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Does で goes with 備わる here?

From the beginning of the first book of 魔法科高校の劣等生 (その refers to 魔法) 当初、その異能は「超能力」と呼ばれていた。純粋に先天的な、突然変異で備わる能力であって、共有・普及可能な技術体系化は不可能と考えられていた。 I might be overthinking but I'm not sure about で after 突然変異....
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Two を and one verb [duplicate]

I'm reading Fairy Tail manga and I don't understand why there are two を in this sentence. この我輩を主人公に本を書かせてやると言ったのに、あのバカ断りおった。 If I understood correctly the context, the person who said that sentence ...
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Trouble understanding についても in this context

The below is an excerpt from 君の名は novel, specifically from a newspaper article about a comet that destroyed the city. 町の南側は比較的被害がすくなかったが、被害を免れた千人ほどの住民についても、その後は町からの転出者が相次いだ。一年を待たずして自治体としての維持が困難となり、...
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Parsing or meaning of 我らに戦えと

This is in a Manga where B is asked by A: A: お前たち恵み多き地に住みたくないか? B: それは… 我らに戦えと? かつてはそういった土地を手に入れるため戦{いくさ}に明け暮れましたが[...] While I get the meaning of the rest, I don't know how to deal with 我らに戦えと, ...
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Help understanding part of Taisho era sentence - もうちかねまじく

My edition of こゝろ by 夏目漱石 includes an addendum written by his son about his memories of his father. In the part recounting his funeral, he uses the following sentence, which I can't make sense of ...
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Understanding「この中で物事の『程度』を示す新しい表現について聞いたところ、「とても」を意味する『めっちゃ』については、定着したことを示す「ほかの人が使うのが気にならない」と答えた人が81%に上り、58%が「使うことがある」と答えました。」

I need help understanding this sentence from this article, この中で物事の『程度』を示す新しい表現について聞いたところ、「とても」を意味する『めっちゃ』については、定着したことを示す「ほかの人が使うのが気にならない」と答えた人が81%に上り、58%が「使うことがある」と答えました。 It's difficult for me to ...
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「年なんだから無理」How does one parse this colloquial sentence?

This article https://mainichi.jp/articles/20210920/k00/00m/040/036000c contains the quote 「年なんだから無理」 which I understand to mean "The difficulties presented by your age are why it is impossible&...
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What is the reading of 開店時?

開店時は82歳だった林さんが、慣れた手つきで団子を焼いている (source) Hayashi san, who was 82 years old when she opened the store, makes dumplings with her experienced hands. and I was wondering whether to read 開店時【かいてんとき】 or 開店時【...
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Why is 逮捕 repeated twice?

Why 逮捕 is repeated twice in the following newsflash from テレ朝? 行方不明の女子高校生の遺体発見 逮捕された20代女の夫も死体遺棄容疑で逮捕 Would the meaning of the sentence change if 逮捕された is omitted? 20代女の夫も死体遺棄容疑逮捕
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What does なきゃともがいてる mean in this context?

What kind of meaning does "なきゃともがいてる" convey in both of the sentences in one of the panel above?
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What does するがり and がんこ mean?

I'm reading a book and the following sentence showed up: ふたむかし前の漫画に登場するがり勉少年や下町のがんこ親父がかけていそうな代物なのだ。 I didn't find anything about "するがり" or "〜がり". I didn't study the 〜がる grammar ...
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What does particle を mid sentence without a verb mean?

I'm reading a magazine article and I've come across a sentence that I'm not too sure about. そんな濃密な5年間を、記事担当のコラムを交えつつ振り返る。 I think the sentence means something like "These rich 5 years will be ...
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How to say "She is the girl I said I like."?

I have some questions about relative clauses. How can I express "She is the girl I said (to you) I like"? This is my attempt 僕はこの女子が好きなんですよ I like this girl. 彼女は僕が好きな女子なんですよ She is the ...
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Parsing Sentences

I seem to have real trouble with sentences where phrases sit together with (apparently) no indication as to how they're related. This is a prime example (with the bold being my problem): ...
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「を発動させる」 why 使役態?

This is one of those things which are common enough that I hardly ever give them a second thought but when I do they just stop making sense. デトネーターを最初に命中させたプレイヤーがコンボを発動させます。(source) Why are 命中 and ...
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Meaning of「なんじゃって」

I have difficulty understanding the dialogue below. Context: Somebody asked him what does this phrase「好きじゃなくもない」means. He thinks it means "like." I have two ways to interpret his response. ...
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Understanding XにYを頼む

委員会は橋本聖子さんに会長を頼むことを決めて ... The committee decided to ask Hashimoto to become president I found this phrase a bit confusing. Both verbs in this sentence can take both に and を at the same time. I think ...
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Parsing and meaning of a song verse

I'm trying to understand the opening of an anime song, but I'm stumped on a couple of parts by (I think) a similar doubt; this is the lyrics. Here's what I don't understand: 夢を持ってきた 言葉じゃ足りないユメのアリカ ...
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meaning of その姿に

I would like to know the meaning of その姿に in the sentence Context: the character is genuinely impressed by her friend's determination at persisting in a way that seems to be a dead end. 素晴らしいわ!その、...
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The meaning of しきり after a noun

I recently came across this sentence: 耳打ちするようにしながらもしっかり声が届くように言うホロに苦笑いしきりだが、ノーラが無防備にうなずいたことにはちょっと傷ついた。 I thought at first that しきり might be しきる, as in "do to completion", but then it would ...
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What does "ni sou" mean in ごく自然にそうなる

When I Google translate the sentence it says "it will happen very naturally". If I break down the sentence into parts: Goku: very (adverb) Shizen: naturally (adverb) Ni sou: ??? Naru: to ...
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Translating a sentence with までだ

Yesterday, I read a passage from Shin Kanzen Master N1: As I was reviewing it today, I remembered that それまでだ is an expression which means "that's the end" or something to that effect. That ...
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Literal meaning and parsing of 軽音部とかけて双六と解く

I am watching けいおん! and in the Episode 17 「部室がない!」the club is trying to find a room for rehearsals. After not finding a suitable room Yui says: 「軽音部{けいおんぶ}とかけて双六{すごろく}と解{と}く」 In response she is asked ...
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Is どんなことでも失敗したら a whole clause or two separate clauses?

Is the sentence どんなことでも失敗したら、人のせいにしてはなりません。read as: [どんなことでも][失敗したら]、人のせいにしてはなりません。 = [No matter what][if you fail], don't blame people. or [どんなことでも失敗したら]、人のせいにしてはなりません。 = [No matter how you fail], ...
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Which translation is closer to the original Japanese?

I'm curious as to whether or not I did a good job with my own stay-as-close-to-the-Japanese-as-possible translation of the following two lines, seeing as how google translate only gave me either ...
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する -verbs perception by native speakers

I wonder how the (common) Noun+する verbs, e.g. 勉強する, are perceived by native speakers, especially children before the start of the formal education. In the manner similar to English "to do ...
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Why can't まちがいなく失敗 mean 'a zero-mistakes失敗'?

失敗するのを気にしたら、まちがいなく失敗してしまう。 =If we think of failure, we will certainly fail. When I read the example the first time, thinking it's a proverb, I interpreted it like: If you mind failure, you will fall ...
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Problem with understanding the action of いる in 決まった場所にいる代わりに

In a recent article 仕事で外国に行く前にPCR検査の予約ができるようにする from NHK Easy Japanese I found this sentence, (which I give here in a bit abbreviated form): [...]着いてからしばらくの間、決まった場所にいる代わりに、PCR検査で[...]...
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Can (Aともかく,B.) be always understood as (Do do you know about A? B.)?

漢字を読むことはともかく、書くことは苦手だ。 I can't even write, let alone read Kanji. Regardless whether i can read Kanji or not, I can't write it. Which translation is correct, 1) or 2)? The speaker Confirms their ...
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Parsing a sentence with の and に missing(?)

I saw this tweet earlier today. I find it difficult to understand the underlined portion. This is the first time I saw 目指すよう without に or な following it. The same goes with 近く. It looks like an adverb,...
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modifying a noun

Example sentence to illustrate the question: 抑えられない幸せにしたい気持ち can either be understood as (抑えられない幸せ)にしたい気持ち or (抑えられない幸せにしたい)気持ち Is there a way to disambiguate what the speaker is trying to imply? In ...
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Please help me to deconstruct the grammar of this relative clause: この法律に違反する可能性がある政治の団体が活動をやめています。

This is an excerpt from an NHK easy article talking about the new law passed in Hong Kong: この法律に違反する可能性がある政治の団体が活動をやめています。 この法律に this law 違反する可能性がある政治の団体が活動 activities (by?) government groups (...
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Can this sentence be interpreted in more than one way?

I read a sentence 彼女はわかっていた。あるいは、わかっていると思っていた。 It was translated as "She knew, or she thought she knew/knows." Prior to seeing this translation, in my head, I interpreted it as "I knew her, or ...
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Reading of 上 in the sentence:じょう or うえ [duplicate]

I was reading the news when I saw the sentence with 上で (see the sentence with highlight). I was thinking if it should be read as うえ or じょう。I am inclined to read this as じょう because it doesn't fit ...
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Can you omit the action when using と and help understanding/parsing this sentence

『監視されているみたいだ』と不評の声も多い見回りだけど, 案外さっきみたいな事柄のためにやっているのかもしれないな。 The complete sentence is given above. As the title has said, can you omit the action when using と? From some sentences I've seen, an action ...
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様子見くらい いいっしょ? I can't make sense out of it [duplicate]

Mother:当分ここに住むから。 Son:えっ!? 何だよそれ。 Mother:カワイイ一人息子が頭 打ったんだ。 Mother:様子見くらい いいっしょ。 Here's the question: What does 様子見くらいいいっしょ。 mean? 様子見 = wait-and-see くらい = about?around? dunno いいっしょ = it's good, isn't ...
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習う学習 translation

肝心な2年生で習う学習範囲は、1年生の時よりも当然難易度が上がっている。 習う: to take lessons in; to be taught; to learn (from a teacher); to study (under a teacher); to get training in. 学習: study; learning; tutorial. I am confused ...
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メアリーがアメリカに帰って悲【かな】しいです meaning

This is an example て-form sentence from bunpro where the translation is "Mary returned to the USA and I am sad." I'm wondering if this could also mean "Mary returned to the USA and she is sad" as ...
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What does もえと mean?

I was reading a Tofugu article, https://www.tofugu.com/japanese/da-vs-desu-in-real-life/, and one of the examples they give was this text conversation. I'm just curious what 私{わたし}ももえと could mean. My ...
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Meaning of the phase: 筋ってもん

I'm having a bit of trouble getting a grasp of 筋ってもん (sujitte mon) and what it's supposed to convey. Does it possibly have kind of declarative function for whatever precedes it? Examples include: ...
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Can someone explain the usage of Verb+り in these sentences please

I previously practice reading beginner’s japanese book and was surprised by this verb form, the verb+り. Can someone please help explain about its usage or where I can study more about this form of ...
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What is the meaning of 取り戻そうと in this sentence?

In the following sentence: 問題を無視することはできません。しかし、 問題にばかり注目していると過去の状態を取り戻そうと努力することになります The part where it says: 「取り戻そうと努力することになります」 more specifically that "そうと" where does it come from? What's the ...
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What part does 「成」 play when tailed to a word?

So I recently came across a song called 「未完成」 by Leo Ieiri. I know 未完 means "Incomplete" or "Unfinished". I'm interested in knowing what that 「成」 represents when used after 「未完」 and what are other ...
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Is 誰か行きたい人 a form of double-headed relative clause?

I came across the phrase "誰か行きたい人" in this thread and I think it would be used in a context like "誰か行きたい人がいるか?". However I am kind of confused by how it works grammatically. Is 誰か行きたい a relative ...
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Strange use of 終わる

やっとお許しが出て、物置から出してもらった時には、もう夏休みが始まっていた。 When he was finally forgiven and allowed to come out of his cupboard the summer holidays had already begun. ダドリーは、買ってもらったばかりの8ミリカメラをとっくに壊し、ラジコン飛行機も墜落させ、おまけに、...
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Action of ではない on sentence part

I found on NHK easy Japanese a puzzling sentence: アメリカのトランプ大統領は、戦争をするために殺したのではないと言っています。 My problem is with 戦争をするために殺したのではない My first attempt at translation would use mentally parenthesis as shown ...
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Usage of 全部束 and かなう

同級生の男の子を全部束にしてもかなわないほど頻繁にハリーは散髪させられたが、... Harry was made to get a haircut so often that even if you made the boys in his class into a complete bundle it would not rival it The meaning is clear (I ...
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I-adjective in く form modifies a noun/adverb

In the song 宝物 by WANIMA, the chorus goes: 思いにまかせて 感じるまま描いて まだ見えない明日へ 誰にも止められない 今この瞬間が紛れもなく全て。 紛れもない is in く form, which means it's modifiying a verb. However, 全て is nowhere near a verb, but might ...
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Whats the name of this izakaya? [closed]

everyone I was in an awsome izakaya in Osaka but wasnt able to figure out the name of it and stuff like it is private owned or of a chain. Below is a picture of its front (google translate etc. cant ...
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How to parse the following から and is the もとで a noun?

The following sentence appears on a page in my book: 悪夢から一夜明け、アインのもとで訓練を重ねる日々が始まった。 I think the above から has the meaning of "after"; but the suspicious possibility of the から being a questioning か ...

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