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代名詞. Words that substitute for a noun or noun phrase.

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What is それ doing in this sentence

In reading exercise #3 of JLPT N3 読む guide, there's a sentence that contains それ and I don't understand why. 大好きなおもちゃが壊れてしまった子供にとっては、それを直してくれるおもちゃの専門家が、神様のように見えるようです。 Can someone explain to me why ...
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How do parents say “I” when talking to their children in Japanese?

When a parent is talking to their child in Japanese, what are the common ways of saying "I"? I've often heard parents refer to themselves in the 3rd person, ie お母さんについてきて ("come with me"), お父さんの車を洗って (...
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How politely to say “you”?

I found many variants in the internet, but they include あなた, which as I know isn't polite and better not to say it to a stranger. So, if I don't know the name/last name of the person, don't know the ...
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Why was I called 君?

I’m talking with someone on Tandem who I’ve never spoken to before and he immediately called me 君. He’s only 2 years older than me and I thought きみ was for relationships where there is a bigger age ...
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Is an honorific necessary when using someone’s name to say “you”?

Since people often just use someone’s name to say “you” do you always need an honorific? Like could I just say 「ボブの犬が大好きな!」to say “I love your dog!” to Bob? Or would it need be ボブさん?
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Usage of こいつ, あいつ, etc

When can I use こいつ, あいつ, etc? I’ve seen that they can mean he/she/this/that in various contexts but when is it appropriate to use them versus 彼 or 彼女?
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Is pronoun switching on the fly a thing?

There's a song called Ame no Musique for the game Symphonic Rain. The song's sung by a character that uses 私{わたし}when she speaks, but in the song there's a line that uses あたし: アタシヲアイシテ And then the ...
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Relative pronouns in せずにはいられない + noun

天を仰ぎ両手を合わせずにはいられない結果が得られている In the above excerpt, I'm not 100% sure how to connect the 結果 with the rest of the sentence. I do understand that the meaning is something like "Obtained result that you ...
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How to use 彼 and 彼女?

The first time I saw these two terms, they were used in a love context, to mean "boyfriend/girlfriend". Later, I came to know that you can also use these to refer to "that guy/girl". So, what I ...
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Is it acceptable to use あなた when referring to a superior indirectly?

I know that generally あなた shouldn't be used when referring to superiors. However, I find it difficult to rephrase the following sentences which refer to a superior using あなた in an indirect manner: ...
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What's the difference between “doko ga … desu ka” and “… doko ni arimasu ka”?

I'm reading a textbook and I have this example: Takashi-san no ie wa doko ni arimasu ka? Trying to understand why is arimasu used instead of desu I rephrased it like so: Doko ga Takashi-san no ...
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Kochira vs Konohito and Donohito vs Donata

I'm reading a textbook and I've encountered these examples: Kochira wa donata desu ka? Konohito wa donohito desu ka? I know the first one is a more polite way of asking about someone, but is ...
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how can I use japanese pronouns if I am beginner in the language japanese? [duplicate]

hello everyone I am very beginner in japanese just I have 2 day learning japanese then I am not expert in this language yet I saw in Wikipedia this japanese pronouns: watashi わたし watakushi わたくし ...
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Can someone explain what purpose こう and こと are serving in this sentence? and whether my interpretation/translation is somewhat correct?

This sentence here (which in context of where I found it is referring to two people, as shown in the brackets): (私たちのことが認めてもらえるまで。) それまではこうしていることは内緒です I vaguely understand it to mean something along ...
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Understanding Susumu Kuno's example of misuse of 自分

On Wikipedia's page for Logophoricity, there is an example of that concept in Japanese. On this Wikipedia page, sentences from Susumu Kuno's 1972 journal article Pronominalization, Reflexivization, ...
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Can the volitional form be used to nominate yourself for something?

I did a quick search on this site to see if I could find any answer to this and found this question: Does the volitional form of a verb mean both "let's" and "I want to"? But ...
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Is 僕 (boku) only appropriate for cisgendered men?

I'm enrolled in Japanese at my university, and we recently had a review of personal pronouns. The professor encourage us to understand and practice casual speech, and as part of that, to try finding ...
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Translating “you” as 君 when giving a definition

I am trying to define the word "deceive". In English, I would say something like this (regardless of whether or not it is a good definition): To deceive someone means that you lie to someone, and ...
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Formal, feminine first-person pronoun

よろしくお願いします。 I am writing a scene (in English, with occasional Japanese for flavor and difficult-to-translate terms) where a rather androgynous woman is in a Tokyo department store, speaking with a ...
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When are these different ways of saying 'I' used?

When I was first exposed to japanese language, there were three pronouns I learnt - 私、僕、and おれ。 But I've seen more pronouns and am not sure when they would be used - わたくし、わっち、わがはい、うち、おれさま、and みずから(?) ...
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Is it offensive to say あなた?

My teacher says that we should avoid あなた, like わたし, which could be taken off. Following this, I try to refer to the second person by the name: 加藤さんの趣味は何ですか. But there are situations where we forget ...
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Talking about contextual things… Which Pronouns to use?

Apologies is this is an easy to answer or hard to explain question... In English we often use demonstrative pronouns to reference what we just talked about. For example: The busiest stations in the ...
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Usage of いる/います and ある/あります in combined words and sentences

Actually, this has been lingering for sometime in my mind about how Japanese convey a sentence which has both the living and non-living things. Will Japanese use いる or ある? or whichever comes first? or ...
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Please help me identify who does what in this sentence and check the translation

Here is the sentence: 妹に車で駅まで迎えに行かせます。 The translation from Tatoeba is I will have my sister pick you up at the station. I've been reading "Making Sense of Japanese: What the Textbooks Don't ...
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How to address readers/viewers in an article or video?

How should one address readers or viewers in a published work? For example, it is common in English language articles and videos these days to end by asking the viewer to share their opinion in a ...
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Speaking in first person without saying “I”

For example: 今日から明日まで勉強します。 kyou kara ashita made benkyou shimasu. How do I know that the speaker talks about themselves?
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How can I explain about someone who is beside without saying their name for example “he likes to eat fruits”

Is it possible for me to use あの人は その人は この人は to address somebody (instead of using their name) who is beside me because i'm doing a presentation and i'm required to describe somebody but that person ...
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How do I say “the other person”?

I want to write a small dialogue. How do I say "the other person says/answers etc."? Then, one said...and the other replied... When names are available I usually use those to indicate who says what,...
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Pronoun collocations

I have embarked on a project of translating a novel I am writing into Japanese in parallel with writing it, and one of the hardest parts for me (in contemplation, I haven't really gotten that far) is ...
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How can I tell wether this pronoun points forward or backwards in context

For full context see this document: https://www.docdroid.net/qteAJpo/img-20170628-0002-new.pdf.html 最近、いろいろなところで開かれているビジネスマナーのためのメンタルトレーニングでも、これと同じようなことを行います。 I'd like to know for this これ in bold: ...
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Nuance between 僕 and 俺?

I'm aware that this is a common question and one that can be quite situational, but I have a few specific questions regarding nuance between these two pronouns for "I". jisho.org describes 俺 as "Male ...
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In which cases pronouns can be omitted in questions?

The phrase "doko kara kimasu" is translated as "where do you come from" . I suppose this a short version of "anata wa doko kara kimasu ka" . If I want to ask where does he come from? I suppose I ...
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Difference between どこですか and どこにいますか/どこにありますか?

(1) 本はどこですか。 (2) 本はどこにありますか。 Unless I'm mistaken, both those sentences mean something like "where is the book", what's the difference between using です and あります to indicate position? I wouldn't ...
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Why is “My Apps” translated to マイApp instead of something like 自分のApp?

In iTunesConnect (for those who don't know, iTunesConnect is a website where developers and iBook authors can manage their apps/books), there is this "My Apps" button: When I change my OS's language ...
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Use of personal pronouns when talking to different “ranked” people. (In the same conversation)

First time posting here. I have a question that have been bothering me for quite a while. I wonder how to use the personal pronouns (僕/俺 & お前/きみ/あなた) in a conversation with different "ranked" ...
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Using 貴様 {きさま}​ as a joke?

I already know that 貴様 {きさま} is a very rude, derogatory term in japanese, and is practically forbidden in real life situations. However, I came across a song called キモチ by Mukai Shuutoku, and it ...
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How would one address oneself when speaking to royalty?

Apart from avoiding using personal pronouns, when speaking to royalty, would one just use watashi, like in the following example: Time: 05:32 - 05:50 http://www.dailymotion.com/video/...
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How to do plurals? [duplicate]

I've seen there are two ways of saying we and pluralizing words using: ら、たち But I can't see the difference and I'm not sure if it can be used with all the pronouns. Are there other forms of ...
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Subtle differences between だれ and どなた?

I would like to know what the subtle differences are between the interrogative pronouns だれ and どなた. Is the latter more subtle or something? What is the exact difference? Also, how compatible are ...
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こちら (kochira) or これ (kore)?

What's the difference between 'Kore wa watashi no ... desu' (これ は わたし の 。。。 です) and 'Kochira wa watashi no.. desu' (こちら は わたし の。。 です) when introducing a person? Is kore used for inanimate ...
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Are there rules for when pronouns in Japanese can be omitted?

Are there rules for when pronouns in Japanese can be omitted or you learn that by experience only?
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What word can I use for 'they', when referring to a mixed gender group?

I.e. for a group of guys, you have: 彼たち、かれら and for girls it's: 彼女たち 彼女ら So if you have a mixed group, which one should you go with? Is there a different word?
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あちし。。。Real or fiction

I've heard in some mangas あちし, which means "I". However, in every dictionary I've look at, It doesn't exist. So is this a fictional pronoun?
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Japanese automatic subjects (Omitting pronouns)

In Japanese, you can often omit 私, あなた, and friends in sentences, then rely on context to get the correct subject. However, without these words, I have no idea how to differentiate between sentences ...
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In a sentence that ends with a verb, when could “が” modify a 3rd person pronoun?

3rd person pronouns (both English and Japanese) and the particle "は" have a commonality. For pronouns (jp & eng) antecedent must exist in the conversation. An "antecedent" is what the pronoun ...
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Speaking in the third person

Many things that seem normal in English look arrogant in Japanese. I think I found a special case where the reverse is true. In Japanese is it normal to speak in the third person when referring to ...
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use of 〜ちゃん as a generic term

In a Shimajiro educational book I saw a line similar to this: ___ちゃんが知ってる乗り物は何ですか? (the actual one had less Kanji but you get the point) The question is why was ちゃん used here as a generic term. ...
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What rules should be followed when saying “we”?

I know that, in Japanese, you can say X達【たち】 or Xら (where X is a first person pronoun) to say we. However, what rules should be followed for choosing that "X". Can I use whatever I would use to refer ...
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自分 How to know what it means?

自分 can mean myself and yourself but, how do you know when the speaker is referring to him/herself or to you? As in, how could you know when the speaker is saying "myself" instead of "yourself" (to the ...
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Using a person's name in place of a pronoun

When is it right to use a persons's name instead of a pronoun when addressing that person? I'm confused by the following scenario: The kids are discussing what presents they got last year. Maruko ...