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How is 別に used in this sentence?

The character a friend staying at his house. When the friend is leaving the character says: シャワーくらい貸すけど And the friend answers: 別にこの後すぐ浴びるし I take the exchange t as "I'll lend you the shower at ...
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めったに without a negative?

The context is the following: The characters are watching TV and they give an interview to a guy that is over 40 and never had a lover. One of the characters watching exclaims this. As far I'm aware ...
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Does ろくに~ない grammar change negative sentence into positive?

For example: 暑すぎて眠れない日々が続いてる。is negative sentence(眠れない) but 暑すぎてろくに眠れない日々が続いてる。 is positive sentence???
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How to express regret about future events

My coworker and I are both learning Japanese and working in Japan. While texting with a friend in Japanese to figure out when they should meet, my coworker wondered how to express: "The closing ...
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だけなくねぇ what does it mean?

だけなくねぇ what does it mean? 暇だったから読んでたんだけど、お前 この漫画 7巻だけなくねぇ I understand the character is saying "I had free time so I was reading, but you, this manga..." What I don't quite understand is the ...
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Usage of なんでもよくない

もう 流されたんでもなんでもよくない!? 降参だ降参だ The character is pondering this. He says this after pondering love and deciding to confess back to the girl who confessed to him. My reading of 流された is that the one about &...
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Is じゃないだろう a negative imperative

So the group of characters receive lunch from one of the guy's girlfriend, and one of the members of the group says this: てめー女にメシばっか作らせてんじゃねーだろうな! My confusion is, is this an imperative negative? ...
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Is 「してはならないとさしとめる」 a double negative?

In a Japanese dictionary entry for 禁止, I recently came across: してはならないとさしとめること してはならない: Literally this means "as little as (は) doing (して), doesn't become (ならない)". More idiomatically: &...
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How does the negative work in this sentence: 家は綺麗じゃないではありません。

I tried to use several language translation websites and they all gave me different results. Some say "家は綺麗じゃないではありません” means 'the house is not clean', but some say "家は綺麗じゃないではありません” means ...
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What kind of grammar is てんじゃねえ?

The character is trying to hit something I guess and says this ... れで、狙ってんじゃ、ねえんだから…………本、当……ッ What kind of grammar is れで、狙ってんじゃ、ねえ exactly? "Don't aim for that"? "I was not aiming for ...
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What is the exact nuance of じゃないもんな in this sentence?

I understand the character is quite shocked by how big the 離れ is, however, I'm unsure of the actual nuance of the sentence. 離れって広さじゃないもんなあ。。。 Is he commenting it like "This is quite spacious for ...
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How to tell when 知らない is "I don't care"?

もし世の中君のような顔ばかりだったら それに慣れてしまって何とも思わなくなるのかな? If everyone looked like you people would get used and it wouldn't be effective (your look) 知りません! そんなことは To which the character answers Is it possible ...
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What is the で part in ではありません?

Ok, this might be more complicated or less complicated than I'm making it out to be but I'm assuming this question will be made up of two unrelated components but I can't figure it out so I'm shooting ...
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What does じゃなくない mean? Is it a positive?

In a particular story, one character says: ここへは 結局 身内しか呼んでおらぬ。そう気をつかうな Which means "We only called relatives here. So don't worry". Then, another character, who doesn't know he's related ...
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Is 分じゃない a specific meaning?

Character starts crying and says this: "あれ なんだこれ。。。" To which the other character replies this: "今まで我慢してきた分じゃない?" My reading of 今まで我慢してきた分 is "the amount you have endured ...
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Why does Bunpro call ないか incorrect here?

It is recommended to use the (いき)ませんか version, as (いか)ないか would be a bit too casual to use with someone that you are not very close with (and is also technically not correct Japanese). Given ませんか is ...
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What does じゃないじゃん mean? Does this count as a double negative?

じゃないじゃん from context she seems to be it's the time to support that girl? and "I don't have more free time. Pull yourself together"
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Verb て-form + もない meaning

Example sentence, which is a response to someone who is talking like they were already invited to a party: まだ誘ってもないのに。 I'm not able to wrap my head around the grammar used in what looks like a pretty ...
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What does Adjective + もならない mean?

。。。結局私は利用されてただけなんだな "In the end, I was just being used use." 悲しくもならないや Purely from context she seems to be saying "It doesn't even make me sad/I can't even get sad about it"?
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What does passive されてはねぇ means?

彼に迫る上であなたは利用価値が高い こんなところで脱落されてはねぇ "I can't allow you to be desert me"? or is ね particle? Why the passive?
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How is ではいけませんか used in this sentence?

My understanding is that the sentence was reverse so it's あなたと私の出会いのように運命だから、(thought it may be wrong) However I'm not sure how to take ではいけませんか?
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Negation in concurrent verbs

I saw this sentence in my workbook: スープは音を立てて飲まないのがいいマナーとされる。 and I found many cases of 音を立てて飲まない on Google. This expression seems to mean "to not drink, while making sounds", instead of &...
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Meaning of verb + negative-verb

While reading 君死にたもう流星群 vol. 4, I found this sentence: 黒井{くろい}の本はまったく売れない。いや、売れる売れないというレベルではなく、開始二時間が経つというのに誰ひとり客が来ない Kuroi is attending together with the main character an event like Comiket, and ...
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Past verb + んじゃない what is his function?

兄貴は夢を叶えたんじゃない Which I think it's like "My brother didn't fulfill his wish" What difference is from 兄貴は夢を叶えなかった ? Edit the whole sentence is: お兄さんは"夢"を"約束"に変えてくれた. ...
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じゃなくて + verb: What are their uses?

私のこと大事にしてくれるから優しくしようと引くじゃなくて うんと話して好きにして欲しい For what I understand the character is saying that because the other character cares about them, he has drawing back in an attempt to be kind, but the ...
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なぜ + ないこともなかった, what is this double negative?

でも正直なぜ裕子さんだけと思わないこともなかった I am very confused about this use of ないこともなかった. What exactly is it trying to say? I don't understand the double negative. "I also never happened that I didn't think"...
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the meaning of てませんか in this sentence

俺は恵子に何も感じてないので 男女の関係は一切ないです I don't have any feelings toward 恵子, so our relationship isn't one of a man and a woman 確かに... That's true/etc. And then he answers: 疑ってませんか? I'm confused by the ...
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How does Japanese grammar think about verb negation?

In a recent comment I claimed that ない was a verb which was the negative form of ある. I was surprised by the reply that "ない is an adjective (or adjective-like auxiliary) anyway, not a form of ある&...
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Why できないじゃない isn't double negation? [duplicate]

My question is about a line from a the song "Innocent Arrogance". The relevant verse goes like this: 見せたくないものばかりを 見せないから 大事なものさえも見つからない 綺麗なままでいることはできないじゃない 僕らは 僕らは 進もう I've marked in bold ...
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Use of んじゃないんだ in this sentence

何で高校の制服。。? Why I got to wear a high school uniform? 最高に似合ってる It fits you the best! And the answer is 感想を求めたんじゃないんだよな What is the purpose of んじゃないんだin this sentence? I guess he saying he didn't ask ...
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ます-stem + もしない with 歌う and 書く

After getting an answer to this question I came across this article which states (without giving an alternative) that you can't say: 1.「歌い もしない」- "Can't even sing" 2.「書き もしない」- "Can't ...
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What is this "のと" performing here? "とこ" as a suffix? And how to parse this sentence with "別に"?

Firstly I have this sentence with のと; the context being a girl helping a boy with a math problem that he got wrong. She is literally sitting next to him and says: でここはマイナスかけるマイナスになるのと計算の順番を注意 At ...
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Natural way of saying "I don't think X"

I was wondering if someone could tell me the natural way of saying "I don't think X". The reason is I wrote the following sentence: 普通の食品店で売っていると思いません。 I don't think it's sold at the normal ...
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I am wondering when it is proper and improper to end a sentence with じゃない in informal context

So if you're saying "No, I dont live in Osaka" would you then be able to say いいえ大阪に住んでじゃない or do you have to say 大阪に住んでいません? Also if you can't just use it whenever, why not? Is じゃない reserved ...
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Negative form of お腹が空きました

I understand that お腹が空きました means "I am hungry" since its literal translation would be "My stomach has become empty". Meanwhile, お腹が空きます is closer to "I get hungry" as in ...
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A hat salesman asks 「帽子を買いませんか?」. Is this an invitation, or a negative question?

In various grammar resources, I've read that a present/future-tense volitional verb, in negative-question form (買いませんか?) becomes an invitation pattern, unless ~の(ですか) is added. 「買いませんか?」 = invitation. ...
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Is there a general way to communicate the idea of a non-A where A is any noun? [duplicate]

I’m trying to say “Survivorship bias is a logical fallacy that leads to the consideration of survivors as opposed to non-survivors.” Is there a way to say non-survivors, or more so non-anything? For ...
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~すまいて after a verb

I've come across this sentence with ~すまいて after a verb. I've never seen it like that before, but I'm assuming it is a form of ~済まい: 「いくらも進んでおりませぬよ。儂の命のあるうちに終わりますまいて」 I can't make any progress. It ...
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Grammar of Shinunoga E-wa lyric: "そんなダサいこと もうしたないのよ goodbye"

I am have trouble understanding this verse そんなダサいこと もうしたないのよ goodbye The context is 失って初めて気がつくなんて そんなダサいこと もうしたないのよ goodbye My translation: Line 1: The is bad-thing [なんて] it is the first time [初めて] ...
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How to convert negated na-adjectives to adverbs?

I know when I want to use a な-adjective as an adverb then we have to use に particle instead of な. For example: 簡単{かんたん}に説明{せつめい}しました。 But I'm curious how to use negated な-adjectives as adverbs. ...
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I don't understand the translation order of スカートは試着して買わないと心配だ。 [duplicate]

I think how to translate this could be... ① スカートは ② 試着して ③ 買わないと ④ 心配だ That should make the translation go... "The skirt, I tried it on, If I don't buy, I feel worried." But in the book it ...
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Understanding the sentence 朝のラッシュは何とかならないものか

I encountered the following multiple-choice question on page 118 (question 4 in section 3) of my JLPT N2 grammar textbook 「新完全マスター文法 日本語能力試験N2」: 朝のラッシュは何とか(   )ものか。 a ならない   b しない   c なれない I had ...
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Use cases of していない/してない

I've seen this form show up a few times. In a past Japanese class, I was told that it could be used in the sense of "I haven't done X yet", as in まだ宿題をしてない. Also, I was told that 知っている in ...
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Usage of 「書かない」referring to famous authors

In Yorushika's song "Hitchcock"'s lyrics appears the sentence: ニーチェもフロイトもこの穴の埋め方は書かないんだ Which is translated as "Neither Nietche nor Freud wrote about how to fill this hole" by ...
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Beku and bekarazu, I don't get how the zu form even become like that or am I thinking of two different verbs?

I was looking at a website for beku and bekarazu, however, I think bekarazu is the zu form of beku and it just doesn't make sense. I would make it べかず instead of べからず because it appeared on a website ...
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When conjugating adjectives, can we use the normal form of the adjective and use the copula です to indicate its form?

This is specifically for い-adjectives, as な-adjectives work this way. For example, when I want to say something is not delicious I'd usually say おいしくない. Would it be possible to use おいしい じゃありません and ...
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What is the name of the grammar structure where people say "V1して + V2しない" meaning "V1しないで + V2する" [closed]

What I mean is what is happening in this sentence: 宿題をして行かない生徒が多いです meaning "There are many students who go (to school) without having done their homework". I would like to know the name of ...
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Is there a difference between ます and ません for sentences carrying an exclusive connotation(しか)?

私は野菜しか食べません。 apparently means "I only eat vegetables"? Shouldn't there be a negative connotation with the ません-ending? If that's the case what does 私は野菜しか食べます mean? Is there a special ...
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Do ~ではなかったです / ~じゃなかったです sound natural?

I'm compiling a chart for conjugating nouns, i-adjectives, and na-adjectives for a Japanese beginner, but I'm running into some difficulties in the negative tenses. I'd like this chart to be accurate ...
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How does 一回だって in this sentence mean "not even once" when there's no negative?

I came across this sentence watching March Comes In Like a Lion. I'll transcribe it to the best of my ability: (here's the episode though, and the quote happens at 5:46) 僕【ぼく】は遠慮【えんりょ】することにばかり気【き】...
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