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語用論. The branch of linguistics dealing with language in use and the contexts in which it is used.

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What is the order of importance of 重大 重要 大切 大事

What is the difference in order of importance and contextual usage of the following: 重大 重要 大切 大事
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Meaning of 目 in 思っている目 and usage of honorifics to refer to oneself

From this blog:https://web.archive.org/web/20150427230456/samuraimoon.blog67.fc2.com/blog-entry-226.html (うわ、こいつストーカー? センター試験から目を付けられてたわけ!? 月くん貞操のぴんちっ!)とか思っている目ですが、おくびにも出さずに会話を続けます。 Context: It's ...
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Order of a dialogue with と言えば and となって

I've been reading examples of how to use 肝に命じる, and in one of the examples there's this part: また、いつまでもくどくどと説教する上司に 「分かりました。課長のおっしゃることを肝に銘じておきます」 と言えば、 「分かってくれたか」 となって話がスムーズに終わりやすいです。 I'm ...
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What is the meaning of としてしまう in the following sentence

I do not get how としてしまう is used in the following sentence. If the meaning ofとして = as, for; not even and しまう = to finish doing (something), what do they mean together? (assuming I have split the ...
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Is usage of ように appropritate in “Offer to do something”?

One of the options in LastPass.com is "Offer to generate a secure password". In Japanese version it is translated as "安全なパスワードを生成するように提案". Is the usage of ように here delivers the meaning of "offer to do ...
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How to pronounce 上 with the meaning of “when”?

I know how to pronounce and translate 上 in 1, but not sure if it is pronounced うえ or じょう in 2 and if it is also translated "when". Could someone explain case 2 please? 利用上{りようじょう}の注意{ちゅうい} ...
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Volitional form

もう20年にもなろうか。伊勢崎の人で覚えている人があろう。 Is the author doing hypothesis by using the form that I have marked? This is the opening sentence of a ghost story which is set in Isezaki.
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What is a meaning of 予約 on the washing machine?

According to JMDict 予約 is translated as reservation;  appointment;  booking;  advance order contract;  subscription;  pledge None of the meanings above seem to make sense to one of the function ...
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Is 更新予約 a valid term for a “Scheduled Update”?

My Samsung tablet has a setting item ソフトウェアの更新予約. Switching language to English has it "Scheduled software updates". I searched for 更新予約 on internet and did not find many hits for this term. Has ...
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Can もすこし遠かったら be used to mean “too far”?

Can もすこし遠かったら be used in the following sentence to mean if it is too far I will not go. もすこし遠かったら行かないんですが。
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Comparing the “severity” of words of amount, degree, etc

I'm looking for lists of words/phrases of degree, ordered by how strong they are relative to each other. For an example in English, I ran across this research recently: http://www.businessinsider....
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What attributive to use to express “clean” in “clean hands”?

Which attributive: きれい or 清潔 sounds more natural to say "clean hands"?
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Can particle は use cases be summarized by a single inclusive term “disambiguation”?

Particle は is often called topic, emphasis, contrast, etc. particle. Can particle は use cases be summarized by a single term disambiguation? If one could think of は as disambiguation particle should ...
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What does 円分 mean after a number?

Is 分 a counter after 円 following a number, e.g. 500円分?
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What word to use to refer to a manager at a gym/drug store?

According to JMDict there are so many words for a manager depending on the context. Can someone provide clarification on the context of each term? What is the most appropriate term for a gym manager ...
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Is there a universal (regardless of the context) way to say “already”?

JMDict lists several words for already marked as common: もう 既に 最早 早 先刻 疾っくに 兼ねて Is there any difference between all these "already" words, and is there among them a "...
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Why past form of a verb is used instead of passive past?

Sending an email with GMail app on Android in the Airplane mode produces the following message: キューに追加しました "(the app) added (the message) to the queue" Switching to English interface yields: ...
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Are 結局 and てしまう equivalent in terms of expressing “end up doing something”?

Out of the following two sentences, which one is more natural to say "I ended up eating all ice-cream"? 結局はアイスクリームを全部食べた。 アイスクリームを全部食べてしまった。
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How to interpret なりました at a baseball game radio broadcast? [closed]

On my local radio station baseball games translations take the most of the broadcast slots. Commentators speak very fast and the only thing I can differentiate is なりました. なりました is repeated literally ...
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What is the difference between 預金 and 入金?

Both 預金{よきん} and 入金{にゅうきん} can mean deposit. Is there any difference in the usage of these terms?
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Is ペンキ塗り立て a common expression for “Wet Paint”?

Is ペンキ塗り立て a common expression? If not, what will be a typical sign warning of wet paint?
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What is the difference between 納入 and 支払?

My water bill reads 納入 is due, but the credit card bill says お支払い. What is the difference between these two terms?
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What is the difference between 搾る and 絞る?

According to JMDict both 搾る and 絞る mean squeeze. Is there a difference in their usage? I noticed that 搾る is used to describe the process of beer making, can 絞る be used alternatively in this case?
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Anytime: 随時 vs. 何時でも

Is 随時{ずいじ} used to express anytime like いつでも?
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What is the difference between 気が向く and 気がする?

Is there any difference in usage between 気{き}が向{む}く and 気がする?
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ご近所様に配達 - Where exactly this will be delievered?

One of the options on Japan Post re-delivery form is ご近所様に配達. 近所{きんじょ} neighborhood 配達{はいたつ} delivery Delivering to customer's neighborhood is a little bit obscure. Could someone explain ...
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Difference between 内容, 明細 and 詳細

According to JMDict 内容, 明細 and 詳細 meaning is details. I see these 熟語 at the same time on banks websites. What are the nuances of their usage?
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部品 vs. 用品 - difference in usage

Both 部品{ぶひん} and 用品{ようひん} are translated as parts. Is there a difference in their usage?
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Is there any difference in usage between 参加 and 加盟?

参加{さんか} and 加盟{かめい} are both translated as participation. Are these two words completely interchangeable or is there some nuance in their usage?
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What does “Ouen shite iru yo!” mean exactly?

One of my friends wrote in the end of the email "Ouen shite iru yo!" (応援{おうえん}しているよ). My approximate translation would be "I will continue to support you!" However, I am not good at Japanese and ...
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What does 外国人のように imply in this sentence?

My friend is reading a book, and it contains the following sentence: すると、高畑は外国人のように両手を上げる仕草をした。 Why does this say 外国人のように? Are foreigners known for a particular gesture in which we raise both our ...
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Politeness level congruency

This question comes from observing a game show called ガキの使いやあらへんで ("instant miso soup" episode), where the participants have to match a product to the one they consume while blindfolded. They are only ...
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Situational acceptability of politeness and/or honorific use

Consider: I am expected to use polite forms when speaking to someone socially above me. Let's take for example, a teacher. If our relationship improves, and it becomes permissible for me to speak ...