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助詞. Non-inflecting function words which follow words, phrases, or entire sentences.

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Meaning of 何もなし

I came across this sentence while playing Persona 5 Scramble. ひっさびさに会えるってのに、何もナシじゃつまんねーだろ I can't seem to wrap my head around the 何もなし. Specifically how the 何も fits with the なし and the adjective ...
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why is ni in “kinou watashimo wakaranakatta kara, sensei ni kikimashita” the particle?

The book didn't cover a lot about ni but I know that it is used to tell what time it is or where you are going. but nothing like this. the best explanation I found was that it could also be used as an ...
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I can't recognize which conditional form to use? [duplicate]

so as you know there are varieties of conditions forms in Japanese...(と, …ば, …たら, なら) and 大変ですね? so my problem is, I may be able to recognize them in a test but while speaking, I have no idea which to ...
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Can You Explain the Particle Usages For These Sentences Involving 雨の中_?

I'll preface this with my understanding of particles that I think are relevant in this context. 「を」 - point of departure, or movement through a location. 「に」 - specific point in time, or direction ...
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What's a natural way to say “If I can do it so can you!”?

I would translate it as わたしが出来るとあなたも出来るよ! Could someone help explain what a more natural translation would be, or even better if there's a saying or a common idiom to express the same idea? P.s. ...
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Nuanced meaning of ため

I didn’t quite understand how ため is used when it indicates something different from finality, Here for example what is the exact nuance? ダムができたため、村は湖のそこにしずんだ。 Obviously it can’t be that the ...
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From a Japanese PoV, what's the explanation of 「に」 particle corresponding to both western concepts of “to” and “in”

自由に歩いて。 人の中に心臓がある。 学校に行きます。 If I'm correct: Walk freely. (Walk in freedom) Inside a person there's a heart. I go to school. So, I'd want to understand why 「に」 covers both "to" and "in". ...
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Can I always use が to mark the subject when talking about phenomenon [closed]

I understand that が can be used to describe a phenomenon. 雨 が 降って います。 But in Japanese, there are always many exceptions. So, does this have any exceptions? Like I can use は or を? 雨 は 降って います。 ...
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Why use wa / は marker with kyou / 今日?

Based on some research it seems like: 今日は新しい着物を着ました。 Is more correct than 今日新しい着物を着ました。 (Without wa subject marker) Why is that? It doesn't seem like "today" is the subject of the sentence.
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Difference between using a に particle with a noun

What's the difference in these 2 sentences? 禁止します 禁止にします
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No が in a sentence

If there's no が in a sentence, should I assume that は marks both the topic & the action-doer? It seems like that's the case every time I encounter sentences without が.
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Why this Transitive Verb with が

while I was searching for と思う I came across a sentence, which is reproduced herewith: さくらさんは松本さんが止めると思う (Sakura thinks Matsuoto will stop) Here are my questions: In this sentence I want to ask, ...
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“女の子の名前で雪花って変ですか?” “de” and “tte” usage

女の子の名前で雪花{ゆきか}って変ですか? I came across this question title on a Japanese site while doing some digging about mixing kun and on readings for names, and I understand the overall meaning but I'm confused ...
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Confusion about double は in correction

I'm attempting to practice my writing and tried writing this in Japanese Because its cold outside I went to eat Pho with a friend. Originally I wrote 寒い外なので僕は友達とフォーを食べに行きました。 I was then given ...
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Struggling with identifying the 'correct' verb here (+intransitivity)

This sentence is giving me a hard time ... 「下り坂を休まれちまった、残りは1000と数百...」 (The sentence was uttered during a horse race when the speaker was passed by other competitors as he was saving his horse's ...
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Why is を in this sentence: これからのお話を?

I’ve stumbled upon the sentence これからのお話を, which was translated “a story from now on” but why is を in the end and what is it’s meaning here? As far as I know を is used to indicate direct objects but I ...
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How do I know when to use の with が in a “good/bad at” sentence? [duplicate]

In all sentences that describe someone being good or bad at something, as well as liking/disliking doing something, the particle が is used. I know for a fact that you use が for like/dislike. In some ...
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の and に difference in position maker

We all know that に indicates the position of the object (i.e. where it is). I just came across a sentence where の was used to indicate position with respect to objects. ねこはテーブルの上。In here the cat is ...
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Not sure what this から is for

でもそのアパートは高いです。 ブラッドはもっとお金を貯めようと決心します。 それで彼は来年移ることができるからです。 Context: Brad is looking for a new apartment because his current one is too small. In それで彼は来年移ることができるからです I don't see the point of ...
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には contrast in following sentence

ジャックは誕生日会に行きます。 彼はメグのために誕生日のプレゼントを買う必要があります。 ジャックはあまり多くのパーティにはいきません。 彼は緊張し、 何を買おうかと思います。 What is the role of には in ジャックはあまり多くのパーティにはいきません? The only usage of には I know of is for ...
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の to prevent repetition of が

In the following sentence 東京は冬になると、北風の強い日が多いです。 is it correct that 北風の強い replaces the more obvious option 北風が強い in order to avoid close repetition of が? So if the following が in 日が多い had not been ...
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Difference between から and で in context of because

So, I was going across the particle で and から and I found that, both of them have the function of "because". Following are the examples E.g. of using で as because 病気で旅行に行けなかった (Because I was sick, ...
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Whether まで should be used or に to determine place of destination?

Pre-Text: Both まで and に can be used to determine the place of movement/destination. Hi, I was studying, these two Particles, I came across a situation regarding whether to use まで or に which I couldn'...
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Could you please tell the difference between particle は and に in case of description of a place of existence

I am just a beginner and am currently reading particles. I came across a thought of using に instead of は in a certain example and I couldn't find the difference in the usage and the context as well. ...
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Question about grammar, how to say “today I am returning to japan”

Today while I was self studying my Japanese textbook, I noticed this sentence which was translated roughly from "today I am returning to japan" わたしは 今日 日本 に かえります。 This seemed a bit odd to me since ...
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のです and te-form + よい

彼は冬に何日かお休みがあります。 彼は2週間仕事をしなくてよいのです。 What is the grammar behind しなくてよい? Does it mean "doesn't have to work?" Also is のです being used because the fact that he doesn't have to work for 2 weeks explains ...
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When to leave out の? [duplicate]

マスク大手 24時間態勢で増産 新型ウイルス肺炎感染拡大で from here In this sentence the words 新型 and ウイルス form the meaning "a new type of virus". But shouldn't 新型 be connected using の? I have seen this pattern a lot of times,...
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Please explain the use of では in this particle cluster

This is the first paragraph in a story geared towards teaching Japanese: ジェームズは事務所で仕事をしています。彼は毎日とても忙しいです。彼はお客様と多くの会議 をします。ジェームズはこのような会議は好きではありません。彼はお客様がとても退屈しているのではと思っています 。 I don't understand how ...
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When can を be replaced with に?

In these two sentences, I would've thought に would be used in place, but instead を is used? When is it appropriate to use either? A: 反対側【はんたいがわ】50メートルあたりを探【さが】して! Search around 50 metres on the ...
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っといても after a verb

What does っといても mean after a verb, I've seen it several times. I'm guessing it's a slang form or a shortened form? I know that ても means "even if" (roughly), and I've seen って a lot so wasn't sure if it'...
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Questions about a correction, nominalizing, and particles

I was practicing writing sentences and tried to write the following in Japanese: I heard he escaped from the island. I originally came up with 彼が島から逃げるのを聞いたそうです。 But then I was corrected by 2 ...
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Difference between やめろい and やめろ

What exactly is the difference between やめろい and やめろ? Is this い the same as the one used to strenghten assertions and statements like the い used in the sentence-final かい, だい, and がい? Can it be used ...
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Aren't 「から」 and 「ので」 closer to the meaning of “because” rather than “so”?

To my understanding all particles affect the word or clause that appears before them: 「駅から家まで行く。」 means "I'll go from the station to my house" rather than "I'll go the station from house to go". So ...
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Meaning of がい in だろうがい

What exactly does "がい" mean in the phrase "リーダーは俺だろうがい"? To give some context, here's part of the video I heard it from: https://youtu.be/44UruxeJ_20?t=1127 This was said by a comedian, so maybe it'...
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Is a particle required after 何か?

I noticed that particles are sometimes omitted after 何か. Is there a grammatical rule that dictates omission of a particle after 何か or this is just a conversational contraction? E.g., are the following ...
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Help parsing a sentence with two を

Context: in the Dead Tube manga, a villain is talking about how she turned people into zombies by giving them a hallucinogenic drug and explains that they are "contagious". ...
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What I'm getting wrong on this sentence? あそこに立っているのが、あなたのみらいの子どもです

I translated the following sentence あそこに立っているのが、あなたのみらいの子どもです Into: "Your future child will be standing there." But the correct translation according to Wanikani would be: The person ...
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~を出る vs. ~から出る: Grammar rule not consistent

In 初級を教える人のための日本語文法ハンドブック (pg. 24), an attempt is made to distinguish between ~を出る and ~から出る (also applied to 出発する or other "leaving" verbs), but the description seems inconsistent: 「を」vs.「から」 ...
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Double が particles

To my understanding, 誰{だれ}が猫{ねこ}が好き{すき}? is a valid sentence in Japanese. What exactly is happening here with the two が particles? Is it really the case that 好き can take two subjects? Or is it that ...
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What's the meaning of ともすると and かとも in this sentence?

I would like to understand the meaning and usage of those two sets of particles in here. 左の腋窩と右の脇腹に箆深く射された矢がなかったなら、 それはともすると羅馬の競技者が、 薄暮の庭樹に凭って疲れを休めている姿かとも見えた。 ともすると: I've read it works as an ...
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Nuances of「すらさえも」?

I came across this 「すらさえも」construction in the following sentence: 「子供を誘拐したロリコン野郎からすらさえもバカにされ続けた」 I've learned that they mean (mostly) the same, but haven't come across them in immediate succession;...
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Question about ほど in this sentence

I wasn't able to find any explanation of 「ほど」 in these constructions... 「そんなテメーに盾突かれるほど頭に来る事はない」 In any case I would like to ask whether I am getting the general meaning right. Besides that I ...
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How can this sentence be understood?

I'm reading 仮面の告白 by Mishima Yukio, and I came across this sentence: そのほか に縄目は見えず、青年の裸体を覆うものとては、腰のまわりにゆるやか に巻きつけられた 白い粗布があるばかりだった。 I would like to understand how is this sentence made by the ...
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とまで parsing and usage

In no game no life, this is one of the first things that is said about "blank", and it is supposed to translate to: "Among gamers, they're said to be unbeatable. 勝{か}つことは不可能{ふかのう}とまで言われるゲーマーの話を‌ (...
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Omitting the particle? 「時の経つのも忘れさせる」

明快な口調とテンポの良い楽しい授業が時の経つのも忘れさせる。 When I searched the Internet I found the phrase 時の経つのを忘れさせる. So, what is the reason for replacing the particle を with も?
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Interpretation of にはな in this sentence

I know that based on the title it might sound a bit odd, but thing is, there's a video game I like and it only has an English dub and Japanese subtitles. There's a line (which is spoken by a guy), ...
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では vs には in these two sentences

去年 広島に行きました 広島では原爆ドームに行きました。 私の国ではドラゴンロールというすしが人気があります。 In these two sentences why is では being used instead of には? 行きました is a traveling movement so you use に. No action is occurring in the ...
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Disambiguation of 大抵

I am having problems with when to understand 大抵 as: a) 事柄のあらまし。だいたいのようす。また、全体のうちの大部分。おおよそ。おおかた。(https://dictionary.goo.ne.jp/word/大抵/#jn-133918) (or as defined in Apple's dictionary) 全体の中の大部分のもの。...
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What is the meaning of this な?

少なくともあなた自身は 見たら抜かずにはいられないほど嫌い、な様ではないようですし So , what does this な in {な様} mean ?
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Meaning of particle and word in provided sentence

What is the meaning of this sentence 高橋ですが、今よろしいでしょうか, is が being used to indicate that the speaker has more to say. Also what is the meaning of でしょう in this sentence?

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