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

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What does の元で mean?

彼の元で護衛を務める。 Does it mean "for", "on behalf of", "in the name of"? Or "under the guidance of"? What's the difference between that and の下で? Can I replace で with ...
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What does ~ていく mean here?

すぐ傍から告げられた言葉に、胸の鼓動がどんどん高鳴りを増していく。 As usual, I have problems understanding ~てくる/いく. I've already studied their meanings, but whenever I encounter them, I don't know which one it is. He hugs her, and ...
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What role is 一面 playing in "床は一面血まみれだった"?

The sentence 床は一面血まみれだった。 apparently translates to The floor was covered with blood. Question: What role is 一面 playing in this sentence? It seems to me that if we omitted that word entirely, the ...
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Why is それ marked with a で particle in "それでいいですよ"?

それでいいですよ。 I assume this translates to something like "That is good". But why is それ marked by a で particle here instead of, say, a が or a は particle? It seems that それ is acting as the ...
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Nuances between the various words involving production

What are the full nuances between 生産, 制作, 製作, 作製, and 製造? I understand that 制作 and 製作 are associated with movie/television production, and 製造 sounds like factory production, but beyond that, I don't ...
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Why is しない used for a past event?

植野:ちょっとからかってた的な…ことはあったかも 将也:まあ一応。僕もやめとけとは言ったんですけどね。聞かなかったし 石田:お前も一緒にやってたじゃん!女子なんてすげぇ悪口言ってたでしょ。ねえ!特に(植野)と(川井)が 川井:ひどい…。私そんなことしないよ。どうして…。石田くんひどいよ Everyone's putting the blame on 石田 for bullying. I ...
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What does もの stand for here?

真改とは薄桜鬼の第一作を「薄桜鬼 真改」としてリメイクしたものです。 It's from the official site. What does もの refer to? The fact that led to the creation of the title? The title itself? Shouldn't it be こと? Or is it もん? If so, doesn'...
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Nuances between 本人 and 当人

According to Goo's thesaurus 1.「本人」は、他の人ではなく、その人自身という意味で使われる。 2.「当人」は、そこで問題になったり、話題になったりしている当事者であるその人という意味で使われる。 I don't really grasp the nuance between these two, and the example sentences continue ...
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Whats is the difference between 開発途上国 and 発展途上国?

What is the difference in the usage of these 2 words? I get the difference between 開発 and 発展 and my interpretation would be that 開発途上国 could refer to a developing country where the standard living ...
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Difference between 芽生える{めばえる}・芽{め}が出る{でる}/芽{め}を出す{だす}

I encountered the following multiple-choice question in an unofficial JLPT N3 vocabulary practice test: 先週、スイカの種を植えたばかりなのに、今朝見たら、もう芽が(   )いた。 1 なって  2 出て  3 散って  4 生えて I chose 「4 生えて」, but the ...
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Nominalizer vs te-form: which to use when subordinate to 望む?

The following are some song lyrics あなたが望むなら この胸を射通して What's the difference between あなたがこの胸を射通すの望むなら And あなたがこの胸を射通して望むなら
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Isn't ほころぶように笑う redundant?

彼はほころぶように笑った。 Isn't ほころぶように笑う redundant? Is 彼はほころんだ not enough?
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という/っていう - a few of questions

I’ve scoured this website and elsewhere to get to the bottom of this and I think I’ve cracked most of all of the という usages and meanings. But I just have some few questions I hope you can help with. ...
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Do 白雪{しらゆき} and 白雪{はくせつ} mean the exact same thing?

I always add context to my flashcards and use different sources to find suitable ones from high-quality bilingual dictionaries. Kenkyusha offer examples for 白雪{はくせつ} but not 白雪{しらゆき}. I know some ...
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In some cases is "そうですね" synonymous with "そうです"?

I understand that "そうですね" is use to express agreement with the listener meaning something like "isn't it?" But I saw some sentences where its meanings seem to be "That's right&...
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What's the difference between である and ではある?

隊服の上から触れた彼の身体からは、かすかではあるものの温もりを感じられる。 I've already read the answers to these questions: Meaning of ~つもりではいる in that sentence What is a good way to translate ではある? ではあるんだろうが meaning However, I still ...
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Why not use the past tense 知った in もうお前が知る俺らは いねえんだぞ

I saw this sentence in an episode of attack on titan もうお前が知る俺らは いねえんだぞ the subs translated it to The people you thought we were no longer exist I don't understand since in this case the speaker is ...
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Nuances between 思わず, うっかり, つい, and 知らず知らず

I've looked at things explaining the differences between the 4 words (思わず, うっかり, つい, and 知らず知らず), but I still end up confused with the explanations and examples. I get that 知らず知らず is more of a thing ...
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Difference between saying 外国の人 and 外国人?

I don't understand the difference in nuance. Is it like saying "person from another country" vs "foreigner"? Is the first one less formal?
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Usage of より at end of sentence?

Just wondering a little bit about the mechanics of より in this sentence. The context as far as I can tell is that someone is saying they are better at doing Laundry and cleaning when compared to their ...
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What does やってくる mean in this sentence?

宿題をやってこなかったですか? It's something like "Have you ended up not doing the homework?", I think, but what's the difference with just やらなかった? What kind of てくる is this? Is it the same of 寒くなってくる?
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Is there any difference in connotation between 悪い人 and 悪人?

Context: I like to translate song lyrics for fun and casual practice; two I've recently been listening to are 悪い人 by syudou and 悪人 by ive, and the similar titles got me wondering whether I should be ...
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What does じゃあ at the end of a sentence mean?

そろそろ学校に行く時間じゃあ? Is it like ですか? Or like じゃん/じゃない? I've thought it could be that じゃ that is the same as だ used by characters who are old, but this one is young.
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What is the difference between 感触 and 触感

From my limited research both mean "tactile sensation". 触感 strictly means "tactile sensation" while 感触 can have a broader meaning closer to 感覚 and 印象. Also according to Anime, ...
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Does と mean "with" or "for", here?

あたしと学校とりかえっこしてみない? I already know it means "Why don't you try swapping school with me?", "Why don't you, and I, try swapping school?", but I wonder if it can also mean "Why ...
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What does 男手一つで育てる literally mean?

紅緒を男手一つで育てた陸軍少佐。 It's from はいからさんが通る. It means "Major who raised Benio with his own (male) help", right? To me, if "help" could be countable in English, it would be "Major ...
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Meaning of the word 水戸黄門. Is there a hidden nuance?

I was re-watching Usagi Drop. When the MC tries to unfold a plastic bag or something, his hands are not slippery enough to separate the plastic handle. After harassing him in a cute way, the little ...
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Express that something is trendy with 流行

Do these three sentences are right to express that something is trendy? What is the difference in meaning or nuances? 青色が流行になっている 青色が流行りになっている 青色が流行っている
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Is there a meaningful difference between 推量形+と(も)/が and 過去形+ところで?

I know that 過去形+ところで is followed by a negative judgement, and 推量形+と(も)/が can be either, but is there any other difference? For example どんなに説明したところで、わたしの気持ちはわかってもらえないだろう。 どんなに説明しようと、...
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Why does 「...ことと思います」mean "I hope that ..."?

In this Hinative question about the best way to translate the simple small-talk phrase "I hope you had a good weekend", two native Japanese speakers both reply with a "...ことと思います" ...
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What is the difference between 五大 and 五行?

Furthermore, is there a sensible way to combine either of the above with 龍 or 竜 to form a plausible given name (one that a native speaker would not find out of place) with a meaning akin to "...
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Can the "&"-symbol (ampersand) be used in Japanese to connect two language names?

For example, is this correct and commonly understood by Japanese-readers: "日本語 & 英語" which should represent "Japanese & English" and denote a bilingual edition of a ...
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specific context of てもらう

In this sentence, I am unsure what てもらった is referencing, as the parts that follow make me unsure of what it is trying to convey. If it helps, I have added the past and following sentence to make more ...
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Best word for "owner" of a business/restaurant: 経営者, 事業者, オーナー?

Just as it sounds in the question. A friend wants to own a restaurant as a goal, and I'm not sure what the best words are for translating that into Japanese. "Owner": I've seen entries in ...
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よね and じゃん: めっちゃ褒めてくれるじゃん

Going off of my last question, I put some thought into the difference between よね and じゃん and I still find it confusing, feeling iffy about choosing one over the other. めっちゃ褒めてくれるじゃん @aguijonazo ...
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Implications of using either が/は in 足跡が/は消えない

I came across this line in a song and was wondering why が was used over は: 足跡が消えない I would interpret the usage of が to mean that out of everything, the 足跡 left behind is specifically the thing that ...
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What is the difference between どの+noun+も vs 毎+noun for “Every (noun)”?

In which cases is it more appropriate to use どの+noun+も instead of 毎+noun (or vice versa)
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Am I using the word "Hajimari" correctly in judo?

I am an instructor in a Finnish judo club. At the end of each session, owari! is announced and the students line up. I understand that owari means over or end, but there are lots of Finnish judo clubs ...
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噓憑き: what is it and how is it different from 嘘つき?

While looking at song lyrics I found the word 噓{うそ}憑{つ}き . What kind of kanji usage is this, and how does it differ from 噓{うそ}つき? Since 憑 means "haunt, possess" and the song is about ghosts ...
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Are 片隅 and 隅 synonymous?

I've seen them both used in the same context, for example, テレビは片隅にあります In that sentence, would 隅 have the same meaning, or is there some nuance to the two words?
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About the difference in these sentences with のを and のが

I've been struggling to find the difference between those two structures, is one of them wrong or they are both right and have a difference in meaning/emphasis 俺が走るのが見た 俺が走るのを見た
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Differences between 栽培する, 作る, and 育てる for "grow"?

I'm trying to find the best word for "grow" something in a garden. This includes the transitive: "grow potatoes", "grow my own tea leaves" - and also the intransitive, &...
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What's the difference between ending an answer with だ vs だよ・です?

I was talking to someone and they asked me: 出身はどこなの? to which I responded saying: イギリス出身だ My friend then told me that that sounded a bit strange, and it would have sounded more natural if I had ...
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Difference between んやったら and すれば

It seems like you can use 「んやったら」to say "if", so what's the difference between this expression and words like 「したら and すれば」 What would be the difference between: そのビザがあるんやったら... And ...
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Understanding 軍服に着られた

威嚇のつもりかアサルトライフルを抱えた兵を二人も従えて、いかにも軍服に着られた貧相な士官が顎をしゃくる。どうでもいいが、後ろの兵のライフルは安全装置がかかったままで、しかも初弾が装塡されていない。それぞれの立ち位置も近すぎるから、やろうと思えば撃たせる前に全員制圧できる。意味がないのでやらないが。 86─エイティシックス─ 安里アサト Why is the bold part passive ...
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終わる to mean closed shop

Is it a natural or at least used way to say "closed" like in that example, using the verb 終わる ? A : 今7時ですが、スーパーは終わりましたか。 B : いいえ、8時まで開いているはずですよ。
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どこ vs なん which one is better in the sentence?

Q: あの立派な建物は何ですか。/あの立派な建物は何処ですか。 A: あの立派な建物は留学生食堂です。 Which of the question sounds more natural in the given context?
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Does Japanese have rules like English "Use 'He and I', not 'me and him'"?

For example, would 彼と私 always sound just as natural as 私と彼? Or is one preferred over the other for certain uses? And this would apply to any other name or pronoun besides 彼.
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Understanding the nuances between the various words related to manners and etiquette

There are quite a few words related to this. Specifically, 礼儀, エチケット, マナー, 作法, and 行儀. There is a GOO thesaurus page for this, but it is confusing me. The definitions, as I understand them, seem to ...
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Nuances between 道徳, 倫理, and モラル

From the goo thesaurus, it defines the difference between 道徳 and 倫理 as: 「道徳」は、人間が社会の一員として守るべき行為の基準となるものをいい、「倫理」は、社会的な行動の規範となるものをいう。 While モラル covers both. Unfortunately, I don't really understand the ...
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