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

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Confusion about 大したこと(で)(は)ない

There are three variations on this phrase that I can find in Google, and I'm not sure whether all three are really used, or how frequently. But I am confused about the differences between them. 大{...
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Is writing the “wa particle” as は a modern convention?

Recently, I was given a copy of Complete Course of Japanese Conversation-Grammar by Oreste and Enko Elisa Vaccari. As it dates back to 1967, I was expecting at least a few things to be a bit old-...
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Confused over which is more grammatically correct here: ~たことをごめんなさい or ~たことはごめんなさい

この世に生まれたことを本当にごめんなさい! この世に生まれたことは本当にごめんなさい!
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Is using the particle は twice here natural?

I've come across the sentence 父は休みの日はずっとテレビを見ている。(My father spends his days off watching television all the time.) where it doubles in using the は particle. From another post, it seems that this ...
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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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Couldn't “ni” particle be used in this example?

I'm a total newbie learning japanese as you will see, so please be patient with me. I have this sentence from my textbook: Shiken no toki jisho o minai de kudasai! Because it was a new lesson, I ...
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Why is が not being used in this sentence?

A: あの~、すみません。 B: はい。 A: このへんにこうしゅうでんわはありますか。 Image In the third sentence, は is used instead of が, but こうしゅうでんわ is something new being added to the conversation, which is a function of が.
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Using 場合 with adjectives

I was learning the uses of 場合は from japanesetest4you.com (in the sense "in the event of"), and couldn't help but notice that, although it behaves like a noun, its uses with adjectives were not listed. ...
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Usage of ところ to represent time with に and で

I am trying to understand the grammar of using ところ with に and で when using ところ to represent the time that actions have happened. These are (ungrammatical) sentences I made up: 1) ...
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Difference between か, の and のか

To ask, for example, "Have you already finished doing homework?", is there any difference in using か, の and のか? もう宿題を終えたか? もう宿題を終えたの? もう宿題を終えたのか? I'm a little bit confused about how many ...
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Multiple subject?

When I say I’m now busy, it’s 今は忙しい But what I don’t understand is that 今 is being used as the topic. I’m this sentence, the real person that’s busy is me, so if I choose to not omit the person, but ...
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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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Particle を with てある

Which particle, が(は)or を、 is correct to use with てある? According to my textbook, が(は)should be used. For example, ヒーターがつけてあります。 But a native Japanese speaker has told me that he'd use を instead of ...
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に or で in the sentence pattern “ニュース(に/で)、…という報道があった”

I made the following sentence: テレビ東京は、政治に関するニュースに、(中略)という報道があった However, a Japanese friend of mine advised that I should replace the particle に with で. I googled and found a similar sentence, and ...
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Can 「に」, 「は」 and 「を」 be used as 終助詞 (particles at the end of the sentence)?

I would like to understand more about the practical use of the shūjoshi. な、かしら、かな、の、ぜ、わ、こと were some I found. But I already saw に、は、を being used in the same way. Are they also shūjoshi?
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How is では used under these contexts?

I'm trying to understand a specific uses of で + は particle, and I would like a more detailed explanation of how it's used. I referred to these 3 resources: デジタル大辞泉 Weblio コトバンク Namely, there are 2 ...
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が in the expression “耳が聞こえない”

I tried to translate this phrase literally and came up with "(My) ears can't hear". Since the expression means "(I'm) deaf", this makes sense. However, I can't really get it to work grammatically, ...
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Word Order - は and が Particles

Today I learn that word order is not very strict in Japanese. You could change the order of noun phrases with no loss of meaning, as long as the correct particles are used. I've learned this with the ...
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Usage of the Particle で alone and with は

I understand what the particle で does as far as describing how or where an action took place. But I notice that I run into で many other times where it seems to have a different function. Could ...
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What is 何で (nande) in the sentence 何できた

In the sentence 何できた (nandekita), the de is a particle and connects nande to the verb kita, but in the case of nande, there isn't a particle, so what is it in the sentence? I'm just confused about ...
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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 "...
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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 second ...
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What is the meaning of のだと in this context?

これが学習者にとっては妙なのだと気付くには慣れが必要かもしれませんが What does のだとmean here ?
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What is the meaning or usage of the に at the end of the following sentence?

あなたもできる対処法とは? 不安から日常安心できる生活に 。 So what does the に here refer to? Is it になる?
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What is the meaning? — 誰かいないのか

I need your help. "誰かいないのか" As far as I understand it, this translates to something like, "I want to know, if there somebody, who is available now" The questions are: Is the translation ok? Could ...
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より vs から to mean “from”

Suppose person A writes a letter to someone. I think the standard way for A to sign it off would be 「Aより」. Would it still be correct if I replaced より with から? Is there any difference in formality ...
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先に used with nouns

I quite often come across sentences that post-fixes 先に to a place. For example: xxx駅先に各駅に止まります or 待ち合わせ先に直帰 I know that 先 can either mean before or after, and after reading Takumi Sueda's answer to ...
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How to express future times?

I'm a little confused on how exactly I would say "I'm going to Japan in 2 months." I don't want to make it seem like I'm saying "I'm going to Japan for 2 months" What would be the difference between ...
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What does “なのか” mean in 彼女 が 誰 なのか わかりますか?

彼女 が 誰 なのか わかりますか。is a question which has 2 "ka" question markers? or is it 2 questions? (Could it be translated as who is she? you know? ) And what does the "なの" means here? I think I've heard other ...
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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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Listing nouns (using “and”)

I'm practicing particles as well as general grammar and I'm wondering if this is an accurate translation of the English statement: "I like sunshine, candy, and apples." 私は日光やキャンディやりんごが好きです。 I have ...
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Particle usage of は and が in this sentence

I had some particle trouble translating these lines: 四月の魚は風が吹いて 長い髪が揺れている The first two lines seem to go together in one sentence, but then there would be too many particles. I have it as "The ...
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「力で」 and 「力をもって」

Taken from the first episode of Steins;GATE 「宇宙に始まりはあるが終わりはない。 —無限 星にもまた始まりはあるが、自らの力をもって滅び逝く。 —有限」 What I am wondering about is whether the part in bold could be rephrased as: 「自らの力で滅び逝く」 If that is ...
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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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NO adjectives list or complete explanation

how can i distinguish between no adjectives and noun? particularly, No adjectives are joined with a ni particles, Is there any full list or something to remember about them ?
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What is the difference between を vs の in 何を勉強します and 何の勉強します?

What is the difference between を vs の in 何を勉強します and 何の勉強します ? I noticed in sentences both variants. And I wonder which of them more properly or in which case they are should be used? P.S.Neither ...
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ところ+particle(助詞) precision

Hy, I am currently working on with 新完成マスター N3 for my grammar part and I get stuck on a small section of the lesson related to ところ(~p.17)。 So far, I understand that, according to this lesson, ところ can ...
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Particle Use When Using Form V-ている/ある at a Location: で or に?

So imagine I get asked this question, perhaps when calling someone: 図書館...何をしている。 Perhaps I am reading a book, so: [僕は]としょかん...本を読んでいる。 Here is the problem. For "...", I am conflicted on whether to ...
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が particles and their usages

A follow-up to Why is が added at the end of この小娘が in this clip? I'm currently aware of the following が particles / usages: 1) Subject marker (exhaustive listing). I think it can appear at the end if ...
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What Is The Difference Between 「好きじゃないです」and 「好きではないんです。」?

I understand that they both mean I do not like, but I'm not sure what exactly 「好きではない」means. Moreover, does the particle 'では'make a difference, or could you have just used 'は'? Thank you
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What's the correct translation for 'Japanese Student': 'Nihonjin gakusee' or 'Nihonjin no gakusee'?

I have seen both uses in different contexts, but I'm having trouble figuring out in which case to use the 'no' particle!