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

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の replacing が in subordinate clauses

I've read in this article that の can replace が when used in a subordinate clause. For example, 耳が長いエルフ is the same as 耳の長いエルフ, evidently. However, this article doesn't describe any difference in ...
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Better to say 床屋 or 散髪屋?

Every time I walk by a barbershop (not a 美容院), I think of the words 散髪屋 and 床屋. Which word is correct, or sounds better, more interesting, for a non-native speaker to use in a conversation? And, ...
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Is there a diffrence between saying “盗み聞き” and “盗み聞きとは?”

I know that "盗み聞き" would be "Eavesdrop" or "Eavesdropping," but I wasn't sure if the addition of "とは" modified the word in some way or if it perhaps just indicated something about the wording. Edit: ...
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思い過ごせばいい - Actual meaning?

In the first opening of One Piece titled "We are", there's a section that goes 「個人的な嵐は誰かのバイオリズム乗っかって思い過ごせばいい!」. Upon some googling, I found following explanation: 個人的な悩みは誰かの生きていく上で繰り返す感情の変化、...
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Which is most critical? 警報 or 注意報?

A disaster warning app asks me whether I want notifications for 警報 or for 注意報 or both. First I signed up for both, but it sends me notifications about inconsequential things such as air dryness. So I ...
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Nuance of ひどい as cruel?

いくらなんでも、あんまりひどい。ひかりがあんなチョコレートででも組みあげたやうな三角標になるなんて。 http://contest.japias.jp/tqj2002/50133/story-old_03.html I don't quite get how to translate ひどい as cruel here, is there a nuance I'm not getting?
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What are the implications of 「~だこと」「~ですこと」? [duplicate]

I have seen these constructions (「~だこと」「~ですこと」) in drama and anime several times now, though, as far as I remember exclusively used by female speakers. Here is one of the sentences I came across... ...
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Differences between ひ弱い and か弱い

How did the prefixes ひ and か come about and what are the differences in meaning between ひ弱い and か弱い? Are either of the prefixes pejorative like how ド is in the examples in dainichi's answer to '...
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Meaning and translation of カット割り and difference with 絵コンテ

In video production what is the exact meaning of カット割り? I found these two definitions: 撮影(収録)前に、台本上で演出意図に合わせて区切りをつけ、画柄を決めること。(from here) カット割りとは、各シーンの構図やカット、シーンとシーンのつなぎのことをいいます。(from here) ...
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~を出る vs. ~から出る: Grammar rule not consistent

In 初級を教える人のための日本語文法ハンドブック (pg. 24), an attempt is made to distinguish between ~を出る and ~から出る (also applied to 出発する or other "leaving" verbs), but the description seems inconsistent: 「を」vs.「から」 ...
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What is the difference between 刹那主義 and 快楽主義?

The dictionary says that 刹那主義 means "principle of living only for the moment" and 快楽主義 means "hedonism/epicureanism", but I also found entries that say epicureanism for the former. I don't think they ...
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Nuances of「すらさえも」?

I came across this 「すらさえも」construction in the following sentence: 「子供を誘拐したロリコン野郎からすらさえもバカにされ続けた」 I've learned that they mean (mostly) the same, but haven't come across them in immediate succession;...
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Question about ほど in this sentence

I wasn't able to find any explanation of 「ほど」 in these constructions... 「そんなテメーに盾突かれるほど頭に来る事はない」 In any case I would like to ask whether I am getting the general meaning right. Besides that I ...
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A little help with the usage of 「……わけだよ」

I came across the following sentence in my dictionary : 下手なわけだよ,習い始めたばかりなんだから Because of the absence of context, I imagined one by myself. Suppose I ‘m cooking unskillfully and a friend who sees ...
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Nuances and context of linking without 〜て / dropped 「て」in linked constructions

(Taken from ジョジョの奇妙な冒険6部: When Jotaro talks to Jolyne about who got her into prison.../ for those who do not know the series: The persons speaking to each other are father and daughter but have a ...
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How to translate わからない in the following sentence

Context: a boxer named Yanagi is fighting against an opponent named Hyodo. Although Hyodo is really young, he is considered a very talented boxer and is often called genius (天才). Yanagi is thinking ...
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Disambiguation of 大抵

I am having problems with when to understand 大抵 as: a) 事柄のあらまし。だいたいのようす。また、全体のうちの大部分。おおよそ。おおかた。(https://dictionary.goo.ne.jp/word/大抵/#jn-133918) (or as defined in Apple's dictionary) 全体の中の大部分のもの。...
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Difference between 「~てからでないと」and 「~ないことには」

Both of these grammar can be translated to English as A~てからでないと/~ないことにはB = Unless A is done, cannot do B From what I can find, ~てからでないと stresses the order or sequence of actions, that until A is ...
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What is the difference between these 2 expressions?

Whose car is it? A: Kuruma wa dare no desu ka? B: Dare no kuruma desu ka? I'm just a beginner but I'm sure these two expressions mean the same thing. viz. Whose car is it? I feel that A is more ...
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Usage of 上で in this sentence [duplicate]

There is a question in the Kanzen Master N2 Textbook: この薬は、_____上でお飲みください a. 食事が終わった b. 医師が説明した c. 説明書をよく読んだ According to the answer sheet, the answer is c. But I don't understand ...
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The redundance of 経緯

The following is from this article. 関電は日本の原子力事業の旗振り役となってきた経緯があり、この問題がもたらす影響は計り知れない。 I am not sure what value となってきた経緯があり brings to this sentence. Is it simply a more formal or poetic alternative ...
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What is the difference between ながら and のに for expressing “despite”/“although”?

Both grammar points seem to express similar sentiments. But I had a practice question today which said 友だちは授業の教室が変わったと(  )、教えてくれませんでした。 with two choices being 知りながら and 知るのに. Both choices seem to ...
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Special meaning of 洋彫り vs (入れ墨 and タトゥー)?

洋彫り、 入れ墨、 タトゥー are 3 different ways to say "tattoo" with different nuance. I understand the specialness of 入れ墨 to Japanese history and culture. Because of the katakana, of course "タトゥー" means the ...
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…がいい…のいい difference? [duplicate]

I have been stumbling upon phrases like 「頭のいい人」 「頭がいい人」 Or in relation to my other question 「都合の悪いところ」 「都合の悪いところ」 Are there any differences in meaning/nuance? And extending on 「のいい」while I am ...
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The usage of あげく

My current understanding of the grammar あげく is based on this common explanation I gathered online: spending considerable time and effort doing an action, resulting in an outcome X + あげくY = “after ...
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What is the purpose of the redundant “いい人” in this example sentence

A Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar has this example sentence: あの人はいい人はいい人だったけれど頑固だったね。 "He was indeed a good person, but he was stubborn, wasn't he?" What is the purpose of the "いい人は"? It ...
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事に感ず and Shigin vocabulary

I recently heard of the poem named Koto ni Kanzu, and I came across this page that provides the poem's text, along with a pretty convincing interpretation. The poems reads as follows (I only added the ...
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The translation for 思い切った

あいつ にしちゃ 思い切った な。 I had a hard time to translate this short sentence. And after I looked around from many sources, I found these clues. 思い切った 普通では考えられないような。おどろくほど大胆な。 「 -処置を取る」 source: ...
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Difference between 僕等 and 僕ら?

It’s in an amazarashi song. When he sings, he says 僕ら but if when I look at the lyrics it says 僕等. Is there a difference in these?
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What is the difference in connotation between できれば and できたら?

Is できれば more polite? Is one more often used when describing favors? Also could you please provide some examples?
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Is 「食品」 a shorter synonym of「食料品」or there is a difference in meaning between both words?

I found an excellent Q&A addressing the differences between 食料 and 食品. However, I don't know how the word 食料品 relates to 食料 and 食料品. I guess that 食品 is just a short form for 食料品, just as 警官 is a ...
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What is the difference between these sentences?

I was trying to write "Half of the population will die" in Google Translate. I wrote: 「人口の半分は死にます。」 But Google decided this was better: 「人口の半分が死亡します。」 Are these just different ways to write the ...
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Meaning of もったいぶらず in the following sentence

Context: while talking about himself, a boxer says: 今持ってるモノはもったいぶらず全て出す。それが俺の武器に繋がるんでねェ。拳に表れるんだよォ ――――[生き方]【スタイル】ってヤツは。 According to dictionaries, the meaning of もったいぶらない is unpretentious, modest. ...
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Difference between 絶滅, 消滅 and 滅ぶ

My vocabulary textbook lists the three following words: 滅び行く種族 Endangered species 種族の絶滅 The extinction of species 消滅した種族 Extinguished species (Hope the English ...
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Difference between ~によって and ~を通じて (through, by means of)

It seems that both ~によって and ~を通じて (sometimes ~を通して) can be used to mean "through", "by means of", "via". Both seem moderately but not very formal. Are there any differences in nuance that dictate ...
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~てからでなければ vs ~なければ

I'm learning the ~てからでなければ... grammar pattern, which my textbook defines as: Until/unless ~ happens or is done, ... cannot happen or be done either. Used in negating or negative statements. One of ...
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Research on かのように, and other よう constructs

I wanted to learn more about よう constructs, in particular the かのよう(な)(に) and かのようだ constructs, so I did some research. The following is what I've found so far. よう - a noun that can turn into a ...
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Most natural way to use the negative with つもり

Which is more natural to say in Japanese? Do they have slightly different connotations? 食べないつもりです。 (I intend not to eat.) 食べるつもりはないです。 (I do not intend to eat.) Also, are those translations fairly ...
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〜たことある/ない vs 〜たことあった/なかった

I see these as example sentences on sites, and I cant figure out the nuances between both. When would you use the past form of this phrase?
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What is the difference between ending a question with んだ?and の?

I thought の when used in questions is for when you’re asking for an explanation or to have a curious tone, but んだ is also for explanation and I’ve seen both used to end questions so what are the ...
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左に曲がる/右に曲がる v/s 左折/右折

That's it, essentially. What differentiates these two ways to indicate a turn? So far, I had only heard 左に曲がる/右に曲がる, but recently I heard 左折/右折 in the GPS of a car. At first I thought that the latter ...
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Meaning of だけはわからない

それでも彼には、自分のことだけはわからない。 I'm translating the above sentence from Japanese to English, and I'm having issues with understanding what だけはわからない means. Why does だけ come before は? says that だけは means 'at ...
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Why do I need to use のに instead of ので?

食べてばかりいるので、なんで太いじゃないだろう?? I was told for this sentence I should use のに instead of ので. Why is のに better here? It seems like it changes the meaning from “so/since” to “even though”. I wanted to say “...
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What is the difference between ある日 and ある日のこと?

For example: ある日のこと、たろうは、また海へ出て。 As I understand ある日 means "one day". What does the のこと do to it? Possibly related? What is the こと in sentences such as あなたのことが好きだ? and What is “koto” used for?
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Is there a difference between 「目を覚ます」 and 「目覚める」

I just recently learned these phrases were a thing and I can't find the difference anywhere online. Is there a difference between 「目を覚ます」 and 「目覚める」 ? Any help would be appreciated!
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Expressing “huh” tag?

How would you express this type of tag? For example: Lovers, huh? That’s what you think they are? Would って work? 恋人って?そうと思う?
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Difference between 〜がち and 〜つい?

If both can express habits like things you tend to do, what is the difference between their uses? examples: イケメン*が通るとつい見ちゃう。 昔の話をしていると話がついつい長くなる。 Why was つい used here? Would 〜がち also make ...
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Casual ways to ask meaning?

I know 〜はどう言う意味ですか? but how might you ask this question in a casual setting among friends?
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Difference between だけに and だけあって [duplicate]

Once again, while doing exercises, I came across a sentence that bugged me: 直子は7歳のときに家出したが、聡明な_____、見つかることなく10日間もひとりで生きていた。 A. だけあって、B. だけに、C. だけ、D. だけは The solution to the exercise was A, ...
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Why the specific spelling “一つひとつ”?

I'm reading a book and the author keeps using the spelling "一つひとつ" for "one-by-one". I found this a bit curious: The word itself is just a doubled 一つ, so why not spell both parts the same? Does ...