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

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Emphasizing words in Japanese

Maybe I haven't heard enough spoken Japanese to know how fluent speakers do it, but I always get confused with how to translate the way I emphasize words in English into Japanese. The boy kicked the ...
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Inserting も inside a suru verb

I know that しょくじします means "to have a meal". I have trouble understanding the bolded sentence in the following text: たたみのへやでしごとをします。しょくじもします。 Does it mean that the person also has meals in ...
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Why can some particles not precede the の particle?

I encountered this line in the article on the の particle on imabi.net: の can also follow other case particles--never が nor に. It can also be after some adverbs. When this happens, it is best to treat ...
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Can in this passive tense structure the topic be the same as the performer of the action?

I've been skimming through Minna no Nihongo and I found this structure: [N1は]...[N2に]...[N3を]...「Vpassive] And I understand the example sentence given with it: 私は弟にパソコンを壊されました。 They say that N1 is ...
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What does the combination of や and もmean?

I don't understand the following sentence: やさい や くだもの も おおい です。 I know that や is used for incomplete enumeration and も means "also". But how to interpret such a combination of these two ...
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difference when using は and が with てくれる structure

So, I think that I'm not alone when it comes to being confused about when は and が are supposed to be used, but here I would like to ask about a specific example 浅野君は(私に)かわいい手袋を編んでくれた x 浅野君が(私に)...
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Meaning of からはよ in this sentence

A character is trying to cross a checkpoint, but an official is asking for a pass. The character answers: 知らん! 急いでるからはよ通せ。 Using this this StackExchange question I came up with this translation: &...
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Intuitive way to justify this usage of「に」

An earlier question on JP.SE asked about the usage of the particle「に」for what seemed to be attribution or possession, but I wasn't sure if those were 'official' uses of「に」and I decided to do some ...
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What is the use of the first の in this sentence?

"色の薄いものと濃いものを両方使うときれいに見えます。" I thought this was the case where の substitutes が but this is not a relative clause. I'd just like to know about this particular use of の.
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Do I only need particles if the subject is clear?

I've come across several sentences that have a lone subject or object and then the verb without a particle to be heard of. One example is テーブルですか so my question is, do I only need to use a particle ...
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Would I use で if I want to say “drawing in an art program”

I feel like this is wrong, but I’m not entirely sure, if I wanted to say “my first time drawing in Paint Tool Sai” would this sentence be correct? ペイントツールSAIで初めて描画
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Is this ~もので a grammar pattern?

I came across this JLPT N1 sentence: 人生はなにが幸いするかわからないもので、たぶん、あれはあれでよかったんじゃないかと思う。 My literal translation: Life is a thing in which we don't know what will prove fortunate, but I think this is probably ...
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~から ~まで for sizes and other non-time related subjects

I was writing a text about sumi-e pencils and I came up with this sentence: 筆のタイプには、ほうきの大きさからえんぴつの大きさまでがあります。 Trying to convey "As for pencil types, there are pencils from the size of a broom to ...
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What is the difference between ところに/へ and ところで?

This website explains that: 「~ところへ/に」は、ある段階における状況を変化させるような出来事が起こることを表すと説明した方がいい。 to indicate event that will change the situation in certain stage (this is my own translation (it might be incorrect)) ...
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Role of な in といってな

In a sentence from the 犬夜叉 comic book, an old lady from ancient times is speaking about her family. The context is that the speaker mentioned her sister 桔梗 in the previous panel, but the listener didn’...
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と言ってました and は confusion

I am confused by a very specific sentence in the lesson I'm currently on and haven't found any examples online or anywhere in my textbook. I'm trying to figure out how to correctly say "Robert said ...
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Deciding between particle reference material [migrated]

I am looking at two books on particles to get as reference material. I wanted to hear the opinions of those who used these, especially if you have used both of them. All About Particles A Dictionary ...
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The meaning of は (wa) in 四月は君の嘘 (“Your Lie in April”)

I was trying to translate the title of the film called "Your Lie In April" into Japanese. I came to know that 四月は君の嘘 is the official name of "Your Lie in April". But I was not able to understand the ...
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Can を be use instead of が?

I've heard that を is sometimes used instead of が nowadays. Although it is strictly incorrect it is becoming more common. Is this true ? For example: お茶を好きです 車を欲しいです
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が合わせて versus の合わせて

①この事故による死傷者は、女性3人、男性4人の合わせて7人ということになる。 ②この事故による死傷者は、女性3人、男性4人が合わせて7人ということになる。 A Japanese friend of mine told me that ② is not wrong but ① is better than ②. Could any expert tell me why の is better ...
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What does には do in this sentence, and which part is responsible for the “for me” nuance?

話し方がちょっと速すぎて私には分かりません。 For some reason it feels strange to me to go right from すぎて to 私.
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Help with translation of song line - confusing use of particles, unsure how to deal with a pun

So I was trying to translate this song (full lyrics here) but there's this one line that I can't make sense out of. その餌で凍えて誂えて この折に巣食い尽くす この唄を 捧げます。 With that bait, freeze and make to order. ...
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How to tell the function of と at a glance?

国{くに}が今年{ことし}の3[月]{がつ}に調{しら}べると、「[特定]{とくてい}[技能]{ぎのう}」で[働]{はたら}いている人{ひと}は3987[人]{にん}で、考{かんが}えていたよりずっと少{すく}ないことがわかりました。 I’m having difficulty figuring out how と is used here. From past experience it ...
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Usage of が in this paragraph

Once again I have been stumped over the usage of particles in a passage from my textbook. 先生: 最近、アメリカでも魚や豆腐を食べている人が増えてきたらしいです。 学生: はい。 先生: アメリカでも、ヘルシーな食べ物[が]{L}人気[が]{L}出てきたということです。 The paragraph ...
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が in ゆえに or んがため; が > の shift? [duplicate]

I am well aware that が and の are interchangeable in cases like this where there is a "subordinate clause" (forgive my imprecise language). However, as I was working through my N1 grammar reviews, I ...
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What is the difference between 写真を撮る and 写真に撮る?

As I understood so far, 撮る is a transitive verb, so "to take a photograph" is 写真を撮る in Japanese. However, I've just come across a sentence in my textbook that uses the expression 写真に撮る, and I'm not ...
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ことが as an infinitive?

若い時にいい友達『を』作ることはとても大事だ。 “It is very important to make friends when one is young.” “To make” is not a noun, it's an infinitive. It should be “making friends” no? I understand that it turns the verb ...
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これで決定 vs これに決めた

Having figured out what to do, the protagonist says「これで決定」. Later, having picked one option out of several, she says 「これに決めた」. What's the difference in the meaning between these, and why are the ...
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Which is correct: の or を + 勉強に [duplicate]

I recently see this sentence: 日本へ美術の勉強に行きます Previous lesson, I learnt that to express "to learn something", we use the pattern: N (The subject to learn) + を + 勉強する But the first sentence uses ...
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What's the よ in 武器よさらば? [duplicate]

I just learnt that Hemingway's "Farewell to Arms" in translated in Japanese as 武器よさらば. Is that よ the sentence-end particle for emphasis? Or does it has any other meaning?
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What does あったりと mean?

僕の住まう差大角豆(ささげ)町の町並みは都会とは程遠く、木々が街道を飾り、町の至る所に雑木林があったりと、とても長閑(のどか)な町だ。 Is the あったりと connected to the last part of the sentence through the 〜たりする grammar? If so, what does "と" mean in "あったりと"? I know ...
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Seemingly non-interrogative use of sentence-ending か

I keep on coming across the particle か at the end of sentences without it having a clear or necessary interrogative nuance. An example. The 1st Angel in Neon Genesis Evangelion is regenerating itself ...
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Difference between using が and の in these sentences [duplicate]

I have two examples here where the particle の is used where I would've used が so I was hoping someone could explain if there's a difference in these instances, or if either is acceptable. 主人のいない侍 ...
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Particles じぇ and じょ

I am currently reading the manga 「咲」and the character 片{かた}岡{おか}優{ゆう}希{き} regularly ends her sentences with じょ and じぇ. I will give a few examples (each line isn't related to the next) 学食でタコス買ってきたじぇー ...
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Newspaper sentence translation and interpretation [closed]

I would like to know if my translation of the sentence below is accurate in meaning. If not, could you point out the problematic area? Simply pointing out where I went wrong would be great. No need to ...
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How to omit and change female end particles?

I'm a little confused. If, for example, a man is singing a song written by a woman, and it has ending particles such a "の" "なの" etc. What are the male equivalent of these, or which ones are to be ...
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What exactly is the function of と in this sentence? [duplicate]

彼の車は私と同じです。 Does it have something to do with comparing nouns? If so, why would と follow 私?
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The use of や and sentence meaning

まつさんはラーメンやのうしろの公園に行きます。 In the previous sentence, what is the purpose of the や after ラーメン? I'm also unsure if the sentence is saying that "Matsu went to the park behind the ramen shop." or "Matsu ...
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ほか usage clarification [duplicate]

I was reading this article at NHK, and in it there is a sentence that reads: 感染者の中には、今月2日ではなく別の日にこのナイトクラブを訪れた人がいたほか、ソウル以外の地方から訪れた人もいたということです。 Which I think I understand the main point of to mean: ...
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Is my translation accurate? 自分の思ってる事『を』人『に』伝えられないだけじゃないんですか…?

自分{じぶん}の思{おも}ってる事{こと}『を』人{ひと}『に』伝えられないだけじゃないんですか…? So in this sentence ↑ : 自分{じぶん}の思{おも}ってる is attributive to 事{こと} to create: "A thing I've been thinking about myself" Since there's no word order ...
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Classification, compounding, and order of particles

I read here that 日本語の勉強は常用漢字を全部覚えてからが本番だ。is a valid sentence but 日本語の勉強は常用漢字を全部覚えてからのが本番だ。is not. This reminded me of a question I once had. I do understand that particles are classified into ...
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How do you say 〜て form in Japanese?

I’ve tried to google this but I end up with explanations about how to use the ーて form. I want to know how to call it in Japanese, you know, like a noun is 名詞, now do you call the ーて form in ...
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“も” versus “でも”

I just came across this sentence in my textbook: 選挙権は国民の権利でもあれば、同時に義務でもある。 I notice that the sentence use "でも" instead of simply "も." What's the difference between "でも" and "も" in this context? ...
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Specifying what's different between two things, 違い

I wanted to write a sentence that means: Okinawa and Hokkaido are different, their climate and the time cherry blossoms bloom differ. I was wondering if this would be the appropriate way to write ...
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Interpretation of この人の家族『は』一体どんな気持ち『で』100万円出したんだ…?

I would like to know if my analysis and interpretation is accurate or not. この人の家族『は』一体どんな気持ち『で』100万円出したんだ...? Source Interpretation この this → 人(person)の(possessive marker)家族(family)『は』(topic marker)...
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Particulars of 『に』 and 『で』 in this context [duplicate]

I'm learning from Genki 1 right now, and working my way through the workbook. The sentence I'm confused about is this: 『私は図書館の前でロバートさんを待ちました。』 I'm already aware of the usage pattern of 『に』 with 『...
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に with action verbs

日本に留学すれば、日本料理が食べられるようになります。 Why is に used in this particular sentence? I'd use で because I think する is an action verb, not a state verb.
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I don't understand 私なのを

I have this sentence 隣の席が私なのを、感謝しなさい What does 私なの mean in this case? Why is there a を with a comma right after?
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Isn't the を particle only used with verbs? [duplicate]

I've been learning Japanese since I was 16 years old (now 20 years old) and I was always under the impression that the を particle was only used with verbs. But it's not apparently? So, I watched a ...
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Three grammatical questions about Japanese Manga

The following is an exercise I do daily to better understand grammar. I’ll claim A and the title. Title: 第3話75歳の値段 第 is a prefix to form ordinal numbers. In this case, it precedes 3, so third. 話 ...

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