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What's the difference between 公園を散歩する and 公園で犬を散歩させる?

Normally we say 公園を散歩する because 散歩する is a verb that expresses movement in space, and is thus followed by を, which also expresses movement in space. But if the verb is changed into 犬を散歩させる, in this ...
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What is the meaning of 当たる here exactly?

In the vn rewrite, the protag こたろう is trying to salvage the relationship of two heroines ルチア and ちはや, together with 2 other heroines, 静流 and 小鳥. The protag thinks the following: 今回の作戦を立案したのは俺だ。とにかく、...
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Past conditional with ていても/ていた

I've looked into this and it seems they are multiple ways with multiple nuances of saying "if (A) would have happened, then (B) would have happened. (third conditional ?) My question is about: ...
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What meaning does もう add to this sentence?

これはもう運命としか… Something unusual that has already happened, unexpectedly, happens again. The character who says that is a girl who meets somebody who looks like a prince at a party and the next day she ...
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What is the difference between 上がる and 挙がる?

Both 上がる and 挙がる are read the exact same way — as あがる — and in the dictionaries I looked them up, they appear under the same entry, and seem to show up as alternate spellings of the same word. Is is ...
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Difference between 近くに and 近く in a sentence

In お店や学校や駅が近くにあります would there be a subtle difference in meaning if 近く was used here instead of 近くに? E.g. お店や学校や駅が近くあります
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次もうかかんでもわかるだろ - What does かかんでも mean here?

In the little busters VN, one of the heroines 鈴 created a cleaning schedule for the male dorm toilets. But in the schedule, only the guys in her friend group are included, in a repeating manner. This ...
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How do I interpret these two sentences?

人樹ニ華アリ。人華ニ華アリ。 I see two versions of English translations: Flowers are present in human trees, flowers are present in human flowers. Human trees have blossoms. Human flowers have blossoms. I read ...
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What does かけ mean in かけ戦った or in かけ争い?

In the intro of the Game Boy Advance game titled "Fire Emblem: Fuuin no Tsurugi" there are a few instances in which かけ is used before a verb, and I don't seem to be able to grasp the nuance ...
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「売り言葉に買い言葉」について

In this anime at second 0:38 the main character is justifying why he accepted a fight. https://animelon.com/video/57a81215b9de7414d1ea082d In the context of the situation it sounds like he is saying ...
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何にもありません vs. 何もありません

Consider a simple dialogue from here 家もありません 家もありません ベッドもありません お金も 家もベッドもありません 何にもありません Here 何にも appears to be spoken with pitch なんにも{HLLL}. Question: Why is なん followed by a に particle here? In the ...
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Is calling your older brother/sister お姉さん/お兄さん wrong?

So I've just found out that apprently お兄さん and お姉さん aren't used for your older siblings, and only for other people's siblings or just other people older than you. Is this true? This doesn't seem right ...
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What is/are the meaning(s) of 方便 in this sentence and in general?

I was reviewing some old cards I had flagged as "uncertain" and I came across a scene from "Your name" (君の名は). At around the 47th minute the characters ride a shinkansen to meet ...
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ごめんね vs ごめん or what does ね add to the phrase?

From this answer I can see that they're both casual, but ごめん is more casual. There's also this question but it's rather about な and ね generally. Still it (or this article) explains the uses of ね, and ...
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What does 次元を超越 really mean?

Unless it's rude to ask, I would like responses mainly from Japanese native speakers, please. There is this scan from the guidebook for the Dragon Ball Z anime with a translation that is generally ...
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When to use けど vs もっとも?

Is there any nuance between these? From looking up the definitions, they seem similar in meaning (but, although). Here's a sentence I found that uses both: もっとも今年の夏は、どこも暑いらしいけど。
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Are 仲がいい and 親しい interchangeable in this context?

I'm trying to construct the sentence, "You two seem pretty close." and I'm curious if the sentences, 二人はかなり仲が良さそうだ。 or 二人はかなり親しそうだ。would work and if there are any differences between the two....
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I think I don't understand this sentence/maybe why the conditional form doesn't have something directly after it and before the と in this sentence

Context: A new school teacher doing her first ever parent teacher conferences hasn't been able to get in contact with the mother of one of her students. She has tried to contact the mother for weeks, ...
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余裕 vs ゆとり vs 余地

As the title suggests, I'm struggling to understand the rules of using 余裕, ゆとり, and 余地 properly. There is a GOO thesaurus page, but it confuses me as well. It mentions a distinction between 余裕 and ゆとり ...
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Comparing the words for "search"

In particular, I'm thinking of the below words involving searching for items/people, with my current understanding on the right 探す - The most general word 探求する - Searching for a physical or abstract ...
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Is there a name for the practice of directly reflecting back a questioner's words, and is it really that important in Japanese?

I don't really think this is 相槌; I tried searching here for "reflection" or "mirroring" as well but didn't find anything. Let's take this example conversation: A: ...
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Is there a difference between めんどうくさい and めんどくさい? (面倒くさい)

This is just a simple question, but I was wondering if there was a difference between めんどうくさい and めんどくさい. One has a う in it. I guess this also relate to others that are like this, is there a ...
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然る (さる) and 然る (しかる)

Is 然る used in Japanese as both 然る (さる) and 然る (しかる) or only with one of those readings? Does 然る have a different meaning depending on the reading? If so, what does 然る (さる) and 然る (しかる) each one mean? ...
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Can I replace うちに with 間に in this sentence?

日の下を歩いてるうちに、耳鳴りがしてきた Would there be any difference in the nuance? I have searched between the differences of nuances and this sentence doesn't seem like the meaning would particularly change if I ...
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Usage of っぺら and っぺらい

Are both っぺら and っぺらい used in the same way to emphazise an adjective? Is there any difference between them? For example: 薄っぺら/薄っぺらい Can you use っぺら and っぺらい to every adjective?
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What are the differences between ~といわれている, ~とされている and ~と考えられている?

I understand that these verbs related to expressing a certain belief or viewpoint. I frequently confuse the three. From what I can understand the meanings are: ~といわれている Repeating or reporting on ...
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What is the difference between 気にしない and 気にすることない

What is the difference between 気にしない and 気にすることない My bad, not enough context. The first one is 、気にしないでね。at the end of the sentence after comma. The second one is a separate sentence 気にすることないわ。at the ...
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What is the appropriate way of using 自分 with respect to the referent?

妻は私が自分を今でも愛していると信じている (Tsuma wa watashi ga jibun o ima demo aishite iru to shinjite iru.) My wife believes that i still love her. In the book it is said that: When a reflexive pronoun jibun is used, ...
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If you want to refer to a person as beautiful, would you use [綺麗]{きれい} or [美しい]{うつくしい}? What's the difference?

I'm a little confused on the difference between 綺麗【きれい】 and 美しい【うつくしい】. When is it appropriate to use either word to refer to a person? For example, if I wanted to refer to a woman as beautiful, would ...
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Does the contrastive は always rise in pitch?

At 3:03 the speaker says この人は I could be wrong, but it sounds like she's saying this as "koNOHITOWA" rather than "koNOHITOwa". According to my bilingual dictionary, Heiban is not ...
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Differences in the meaning for 女子 [closed]

When I check 女子on google I have found two contrasting definitions: There is : https://jisho.org/search/%23kanji%20%E5%A5%BD Which states that the meanings are "fond, pleasing, like something"...
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Don't understand fully how "なきゃよかった" means if ___ hadn't or if I hadn't ___

Is the なきゃ like referring to there not being something presently or something? Or is it more like [the hypothetical idea of not doing something][was good]...though even if it was that I don't think I ...
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How did 今ひとつ get its negative meaning?

The word 今ひとつ has the surface meaning "yet another, one more", but it seems to be more popularly used to mean "not entirely satisfactory", for example: その薬の効果は今ひとつだった。 The ...
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Does 「決めることにしています」 = 「決めます」?

In this NHK News Easy article, the final sentence says: 豊明市は職員たちに意見を聞いて、この働き方をこれからも続けるか決めることにしています。 After asking a native, a good translation for the second phrase would apparently be "[Toyoake ...
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Kanji for darkness: 暗 vs 闇, nuance? meaning? use cases?

In Heisig's book Remembering the Kanji, 16th edition, kanji #519 (暗) is named Darkness. In Yu-gi-oh however the darkness element uses 闇 According to the following link, 暗 does indeed mean dark, ...
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using は twice in the same sentence for two non-contrastive topics

In the sentence: 漢字は全部書けるようになる必要はないが、たくさん書けた方がいい。 the particle は is used twice in this sentence (漢字は,必要は). Is there any reason why we don't use 漢字を at the start of the sentence here, or is it just the ...
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Proper way to say "Grocery store​" and what types of stores this usage applies to

What is the proper way? According to jisho, it seems as simple as saying 食{しょく}品{ひん}店{てん}? In the case of a Walmart, Target, GameStop Costco or Family Dollar could these all be considered 食{しょく}品{ひん}...
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「20歳以上での年齢」- Why include this で? [closed]

In a store's liquor section in Japan, a sign reads: 「20歳以上での年齢であることを確認できない場合には酒類を販売致しません。」 What is the purpose of the particle で in 「20歳以上での年齢」, and is the meaning any different if 「20歳以上の年齢」 without ...
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じゃない and its uses [duplicate]

In a script I'm translating, two kids are reenacting The Little Mermaid at a park and then one of the kids's mom walks up and says: ちょ……ちょっとふたりとも何をやってるの!?ビショビショじゃない! According to DeepL, this じゃない isn'...
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Asking about invitation/desire in basic tense, vs. specific patterns?

When it comes to asking questions, specifically about invitation and want/desire, I've come across sentences that avoid using specific patterns (ませんか/ましょうか, or たい/ほしい), and just use basic future tense ...
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「かいてくれていた」- Does it have to mean "was drawing"?

In Chapter 3 of Yotsuba-to, Yotsuba wakes up and finds a picture of herself, that Fuuka drew and left there while she was sleeping. Yotsuba exclaims: 「ふーかがよつばかいてくれてた!」 Any natural-sounding English ...
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What does 勢い mean here?

In Steins Gate 0 the following conversation happens between the protag おかべ and a character ひやじょう 比屋定さん… どうして ここに… えっ? あ いや つい勢いっていうか… 勢い? The context is, that okabe visited his friend だる in their ...
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The difference between adding 第 and 次 to numbers

Both 第 (prefix) and 次 (suffix) both seem to have the effect of turning it into an ordinal (eg: "two" into "second"). And sometimes they are both used, like 第二次大戦. When does one ...
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Why did this native speaker replace から with ので?

A Japanese student wrote the following text over Hellotalk to have it corrected by a native speaker: 「ビデオでみた。安いから日本に有名ですと言っていました。」 The native speaker corrected it as: 「安いので日本で有名だとテレビで言っていました。」 Every ...
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Is there a difference between using です for some words, or using する to make it a verb?

Is there a difference between saying 「[在宅]{ざい・たく}です 」 and 「在宅します」? Both mean "I'm home/I'm at home," but one is using the intrinsic meaning of「在宅」(at home), and the other is made into a ...
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What is the best way to express regret at something that didn't happen? (informal)

I'm trying to write a postcard to a Japanese friend that I didn't manage to meet the last time I visited. I'm not sure if I should start the sentence with something like 残念ながら or 残念なことに (and in that ...
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the が in 目が抉られるような痛み

目が抉られるような痛み how would it change if i changed it to を? what the difference in nuance?
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Different combinations of せっかく, their meanings and examples

As of today, the vast majority of times I've come across せっかく, I've ended up understanding it in a somewhat blurry way and guessing the meaning from context. However, I would like to finally structure ...
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What does 歪な mean in this context?

In the anime called Quintessential Quintuplets, one of the girls is talking to their mother’s (who has already passed away) used to be homeroom teacher. The teacher: 僕は彼女の担任教師だったんだ 君は若い頃のお母さんそっくりだ ...
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what does きた mean in 履いてきた

like in 履いてきた靴 how would it change if i wrote 履いた靴?
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