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

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Difference between 監督 and 管理 for “to control”?

So I think both 監督(かんとく)and 管理(かんり)are different from 経営(けいえい)in that 経営 refers to managing a business. However the word "control" can be used for many things in English: To have control ...
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Can you use ないで and ずに for expressing reasons?

Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar (DoBJG) said that both ないで and なくて is used to express the idea that a negative statement is a reason for another statement. To paraphrase, II. ないで can be replaced ...
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Word Usage: ほがらかな vs 人懐っこい

I am doing some JLPT prep, and I'm struggling with the differences between ほがらかな and 人懐っこい。 私は、誰にでも抱っこされる( )赤ちゃんだったらしい。 A「ほがらかな」 B「人懐っこい」 The given correct answer is 人懐っこい which I can understand as ...
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What is the nuance of「前まで」?

First sentence from this NHK news article, 東京都が、警察と消防の職員に行うワクチン接種は、会場の築地市場の跡地がオリンピック・パラリンピックの輸送車両の拠点となっていることから、大会の準備が本格化する前までしか使えず、1回目の接種を受けた全員が、この場所で2回目を受けられないことが分かりました。 I don't fully understand ...
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About 大事の前の小事 proverb

I came across the following expression 大事の前の小事 jisho.org says the following about it don't put the trivial ahead of the important; don't sweat the small stuff; don't bother with the details (before ...
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Is で here has the same function as によって?

After a coffee store owner served coffee to his customers, he started with this line いいか? 豆っていうのは産地で全く味も違うし、挽き方で味も変わってくるんだ... to show off his knowledge about coffee beans. I'm not sure what kind で ...
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About the forms in 包みをといて拡げられていた

There are several things i don't understand in the following テーブルの上には布地の見本が包みをといて拡げられていたが Translated by Above the table, on which an unpacked collection of sample cloth goods was spread out For ...
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What does だなんて mean? [duplicate]

I came across with the next sentence: 「そんな呼び方をして、馴れ馴れしくはありませんか?」 「そんな、馴れ馴れしいだなんて」 Why is there a だ with a いadj? And what is the meaning or nuance of that だなんて?
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Why are these sentences with conditional forms not correct?

I'm struggling a lot with the use of conditional forms, especially using ~たら and ~なら. I recently had the following sentences corrected by my Japanese teacher: a. 専門書を買ったら、私にも見せてください。 b. 専門書を買うなら、...
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What is 何の doing in this sentence? (「何の躊躇いもなく」)

何の[躊躇]{ためら}いもなく答える人になりたい。 I don't understand what function 何の is serving here. Is this just nuance? How much does the sentence's meaning change if it weren't there?
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Same sentence, different use of conditional

Are both of the following sentences correct? a. 明日授業に出たら、予習したほうがいいですよ。 b. 明日授業に出るのなら、予習したほうがいいですよ。 I feel like (a) does not sound good, but I cannot say why.
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Specific textbook example sentence on V(ます)+そう vs. V(普通)+よう

お金を拾いました。今日は何かいいこと( あるようです / ありそうです )。 We got into a bit of a dilemma over this in class. Which one do you guys think is right in this case? EDIT: We actually went over the questions in class, and ...
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Does 泣いている describe a continuous action or a state after a change has taken place?

Intransitive verbs describe a change that people/things undergo from my understanding and do not take a direct object. I've also read that the te-form of intransitive verbs with いる describe a state ...
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What does it mean when someone refers to themselves as この + name?

When watching taiga dramas, I have noticed that people often talk about themselves in the third person. Also, they say kono before their name. Example, "kono Musashi will fight them". I'm a ...
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Usage of は in these sentences

I am learning the lyrics to the song "Last Summer Whisper" by 杏里. I came across these lines: Baby, love again 二人の愛はもどりはしないけど Baby, love again せめてあなたをにくみたくはないの What is the usage of the は ...
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What does きた do in this sentence

What is the difference between 中学生になってもずっとボーッと生きてきたけど 中学生になってもずっとボーッと生きたけど What does きた do in this sentence this is from the second episode of the anime K-On! the character is telling a story about ...
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Understanding どう転んでもいいように高校だけは出ておきなさい

Dad tells his son who is in high school this phrase どう転んでもいいように高校だけは出ておきなさい I have difficulty comprehending the whole meaning of this phrase. どう転んでも is some kind of idiom meaning "no matter how ...
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Difference between 構いません and 構わない

I've heard the following exchange between two characters, where B agrees to do something dangerous that she previously was dead-set against but chooses to do so now of her own volition: A:「いいんですね?」 B:...
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What is the most natural way to tell others that I learned something from someone else?

I made up a few example sentences, and showed them to some native-Japanese speakers, which helped a lot, but there were somethings that I was not able to get answered, so I was wonder if someone here ...
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Help understanding 全然そうはいかなかった

I am triing to understand how the following sentence 全然そうはいかなかった Could translate into But this was entirely impractical It's part of Metamorphosis (Kafka). The narrator wakes up transformed into a ...
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What is the difference between 「と」and 「時/とき」? Are they interchangeable?

From what I've seen, when 「と」or「時/とき」are used to express "when", they seem to be interchangeable, and I can't seem to find any differences between them. I've looked at other questions that ...
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What's the difference between 「なんだか」 and 「なんとなく」?

The meanings and explanation of なんだか and なんとなく in Wikitionary: なんだか【何だか】明確な理由が無いさま。 なんとなく【何と無く】明確な理由が無いさま。 It seems that they have totally the same meanings. Is there a difference between the usage ...
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Why is 行く used in the sentence “すぐに出て行け”?

I don't understand the role of 行く in the following sentence: すぐに出て行け! As I understand it, the sentence sounds like "get out now!". Why not just say "すぐに出ろ"? Is 行く used to ...
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Does 結ぶ refer to sex or intimate relations?

Was watching a drama and in the episode following a progress in a relationship where the main character finally kissed her boyfriend, her mother asked her "__君と結ばれたのね". The characters were ...
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「~るとき、…」vs「~まえに、…」/「~たとき、…」vs「~あとで、…」

What is the difference between「~るとき、…」vs「~まえに、…」? 日本へ行くとき、日本語を勉強しました。→ I studied japanese, before going to Japan. 日本へ行くまえに、日本語を勉強しました。→ I studied japanese, before going to Japan. And between「~たとき、…」...
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Help interpreting this sentence using 「あんまり」?

Reading Harry Potter I came across this: 一人の男が現れた。あんまり突然、あんまりスーッと現れたので、地面から湧いて出たかと思えるぐらいだった To me it seems to say "A man appeared. So quickly, so suddenly, that it could be thought he emerged ...
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おそれがある vs おそれあり [duplicate]

I recently found an example of おそれあり in a fictional headline 「ネットワークしはい計画が本格的にはじまったおそれあり」だって Presumably this is "It says 'It may be that their plan for network domination has begun to go all ...
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What is the grammatical function of “が” in this context of counting people?

In an anime I've been watching, the protagonist goes to a village where one of his friends came from, where all the people in the village have the same hair color as his friend. (with "〇" ...
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注意を向ける vs. 注意を向けさせる - same meaning?

I understand the difference in concept; YがXを向ける = "Y turns X", and ZがYにXを向けさせる = "Z makes Y turn X". But in practical usage with 注意を~, I can't tell the difference. Do native ...
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What is the difference between 貸付金 and 借入金?

When I translate both of these terms, the English is approximately loan or debt or borrowing. The first one, 貸付金{かしつけきん}, is commonly used by banks to advertise loans. However, I have seen 借入金{かりいれきん}...
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what is the difference between 均等 and 平等 and 等しい? All of them can be adjectives

What is the difference between 均等 and 平等 and 等しい? All of them can be adjectives. Could you make some examples to show the difference?
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て form + なら meaning

I'm used to only seeing なら, when used with verbs, to be used with either the dictionary form or the た form of a verb, but recently I saw it with the て form 麻雀を通してならお姉ちゃんと話せる気がする With a presumed ...
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Role of をする in 学習の助けをするおもちゃ

I am triing to figure out the use of をする in 学習の助けをするおもちゃ translated as toys to help you learn in this article I learned a bit about noun + する / をする in this post but for what i understand so far we use ...
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What's the difference between 指摘する・指示する and 示す?

I know these verbs translate to "pointing out", "indicating" or "showing". I was just wondering what the nuance between these words mean.
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What's the difference between 閉じる and 塞ぐ?

So i was doing Kanji Quiz, and i stumbled with 塞ぐ Kanji. I know 閉じる is used for eyes,etc. But 塞ぐ also has the same definition with 閉じる. Here are the definitions. Definitions 塞ぐ to stop up; to close ...
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Alternative construction of ときている

I was reviewing my Anki N1 cards when I saw this sentence 観察が鋭くて頭脳の働きが早いときているので、情報を集めてくる手先としては理想的だった。 (His quick observation and active brain made him an ideal agent for gaining information.) Based ...
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What does 人よ幸あれ mean? [duplicate]

I'm wondering what 人よさちあれ means in this line: 我がためにガラス戸張りし人よさちあれ I think さちあれ is 幸あれ, which I've seen translated as "good luck" or "bless you," etc. But how does it work here ...
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頭【かぶり】を振る and 頭【かしら】を横に振る, why the change in pronunciation?

As the title suggests, why is there a change in pronunciation between 頭【かぶり】を振る and 頭【かしら】を横に振る? As far as I can see, there is no difference between the meanings of the two—デジタル大辞泉 even lists the ...
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Why does “漢字のはなし” translate to “Lecture about Kanji”

My textbook translates it to that, why not use 講義 instead? Would it be wrong to use either, also what are the nuances?
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Which atsui do you mean?

I looked up あつい, and the top two results were different words with the same pronunciation but similar though distinct meanings: 熱い: hot, as in "stove" 暑い: hot, as in "summer" Do ...
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Degrees of implied success with ~ようにする

Pardon my wordiness here, but I'm trying to wrap my head around the exact nuances of ~ようにする, together with the many other questions about it on this site (such as this, this, and this). 日本語文法ハンドブック (...
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Meaning of「時」の意識 in this sentence

What does「時」の意識 mean in the following sentence? 「時間が止まってほしいと思う瞬間はどんなときですか」ーある時計の会社が、二十歳の男性と女性516人に、「時」の意識についてアンケート調査をしました。 ? I got the meaning as a whole but i don't get what 意識 means in the sentence (...
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Why is あやまち written 過ち and not 誤ち?

What's the reason for writing あやまち 過ち and not for instance 誤ち ? Wouldn't that make more sense since it means to err, be incorrect...? I can see how one would get from exceeding/overdoing a mistake, ...
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Difference between 勝る, 優れる, 秀でる, and 抜きんでる

The title pretty much says it all; I am wondering what are the differences between those 4 verbs. From what I've gathered (and I haven't gathered much): 優れる is used when talking about something that ...
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The use of 僕 by office employees

In the famous 1952 film 生きる (Ikiru), the government-office employees frequently use 僕 to refer to themselves (even the female character used it). Based on this understanding of 僕, 僕 is basically a ...
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How would one call something negative interesting?

This seems like it is very basic, but it was never resolved in the past, so here I am. This was in a Reddit post recently, but it never received a good answer; most of the answers were along the lines ...
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difference between 姻族 and 姻戚

What is the difference between 姻族 and 姻戚? According to the definitions in the dictionary, they are pretty much the same. Would there be a time where I use one over the other? If I look it up on Jisho: ...
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Three dots in the middle (…) [closed]

"両方…だ" , "両方…やるぞ" The speaker pauses before the words of affirmation,would you say it's because he doesn't really want to do "both" ? ( context: the speaker is at a ...
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replacing よう with みたい

Is it always possible to replace よう with みたい? For example in this sentence: 思うようにはいかないものだ。 Would 思うみたいにはいかないものだ 。 work as well? I've read many times that these two can be interchangeable, but it ...
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Question about the point of view when using の右 / の左?

I am a bit unclear about which point of view we are talking about when describing the location of things. For Example: 小山さんは山下さんの右にいます。 For this sentence I have two possible interpretations: Koyama ...

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