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

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Using particles excessively?

I've been using Duolingo for the better half of my Japanese learning experience but recently I purchase the McGraw's Complete Japanese Grammar for more comprehensive learning. I'm on chapter 7, which ...
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Understanding this sentence: と笑ってたがな

I was playing Fire Emblem 5 and at the beginning of Chapter 2 there is a dialogue between two evil characters: one seems to be a priest called August and the other is a henchman called Bucks. The ...
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How to use counter question word + か

In Tae Kim's grammar guide, it tell you that question word can be appended with か、も、でも to mean different things(誰か someone, 誰も everyone, 誰でも anyone). Can the same be carried over to counters? For ...
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Do particles go after or between question words?

Recently, I have realized something interesting: The following sentences are from Japanese lyrics of different songs, so they must be grammatically correct: 誰よりも輝く君を見て 誰にも話せない 誰の心にも、大切な場所がある ...
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What particle to use after ほか

I don't understand how to use the right particle after ほか。 Do these examples are correct? If yes what are the differences or nuances between these examples ? What else did you eat? : ほかに何を食べましたか。 ...
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ため used to give reason? [duplicate]

So I came across this sentence: 政府が情報を厳しくチェックしているため、事件のことをみんなの前で話すことができません。 I'm familiar with ために and のため, but it's the first time I see ため used like this. From my understanding, in this sentence it'...
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why is there no いう after と

I found this sentence while sentence mining oregairu I understand it, but I don't know why there is no いう after the と can someone please explain this なんちゃってドッキリでした ~ と出ていけば それでOKだ
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公園で母に… vs 公園で母を…

Let me preface by saying that I am new to learning Japanese (about one month). I came across this sentence and I’m confused about the particle に. 公園で母に会いました。 Why is に used here? If I use が or を, are ...
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Can you use the particle も after adjective+の?

I am trying to say, They are usually smartphone games, but there are also pc and console games. My attempt is this: たいていスマホのゲームですが、パソコンのもコンソールのもあります。 I know you can use の alone and ommit the noun ...
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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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What does “は” at the end of the sentence mean? [duplicate]

What does "は" mean at the end of the sentence? Is that for emphasize or does it make the sentence a question? Example: someone's asking people in a town if there is a sakura family in this ...
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when を means at [duplicate]

I've seen phrases like 私は空を飛んでいますwhich mean "I'm flying in the sky" but typically I see this represented as で like 私はプールで泳いでいます meaning "I am swimming in the pool". I try googling ...
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What does で do in this sentence

I know what で is used for most cases, but I cannot seem to understand its use in this sentence would you please explain this sentence and the use of で そのセリフは セコイで ハナコ
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What's the difference between が and の in this sentence?

On Kana-Boon's スノーグローブ (Snow Globe) song, there are two versions of the same sentence: 君が好きな白い雪になろう 君の好きな白い雪になろう What is the difference between these two sentences? Does の have a possession meaning, ...
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私の or 私が to introduce a possessed topic

If I want to say "I lack of imagination" for example, or "My car is red" is it better to use 私の or to use 私は? what are the differences between these examples ? are they correct and ...
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What is the meaning of the も particle in this sentence?

短大を卒業したのちも就職せず、フリーター生活に甘んじていることを指しているわけではない。 I think のち means "later" here, like あと, but I don't understand the meaning of も here. Please, could you clarify for me?
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What is the difference between すぐ and すぐに?

I have seen a video of someone deglosating a sentence. The original sentence was アリスはすぐ下に落ちた which can translate to "Alice soon fell below". But when I saw the sentence, I thought the に ...
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what does に do in this sentence これがある限り俺たちに拒否権はない

I saw this sentence in the final fantasy 16 trailer これがある限り俺たちに拒否権はない I'm aware it means as long as we have this we have no right to refuse but I'm confused by why に is used here I was under the ...
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When to use に vs から with もらう (and other similar verbs)?

I've been trying to learn all the rules involving particles and もらう in detail for a long time. Until the other day, I thought に and から were completely interchangeable for もらう, as in the following ...
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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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How to choose を vs は

During my Japanese classes, I saw two examples really similar : 昨日、さとうさんは自転車で事故にあったけれども、怪我はしなかった。 車で事故にあうと、怪我をします。 I don't understand why for the first one, the particle before する is は, and for the ...
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迷う particle meaning

I don't understand the right use of 迷う, what is the difference between these different options : 森で迷う 森に迷う 道に迷う 森で道に迷う
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でね usage after a verb

The following phrase is said in the beginning of the movie Kimi no Na wa: 明日{あした}はわたしが[作]{つく}るでね。 The characters are talking while eating breakfast, so the meaning is probably "I'll make ...
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What is the difference between に and で with 震える?

For example: 寒さに震える and 寒さで震える 恐怖に震える and 恐怖で震える It seems like they both mean the same thing?
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Particle used after referring to family members [duplicate]

In watching Taiga dramas, I often hear people say Haha ve (mother) Chichi ve (father) Ani ve (older brother) You get the idea. That's what it sounds like to me anyway. But I'm not really sure which ...
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what does に do in いつの間にこんな自立した子に…

I don't understand why に is used in this sentence I saw this sentence in the second episode of the anime k-on いつの間にこんな自立した子に...うれしいような悲しいような the English subs said that it meant She's all ...
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Meaning of のか in this sentence?

The sentence is this one: その音に反応したのか、わたしの耳に一つの声が届いた I kinda understand the connotation that のか has in some sentences, but I just don't understand it in this particular one.
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Why is までに instead of まで used in the following sentence?

Here is a sentence that I encountered in a textbook. けがが治るまでに3週間かかった。 As far as I understand,「XまでYする」means that Y continues until time X, whereas「XまでにYする」means that Y takes/will take place before ...
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Correct meaning of 何が怖いのか?

I was looking for some Evangelion merch on red bubble when I stumbled upon a cup on which was written the following japanese phrase: 何が怖いのか? With the english translation below it, being "What ...
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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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Why is に used in this sentence? 彼は彼女に見覚えがある。

Why is に used in this sentence? 彼は彼女に見覚えがある。 Also, why is 見覚え marked by が?
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Meaning and usage of のみか (vs. のみならず etc.)

I came across のみか in this sentence in 日本語パワードリル, N2文法: ネットショップの開設により、国内のみか海外からも注文が来た。 I've not come across のみか before, but it seems to just mean 'not only'. Is a specific meaning/nuance or usage for ...
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What is the meaning of は in this context? [duplicate]

Context: A car approaches ルパン, 次元 asks over the radio who is in driving it 次元「ルパン、スコーピオンか?」 ルパン「いやぁ、違う。我が宿命のライバル。ご存じ警視庁は銭形警部さ」 I can't tell what は is supposed to mean in this context, is it the same ...
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What does a noun + に mean? How does the particle に work here?

I found the next sentence: 魔物が防御に徹するかのように動く。 And when I searched the word 防御 I found out that this word works only as a noun and as a のadjective, hence my doubt regarding the use and meaning of に in ...
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How to parse 彼は甲殻のように固い背中を下にして横たわり

I am (still) reading Metamorphosis(from Kafka) and can't figure out how to parse 彼は甲殻のように固い背中を下にして横たわり Translated as He lay on his armour-hard back I suppose the japanese version litteraly looks ...
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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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What does に mean as in 川沿いに歩く?

I found the following example sentence in my dictionary. 川沿いに歩く。Walk along a river. I looked it up and found out that 川沿い is a noun. Then に should be a particle. But here clearly it doesn’t indicate ...
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Why 鍵を開ける instead of 鍵で開ける

So I am a beginner when it comes to japanese and today I stumbled upon the phrase "鍵を開ける". As I understand, one of the usages of the particle で is, how something or where something is done. ...
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Do certain particles behave like nouns? Case in point:「かも」

これもしかしたら最後のスタック・エクスチェンジの投稿になるかもなのです。 その質問はちょっとムズイかもだから、パスします。 Everywhere I looked「かも」is listed as 助詞. Does this mean some particles behave like nouns? It's also interesting to note that 「かも」comes ...
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Ending a sentence with っと [duplicate]

Something I saw recently was the following (a NPC tutorial message from a video game): バトルチップって、ゲットしただけじゃ使えないんだよ。サブ画面で「チップフォルダ」を選んで、チップフォルダの中に入れないとだめなんだって。忘れないように変えて復習しようっと。 What is confusing me is ...
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Understanding 前世で因縁でもあった

なぜか彼女の体格ーーというか主に胸部ーーを見ていると、遥か昔に受けた耐えがたい屈辱を思い出すかのような感覚に囚われた。......前世で因縁でもあったのだろうか。 (Date a live, novel) 前世で因縁のある相手に求婚されました。 https://www.alphapolis.co.jp/novel/386289103/512357378/episode/2752663 ...
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Interpretation of an unusual use of three particles in succession: “ (…) ライバル、とか、とも、とか (…)”

Below is an excerpt from the "I'm a spider, so what" webnovel:   魔物にしろ、人間にしろ、今の私には等しく強敵だ。 (*)強敵と書いて、ライバル、とか、とも、とか読まない。  正真正銘命の危険が危ないってやつだ。 The starred sentence contains the unusual phrase &...
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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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Particle Use with 注射する

(1) 人に薬を注射する。 (2) 人を薬で注射する。 (3) 人に薬で注射する。 A survey of sentences tells me that (1) is certainly grammatical, but (2) & (3) do not occur (At least in the ones I looked at). Both in English and ...
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Does より mean から in the following context?

I came across the following sentence 春秋社より楽譜出版。 I think it means “music scores published by 春秋社. But what usage of より is this? Does it mean から (from) here
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Usage of で in 〜時で

In the following sentence, what is the usage of the particle で? 彼は、先生と話すときと友達と話すときで、ことばや話し方をうまく使い分けている。 Can で indicate time?
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Presence of の in 蜘蛛巣城

I have a question regarding original title of Akira Kurosawa's Throne of Blood movie. This title is pronounced "Kumonosu-jō" but written as 蜘蛛巣城. Why is possessive の particle missing here ...
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What is the exact difference between the particles が and は? [duplicate]

I understand that が is meant to mark the subject and that は is the particle placed after the topic, but still after a heck ton of research, I haven't been able to truly comprehend the meaning of both ...
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Ending a sentence with かの [duplicate]

I recently came upon the following sentence (for a character thinking to themselves): ここは和にまかせるかの What I assume is the loose translation "I think I will leave this to Nodoka" The かの ...

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