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Questions tagged [nuances]

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

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Differentiating between the many words for bullying, teasing and tormenting

In the course of my study I've come across several words which all seemed to have a high degree of overlap, in that they all essentially meant 'to tease, to bully, to torment'. If possible I'd like to ...
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ものだ expressing ambiguous emotions/concern?

This article lists many examples of using ものだ to articulate "deep concern." The author of this article explains that when you connect words which indicate desire like …たい and 欲しい with ものだ, your speech ...
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How to say “Should I [do something]?”

There was a similar question here, but it was more along the lines of "Should we do something together?", and I'm not sure it fits my case. For example, how do you say "Should I bring something to the ...
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食べる時間__ない: Is さえ/も/ででも possible in this context? (Please read further)

*Please be advised that the following is from a practice book, with minimal altering. I sincerely hope this sort of question does not disagree with anyone here. The question in the book: ...
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引き起こすvs起こす? Meaning difference?

For the meaning of "to cause" what are the differences if any? Or are they interchangeable?
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について vs に関して - the internet tells me they only change in formality, but Imabi disagrees?

について vs に関して 1a. 今から韓国に関して話してください。X 1b. 今から韓国について話してください。〇 Why is Imabi saying that 1a is wrong? Source All sources are saying that について and に関して have the same function, with the latter being more ...
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Examples of when to use ではありません、ではない、じゃありません、 じゃない

I'm looking for example situations of when to use each level of politeness. I know they all are the same but when situational wise to use each one is where I am having confusion. Thank you.
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difference between らしい んだって とか ということだ。

What is the difference between various ways of saying ”I have heard that”. らしい んだって とか(言っていた) ということだ。 A: 田中さん、今日は休み? B: さっき電話があって、熱があるとか。大丈夫でしょうか? 義理の兄と情を通じていたということだ。 I have heard that/It's said ...
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Difference between「行ってきます」and 「行って帰ってくる」

On this page about Imabari dialect, it says the following: 笑い話によく登場する話としては「行ってこうわい」。今治では「行ってきます」という意味ですが、他の地域では「行って帰ってくる」という意味に取られます。「行ってこうわい」というからずっと待ってたのに来なかった、というのがオチです。 I am not too concerned ...
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What is the difference between「働かせる」and 「使う」?

What is the difference between the two sentences? 「その特のなぞを解くに、自分の頭を働かせた。」 「その特のなぞを解くに、自分の頭を使った。」
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Asking a business contact to make a request on my behalf?

I am helping to plan an event featuring the work of a Japanese artist. I'm speaking to his representative, and would like to ask the question, Can you ask (name) if he would be willing to write a ...
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Multiple words with same definition

I am seeing pairs of words with similar meanings (where one of the words has a single kanji and the other has two kanji). Examples include: 豊か、豊富 保つ、保存する 防ぐ、予防する Do these pair of words share the ...
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なんてね interpretation

So we have the following situation. There is persons A, B and C. Long ago A and B were friends when according to A B suddenly betrayed her. Now A has been using C for a long while pretending to be a ...
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Difference between 防衛相, 防衛大臣 and 国防相

Reading a NHK NEWS article, I stumbled over three different expressions for minister of defence. Is there a difference between 防衛相, 防衛大臣 and 国防相?
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Describing an imminent event

I have been trying to determine the differences between : 迫る 迫り来る 差し迫る From what I gather it is based on the context, but I have been unsuccessful in seeing the different nuances in usage.
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Can “という” be considered as an optional speech choice in some situations?

I've noticed that some people can use という very liberally and in TV programs, they cut out most of the という in their Japanese subtitling (in offical TV progs, not fan subs), so I assume the only という ...
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How should I read constructions like “NPのそのNP”?

I encounter these sometimes, but I have a hard time understanding what they're trying to say. Just wandering if someone could explain what it means when you have a possessive noun construction behind ...
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Do I need to reply in this situation?

(In a game) I am a newbie(Lv29), and I saw B(lv100+) having filled his room's wall with numerous super-super-rare(SSR) posters, which can be only be earned with enormous effort. (I don't have any) I ...
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「僅か」と「短い」は違いがありますか。

I was wondering if there is a difference in usage between 僅か and 短い? I don’t mean the obvious difference of 僅か being a 名詞 and 短い being an イ形容詞, but more usage-wise in situations like: 短い時間 and ...
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When to use ~えば、~たら、場合 specifically

I understand most Japanese grammar, but there is one thing that eludes me. I don't understand when to use ~えば, ~たら, or 場合 specifically, to express conditional (if then) statements. Would someone ...
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Is 歌を歌う not redundant?

I keep bumping into the seemingly redundant 歌を歌う, meaning 'to sing'. Is there a nuance compared to just 歌う? Is 歌う by itself too ambiguous? Does 歌を歌う amount to a set phrase?