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受動態. Verb forms with the affix -(r)are-. Besides the passive meaning, this morpheme also has spontaneous, honorific, and potential meanings.

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What is the difference between 捕まえられた and 捕まった?

Consider the following sentences: A: 私が警察に捕まえられた。 B: 私が警察に捕まった。 Both mean I was caught by the police. Question What is the difference between 捕まえられた and 捕まった ?
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How to write the passive form of the potential form?

I am curious about the passive form(受動態) of the potential form(可能形). I thought about using (先生に)褒められられる but it seems awkward, and there are no search results in Google for it. So is (先生に) ...
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逃げられた (full sentence)

A girl ties up a cat and puts it in the corner. She's not paying attention and it escapes. When she looks in the corner she sees the ropes, and she sees that the cat is gone, and she says "逃げられた". Is ...
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passive ambiguity in this sentence

そう言って今度は頭を下げられる俺。 After saying that, she directs a bow at me. the other party is making a request so there is no doubt in context who is bowing. In isolation i find rearanging this relative ...
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Please help me understand 注がれた in this sentence and its conjugation

信じられないほど青い目、まるで淡いサファイアのようだ。その目がハリーを観察している。そして額の傷にじっと注がれた。 Why did they use passive form in this sentence and what does it mean when coming after noun + に ?
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Combination of causative-passive and intransive verb with a direct object?

I am struggling to understand this sentence’s structure: 宿題を時間内に終わらせられなかった。 I think I get the idea of causative-passive as in “I was being made to finish the homework”. However, I noticed that we ...
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Confused over 「ろうそくが置かれている」

I encountered this sentence. 「ろうそくが置かれている」 I can tell from context it means something like "Candles are placed", but I'm confused about the usage of ている with a transitive verb. Genki tells me that ...
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Making relative clauses in passive and active forms for every part of a sentence

I have a base sentence as follows. AさんはBさんに足を踏まれました。(A's feet was stepped on by B.) I am trying to make a relative clause for Aさん, Bさん, and 足 each as follows. Aさん Passive: Bさんに足を踏まれた人はAさんです。 ...
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Passive usage of 「済まされない」 in sentences

I cannot get my head around the verb 「済ます」/「済まされない」 in this sentence. 月10万円では済まされない。 I found this in the プログレッシブ和英中辞典 on goo dictionary's page for the verb 「済ます」. The page says that the sentence ...
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What does やられてる mean in this sentence?

I came across this line today which left me a bit confused: 彼らには子分を二人もやられてる。 The speaker is referring to men from a gang. I've struggled with the meaning of やる outside of its most basic usage, but ...
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What conjugation is 熱せられる? [duplicate]

This is a sentence from ねじまき鳥と火曜日の女たち by 村上春樹. スチーム・アイロンの蒸気音とコットンが熱せられる独得の匂いを楽しみながら... 熱する is a "special suru verb". I am assuming 熱せられる is read as ねっせられる. What form of conjugation is this? It ...
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A little help with the passive form

さて本日より貴様らに新たな命令が下されるわけだが "Now then, today I’m going to give you new orders" I don’t get why the 貴様 is being targeted by the action. Shouldn’t they be doing the action instead? For example, ...
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君は、持っているものに気づかれなかったのか、元から持っていないのか、どっちだ。Meanining passive

I have a problem with the following sentence: 君は、持っているものに気づかれなかったのか、元から持っていないのか、どっちだ。 The sentence was translated as: "Did they not notice what you had, or wasn't it yours from the beginning, ...
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Difference between 建てられた and 建てました?

新しい大学のビルが建てられた。 新しい大学のビルを建てました。 Both translate to: A new university building was built. Even though the translation is the same (by my understanding) something to do with the meaning has to be ...
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What is 誘われて (Sasowarete) in this song lyric?

I am a beginner Japanese student, and I'm going through a song and translating it. I am struggling to understand the word 誘われて in the first line. I understand that the verb is 誘う; is this the -te form?...
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Difference between ~のことを書いた本 and ~のことを書かれた本

From the start of 星の王子さま: 僕が六歳だったときのことだ。「ほんとうにあった話」という原生林のことを書いた本で、すごい絵を見た。 It was when I was six years old. I saw an amazing picture in a book called "Stories that Really Happened" that (someone)...
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Why is に used with this verb?

I just read a manga where by context a girl broke up with her boyfriend. She says this. 逃げられたの 彼氏に!! 仕事に入れ込みすぎだって Why is 彼氏に used alongside the verb?
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Meaning of 怒られた, scolded or angry at?

例えば、東北地方に「なげる」という方言がある。これは「捨てる」という意味だが、方言を知らない人が「これをなげて」と言われて、「投げる」だと解釈して、ごみを投げ返して怒られたという話がある。 My question is about the word 「怒られた」. For the dictionary form「怒る」, there are two meanings in the ...
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Meaning of 小せェもんに縛られてる

Context: in a flashback, a Cuban boxer is thinking back to when he was in Cuba before seeking asylum (亡命) and migrating to America. He had just won a gold medal for his country in the Olympics. ...
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Direct or indirect passive form?

外国人に質問を聞かれたが、答えられなかった。 Can anybody analyze the grammatical structure of this sentence? Is this an indirect passive sentence? Thanks.
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Xに捕まる vs Xに捕まえられる

Xに捕まる was used when describing the speaker getting grabbed by X when trying to leave. Why was the intransitive used over passive when it was Xに...?
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What is the use of the passive conjugation in these sentences?

I stumbled upon this sentence: 多くの方々が命を奪われた。 While I understand what this means, I'm not sure of why the passive verb there is (supposedly) correct. If I were to say that, I'd say 多くの方々の命が奪われた。 ...
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“Was Warned that …” (correct word choice / use of passive?)

I am trying to write out a short speech to say after my companies morning exercises, and I have chosen the very exciting topic of ... the weather! Anyway I wish to convey this meaning in my ...
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When to use 受身形 (passive voice) And when to use 能動形 (active voice)?

The Japanese passive voice has been bothering me for quite a while. I mean, We don't really use it in English, and I still have not come across many situation (at least daily situations)Where the ...
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Difference between passive voice and causative-passive form

I am confused with following question. What's the difference between たべられる and たべさせられる?
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How does the passive form of “to invite” work?

So I've got my tables of verb conjugations and I've settled down with "Read Real Japanese", the short story edition, and the very first verb in the first story is さそう - to invite - used in the passive....
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Need help parsing combined forms of a verb

I came across this verb: 捕【と】らえられていた It could have been pretty much any verb really. I tried to parse the different forms the verb has been assigned. Here's my process: 捕【と】らえる - (Transitive verb)...
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Passive referring to one's own actions

for example 優美な笑顔を向けられ、そう答えるしかなかった。 寝たきりだった体を起こした時のような鈍い痛みが全身に走っていて、それは彼女と森で出会った頃よりも強く感じられた。 In these cases, the first person narrator is describing his own actions. In what circumstances ...
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Is there a reason why the passive and the potential form are identical (at least for える/いる verbs)?

Is there a reason why the passive and the potential form in Japanese are identical (at least for える/いる verbs)? I mean, does one etymologically derive from the other? Or were they perhaps modelled on a ...
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Could ひきつけられる mean “to get distracted”?

Context: a boy will soon take the test to become a pro-boxer. After a training match, his trainer says to him: まだひきつけられる。まだ寸歩踏み込める。紙一重の域はまだ遠いな。 I found on dictionaries that 〜にひきつけられる means "to be ...
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JLPT N3 Grammar - Passive form AND passive + te iru

I picked up the 日本語総まとめ book and I don't quite understand their explanation of passive. The book says that passive can be used when you mention a fact without a subject. However, in the example (below)...
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Meaning and use of けが (injury)

a) 2つの事件で13人が亡くなって、52人がけがをしました。 In the two events 13 people died and 52 people were injured. b) 彼女はけがをした 1) The girl was injured 2) The girl injured herself The meaning of a) is ...
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I have some problem with passive form of verbs, and actually with に particle in it

So, I have this: 父に犬を追いかけられています。 Is it correct? And what does that に particle mean?
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とでたしか。。。出してられます: particle and tense question

From Haruki Murakami's preface to Yume de Aimashō: ときどき「糸井さんと村上さんとでたしか『夢で会いましょう』という対談集出してられますね」と言われることがあるけれど、それは明らかなマチガイです。 I'm guessing that it parses as to de tashika, right? If so, questions: ...
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Passive voice (~あれる) + Te form?

I've been faced with the following sentence: いきなりあんな事聞かれて平常心でいられるかよ! What I'm wondering about it is the "聞かれて" part. I know that Kikareru would be the passive form of Kiku - to listen. So, what ...
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How can transitive and passive be combined in 茎を編んで作られる?

In the following sentence, taken from an article about tatami the transitive and passive verbs (編む&作る)seem to be combined into one phrase to express what I have said translation but it does not seem ...
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Is 行かされた a typo?

I have the following to translate for class. 病気になって 頭と首が痛くて 熱もあったので 銀行の隣の病院に 行かされた This is what I have so far. I became sick and my head and neck hurt and I also had a fever so to ...
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Why do these two sentences take different particles (に and で) despite being broadly similar?

日本人の会話には下の例のように、「~けど」や「~から」や「し」などで文を終わらせる話し方が多く見られます。 日本語の会話では、文の倒置もよく見られます。 These two sentences (which are not in sequence) come from a text from the Tobira Gateway to Advanced Japanese textbook. ...
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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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Relative clauses modifying a noun: passive voice?

Hopefully, the two following sentences are grammatically valid: 旅行の後で帰った時話を話す。 旅行の後で帰った時話が話される。 If so, can I use either as a basis for a relative clause modifying 話; are the two following sentences ...
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によって and passive question

実力差は明確だった。 ライダーの速度は攻めれば攻めるほど減速していく。 目にも止まらぬ高速移動と連続攻撃。 セイバーによって傷つけられた体を癒す自然治癒。 後の事など考えない。 全ての燃料を燃やして畳み掛けなければセイバーを抑えきれない。 The fantranslation says: Natural healing that regenerates the ...
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How would you say someone told you something?

If I wanted to say: She told me she knew my brother. 彼女は僕の弟を知ってると僕に言った。 Would this be correct? Or would I have to use the passive form? 彼女に僕の弟を知ってると言われた。
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why does the following title end “…守られる” and not “守られている”? just to save space?

I read the title of the article キタシロサイ、地球にたった1匹のオス、24時間体制で守られる as "The last male rhino on earth is being protected by a system that is active 24-hrs per day." The " ...is being protected... " makes ...
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Translation Help with Passive Sentence

I have the following sentence to translate. 日本はカリフォルニア州と同じぐらいの大きさで ほとんどのヨーロッパの国々より大きいということはあまり知られていない I am having trouble translating the second half. Japan is about the same size as the state of ...
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Do you always need the passive voice when saying what happened to you?

For example if I wanted to say “He told me what I needed to know.” would I say 彼に知らなきゃことを教えられた? Or would it be something different? And do I always need to use it if I’m telling someone what ...
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怒られるのが sentence construction

怒られるのが怖くて嘘をつくのは、子供にありがちな行動です。 why did we use 怒られるのが as subject ?? what is the sentence constructon
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Using もらう with に/を particle and passive/causative forms

I was learning passive and causative forms of Japanese coupled with もらう and particles, and got very confused. A couple of examples and what I think they mean: AさんはBさんを病院に送ってもらう - A received a favor ...
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受け身形, 使役形, and 使役受け身形: A side by side comparison practice

受け身形, 使役形, and 使役受け身形. These forms confuse me to no end. Therefore, I have done a sort of comparison practice using these forms side by side. Each sentence is followed by my translation, and then a ...
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Passive form of 逃げる: 逃げられた vs. 逃げられる

I was reading in Basic Japanese Grammar Dictionary about the passive voice, and it says that you use ~られる form to conjugate verbs. (p33) So [逃]{に}げる would be 逃げられる, ok. But it is used other form, ...
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Is this sentence indirect passive?

昔、ある月刊誌で書評を頼まれたことがある。 Some time ago, I was asked to do a book review by a certain monthly magazine. Am I correct in my understanding that when a passive verb conjugation takes an object then you ...