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句. More than one word in a row. In linguistics, this term is used for a string of words that forms a syntactic constituent, generally with a head and zero or more dependents, above the word level but below the clause level. However, on this site, the tag is used with the simple definition non-linguists are more likely to be familiar with; linguists can understand this definition as "strings of more than one word".

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What does the word「なさんな」mean?

The person said the following sentence after he was told to hurry up doing something. Here is the full sentence containing the word.  そう あわてなさんな おっちゃん まだまだ日は高いじゃござんせんか!
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How should I understand the ありそうなものだったが?

だが、タイミングの悪いことに、お菓子の類が全てなくなってしまっていた。琴里の部屋に行けばチュッパチャプスのストックくらいはありそうなものだったが、それに手を出そうものなら、あとでどんな報復が待っているかわからなかった。 Context: 士道’s friend played “trick or treat” with him but 士道 didn’t have any candies at ...
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Meaning of “であること” in “親子であることのむずかしさについて (…)”

There is a book called 街場の親子論 by 内田樹, and I'm trying to read its preface on the author's blog. There is the following sentence: ここでは「まえがき」として、もう少し一般的なこと、親子であることのむずかしさについて思うところを書いてみたいと思います。 I ...
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How do I romanize “ように” and “二度と”?

First of all, sorry for any mistakes. English is not my native language, nor is Japanese, obviously. Just curious, but (title). I saw some people romanizing "ように" as "you ni" and ...
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What does 「生き残る目」 mean in this sentence?

I came across this sentence while reading 下町ロケット. 「ウチで密かに調べてみましたが、佃製作所はいま、資金調達すらままならない苦境にあるそうです。どう転んだところで、佃製作所に生き残る目はありませんよ。それにですねーーー」 The most obvious interpretation for me was, We searched from ...
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Can someone explain かんーわええのぅ

I was reading some comments on this Youtube video and this comment in particular had a bunch of likes: かんーわええのぅ。 I looked it up and it translates as "I don't know" on Google Translate. Can ...
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What does 'te- mitai na' mean at the end of a sentence?

I have a language exchange buddy that tends to use this phrase a lot and from what I've heard it generally means 'something like that'. I've also heard that it's a phrase younger people use a lot to ...
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Meaning of 無理に聞いても 言わせてもね

I encountered the phrase in a slice-of-life manga: 無理に聞いても 言わせてもね The first half I can understand, roughly "even if you force them to say it", but the second part 言わせてもね does not make sense ...
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What does 「Nounを笑え」 phrase mean in this sentence?

Oh! KAREN 浜辺の濡れた砂の上で 抱きあう幻を笑え It's from a song 「恋するカレン」by 大滝詠一. Lyrics here. Based on my understanding, here's my translation: Oh! KAREN I laugh at my dream of embracing you in my arms on wet sand on ...
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What does 「耳元を過ぎる」 mean?

Source: 「スピーチ・バルーン」by 大滝詠一 想い出のブラス・バンドが 耳元を過ぎる The Brass Band of memories Passes by close to the ears (playing) Would that be an accurate translation of 耳元を過ぎる? よろしくお願いいたします。
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Is 「悪く言うと」 used in a positive sense here?

Source: https://oshiete.goo.ne.jp/qa/6741640.html しかも彼女は私に嫌な感情を持っていないので(私は、よく「情が深い」と言われるタイプで、(悪く言うと八方美人なのですが)周囲の人を大切にするので、あまり嫌な感情は持たれません。)距離が取れません。 Is the poster here using 「悪く言うと」in a positive ...
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What's the difference between じゃあね and またね?

My teacher told me years ago about またね, but recently I've heard じゃあね used similarly. What's the difference between じゃあね and またね? Which one is preferable? Is there other phrases, that can be used to ...
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The difference between はじめに and はじめて and はじめは

I am trying to figure out the difference between those three sentences. はじめにコンピューターを使った。 ~ Initially, I used a computer. はじめはコンピューターを使った。 ~ In the beginning I used a computer. (e.g. but now I use ...
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What is difference between 熱を出す and 熱が出る

I know that 熱が出る (netsu ga deru) means to have a fever. Example: 風邪を引いたら、39℃の熱が出た。 Kaze wo hiitara, 39C no netsu ga deta When I caught a cold, I had a fever of 39C. What does 熱を出す (netsu wo dasu) ...
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How would you ask ''are you there ?'' on social media?

I have a Japanese friend whom I chat to from time to time on a software called Line. Let's say their name is Haruto. Sometimes I like to start by saying something like ''Haruto san, are you there ?''. ...
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about the underlying meaning of 実際してない in this context

woman 1 :就活している中で、私は将来、結婚したいなっていう気持ちもあるんですが。 そこのところはどうですか?出世で遠のいてしまうイメージがあるので。 woman 2 :一般的にどうかは置いといて、私の場合は遠のいているかもですね(笑) 実際してないですし。 これまでも打診を受けるたびに悩みました。初めてマネージャーになる時に、当時付き合っていた方がいて。...
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How to ask someone if it is okay to do something?

I often find myself wanting to ask if I can do something ie. "Is it okay if I ask you a question?" or "Can I switch seats with you?" Along those lines. I'm not sure if this is ...
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What is the difference in koi o shita, ochita, shimashita?

I was looking for (I fell in love with you), but did find more than one option. Could you help? あなたに恋をした Anata ni koi o shita 私はあなたと恋におちた Watashi wa anata to koi ni ochita 私はあなたに恋を しました Watashi wa ...
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On the meaning of そんなの秒で

So, i was reading a podcast script and came across this sentence : はい、何に四苦八苦しています? そんなの秒で答えられます。 コロナです Does そんなの秒で答えられます mean something along the lines of i will answer you in a second ?
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How would a fluent speaker understand ありがとうございません?

How could that forced negation of a common phrase be interpreted? This came up as just a part of some free exploration of linguistics, and my friends and I were pondering if it could perhaps be ...
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What does 「夏がめぐりめぐって」 mean?

It's a line from 森田童子's 雨のクロール 夏がめぐりめぐってもぽくはもう決して 泳がないだろう Source: https://mojim.com/jpy113808x1x2.htm めぐりめぐって Meaning: 多くのところを巡っていって。巡り続けて。(going in circles, from one place to another and ...
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Is there an equivalent Japanese phrase to “A red herring”?

In the english language, a "red herring" is something that misleads or distracts from a relevant or important question. I would like to know if there is an equivalent phrase in Japanese.
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What does 「うざいどす」 mean?

Source: https://b.hatena.ne.jp/entry/4685177829409008642/comment/kincity こういう語りをするやつがほんとに音楽業界全般見てるの?という疑問がいつもある。ジャズ寄り音楽家とかは毎晩ライブやって生きてたりするよね。CD3000枚でドヤるのも正直うざいどす。 goo.ne defines 「うざい」as: [形]《「...
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How to say “This (object) of (possessor)” in Japanese?

I'm not fully sure the linguistic terms yet, I believe it's a noun phrase. Is there a way to form such expressions in Japanese with a single noun phrase? This heart of mine That son of yours These ...
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How to express condolences to someone with terminal illness?

I was living in Japan a number of years ago with a host family who treated me with the most incredible kindness and generosity, to the point where they felt like a second family to me. I just ...
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What does 精々足掻け mean?

The entire line is: 私の子よ…精々足掻け Is it saying to "Struggle at most"? If it is, what would be a more natural way to say it?
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What does それすら来ないと言うこと means?

I was watching some Let's-players on YouTube, where I saw this sentence: それすら来ないと言うことは……きっと、よほどのことがあったに違いない。 I'd like to know what the first part of it means. Moreover, the entire meaning of the ...
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What does 弁当箱をしまった mean?

I was playing a Japanese video game when I came across this line: 私は立ち上がり、お弁当箱をしまった I was just wondering, can I translate お弁当箱をしまった as "carry the bentou box"?
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How to interpret 身にしみる in this sentence?

In this paragraph: ちなみに私の語学力は日英ほぼ同レベルだけど、会話だけは日本語のほうが得意。つまり日本語力の問題ではない。仲良い友達も日本人が多い。英語という逃げ込む場所があるから違いが身にしみるだけで、もし日本語しかわからなかったら自分は人見知りなんだと思うだろう。 My interpretation of 身にしみる is for something to ...
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What does 食欲がわく translate into?

I came across this phrase while playing a Japanese game: ダメだわ、全然食欲がわかないわ…… I was just wondering what does 食欲がわかない mean in this context, furthermore, I want to know about what Kanji is わかない. ...
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What does その場に広げる means in this context?

I was doing some translating work, and I came across this sentence: 私はぼんやりとお弁当箱を取り出して、その場に広げた。 I was sure that the first part of the sentence means "I took my lunch box out absent-mindedly", but I ...
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When or What is your date of birth?

In English we'd ask: ''What is your date of birth ?'' Is this the same in Japanese or is the use of ''What'' allowed ? 貴方の生年月日は何ですか 貴方の生年月日は何時ですか Which of these are correct ? Can both be used ? Is ...
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I don't understand the structure of かたじけない しのぶ!!?

I don't understand... well, that's what it was there in the manga ... like this: bubble1:侍達を一人残らず抹殺せよ!!! bubble2:ぐわア!!! bubble3:かたじけない しのぶ!!武器は助かった!! bubble4:いえ and nothing else ...
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XもVba YもV pattern

A girl is on a date with a hot guy in a flashy sports car とにかくザックは注目を集める。  車も目立てば、本人も目立つ。信号待ちで止まろうものなら道行く女性は皆振り返るし、中にはスマホのカメラを向ける人すらいる。 Why is も used twice here and not, for example, a は in ...
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How would 「問わず語りの心」 translate into English?

It's a line from [寺尾]{てらお}[聰]{あきら}'s ルビーの[指環]{ゆびわ} くもり硝子の向うは風の街 問わず語りの心が切ないね 枯葉ひとつの重さもない命 貴方を失ってから Youtube Timestamp: https://youtu.be/ICJc53FXu4g?t=16 Now, I understand what he is trying to say ...
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Why is ことに used the way it is in this sentence? [duplicate]

In 窓ぎわのトットちゃん, the author talks about the window. だいたいこの教室の窓というのが、トットちゃんにとっては幸福なことに、先生にとっては不幸なことに、一階にあり、しかも通りは目の前だった。 ことで seems more intuitive to me in this context. Why is ことに used instead?
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Does「ペーペー」and the “PayPay” digital wallet sound like a ダジャレ? Isn't that weird for marketing?

"PayPay" is a smartphone digital wallet used in Japan. Yet, 「ペーペー」is also a slang term for the 肩書き of 新入社員。I always said my 肩書き was either 「ペーペー」or 「カバン持ち」。 I am so confused. (1) Is "ペーペー" really, in ...
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What are acceptable ways of saying “to develop a photographic film”?

Tom Gally's Reading Japanese with a Smile has a nice story in which the author says: 父は、フィルムを現像に回すまで五年かかったのである。 I like the connotation of the rotation here because the film has to be unfurled. ...
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I want to ask the meaning of this words 痛い女

I tried to look at it dictionary but I can't get the real meaning behind it. What does 痛い女 mean?
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Does saying “私は次男坊です” in self-intro sound humorous? why?

I had a list of items to mention during extended 自己紹介 (like during a lunch or 飲み会). With those whom I also hoped to have friendship-like connection with, I'd also mention "私は次男坊です。" This allowed me to ...
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I'm looking for some pointers on polite, standard sentences when working in a service-oriented capacity [closed]

I've recently begun work in the tourism sector, mainly behind the hotel's bar and in the restaurant. I'm expecting some Japanese guests in the next few months. While I've studied Japanese language ...
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In what contexts can 旗色が悪い be used?

According to コトバンク, 旗色が悪い can be used when there is some connotation of a battle, war or fight - which makes sense because it literally translates to something like the color of the national flag is ...
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How would you ask “What makes your mouth water?” in Japanese?

I want to ask "What makes your mouth water?" in Japanese, but I'm not quite sure what is the right way. I was thinking of saying: あなたは何でよだれが出る?
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Meaning of つかみどころがない on a person

I have seen the literal translation of the phrase 「つかみどころがない」, somewhere along the lines of being either slippery, vague or elusive. I encountered this phrase 立花{たちばな}さんつかみどころないんだよなぁ… I cannot ...
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Meaning of 舌の根の乾かぬうち

I think I got it, but I would like to confirm just to check if it is correct or if I am missing some subtlety that happens when I translate. What is the meaning of 「舌{した}の根{ね}の乾{かわ}かぬ内{うち}に」? From ...
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How to use「足がすくんだ」

I want to say "The building was very high, so I froze with fear". Would I be right to say: 「建物がとても高くて僕は足がすくんだ」
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How to say “turn around!” in Japanese?

How do you order someone to turn around in a direct and forceful manner, like the way a police officer or soldier would say? Thank you.
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Is it appropriate to say おじゃまします when entering one's own room?

Let's say my friend is in my room and I am out in the kitchen. At some time I decide to enter my room. Is it appropriate to say おじゃまします when I am entering my own room?
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What does 普段からmean in this sentence?

中山さんは普段からよく運動するようにしています。 I think it means Mr. Nakayama tries to do exercise regularly But I'm confused about what 普段からactually means and how it differs from 普段and 普通
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“One step behind” or “one move too late”

I heard this phrase that sounds like 「いいえ、一手のさで、私どもの勝ちです。」, which in the context should mean one is one step behind, or one move too late, or being overtaken by someone else in doing something. But I ...

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