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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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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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Following a train of thought

I was listening to an English conversation yesterday and had a question. The speaker was having a conversation, and then suddenly made a comment that didn't seem to relate to the previous topic. I ...
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How do I say in Japanese “I'm doing much better/healing well”?

How would I reply in Japanese to the question how I'm doing (I had surgery last month)? よく治っています is the best I've been able to come up with, but is there some phrase for this or something?
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“My age is a secret”

My online language class taught us how to reply with our age(s) in a sentence. We were also told that you could reply with "naisho" meaning secret if you weren't going to provide your age. However, I'...
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What does (name) でした mean? [duplicate]

During one of Yui's concerts I heard her say, ありがとうございました。Yuiでした。 https://clyp.it/0lsklv1i What does it mean here? I only know りんごでした = it was an apple. So it doesn't make sense for her to be ...
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What does 今日という日 mean?

I'm trying to translate a song lyric that says 今日という日は 過去 前例のない 僕たちの誓い日和だよ And I get a dictionary result at Jisho for 今日という日 as something like every day; all day but that doesn't make any sense ...
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Difference between 承知いたしました, わかりました and かしこまりました [duplicate]

I always hear these three words by different people. Is there any difference between them?
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How to reply to 「いま、すごく幸せです?」

I have a colleague who is blessed with a girl child and I posted a greeting saying おめでとうございます In reply to this, he said  ありがとう。いま、すごく幸せです? I guess he is asking me about my well being. How ...
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I need help understanding a phrase: 「盗むとこは盗ませてもらえ」

I don't know if it's an idiomatic expression or something, but I've been trying to get the meaning of this phrase 「盗むとこは盗ませてもらえ」. I've tried to search it but nothing would come up. Maybe it's supposed ...
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What could a phrase like アルコールはダメなんだ possibly mean?

The phrase アルコールはダメなんだ is from a manga I read, in which a guy responds to his friend when being asked if he wants a beer. He appears not to be into alcohol, even goes so far to say that "I don't like ...
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My Teacher just had a baby, how do I congratulate her

My Japanese teacher just gave birth and our long-term sub is having us make cards to congratulate her, we need to write something in Japanese, and I want to write something different than what she ...
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Correct way to say “life is a lesson, you learn it when you are through”

In Limp Biskit’s “Take a Look Around” they use this phrase I find pretty cool. “Life is a lesson, you learn it when you are through”. So basically the lesson never ends, until you die. I’ve been ...
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Correct Japanese grammar for “video recording” when in context to length of time

The exact phrase I would like to translate is Duration for video recording is required This would show up as a warning of a user on software to remind them to select an amount of time to record ...
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Understanding the usage of もう一歩といったところだ

ラーセンさんは、漢字{かんじ}はもう一歩{いっぽ}といったところですが、プレイスメントテストの成績{せいせき}も悪くなかったし、文法{ぶんぽう}もちゃんとしているから、頑張{がんば}れば大丈夫{だいじょうぶ}だと思{おも}いますよ。 (source: An Integrated approach to Intermediate Japanese) While I understand ...
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What is the correct way to attach 〜そう to the start of a noun? [duplicate]

Take for example the following, よさそう which means (it) looks good. Is it possible for one to attach a 〜そう phrase to the start of a noun? Taking a good apple as an example sentence, are any of the ...
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would 「なんとか」 be an acceptable replacement for “something”?

like as an example: if i forgot the name of a song but i remembered part of it, so i said "zenryoku something" (i say something because i don't know what comes after zenryoku), would 「全力」なんとか be an ...
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How should I understand 「会社員はこの計画を部署の知識として理解する。」?

会社員はこの計画を部署の知識として理解する。 This sentence was in a document describing a company's quality management. I have seen this kind of sentence many times and the 知識として理解する part always throws me off. "...
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Meaning of the phrase 表す通り

The context for this phrase is in a list of kanji spellings (kanji with hiragana), thus the definitions are not provided. Breaking the phrase into its components: 表す - to reveal, show, display 通り - ...
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Why 早 in “good morning” is read as HA-YO but no such reading of that kanji is in a dictionary? [duplicate]

I see お早うございます in a dictionary also being written as おはようございます but why is 早 even there if it's read as HA-YA, not HA-YO? How do they know how to morph readings of kanji in a phrase into something else ...
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How would you express “A demands B” in japanese

How would you express "A demands B" in japanese. In the sense that 'demands' is being used as a synonym of "absolutely requires". But using this expression instead of "requires" has a nuance. To me ...
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How to say - Fine, don't listen to me

I have been wondering about this for quite some time. Let's say you are having an argument with someone. Perhaps it goes something like this, A: If we do things your way, we are going to have ...
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What does 春闘集約 mean?

I found here the definition of 春闘 as the annual spring wage bargaining round; the annual spring labor offensive. And upon searching my electronic dictionary 集約 means intensive. Can I assume that this ...
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Japanese phrase for “Eyes wide open in surprise”

So I'm a bit confused because I'm still learning Japanese, and I have learned there are shortened words or small phrases that take a lot more to say in English, so I was wondering if there is an ...
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How do you use “ああして” and “もんね”

context are from here, it's a comic sample 相棒をああして亡くしたショックで退職したもんね…かわいそうに I would like to ask The meaning of ああして Can we tell the subject/the one who killed 相棒 from "相棒をああして亡くした"? The meaning of ...
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How do you say something like “trapped rabbit” in Japanese

"Trapped" is a past participle (that is it is being used like an adjective despited being derived from a verb), so the word "rabbit" must be the subject (or the object) some other verb. Thus, in ...
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Why do I hear ますから (masukara) so often at the end of sentences?

Yesteday, I was watching this anime. One of the characters said ますから (I'm not very sure, it sounded like "mascara") twice in the same scene. Google Translate translates the phrase as "Because it is."...
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Who is the subject when using 記{き}者{しゃ}泣{な}かせ?

I've recently seen several articles containing the phrase 記{き}者{しゃ}泣{な}かせ. All the articles have been about unfortunate events, and 泣かせ clearly means something is making somebody cry. My question is ...
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Meaning of: いらっしゃいます。

I know what はじめまして means. It means, pleased / nice to meet you. When reading Manga at school to learn these expressions, I see the phrase quite often. But there was one Manga where I saw the phrase, ...
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Why was 「行ってきます」 used on video?

I saw a Japanese Instagram user's video where two people were on a plane. (They were recording themselves with a phone's front camera.) At the end of the video the other person said 「行ってきます」 ...
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How to say “have taken this class”?

These are the ones I find acceptable to express the sentence but none of which actually translates to having "taken" the class. Not 'been' or 'studied' at, but 'taken'. I don't think 取る works as a ...
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How to say “including” or “it follows” for schedules and holidays etc

How do you say something along the lines of "my class schedule follows the holidays of the year" or "my class schedule is dependent on the national calender, including holidays. 授業の定刻は国の休み日をついて is ...
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Can you say 'make friends' using 作る?

I'm directly translating from Eng so I'm wondering if 作るworks. I'm only familiar with ~と友達に成りたい & 友達ができたい。
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I don't understand こちらは手が出せないのをいいことにやりたい放題だ。

From: 今日もようやく長い一日が終わった。この屋敷で働き始めて今日で三年になるが、ここの仕事は本当に辛い。旦那様と奥様はお優しいのだが、お嬢様がとても厳しく、理不尽な方だ。気に入らないことがあればすぐに怒鳴り、殴ってくる。こちらは手が出せないのをいいことにやりたい放題だ。 The text might be a bit above my Japanese skill...I'm ...
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せいせいすらあ Meaning

This is from the manga Kaiji. A hated character is making his departure, and Kaiji thinks to himself, "消えろ!消えろ!。。。!” ”せいせいすらあ。。。。” The first part is pretty easy, basically like "Yeah, get outta here!"...
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How would you use the 'と思います' form to say what others are thinking?

'と思います' is usually used when saying what you think/your assumptions, that much I know, but is it possible to alter it so that you can say what others are thinking? For an example, how would you say, '...
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How would you say 'I take [---] lessons'?

How would you say 'I take ~ lessons'? Such as dance lessons, swimming lessons, Chinese lessons, etc. Can you say「水泳の授業をします。」 or 「水泳の授業に通っています。」? And do all of the above examples have the same ...
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Question regarding structure of a sentence : use of と here?

There is a sentence which is highly confusing me. A character says this : 『どうして王様は裸なの?』と無邪気な子供に指摘されるまで、恥を晒しておめおめと舞台に立っているのは、あまりにも情けない What does the と after the phrase in quotation mean? From what ...
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Is it possible to distinguish between 'cannot'/'does not' and 'will not'?

As practice I have been alternately translating short bits of writing both from Japanese to English and from English to Japanese. When most recently attempting the latter, it occurred to me that I ...
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What does 丸ごとアルミホイルで包み mean here?

The following is an excerpt from a conversation between me and my language partner: ニンニクも植えていますので、丸ごとアルミホイルで包み、オーブンで焼いて食べることがあります。 My attempt at translation: "Because we also grow garlic, we also eat ...
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What does the phrase “返す刀” mean?

I've tried looking this up in English--Japanese dictionaries with no luck. I did however get a few results in monolingual dictionaries but I still don't understand what it's supposed to mean and in ...
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What does the phrase “そうくるんですか” mean?

This is the first time I've come across such a phrase (in a novel) and I couldn't find an explanation through an internet search.
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What does 数% mean in 数%程度でしかなく?

The phrase in question comes from the Japanese global warming article. その一方で太陽放射等の自然要因による変化の寄与量は人為的な要因の数%程度でしかなく、自然要因だけでは現在の気温の上昇は説明できないことが指摘されている I think I understand the gist of 数%程度でしかなく. My ...
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What is this 「お忘れ物ございませんように」

For full context, see here: https://www.docdroid.net/XIK9pCk/img-20171020-0001-new.pdf#page=2 The sentence in question is taken from line 24-26: でも、日本のアナウンスははっきりわかるので役に立つし、「お忘れ物ございませんように」と丁寧な話し方から、...
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Is the word お待ちになっております not a legit Japanese phrase?

I wanted to write "I'll be waiting" in respectful term. I found the respectful term of "wait" from this site: https://townwork.net/magazine/knowhow/manners/baito_manners/13309/ 待つ = お待ちになる、お待ちくださる ...
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How do you say “If only things were different”?

Context: Bob is angry that event X happened today. A series of unfortunate events throughout his life led up to this crappy day, and thus he thinks to himself, "if only things were different". How do ...
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How to say “unwanted” in terms of a person being unwanted

Trying to say something like this line: I am not wanted. But for all the Japanese language likes skipping subjects and topics, I can't seem to find an equivalent for this case--it seems like the ...
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My Japanese is rusty

While it sounds perfectly alright when said in English, as in "My English is rusty", is there an equivalent in Japanese language? I have used this line before when I said "私の日本語は錆びている" and "...
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What does 小職の権限 mean?

This is from a e-mail sent to me in my work place. I tried to search in the internet for the whole phrase but there is no direct translation. When I tried to search for the meaning word per word, I ...
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Passive form + くれる

For a while now I've been trying to write "[I'm happy that] X chose me", and I've come across the following: Xが選んでくれて Xに選ばれてくれて Xに選んでもらって Where the second option (passive + くれる) actually seems to ...
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Japanese term for weight gained in a loving relationship?

I came across this phrase in reading a few weeks ago, and can't for the life of me find the note I made on it. It refers to plumpness in a positive sense, reaching a comfortable state of gained ...