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ニュアンス. Subtle differences between two seemingly interchangeable expressions.

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Can 混む and 込む be used interchangeably to mean "to be crowded?"

I knew of 混{こ}む to mean "to be crowded," but recently came upon a different kanji (込) being used to convey the exact same meaning, and with the exact same reading. Looking it up on jisho.org,...
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Nuances of 遵守 and 甘受

Can someone please elaborate on the different nuances between 遵守 and 甘受 I've seen in many sentences (like the following) that 遵守 means "to comply to; to abide by" 規則を遵守する。- Abide by/Comply ...
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くれ behind a sentence

Does adding くれ behind a sentence make it sound more angry/irritated?I’ve heard it in a song where it said 何も言わないでくれ with an angry tone
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struggling to understand a sentence with であろうとしていない

I was watching 弱キャラ友崎くん 2nd STAGE episode two with Japanese subs and I could not understand this after all of my searching. This is because I need to learn more about grammar and given time, studying ...
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Can そんなに and そういう be used interchangeably?

I'm having a bit of trouble understanding the nuances in usage for these two adverbs: そんなに: so much; so; like that​ そういう: such; like that; that sort of Of the three definitions, I see they only ...
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What is the difference between 本性 and 正体?

Both 本【ほん】性【しょう】 and 正【しょう】体【たい】 share the same primary definition of "true character" on jisho.org. The secondary definitions appear to be somewhat synonymous, though both words don't have ...
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What is the difference between のう and な/なあ/ね/ねえ?

I have been reading a comic book limited series titled 『妖艶くのいち~濡れた花弁』 (English: "Voluptuous Female Ninja: Wet Petals"). It seems to take place in the Japanese Warring States Period (1467-...
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What's the nuance of ...ましょう to express intent?

十万円あげましょう。 I'll give you 100,000 yen. 手伝いましょう。 I'll help you. I've seen sentences of intent like this, but I don't understand the nuance of the speaker using ...ましょう instead of structures like 「...
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Can this sentence be rephrased like this?

I’ve come across this sentence 「それに考えてないよ高木さんのことなんて…」 Which translates to “Moreover why would I be thinking about Takagi-san” While the literal translation would probably be something like “...
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Difference between うつむく and うなだれる

Both うつむく and うなだれる seem to suggest hanging one's head. I've only seen them used in the context of someone who is ashamed of their actions. Is there any difference in meaning/usage of these words?
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How to use 〜込みです as a grammar

I am currently studying how to use 〜込み but it's been really hard to find any resources. So far I have made some notes based on my observation of how 〜込み is usually used, but I am not really sure if I ...
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The nuance of て-form with 来る in the volitional form (こよう)

I've been watching からかい上手の高木さん and in episode 2 Takagi says this: 泳いでこよっかな For context this is the what she says right before this line: さてと西片のいい顔も見られたし I'm having trouble with analyzing the ...
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やった written as 殺った

In this sentence from 龍が如く極, localized title 'Yakuza Kiwami', (spoilers) where 殺った is pronounced as やった. I checked a kanji dictionary but didn't see a kunyomi of や(る) listed for 殺. Is writing やる as ...
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When can 「お前」be endearing?

In modern Japanese「お前」is generally considered to be disrespectful or condescending. But sometimes in colloquial speech it's used between friends or even lovers in a way that conveys they are being ...
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What does 不死議 mean?

I was translating a song when this lyric showed up 100回落ちても不死議は鳥乱さない 不死議 is not one word. But I'm having trouble breaking it down in this context. Is this a saying that I don't know? Here's the song ...
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Difference between ごとに and おきに

In grammar explanations, it is often given that ごとに and おきに have the same usage for time expressions such as 時間. Lets say we have these two sentences: 私は一時間ごとにお茶を飲みます。 私は一時間おきにお茶を飲みます。 These two ...
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Difference between ごとに、ずつ、それぞれ

What is the difference between ごとに、ずつに and それぞれ? When are they interchangeable and when are they not?
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Can you use が instead of は in sentences like this? 一番好きな食べ物がりんごです

I am currently trying to understand the difference between は and が in Japanese. As far as I have learnt, が and は can both be used after subjects, but は can shed a spotlight on the topic of the ...
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お疲れー: What are the actual nuances of it?

I understand お疲れー is something you say in a JP company when you leave for work, etc. However, I'm confused because I saw it used in other context? When someone get home which I think means "...
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The difference between 学校に勉強します and 学校で勉強します

I'm trying to understand the difference between に and で as particles in the following example: 学校に勉強します。 学校で勉強します。 What are the nuances between these two expressions? Any help or explanation is very ...
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What is the reading of "toy store"?

There seem to be various readings for toy store. Do they have different meanings? Are they regionalisms? 玩具店【おもちゃてん】 玩具店【おもちゃみせ】 玩具屋【おもちゃや】 玩具屋【がんぐや】 玩具店【がんぐてん】 I came across it in this sentence in ...
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Can 男の子 refer to an 18-year-old?

Can 男の子 be used to refer to a young adult male? The character they are referring to is 18-19 years old. Two others characters, who are 18, are also referred to as 男 (adult male). Does it just ...
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Use of ではないか in narrative text that is not obviously a rhetorical question

Hermione is showing Ron how to levitate a feather (from Japanese translation of Harry Potter): すると、羽は机を離れ、頭上ー・二メートルぐらいの所に浮いたではないか。 (Hermione recited the spell) and then, the feather left the desk and ...
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Usage of まま when not describing persistence of state

Harry is flying his new broomstick (the Nimbus 2000): ニンバス2000はちょっと触れるだけで、ハリーの思いのままに飛んだ。 The Nimbus 2000, with only a slight touch, flew in accordance with Harry's thoughts. I'm familiar with the ...
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Is あんな面して some kind of idiomatic expession?

Upon asking "What do you think of that guy?" two characters reply this: 彼優しいよね And the other character replies あんなツラしてお節介なのよ I understand the second reply is akin to "He's a meddler&...
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Is 改めて mean meaning 2 (deliberately, formally etc) used?

改めて言われっとなんか... the character thinks this after being told something unpleasant. Now as I know means "again" so "being told this again is a bit...", however is the meaning 2 改めて &...
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What does 変わっていく mean in this case?

I was listening to a podcast, and the lady talking was discussing new year resolutions. Then I heard the following phrase: 私は毎年考えるんだけど、考えるもやっぱり通りにはできない。いろいろ変わっていくからね。 I am a beginner but I have a ...
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What does 曰く mean?

I understand the sentence is akin to "Ah, the sword that the glasses old man used to cut... that' s not a normal sword. It's possessed/hunted" However how is 曰く used? As far context goes, it'...
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What does 幸せボケ mean?

I've seen a movie described as 幸せボケした映画 What is the exact nuance of 幸せボケ? Some google search suggest it is a king to "shallow happiness"?
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Can さえ be replaced with すら in this sentence?

From Bocchi The Rock! ep8. ‎(星歌)次のライブでも頑張れよ。ちゃんとノルマ代は払ってな (虹夏)‎最後のセリフさえなければ‎感動したのに I interpreted 虹夏's line as "I would have been (emotinally) moved if only you hadn't said that last part" ...
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Different words for darkness

So far in my studies I've come across three words for darkness: 暗がり, 暗闇, 暗黒. Is there any difference in meaning/nuance between these three words? This question is related, but I don't think it answers ...
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What does で踏める mean in this sentence?

I'm a bit stumbled on the meaning of で踏めるな here. So the character sister's gets home and she's shocked her brother brought a friend. Then the brother introduces the friend and the sister goes "...
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Does と言いますか has a different nuance from というか? [duplicate]

いや…お前がモテるから 牽制と言いますか… Upon asking his girlfriend why she doesn't hide their relationship outside, she says this I can gather she's essentially saying "You are popular... so this way they'll be ...
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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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Why use 耳元 rather than just 耳?

下で見ている人の悲鳴と交じり合って、風が耳元でヒューヒュー鳴った ... The wind whistled in his ears, mingled with the screams of the people watching below ... Would this sentence be weird if 耳元 was replaced with 耳? I'm trying to ...
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Help breaking down えむさえいけそうなら

In the script I'm translating, Emu and Tsukasa are practicing a scene for a play where Emu has to jump from a tree to a window. After the rehearsal, Tsukasa says とはいえ、やはり高さがあると緊張感が違うな。 えむさえいけそうなら、...
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As "red", what's the difference between 紅{くれない}, 紅{べに}, 紅{こう} and 紅色?

On Weblio, the same dictionary says 紅{くれない} means "crimson" (deep red) and 紅{べに} means "vermilion" (bright red). Another dictionary says 紅{くれない}, 紅{べに}, 紅{こう} are all nouns, but I ...
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What is the difference between もとづいて and もとづき

What is the difference between both of them? I could not find any explanations so I came here.
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Can 行う and 施行する be used interchangeably when meaning "to carry out?"

I'd learned 行う as meaning "to carry out" a while back, and had understood it to mean something like carrying an action out, or performing an action. The definition offered in Jisho.org ...
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Understanding「さえ」and「いてくれる」in「お前が生きてさえいてくれたら」

I'm watching an episode with subtitle that goes: 「俺 ずっと お前が生きてさえいてくれたら と思ってた」 "I always thought, as long as you live on, (I'm ok)" I have three questions if the translation was correct. Is ...
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What is the exact difference between "が世話になって and "に世話になって

So this character says to this girl 課長にはいつもお世話になってます。。。 Aka "The section chief (your husband) is always helping me" But then this girl says to him いつも主人が世話になってます aka "Thanks for always ...
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Repeating the word いつ?

I came across this: いつのいつまで見ぬ振りしようか According translation sites, the double いつ means "until when," but I would like to know the reason behind the repetition.
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Why is there a question mark in this sentence?

For context, Rui is telling Nene that no one liked his play idea, and Nene responds with: そう、なんだ…… ……でも…… わたしは……類のショー、好きだよ? Does the "?" have a special significance?
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Why is きます used here? And what do でも and し mean?

落語が好きです。特に古典落語が好きで同じお噺でも落語家によって感じ方が違いますし、聴いた時の自分の環境や体調でも違ってきます。 To me, 違ってきます doesn't indicate a change, "become different more and more", but emphasises the writer's viewpoint. Here, how ...
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What's the difference between を気に入る and が気に入る?

AはBを気に入る。 AはBが気にいる。 I've read が just emphasises B while を doesn't. Is it only that? 入る is intransitive, then why is the former correct?
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Is "しょっと" an informal version of "ちょっと" in "よい……しょっと?"

Context: A child is preparing his props for a play. My first guess was that this was a variant of ちょっと, but I tried double checking on Google and got really weird grammar details that don't match the ...
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Can でいる be used with inanimate objects?

でいる can be analyzed as "stays (in the temporary state) as something", as per here. For example: 元気でいます。 I'm doing well (recently). But notice that the subject of this sentence is an ...
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Understanding なんか in 「なんで鍵なんか閉めてんの?」

I know that なんか has various uses, one of which is similar to a dismissive など, where <NOUN>なんか can mean "thing like NOUN" (dismissively). Question: Is that what's going on here ...
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What is the difference between 幸せ, 倖せ and 仕合わせ?

There are several ways to write the word しあわせ: 幸{しあわ}せ 倖{しあわ}せ 仕合{しあ}わせ I would like to know what are the different nuances between them, and when is it appropriate to use each of them. For what is ...
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What are the nuances around the different Japanese words for 'mountain' - specifically '丸'

The names of the mountains surrounding 檜原村 in western Tokyo are varied. Examples include 三頭山, 練行峰, and 醍醐丸. Further afield, there are famous mountains like 八ヶ岳. I have found some explanations for the ...
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