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

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Why can places get a さん suffix when they are not a person?

For example: 薬屋さんに行った。 初めてくるお風呂屋さんは楽しい。 講堂さんにてライブがあります。 First, what nuance is added by adding a さん? Second, can this be done with any place? Third, it seems like the frequency of usage varies a lot ...
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What are the differences between 間中{あいだじゅう} and 間{あいだ}?

I recently learned different usages of both kanji and I saw it is possible to use the combination of both. It seems to me that 間中{あいだじゅう} isn't a new word. (The other readings don't matter now.) Here ...
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A question regarding the usage of 代わりに?

I sent the following sentences to some Japanese friends of mine and all of them seem to agree that the second one is more natural here. This left me wondering why 代わりに does not work in this situation ...
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Ways to express "change" in Japanese

It seems that in Japanese, there are two kanji that are commonly used to indicate change: 「化」 温暖化{おんだんか}: global warming, change in temperature 悪化{あっか}: worsen, change for the worse 「転」 転校{てんこう}: ...
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What is the correct usage between 咳止め and 咳薬

I was playing around with some words on Google Translate trying to see if I can form a sentence while learning some new words. I came across this translation - 咳 translates to cough 止め translates to ...
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Usage of 方(ほう) in these sentences

I know that 方 (ほう) can mean direction or way but that meaning seems to change a bit in the following sentences: 佐藤くん、 英語は得意な方(ほう)かな? Sato, are you good at English? これは割と使ってる方(ほう)です。 This is ...
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畑 vs 分野 when referring to an abstract "field"

I know that 畑 can refer to a physical field while 分野 can't, but what is the nuance when 畑 is used in the abstract sense? For example, what is the difference between: 教育の分野 and 教育畑 言語学の分野 and 言語学畑 ...
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RELATIVE TIME EXPRESSIONS + で [duplicate]

A) 休みは明日で終わります。 The vacation will be over tomorrow. B) 彼がこの家を買ってから今年で四年になります。 It's been four years this year since he bought this house. Would the meaning change at all if we got rid of で? One of ...
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Difference between NOUN + から, NOUN + で and NOUN + だから to indicate reason

A) 彼女は疲れから病気になった。 She become ill from fatigue. B) 病気で仕事に行けません。 I can't go to work due to illness. C) 明日は休みだからどこかへ遊びに行こう。 Tomorrow is a holiday. So let's go somewhere to have fun. By using から in ...
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Nuance between して遊ぶ and just する

When you have a する verb for something that is a game, it seems like you can alternatively have して遊ぶ. What I want to know is what nuance this has. For example, what is the difference between: トランプをする ...
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What is the difference between 背 and 裏 for the backside of objects?

I know that 背 can also mean height, and also refers to the spine of the book when used with books. I also know that 椅子の裏 refers to the bottom of the chair while 椅子の背 refers to the back of the chair. ...
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Nuance between 焼く and 燃やす

I am referring to specifically when they are used for the purposes of physically burning an object without the purpose of eating it afterword. For example, the two example sentences on goo: 枯れ草を焼く ...
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"Binding" order of adjectives

Related: Order of multiple nouns and adjectives modifying the same noun I've come across an instance of the adjective ambiguously belonging to a noun in songs, but I'm never sure which is the correct ...
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What purpose does adding 色 to colors achieve?

Like the title says, I don't understand the purpose of adding 色 to color words. For example: 緑のドレスを着ている vs 緑色のドレスを着ている 赤い車を運転した vs 赤色の車を運転した vs 赤の車を運転した I know both styles are common, but in what ...
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Help with monomorphic, polyphonic verbs

OK, I kind of invented that term. But I'm referring to verbs that have identical kanji and okurigana; have nearly identical meanings; but have different readings. I'm sure there are many others out ...
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Difference of usage between 普通, 普段, 通常, 平常, 正常, いつも, and たいてい

I'm curious about the nuances/differences between these words when used for the concept of "normal" or "usual." Every time I think I understand the difference between these, I get ...
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Use of まま in Japanese

I was watching an anime and the character said something along the lines of "私{わたし}は、このままでいいの". This translated into something like "Do I really want things to stay like this?" But ...
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What is the purpose of だろう in expressions such as 何をしてんだろう or なんてかわいい犬なんだろう or 何でだろう

The first one is the most confusing one, because I have heard people say it usually when they are upset. The other two examples to me sound a little softer with だろう/でしょう. Therefore, I suppose the ...
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Can いそがしい mean busy as in 'crowded'

I know 'いそがしい' means busy as in 'having important things to do', but can it also mean busy as in crowded like 'busy street'
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Are 新規入国 and 再入国 mutually exclusive?

This is maybe not strictly a language question, apologies. Is each time a person enters Japan considered a 新規入国 regardless if the person has the status of being able to 再入国 (permanent residents, etc.)?...
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得意{とくい} vs 上手{じょうず} and 下手{へた} vs 苦手{にがて}

I was doing some pre-made flashcard by others and was wondering what the difference between 得意{とくい} and 上手{じょうず} is and the difference between 下手{へた} and 苦手{にがて} is since they all mean good at or bad ...
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What does でしかない mean in this sentence?

As far as I know, でしかない means: no more than or merely, but in this sentence that meaning doesn't seem to fit. • それを専攻をするのは天才でしかないよ! So, what exactly does this expression mean in this sentence?
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What nuance does ひょっとしたら add to かもしれない?

When you add ひょっとしたら to a sentence with かもしれない, how does the meaning of the sentence change? What would be the difference between: • アリスはひょっとしたら来るかもしれない。 / アリスは来るかもしれない。 • ひょっとしたら勝つかもしれない。 / 勝つかもしれない。 ...
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Using the 〜ている form when referring to an action not done by the speaker

I was speaking to a parent's friend at dinner, and when he asked me a question I replied by saying: 正しく推測しました to which he then corrected me by saying that the correct response would have been ...
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What does か do in a rhetorical question?

From 『スーツ』 A: ど…どうしたの?(Seeing B is unhappy: "What's going on with you?") B: どうしたのかって?人が死んだ。("You know what's wrong! Someone died!") What I usually hear is that the part before a ...
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Verb-て + V-ないこともない

In an anime I heard this sentence: 屍鬼は通常の食べ物は受け付けないが水分なんかは取って取れないこともない I kinda understand it (I think), but I'm not sure about the actual grammatical construction (if it's a specific construction at ...
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言うか?言わないか?どちらでしょうか?Why do 馬鹿を言うな and 馬鹿を言え have similar meanings?

It seems to me 「馬鹿を言え」 and 「馬鹿を言うな」 are pretty much interchangeable. Corresponding expressions in politer form also exist, 「馬鹿を言いなさい」 「馬鹿を言いなさんな」 So what nuances of meaning do they each have? And what'...
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What is the difference between 新規 with 新しい and 新た?

I know 新しい{あたらしい} and 新た{あらた} and I understood that the latter is usually used in newspaper because it brings more politeness/formality. However, I encountered 新規{しんき} in a newspaper article: ...
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Nuances between the various words for "head" and how to write them

The ways I have noted are: あたま, which can only be written 頭 かしら, which can be written as 頭, 頁, or 首 こうべ, which can be written as 頭 or 首 かぶり, which can only be written as 頭 おつむ, which can be only ...
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Difference between どれだけ and どのくらい and どんなに

It seems that どれだけ can be used interchangeably with どのくらい and どんなに, but is there any difference in nuance? For example: (どれだけ/どんなに)聞いても意味が分からない (どれだけ/どんなに)説明しても、あの人はわかってくれない 彼の身長は(どれだけ/どのくらい)ですか。 ...
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What are the differences between 救う, 救助する and 助ける?

From my understanding, 助ける{たすける} is used when helping someone with a task, 救助する{きゅうじょする} and 救う{すくう} can be used to save someone/something from a dangerous situation. However, 救う can also be used for ...
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Nuances between できる and 作られる when used for "to be made"

As the title suggests, I'm curious what determines which word is used for "to be made." For example, what are the nuances between 法律ができた and 法律が作られた
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無事かい, asking if the person is safe or the opposite?

In this scene I was a little confused because he got attacked by a weird looking figure like that literally just before this part, so I expect him to be concerned about himself more than this weird ...
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Can 追撃 be used as following attacks?

Here 追撃 seems to be used as follow up attacks, or combo. According to the kanjis, it would definitely make sense, but every dictionary I'm looking at is translating it to "chase" or "...
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Nuance of まま in expressing lack of change

I understand that まま can be used in order to convey that something doesn't change, or to express lack of change, although in this sentence, I'm not quite sure what it is trying to convey. ...
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Point of view in Japanese writing, verb tenses and temporal location? [duplicate]

A little while ago, I asked this question about the Japanese point of view: How do you identify the point of view in Japanese (for novels)? The answer seemed to be that you need to watch for the ...
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Nuance between using 飲む and 吸う for smoking

I know one can say タバコを飲む or タバコを吸う from seeing both uses in the dictionary. What are the differences between the two?
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Nuance between 氏名 and 姓名

On the Goo thesaurus page, it says: 通常は「氏名」が使われるが、名前のつけ方そのものを問題にする場合は、「姓名」を使う。 I'm not really sure what 名前のつけ方 is referring to here. When exactly should one use 姓名 over 氏名?
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Qual o significado de ようで e ような na seguinte frase? | What is the meaning of ようで and ような in this sentence?

Estou analisando a letra de uma música chamada 君が好きだと叫びたい. Cheguei em um ponto de dúvida na frase 恋をしているようで 躍らされてるような. Mais especificamente eu gostaria de entender o conceito por traz de ようで, o ...
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思い vs 考え vs 思考 vs 思索

I was reading this goo thesaurus page on the nuances between 思い, 考え, 思考, and 思索, and I got confused by how the example uses related to the nuances given in the explanation. The explanation stated that ...
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What do きゃるん、きゃるーん、きゅるん、きゅるるん and related words mean?

In the anime Saiki K. S2 E10 (image link), きゃるーん appears as a sound effect, where I would rather expect じゃーん or the like. Googling various Japanese forums has led me to conclude that the other ...
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Why is こと written in katakana in this sentence?

I was reading a webtoon and came across this sentence: 傷つきそうなコト言わないでね I'm aware of the meaning of this sentence, but I'm confused as to why it uses katakana here. I know that katakana is sometimes ...
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How do I colloquially say "The restaurant was empty" in Japanese

More specifically I want to know the difference between 空(す)いていました and 空(そら)でした For example, which one of these is better / what is the difference? レストランは空いていました。 レストランは空でした Is there an even better ...
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Difference between Verb (ない stem)+ ずに and Verb (ない form) + で 2nd action

Even after looking at example sentences, I can't seem to figure out the difference between the two. They both seem to mean "without doing ~". I gathered that ずに is a written form, but I've ...
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Who can we talk about when using 「そのスジの人」?

The sentence is taken from Volume No. 5 of「 波よ聞いてくれ!」 The radio-host Minare is interviewing the spokeswoman of an underground cult. When she introduces her as a member of a cult the spokeswoman claims ...
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Is there any difference between わけにはいかない、~てはいけない and ~てはならない?

From what I understand, they all mean the same, but maybe the nuance is different or it could be something else.
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How does 見ての work here? [duplicate]

I found this sentence and I don't know how the grammar works here: 俺たちを見ての反応。 Why is the verb in its て form? and is it different from saying "俺たちを見た反応"?
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Usage of 受ける in 日本の大学を受けたいです。

A book I am studying has 日本の大学を受けたいです。translated as "I want to apply to a Japanese university." Finding it a little confusing to nail down what sense of 受ける is being used here.
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The nuances between さて and さ/さあ

Is there any difference between the two? I think さて is more formal than さ/さあ, but is that true? And are there any other nuances?
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What’s the difference between 始まっている最中に and 始まろうとしているとき in this context?

I am currently studying for the JLPT N2, and I am confused about the answer for this particular practice question: 会議が(   )リンさんが慌てて入ってきた。 I put 始まっている最中に as the answer, but my textbook tells me that ...

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