the chosen two. If this sentence was just: 一人目はやはり、君になった。 this would just be "I expected you would be (you would become) ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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]