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What is the difference in nuance between 私には and 私は?

Can anyone help explaining the nuance in difference between: 私はまったく分かりません。 私にはまったく分かりません。 With expressions such as ヨーロッパには行く (versus は) I can see what affect including the に particle within the ...
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Can どころではない and てはいられない can be interchangable in some context? What would be the nuance of each?

I have been unable to find in any Japanese Dictionary (Dictionary of Advanced Japanese Grammar, the どんな時どう使うbook, nor in the Handbook of Japanese Grammar Patterns or anywhere an explanation for this ...
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How to say an object has multiple colors

I know most colors work as の adjectives except for the 6 principal colors that work as い adjectives. If I were to describe, say, a flag, which has 3 different colors on it, could I just string the ...
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Can anyone check my understanding of Verb stem+あげる/切る/通す/終わる and てしまう

As far as i understand, those words pretty much means "doing something completely" but each have its own nuance. I'll use the word 読む for conjugating as an example. 1.読み終わる  This one is just ...
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confused about the usage of よう?

The sentence in question 彼に集中するよう注意を促しといたよ。 Meaning I urged him to concentrate. Confused as to what role the よう is playing here?
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How best to translate this もう?

From the Genki II textbook, 3rd edition page 297 (a reading passage about Doraemon): 「これは『アンキパン』だよ。覚えたいことをこのパンに写して、食べてみて。覚えられるから。」のび太くんはパンに写して、全部食べました。もうテストは大丈夫です。 I'm confused about the exact meaning ...
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Difference between に and へ particles

I am a beginner, and I do not really understand the difference between に and へ particles. My teacher told that they can be used interchangeably when it comes to indicating "direction" and &...
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さすが vs. それでこそ - "Just what you'd expect from"

Differing from それこそ, それでこそ seems to have a function to act very much like さすが and essentially mean "just what you'd expect from". Here's an example from Kill la Kill where the main character ...
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~を~をする construction

I was watching a video of 参議院議員 speaking and noticed this construction used twice by two different people. https://youtu.be/F2YHiMV8BcM?si=Dvy9tvSNGjgYcedk&t=379 6:19 その上で 改正後の子供・子育て支援法におきましては ...
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Understanding あながち for "not necessarily"

I understand that this phrase is used with a negative to create a "not entirely" or "not necessarily" sentence. But I am having trouble distinguishing it from 必ずしも. Online ...
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Distinguishing between an adverbial phrase and a part of a compound noun

I am reading an article entitled 日本の従業員が「世界一やる気がない」本当の理由 and I am having trouble translating this title. Seems like 世界一やる気がない is translated as "the least motivated in the world" so that 世界一 ...
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Comparing みたいに and みたいな感じで

To preface, I understand that not every みたいな感じで is used adverbially like みたいに, because sometimes that で is the te-form: 素人みたいな感じで申し訳ないですが Sorry to sound like an amateur. (I sound like an amateur, (and ...
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ないで欲しい or なくて欲しい?

I came across this sentence 来たばかりの人間を、普通に呼び出さないで欲しい Which I believe means something like I want you not to so naturally summon someone who's just arrived Please correct me if I'm off. What I don't ...
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(よ)うが~まいが / (よ)うと~まいと vs かどうか

I'm currently studying some N1 grammar, and I actually find it pretty hard getting a feel of the grammar patterns. I saw this pattern in my Anki deck: わたしは他人の話に耳を傾けたわけではないんですが、むこうはきかれていようがいまいが、...
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What does なんたら mean?

I came across 昨日のハイドロなんたらとかいう怖い女の子だ Which from an official translations means Its that scary girl from yesterday called Hydro-glerpadoodle Am I right in assuming that なんたら is a filler word for ...
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confused about て無かったら

In the sentence 一部しか残って無かったら意味ないし Where the official translation is Because its meaningless if a part is left I don't understand how 無かったら isn't negating the 残ってる to mean "if a part is NOT ...
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what is the difference between ごたえ and かい/がい

I've been wondering but, what are the differences in nuance between the grammar points ごたえ and かい/がい ? examples: 見ごたえがある vs 見がいがある 聞きごたえがある vs 聞きがいがある やりごたえがあった vs やったかいがある
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Differences/Similarities Between そうすると and そうしたら

Just learned the grammar point そうすると and was wondering is そうしたら is the same thing. For example, would 早く大学を卒業したいです。そうすると、仕事ができる be the same as 早く大学を卒業したいです。そうしたら、仕事ができる?
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Confused about usage of という

I came across this sentence: 地面が土で、周囲が木というだけで、暑さが随分とマシになった。 The heat became quite bearable when surrounded with trees and dirt. I'm confused about what という is doing here?
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How is the grammar working in いや、何かしないとな?

From what I've gathered. The sentence いや、何かしないとな means something like "No, I've got to do something" . I cant quite understand how the grammar is working here to turn the negative suru verb ...
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Use of ものの as a prefix

ハリーはものの見事にロンに負けた。 Harry lost spectacularly to Ron. Would I be correct in thinking that ものの can be omitted from this sentence? What is the effect of adding ものの as a prefix? Jisho gives 'only', 'no ...
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Distinguishing hyperbole and literal sentences with くらい / ぐらい

One of the meanings of くらい is 'to the extent', and is often used in hyperbole (exaggerated claims) such as: 今日はもう一生走りたくないくらい走った。 Today, I ran so much that I don't want to run again in my whole life. ...
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Nuance of フツー over 普通に?

On the top panel, the character asks for 藤島's "Line", to which 藤島 answers: "I left it it on the back of the vitamin C drink (I gave you) the other day... Oh I guess you threw it away&...
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What is the difference between 直接 used as a 形容動詞 and 直接的?

I came across the word 直接的 in my textbook and became surprised because my understanding up to date is that 直接 could also be used as a 形容動詞, at least according to jisho.org and 大辞泉. If that's the case, ...
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Question about には and は

I know this question had already been answered on this site, but I need someone to help me understand it in a specific context. This is a sentence from my Shin Kanzen Master N3 textbook: 林先生の授業(____)、...
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Difference between 織物, 生地 and 布

As the title says, what are the differences/usages of 織物, 生地 and 布? I can't figure out anything obvious from the Weblio definitions or from a Google image search. If you were to ask me the difference ...
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Understanding ハッタリ in context

Lyrics for the first chorus of Overdose by なとり are as follows: Overdose 君とふたり やるせない日々 解像度の悪い夢を見たい Overdose 君とふたり 甘いハッタリ Don't stop it music, darling I'm trying to understand the etymology and nuance ...
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Are there nuances between ヒーロー, 英雄, 勇者, 勇士, etc?

It seems japanese have a lot of words for "hero". In anime series, you hear all these words translated as "hero". Do all of them mean the same, or do they actually have nuances?
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Difference between てしまう and つい〜てしまう

Is there any difference in nuance to the てしまう construction when つい precedes it? In the following sentence: とってもキレイなネックレス あんまりステキだったから つい拾っちゃった Would the nuance change if つい was omitted?
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Question about Japanese past tense and て form

I was curious as to why in this sentence, 乾いた熱風のふくこの島は、当時一つの国として、島の人々が自分たちで決まりを作り、平和に暮らしていました, 乾いた熱風 instead of 乾くて熱風 is used for dry, hot wind. Can anybody tell me what this grammar is called?
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I have some questions about using 出る and 出かける。

If I were to create a sentences about going to the store, and I made the sentence 「店に出かける。」,「コンビニに出かける。」, and 「スパーに出かける。」would those make sense in Japanese? Also, is it true that if I used 出る instead ...
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the meaning of "のこと" in this sentence

Ohayou, please i wanted to understand the exact meaning of this definition-like sentence: 何か、機械とかに人間っぽいことをさせる、知能を持たせるみたいなまあ広い枠組みのことをAIと言って And because I found it difficult to really grasp the "...
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Difference between ごとに and おきに

In grammar explanations, it is often given that ごとに and おきに have the same usage for time expressions such as 時間. Lets say we have these two sentences: 私は一時間ごとにお茶を飲みます。 私は一時間おきにお茶を飲みます。 These two ...
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Can you replace ただちに with word すぐに in order to convey the same meaning?

私はこの仕事をただちにしなければならない。 私はこの仕事をすぐにしなければならない。
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difference between 理解しなかった and 理解していなかった?

I want to express that it is my fault for not understanding something, would it be: いえいえ、理解しなかった私が悪いのです or いえいえ、理解していなかった私が悪いのです if there is a better way to say this in general please let me know as ...
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Is おありになる correct respect keigo for ある?

In the Genki II 3rd-edition textbook, pg. 192, there are drills to practice both respect and humble keigo. In problem #9, a speaker asks: 日本文学に興味がありますか。 Are you interested in Japanese literature? ...
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Differences and meanings of のを, のに, のは, のが, のこと

I have been studying for the N3 lately, and I'm very confused about these 5 points. It seems that they are all used to nominalize, but I'm confused about when and in what situations you would use ...
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Understanding the meaning of だからな in this line

I am currently playing the Japanese version of Octopath Traveler. In one scene in particular, there are two characters in prison; one of them (a kid named Therion) has just been hit by the guard and ...
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What is the difference between 楽天 and 楽観?

When looking through jisho.org after reading some NHK News Easy articles, I came across 楽観{らっかん}, which seems to imply optimism in terms of outlook. However, 楽天{らくてん} also carries the definition of ...
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Usage of 向こう in this sentence

So the characters gets asked "how come you two are friends?" thus explaining that when they were kids, the other's person used to help him a lot. Then he adds だからって別に向こうも親友ってつもりもないだろうし I am ...
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How should I choose between [知]{し}る and わかる?

Both 知る and わかる get used for "know", "understand", "learn", "find out", and various other concepts. How do you know which to use when? Are there any rules to help you decide? Additionally, both of ...
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Can 混む and 込む be used interchangeably to mean "to be crowded?"

I knew of 混{こ}む to mean "to be crowded," but recently came upon a different kanji (込) being used to convey the exact same meaning, and with the exact same reading. Looking it up on jisho.org,...
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Nuances of 遵守 and 甘受

Can someone please elaborate on the different nuances between 遵守 and 甘受 I've seen in many sentences (like the following) that 遵守 means "to comply to; to abide by" 規則を遵守する。- Abide by/Comply ...
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くれ behind a sentence

Does adding くれ behind a sentence make it sound more angry/irritated?I’ve heard it in a song where it said 何も言わないでくれ with an angry tone
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struggling to understand a sentence with であろうとしていない

I was watching 弱キャラ友崎くん 2nd STAGE episode two with Japanese subs and I could not understand this after all of my searching. This is because I need to learn more about grammar and given time, studying ...
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Can そんなに and そういう be used interchangeably?

I'm having a bit of trouble understanding the nuances in usage for these two adverbs: そんなに: so much; so; like that​ そういう: such; like that; that sort of Of the three definitions, I see they only ...
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Differences between 利く and 効く, and examples

I would like to know what's the meaning of 利く with this kanji 利. Could you also give me some examples, please? I've searched in kotobank for a difference between 効く (to have effect) and 利く, but I ...
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What is the difference between 本性 and 正体?

Both 本【ほん】性【しょう】 and 正【しょう】体【たい】 share the same primary definition of "true character" on jisho.org. The secondary definitions appear to be somewhat synonymous, though both words don't have ...
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What is the difference between のう and な/なあ/ね/ねえ?

I have been reading a comic book limited series titled 『妖艶くのいち~濡れた花弁』 (English: "Voluptuous Female Ninja: Wet Petals"). It seems to take place in the Japanese Warring States Period (1467-...
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What's the nuance of ...ましょう to express intent?

十万円あげましょう。 I'll give you 100,000 yen. 手伝いましょう。 I'll help you. I've seen sentences of intent like this, but I don't understand the nuance of the speaker using ...ましょう instead of structures like 「...

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