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

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Why is だ being used at the end of the following sentence?

This is the full sentence: おかしいけど、中国人を理解するのは難しい。私は日本人を理解する方が簡単だ。 I think I was expecting something like です or よ. I'm really confused about this だ.
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「砂を噛むように味__ない。」: Which particle(s) to use best, and how do the meanings differ?

The sentence I encountered was originally: 「砂を噛むように味のない。」 Which I would translate as follows: (Something) lacks taste so much that it is just like chewing on sand. *Don't try this at home. I ...
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How do I combine “I speak Japanese” with “I like to …”?

So to say you like something, you you could say: 僕は[blank]がすきです。 and to say something like "I speak Japanese", you could say: 僕は日本語が話します。 So say I wanted to say I like to speak Japanese, how could ...
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How do I parse this sentence? (年中行事について)

The sentence in question: 年中行事の生ずるのは季節のうつりゆきが農業などの上にすぐ影響するし、それが国民生活の上に現れて種々の行事が生ずるのである。 My attempt at a semi-literal translation: As for the arising of annual observances, changes in the ...
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Passive or active object?

The sentence inu ga suki is translated as I like dogs. But why don't we translate it as Dogs like ... (something/someone)? For example, for a question Who likes meat? we can answer inu ga suki.
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Help with particles

I've been given the following sentences, and I'm supposed to fill in the blankets with particles. Katō-san wa getsu-yōbi ( ) ka-yōbi ( ) Nihon ( ) kaerimasu. Atama ga itai desu ( ) netsu ( ) ...
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Is 神を more “correct” than 神?

I'm not sure how much I can trust Google Translate, but I recently noticed a feature, a little shield next to the translation that reads "This translation has been verified. ...". I assume it means a ...
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The particle に when used with 移動する

部屋{へや}へ移動{いどう}します。= Move to the room. 部屋から移動します。= Move from the room. But if I use に, does the sentence「部屋に移動します。」mean to "move to the room" or "move from the room"? Or can the meaning be either ...
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“to wa” Particle? とは?

This phrase from a song "Deja Vu anata to wa" is translated as "Deja Vu with you" Does "To wa" translates as "with you" or the entire phrase was adapted? And if so, is that the only use of "to wa" ?
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Please help me master particles [closed]

What would be your recommendation to dominate the japanese particles? I'm tired of my sentences and my speaking being destroyed by the fault of a little stupid particle. I'm studying the minna no ...
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Can particle で be used for means be used with people?

I'm attempting to make a sentence saying ぼくは ともだち で はなしています I am speaking with a friend While making it I was just wondering if using で would be correct since I kind of felt like ともだち would be the ...
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Using location words with Subject/topic markers

I can't really figure this out myself so I don't think I can really give an example for this question so I'll just ask it and if it's too obscure to really answer say something in the comments and I'...
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Meaning of だって in this sentence

It's a sentence from dragonball, the hearer (悟飯) just asked the speaker to create something to wear that could hide his identity without looking like a kind of body protection. どってことないじゃない!...
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Correct Particle Usage

Just wondering about the correct particles in this sentence... 毎朝、何時にうちにでまか。 Any help would be greatly appreciated :)
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Passive voice and complex or connecting sentence

Imagine a situation where you've been informed by Mr. Rentarou that on Wednesday you will have an interview with Ms. Suzuki. Then, you've decided to confirm the information directly to Ms. Suzuki. I'...
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のだとしても vs としても What’s the difference?

そもそも七罪は、士道に霊力を封印される前に、士道や精霊たちを巻き込んで事件を起こしてしまっていたのだ。皆、そのときのことは水に流してくれてはいたのだが……1人くらい、皆に同調したように見せかけて、七罪への恨みを残している者がいてもおかしくはなかった。 しかもそのとき七罪が化けていたのは『よしのん』……四糸乃の無二の友だちなのである。士道や他の精霊たちが学校へ行ってしまった瞬間を見計らって、...
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function of に in 学業にスポーツ [duplicate]

学業にスポーツ、なにをやっても秀でいる兄と違い、原島は、何もかもが平凡であった。 I can`t figure out the meaning/funtction of に in this sentence... I checked a page which listed several usages of に but nothing seems to fit
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Ne & yone purposes

それは最近話題の本ですね. その 会社は 欧米に 進出しているよね。 How would each of these sentences fit in a conversation? Ne & yone are very nuanced so surrounding context would help me understand their purposes, thank you.
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となる vs になる - Grammar [duplicate]

There is a whole video describing the grammar but its in Japanese . How would you explain the difference between: 彼がリーダーとなった And 彼がリーダーになった
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に followed by nouns, what is its usage?

Most of the usages of に I've seen have it directly followed by a verb directly attached to it. (The location of existance にある/にいる, The action objective e.g 私は電車に乗りました, etc) I know there are some that ...
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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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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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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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Shigeru Miyamoto interview

I always have difficulty understanding 宮本 茂. His Japanese is like the hardest to understand. I can watch whole anime's with no problem, and read through lots of text in video games and manuals, but ...
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Is it usual for men to use な instead of ね?

I was surprised when in this video: https://youtu.be/m9rf63DsN-s?t=2m44s I heard ごめんな instead of ごめんね. Is this because men ten to use な instead of ね? So maybe men would say, for example, 怖いな ...
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水面*が*月を映していた: Is に interchangeable?

澄んだ水面 が 月を映していた。 Under the 映す entry in a dictionary (ルミナス、研究社), I found the sample sentence in question among others. However, I couldn't understand why only in this particular sentence is が used in ...
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Saw this sentence in the title of an article and I'm a bit confused [duplicate]

日本のスノーアクティビティを体験 If the particle を is used here shouldn't it be 体験した/する if it is acting like a verb?
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Inferred particles - should I infer は or に in this sentence?

I was translating this song (https://www5.atwiki.jp/hmiku/pages/31606.html) and there was a line that didn't make sense without an inferred particle, but I'm not sure which particle to infer. (...
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why does 対する sometimes translate to `for` and sometimes `towards`

We can say passion for sports スポーツに対する情熱 or a mother's love for her children, but for some reason we can't replace for with towards. By the same token, attitude towards someone 誰かに対する態度, behavior ...
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Help with Particles and Verb Form

I was watching the first episode of Terrace House and got confused at something at the beginning. 1"僕は筧さんがずっと一途に思われてたじゃないですか" 2"ああいうのとかが好きでした" In the show a presenter is asked if ...
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Which one is the appropriate preposition for the sentence below?

I was playing some game where one has to choose the appropriate preposition. In the sentence below, は is the correct answer as per the game but I got confused and didn't understand why は is the ...
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Can you add a “cause” to an intransitive verb with に

I was wondering if when you have the transitive statement 誰が窓を[開]{あ}けた? You can make an intransitive version like 窓は誰に[開]{あ}いた? I can't find any sources that tell if you can add the "actual&...
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Can もreplace へ?

Would it be OK to say おととい は はいしゃ へ いったり, とこや も いったり しました using とこや も いったり instead of とこや へ いったり?
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Difference between 在留資格のある外国人 and 在留資格がある外国人 [duplicate]

In this NHK news, the title is written as 在留資格のある外国人 But in the article, the last paragraph is written as 在留資格がある外国人 From my understanding of grammar, the first one 在留資格のある外国人 is 「NのN」 and then a sub-...
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Fuction of 私に when someone else wants someone to do something

私の妻はこの古いよい帽子を私にすててほしいと思っている。 I understand this sentence, but when I dissect it, I realize I'm not sure why に is being used. Does anyone care to explain?
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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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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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Difference in meaning between は and が in questions [duplicate]

For example 何か質問がありますか as opposed to 何か質問はありますか when asking "Do you have any questions?"
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what does してん do here? [duplicate]

「なにしてんだよ。」 appears in this book ISBN-13: 978-0143118336 On page 61, the longer context is 下の子どもの泣き声が聞こえた。いつの間にか、姿が見えなくなっている。あわてて辺りを見渡した私に、上の娘が、あの子、あんなところにいる、と笑いながら教えてくれた。はじめの仔猫のいた場所に、...
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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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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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Explanation of でもあります? [duplicate]

I saw this in my Genki I book and I don’t quite understand how to use でもあります. Also, how would I say this informally? パットはアメリカ人でもある?
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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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Confused on use of ため in article about Honda's robot Ashimo [duplicate]

I'm reading this article about Ashimo the robot made by Honda and I don't understand the use of ため in this sentence. I have usually seen ため followed by the particle の or に, but in this case no ...
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What is the inheritance order of も and は topics?

Can a topic that is identified via the も particle be included in a は topic that comes AFTER it? e.g. Two sequential sentences from a book I'm reading: 1st Sentence: ほかの鳥は、もう、よだかの顔を見ただけでも、...
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What does とした mean?

I've seen this question on Yahoo and couldn't figure out what とした exactly meant. デスノートの主人公、夜神月(ヤガミ・ライト)ですが、この名前、なかなか素敵でミステリアスで良いと思いますが、実際に自分の子供に「月(読み方はライト)」とした場合役所では、認めてもらえるのでしょうか?
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what is the meaning of the particles in the sentence: 言ったじゃねえかよ。

I especially don't understand the grouping of them. I know what the sentence means, but all of those words after 言った are a bit confusing to me. thank you!
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どうしてこの「が」は動詞に付いていますか。 [duplicate]

「手さぐり」という章を読んでいる最中、ややこしい助詞の用法にあいました。 (前略)  目の見えない人は手さぐりで歩む。一歩一歩が慎重である。謙虚である。そして一足歩むために全神経を集中する。これほど真剣な歩み方は、目の見える人にはちょっとあるまい。  人生で思わぬケガをしたくなければ、そして世の中でつまずきたくなければ、この歩み方を見習うがいい。 (後略) 「が」という助詞は、...