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助詞「を」. Case particle indicating the direct object of a verb or the course of a motion verb.

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I'm confused about when to use で vs を in this sentence

I want to ask whether or not it is okay to use a pen. Should I use ボールペンでつかってもいいですか。 or ボールペンをつかってもいいですか。
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How is そこを used in this sentence?

I'm having a difficult time understanding why そこを is used in the following sentence. I don't think that を is marking a direct object, but it also doesn't seem to fit the usual 経過 or 起点 interpretations....
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Meaning of を in「 未来を少しでも君といたい」

In the song アスノヨゾラ[哨戒班]{しょうかいはん} there is this lyric: [未来]{みらい}を[少]{すこ}しでも[君]{きみ}といたいから[叫]{さけ}ぼう 〝[今日]{きょう}の[日]{ひ}をいつか[思]{おも}い[出]{だ}せ[未来]{みらい}の[僕]{ぼく}ら!〟 What role is を playing in the first line? ...
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Whats the diffrence with に and を in this sentence?

I am having trouble understanding the use of に in this following sentence, and also if putting を instead of に would change the meaning of the sentence. 何に興味がありますか。
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NをNに where the Nを is not clearly associated with any verb

Below stand two examples of the structure NをNに. I feel confident that I understand the meaning of both sentences, but I am having trouble identifying a verb that I can associate with the Nを. I am ...
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Do "Nani o tabetai" and "Nani ga tabetai" have the same meaning? [duplicate]

Sometimes you see japanese people (or japanese descendant I guess) writing nani ga tabetai desuka? and sometimes they write Nani o tabetai desu ka? Is there any difference in meaning, nuance or ...
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Is there a way to tell which sentences or structures particle wa can replace particle wo for emphasis in?

I've been told that in the sentence, kare wa tsugou ga warui koto wa kakusu wo can be used instead of wa in the last particle like, kare wa tsugou ga warui koto wo kakusu but that wa is used ...
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What is のを doing here?

⁠ 歌島丸は那覇{なは}に着いた。税関の検疫をうけ、入港し、荷揚げをした。船は二三日の碇泊を強いられた。内地へもってかえる鉄屑{スクラップ}を、運天{うんてん}から積み込むのを、不開港である運天へまわってよいという許可が、なかなか下りなかったからである。運天は沖縄島の北部にあって、戦時中米軍が最初に上陸した地点である。 What is this のを doing after「運天から積み込む」? ...
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日本語は話せますか, 日本語が話せますか and 日本語を話せますか what's the difference?

日本語は話せますか 日本語が話せますか 日本語を話せますか What's the difference? Some people said it means the same thing, but when I googled it several people were saying several different things and I'm lost. I read that ...
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omitted particle を can make conditional?

The translator is a native speaker of Japanese. He translated the title 70億人の頭の上に風船を as, If I Could Put Balloons on 7 Billion People's Heads. However, another old translator who was removed for an ...
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に and を being used for two different words but with the same verb (する)

I'm having some trouble understanding the meaning of phrases that uses two verb particles in two different words but with the same verb. Such as: 怠惰はあなたを不幸にする - Your laziness will make you unhappy. ...
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What is the purpose of を in this sentence?

I'm playing through Ace Attorney's Japanese release to get reading experience, and decided to replay the first case, this time to focus on sentence structures. Not long after progressing past the ...
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Use of を with seemingly intransitive verbs describing emotions

何を悩んでいるの What is troubling you? 何をそんなに興奮しているんだ What are you so excited about? I keep seeing sentences like the above where verbs, which seem to me to be intransitive, are taking 何 as an object. Are ...
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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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を vs で - Which is more natural

What is the difference between the two following sentences? Fred san wa Nihongo o hanaseru Fred san wa Nihongo de hanaseru Right now, I think the first using wo, is probably saying Fred can speak ...
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causative without に

I'm reading this story and am trying to understand the use of the causative in this sentence: あの人{ひと}のマントをどちらが早{はや}く脱{ぬ}がせることができると思{おも}う? According to textbooks and this answer, the "causee&...
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Why is there no を in 二人とも自分の話ばかりして?

I'm reading this story and am trying to understand the structure of this sentence: 二人{ふたり}とも自{じ}分{ぶん}の話{はなし}ばかりして、人{ひと}の話{はなし}を聞{き}きません。 In the second part, 話 is used with the direct object particle ...
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Usage of を in トップを{走る/行く} [duplicate]

トップを{走る/行く} means for example leading in a race. Typically, if X is a location/space, X+を+motion verb means movement through/across X. Is トップを走る an example of such usage of を? (The runner is ...
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Is を being used at the end of the sentence to indicate emotion? 「あなた無しで生きてる私を」

verse もし今の私を見れたなら どう思うでしょう あなた無しで生きてる私を According to this post accepted answer, It's still the object marker. The sentence is just not finished and the verb is implied. However, I don't think this ...
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Is the をば particle combination an abbreviated version of XはXを? [duplicate]

As far as I know when the topic and the object are the same we drop the object from the sentence to avoid redundancy. For example the following sentence is not correct: ラーメン は もう ラーメン を 食べました。 ...
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What does Eren mean by 誰かを?

Watching the preview for the second part of the 4th Attack on Titan season, Eren can be heard saying: 待っていたんだろう,ずっと [I've been waiting it seems, throughout] 二千年前から [since 2,000 years ago] 誰かを [who's ...
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Can the indirect object + に be put after を? [duplicate]

Can the following sentence お客さんにサンプルを送っても良いですか。 be re-written as このサンプルをお客さんに送っても良いですか。 that is, putting the indirect object + に after を, so in the end you have <direct object> を <...
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Are で and に particles interchangeable when using them with 乗ります and 降ります verbs?

I'm reading a book that translates these two sentences as following: スミスさんは東京駅で電車に乗ります。-> Mr. Smith will get on the train at Tokyo Station. スミスさんは新宿駅で電車を降ります。-> Mr. Smith will get off the train ...
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Why is を used instead of が in the following sentence ending in 名詞+だ?

I came across this sentence in my textbook: 日本人はなぜ欧米人を野蛮人だと思ったのでしょうか。 I would expect が or perhaps a contrastive は instead of を, but I can't understand why を is used given that in the clause ...
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Difference between を and に for position (前を)?

~が前を歩いていました I read this answer but I feel like this case is different because 前 is not a place but a relative position. I'm used to seeing に used for position, for example when giving directions &...
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(そして彼女は窓際の壁を背に床に座り込む) - What does 壁を背に床に座り込む mean? [duplicate]

そして彼女は窓際の壁を背に床に座り込む。 - And then she sat against the wall to the side of the window. Judging the meaning, I think I managed to grasp what it means but I'm confused about how this sentence works. I ...
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How to use the verb "数える" properly?

While studying yesterday, I came across the following sentence: "バスの中で お客さんの数を 数えました" (the spaces are included in the exercise). The meaning is simple enough, but when I asked my teacher ...
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Why is the particle を instead of で used for the verb 歩き回る? [duplicate]

Why is the particle を used for the verb 歩き回る instead of で? Some examples from Tatoeba: 足に任せて町の中を歩き回った。 時間つぶしに、私達は公園を歩き回った。 Why does it not follow the [location で verb] pattern? I couldn't find an ...
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Having Trouble Breaking Down The Structure Of This Sentence

This is a sentence I've encountered in my studies: ウィーナーを生のまま食べました It means something like "The sausage remained raw and I ate it." However, I'm confused as to why it's structured like ...
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Change into intransitive form

How will the following sentence be written using intransitive verb. Will the verb 建てる use が or を うちの前に高いビルを建てました。 Will it be: うちの前に高いビルが建てられて日当たりが悪くなりました。 Or うちの前に高いビルを建てられて日当たりが悪くなりました。
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羽を咲いている and 羽が咲いている difference

I've been told 羽を咲いている is incorrect. Can someone explain why I can't use を here?
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Help with で and を in this scenario

I think im missing something in the genki books which i cant quite figure out, the exercise is to make suggestions using the cues. The cues include 'see a movie' 'play tennis' etc im stuck on 'study ...
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に versus を with 会いました verb

I casually used を in the sentence クマを会いました。I was corrected with クマに会いました。Checking references and sample sentences I found no を examples. I think there is something fundamental about を and に that I do ...
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で cannot be used here right?

The English sentence being "I brush my teeth, wash my face, and have breakfast every day." My translation was 私は毎日歯で磨いて顔で洗って朝ご飯を食べます. The given answer was 私は毎日歯を磨いて顔を洗って朝ご飯を食べます. Given the ...
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Can ぐらい/くらい be combined with particles?

Can you say ぐらいも? (the emphatic も) like 5200円くらいも払ったのに ~ Or even を? or is it omitted? 山の大きさぐらいを食べ過ぎておなかが痛い
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Is this を part of ところを? [duplicate]

彼女は自転車を盗んでいるところを捕まった。 She was caught about to steal a bike (given, and rather awkward, translation) I'm wondering how to parse this sentence. Is 自転車を盗んでいるところ really the object of 捕まった. I hope not ...
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Particle を with missing verb [duplicate]

次の作品を最後に筆を折るつもりです I plan to give up writing after my next piece I asked a similar question here, but I don't think the same explanation applies (I may be missing something). There is no verb to go ...
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Question on particles は and を

In a language exercise, I was supposed to write the following in Japanese: "Please close the window." Intuitively, I thought, since 窓 is the direct object of 閉めて, then probably 窓を閉めてください I ...
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How is the use of を broken down in this sentence? [duplicate]

I've been reading a Visual Novel, and I came across this sentence: リリーはくすくす笑い、ティースプーンを置くと、カップとソーサーを手にゆっくりテーブルに向かってくる。 What's throwing me off is the use of を right after 「カップとソーサー~」I put the sentence ...
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Why is が used instead of を in this sentence?

From Shin Kanzen Master JLPT N1 Grammar: あ、本が出しっぱなしだ。 I thought that 出す always follows を, i.e. you (subject) take out something (object). Is it because 本 is emphasized in this sentence, similar to how ...
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Direct object marked with a が? [duplicate]

I found the next sentence: 懐かしい。目を閉じれば、彼女との昔の事がまざまざと思い出せる It's marked with a が because of the adverb? Or is it something else?
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Can the particle を work as から in certain situations?

I found the next sentence: 村を飛び出した Because of 飛び出す being an intransitive verb, then that を is not working as a direct object marker, right? Then can を work as a "substitute" for から in this ...
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Is に acting like a を in this sentence?

私は、おまえに、殺されにきた I've seen this sentence for a while and the translation is something like "I'm going to kill you"(The context implies that too). But I don't understand why に (In bold) is ...
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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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Should I use the particle に for 学校_行きます?

学校_行きます。 がっこう_いきます。 I assume that it does, because で or を doesn't really makes sense. Since で indicates that I'm going in school, and 学校 isn't really a direct object. Or is it?
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How to parse 不快な音をたてないために、水の流れる音を出すもの?

I am having trouble with the following sentence from this article about toilets translated as "a thing that makes the sound of running water to avoid making an unpleasant noise" ...
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Any differences between ~に志願する and ~を志願する?

I thought に was the universal particle with 志願, but I have seen を used quite commonly too and I wonder if there are some nuances in meaning. 死刑を志願した男 大学に志願する 大学を志願する 大学に入学を志願する. 軍隊に志願する 兵役を志願する ...
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休む usage with を?

I'm a beginner to Japanese, and I just learned about transivity. I read that the verb 休む is intransitive, and it means "to take a break from." I also read that intransitive verbs cannot take ...
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Can の replace を?

Here is a sentence from my grammar exercise book. 手紙に彼の住所が書いてない。これでは返事の出しようがない。 I don’t understand the use of the particle の in bold font in the above sentence. (The grammar point is ようがない, not の, ...
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を particle detached from verb with comma

I have the following sentence from this article (at the very bottom): 政治{せいじ}に使{つか}うお金{かね}を、キャバクラで遊{あそ}ぶために使{つか}っていたこともわかりました。 This answer leads me to think that the verb is the one in the latter ...
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