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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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Problems with どうすれば [duplicate]

どうすればこの地球から戦争を無くすことができるのだろうか。 First, I'm not sure on which level どうすれば stands in the hierarchy of the sentence. I would say that it doesn't belong to この地球から戦争を無くすことが I would say that it is on the ...
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Parsing the pattern “[noun] を [verb]、また [noun] のため”

I am not sure how to parse these two sentences, particularly the two highlighted clauses that fall under the same pattern: 治水とは 洪水などの水害を防ぎ、また水運や農業用水の便のため、河川の改良・保全を行うこと。 雨戸とは 窓や縁側などの外側に立てる戸。風雨を防ぎ、...
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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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Problems with this sentence?

From line 10 to 11 in this doc https://www.docdroid.net/847v2dg/img-20170413-0001-new.pdf.html 北が上という常識は、実は北半球の国の人々が無意識に持っている差別の表れかもしれない。 My main issue are the parts in italic and bold. I understand ...
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Is it possible to join directly い-adj + この + noun?

I came across this multiple choice sentence within my homework exercises: I assume that the correct answer is 気に入った. However, the この demonstrative seems out of place to me. I would rather use just ...
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What does「ごとが」mean?

Is this (the phrase/word ごとが) a grammar point or vocabulary? I tried to look it up in Takoboto dictionary but it doesn't return a specific word. Also, if the phrase/word 「ごとが」 is a grammar point. How ...
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Meaning of 疑問を胸に取材を進める

The sentence in question: そんな疑問を胸に取材を進めると、改めて、おんぶの魅力を知ることになりました。 For full context: https://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/web_tokushu/2018_0521.html?utm_int=news_contents_tokushu_004 My attempt at translation: ...
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What does からかっちゃ mean?

I found the following dialogue in a manga. 繋がれてる【つながれてる】からって からかっちゃダメですって My thinking is that the person speaking is describing what the dog is "saying", i.e. "I'm tied to this pole! ...
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~った with a noun (生い立ち > 生い立った) - what's really going on?

I just started trying to read the Japanese translation of Hermann Hesse's Siddhartha. I've struck a problem in the first sentence that my native Japanese speaking friends can't seem to help me with. ...
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A complex structure: Xが~するYについて、~する者は

So I'm reading the One Punch Man manga to learn some vocabulary. I have the Portuguese translation and I compare it with my translation. But I read something that I think is wrong in the Portuguese ...
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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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Parsing 彼には映画監督になるという夢があります

My best guess is "His dream is to become a movie director," but I'm not sure what "になるという" means when put together like that. I know that "になる" means something like "becomes," and "という" means ...
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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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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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Grammatic relationships inside a sentence - parsing

once again I need again your help: I have this sentence and also its translation (same auther/text as here) : まだどこにも兆{きざ}していない死苦{しく}が、感覚{かんかく}を灼{や}けた鉄{てつ}のように真赤{まっか}に鍛{きた}えてくれるのを感{かん}じた。 I think I ...
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Sentence structure of 戦争で敵兵になぶりものにされて殺されたんだ

「うーん、君が納得する話が出来るかどうか。そうだね、例えば……」 「僕は両親の顔も知らない。戦争で敵兵になぶりものにされて殺されたんだ」 「それで、叔父に引き取られたんだけどさ。... In this hypothetical, the parents are killed in war but the bolded section is unintuitive to ...
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Meaning of 私は ひらがなが 書けるように なりました

As the title states, what is the meaning of 私{わたし}は ひらがなが 書{か}けるように なりました? I thought it meant "I felt like writing hiragana", but I am not sure.
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1000万の妹好きを… in this sentence

MC's sister wakes him up. mc「なに……してるんだ?」 sister「先に目が覚めたから、お兄ちゃんの寝顔を見つめていたの……♪」 全国1000万の妹好きを下僕に出来るだろう、笑顔と台詞が返ってくる。 ..., i reply with a smile. i an assume this is saying in a roundabout ...
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How can I parse も in this sentence?

I'm really confused by the role of も in this sentence: KONAMIから許諾を得ないといかなる場合もBrain Powerを使用する事ができない状態なのです。 I think that what makes it difficult to understand is that there are two situations (...
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What does いられるかっ mean in this sentence?

水着で密着されて無反応でいられるかっ I roughly translated to "Having the swimsuit stuck so close, there's no way you don't have a reaction" What does いられるかっ mean in this sentence? Any ideas?
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Unsure of this sentence; lack of verb is throwing me off here

I can't properly understand this sentence そして, そのマントは 他人には決して見えないことを, 彼女たちは知っていた. I think it means: And the girls knew, those cloaks (would reveal/showed) to strangers something they've never ...
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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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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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会社での出来事を引きずったままだった私 passivity

speaker doesn't want to trouble her only family member, A, with her tough day at work. A however, does notice something wrong. 会社での出来事を引きずったままだった私の様子がおかしいと、Aは気付いたようだった。 I find this statement is ...
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use of ほどには and くらいには in this sentence

context is some bad guys talking to an arrogant rich girl that they kidnapped. Included extra context, not sure if needed. girl 「調子に乗って……! こんなの、今だけなんだからね……! あんたたちみたいなウジ虫は、社会の落伍者は、ろくなこともしないで、...
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The correct parsing of 無類 In this sentence

So I'm having a friendly debate with someone over the correct parsing of this sentence: 隆之介のような無類のライトレベルを操る才覚なく Namely the way 無類 is affecting it. I'm of the opinion that the correct way to parse ...
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What does ‘‪いてね‬’ mean?

What does ‪いてね‬ mean in ‘‪聴いてね‬’?
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Relative clause with both direct object and head noun as object

From here: 国土交通省によると、3つの会社は走るのに必要なガソリンの量や外に出るガスの量を調べる検査を国が決めたルールと違うやり方で行っていました。そして、ルールどおりに検査したと記録していました。 According to the land ministry, three companies were operating in a way different to the ...
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Three different meanings of “と” in one sentence?

I don't understand the meaning of this sentence from Kawabata's "Snow Country Miniature": 君{きみ}とそう見劣{みおと}りしない女{おんな}でないと後{あと}で君{きみ}と会った{あった}時{とき}、心外{しんがい}じゃないか。 This is what Shimamura says to the ...
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How to parse 東京都と埼玉県、北海道などにある会場も

Regarding the Tokyo olympics: この大会では、新しく会場を建てるだけではなくて、東京都と埼玉県、北海道などにある会場も客の席を増やすなどの工事をして使う予定です。 In this competition, rather than just build new venues, there is a plan to use and increase the ...
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* “The Japanese language does not have words that function as adjectives in a syntactic sense”

※ This (titular) assertion is questionable, so I'm (1) putting it in quotes, and (2) placing an asterisk in front of it. The following page starts with this assertion, which I had not heard before : ...
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Help interpreting this sentence

I have trouble understanding the sentence below 文章が長くならないよう、必要のない部分は省略した I roughly translate: literature doesn't need to be long, omit unnecessary part Can I use passive form “unnecessary part was ...
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How to correctly intepret the following clause?

This is a paragraph taken from a novel. It describes an outlawish group of people who decided to run away from civilized society. Simplified part with bolded clause that I'm having trouble with: ...
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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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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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いけません in the short form

I understand that the dictionary definition of the expression いけません is "must not do", and that it can be used in conjunction with say なきゃ in a sentence such as the following: 試験があるから、勉強しなきゃいけません。 I ...
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interpretting 人となりのわかるような事

確かに彼女は、ただ一緒にいるというだけで、人となりのわかるような事を話すとも思えない。 wonder how i should approach this [人となり(の/が)わかる]ような事 can 人となり itself わかる something? or [人となり]の[わかるような事] Either way it is an awkward read thank you
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How do I parse this sentence using という話?

My question is about how to correctly parse the second line in the below. 「しかし廃棄迷宮ですか……いろんなものを捨てていたら最後には溢れちゃいそうです」 「廃棄迷宮に果てはなく、一説には異次元に繋がっているという話もあるくらいだぞ」 「話が真実だとするとゴミ問題の類は全て解決するんだけどな」 I ...
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Help parsing and translating this sentence with を at the end

Context: an aggressive and violent boxer (Riku) is going to fight against an evasive opponent that is really good at dodging punches and who always tries to win on points rather than KOs. Riku's ...
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How to differentiate between separate meanings of て form?

Sometimes the て form has an adverbial meaning like: 重ねて or 歩いて行く and sometimes it functions as a way to connect two sentences. Is there an easy way to differentiate between what meaning is being used?...
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Can the subject appear at the head of a relative clause and **in** the clause simultaneously?

宮城県と岩手県は、仮設住宅などには世話をする人がいないお年寄りなど生活に困っている人が住んでいることが多いため、1人で亡くなる人が増えていると考えています。 The Miyagi and Iwate prefectures think that the number of people who are dying alone is increasing because there are ...
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Use of として in sentence about conditionals

I was reading up on the use of conditionals と, ば, たら and なら. One part of the source talks about one type of conditional clause, but I am not sure of its meaning. Here's what the source says, and my ...
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How to parse long sentences

西尾自身は、『暦物語』のころからミステリーを書きたくなってきたと振り返っている[1]。 レトリックやダイアローグに凝った作品が多くなってきていたため、本シリーズはその辺りを抑えて書いているという[1]。 デビュー作『クビキリサイクル 青色サヴァンと戯言遣い』とは共通項が多いとも述べており、今日子が同作品の舞台となる島に呼ばれてもおかしくない人物であることに触れ、...
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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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Understanding this English to Japanese translation

In this sentence: 俺のような人が、アナタの目の前から、奪っていくこともあるけどな I don't understand this part 奪っていくこともあるけどな. It's a translation of : Someone like me swoops in and takes it from you How can I parse ...
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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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言ってるみたいに+conditional

アニメについての感謝イラストを描いたんだけど、暗に「サイタマのイメージが違う」と不満言ってるみたいに取られたら嫌だなと思ってボツにした奴。 考え過ぎかな。 でも描き直します。   I was reading this tweet and did not understand the bold part. My translation would be: Regarding the ...
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Use of 都合の良い (tsugounoii) in text of Akutagawa Ryuunosuke “藪の中” [duplicate]

I am a little bit nonplussed about the meaning of a certain sentence in Akutagawa Ryuunosuke's "藪の中" where the robber is telling his version of the events. The sentence is: わたしの仕事をしとげるのには、...