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疑問文. Concerning the asking of questions in the Japanese language as opposed to making plain statements. Includes the various words and particles used in questions.

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Meaning of ''とね''

I was reading a novel and then I saw this following sentence: ''でも、まぁ草薙にはいろいろ迷惑かけてるし、なんか今日はサービスしてあげてもいいかなぁ、とね'' What's the function of とね?
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Understanding questions with ommited words

I'm trying to read an internet novel, but I got stuck on some questions with omitted words. The text and my partial translation is below. It's the very beginning of the novel, so it's all the context ...
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In order to survive: 生きていくために or 生き残るために? what is the diffence?

I am trying to translate the sentence: what are you willing to do to survive? I ended up translating it as: 生き残るために何を喜んでするの? Is this correct? Or have I botched my translation? The other way I ...
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is this そうなんだか a valid sentence?

If そうなんですか (sounandesuka) is formal, how come it's not often that I hear of そうなんだか (sounandaka) as casual version or maybe that I just don't hear enough? thanks.
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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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Does every question have to end in ga

I have seen some sentences that are just a subject and are intended questions. I know just saying "nani" still conveys the meaning of "what is this/that." Can this apply to saying ...
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Should interrogative pronouns come in the subject or in the predicate?

Should interrogative pronouns come in the subject or in the predicate? For example: ここ は どこ です か – "Where is this place?" どこ が ここ です か – does this mean the same? うみ は どちら です か - "...
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Special か or basic か for making questions?

Is the か explained in the image below a "normal" question marker, like the one I learned when studying basic Japanese, or does it have some special properties? This is from the TRY textbook for JLPT ...
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What is the proper form of a short question with an i-adjective vs. a na-adjective?

I have read that great answer about i-adjectives being predicates. How does it reflect in questions? Say, I have a dialogue: — Is your city a beautiful one? — Yes, it is. — Is it big? ...
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Context when answering questions

I am going through a Genki exercise (Genki 1, page 163) and there is a picture of a man, with questions on the side. For example, "暇ですか". Would this usually mean it is asking about the man or yourself?...
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わからなくなってしまう Im confused

発音は全部「んー」ですね。でも、書くときにわからなくなってしまうので「うん」、「ううん」、「うーん」と書きます。 What does わからなくなってしまう mean?
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Do both of these sentences make sense? [duplicate]

朝は普段何を飲みますか 朝は通常何を飲みますか If they both make sense, which one is more common?
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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 何が悲しくて

当番委員のペアが決まった日なのよ?他のみんなはお祝いしてるのに、何が悲しくて、そんな、さびれ果てたとこへ行かなきゃならないの? What does 何が悲しくて mean here? It seems to mean "What's so sad that we have to go there?" but I feel like I'm missing something.
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What is the right pronunciation of 「何にみえますか」

What is the right pronunciation of 「何にみえますか」? Is pronounced 「なんにみえますか」or 「なににみえますか」? Why?
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Confirm if someone wants to do something

In English, you have some types of question formats such as: Do you want to reserve a meeting room? Is it correct that you want to ask about an employee? Is it correct that you are sad? With these ...
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Choosing correct response to 何か質問はありませんか? (Nanika shitsumon wa arimasenka?)

What is the correct response to the question: 何か質問はありませんか? (Nanika shitsumon wa arimasenka?) Available options are: はい、そうです。 (Hai sou desu.) はい、ありません。 (Hai arimasen.) いいえ、あります。 (...
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'Who got it right?' '3 people got it right'

みなさん、こんばんは! I was just wondering how you would say the phrase or phrases: "Who got it right?" or "who is correct/right" "'Tom got it right" or "3 people got it right" To give some extra context, ...
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What is the correct question 何だろう or 何だろうか

How to ask a question with だろう in the correct way? Should I add か in the end? Like 何だろうか? I saw a lot of examples and almost always guys omit か in the end. And just say 何だろう;いつだろう。。。
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What is the difference between 「何を…ましょうか」, 「何を…ますか」 and 「何を…ませんか」?

What are the differences in meaning between these three sentences? えいがはなにをみましょうか。 えいがはなにをみますか。 えいがはなにをみませんか。 Does the last sentence even make sense?
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What does 幸せになれると信じています mean? [closed]

I was thinking it meant "I believe I can be happy"
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What's the connection between a spoon (匕) and the old age (⺹)? (Kanji: 老)

I was studying some radicals and I found this: ⺹ (old, old-age) and this: 匕. But why this: 老 (old + spoon) means "old man, old age, grow old"?? Do Japaneses think a spoon can make you older in a ...
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The real meaning of の when asking a question

It seems to be the season for asking questions about questions, and with every question and answer I read I get more confused. What is the difference between: 1) どこに行く 2) どこに行くの I'm assuming 1) ...
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Asking a question with a negative verb (見なかった?)

In Yotsubato Ch. 1, Fuuka asks Ena: 変な子みなかった? I understand this to mean "Have you seen a strange kid?" But I'm a bit hung up on the negative form of the verb here. Why not ask: 変な子みた? Is there ...
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Do I have to use nan, ka, or both to ask a question?

I'm going through Genki, and for questions, it gives the example, りゅうがくせいです (I am an international student) can be turned into a question by adding ka to the end. りゅうがくせいですか (Are you an ...
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Using a question phrase (~か, ~のか) as an adverb

I'm guessing this MUST have been asked here before, but I can't find anything on it. If there's a relevant link please let me know. An example of this is: 髪ときたら 、夕べはふさふさと豊かだったのに、けさはまだシャワーを浴びていないのか、...
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What is the meaning? — 誰かいないのか

I need your help. "誰かいないのか" As far as I understand it, this translates to something like, "I want to know, if there somebody, who is available now" The questions are: Is the translation ok? Could ...
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〜か知らない or 〜か不安だ

I came across the following sentence in an exercise: インターネットで注文したセーターは、実際に着てみるまでサイズが_____が、ちょうどよかった。 Although only B and D make sense to me, here are the four propositions: A. 合わなかった B. ...
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Asking informal questions with 何

how do you form informal questions with 何 and without ですか? would 何 just go at the end? 「あなたの大好きな季節何?」 and is it appropriate to leave off です or だ with な adjectives and nouns? i’ve seen 〜なの?used, but ...
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How to say phrases “Can you repeat that” and “can we go to the next question”?

I have a speaking exam coming up and I'm feeling mostly prepared, but after there's an unprepared conversation part which we're also graded on. It's with my teacher but luckily keigo isn't necessary. ...
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Use of の vs か in questions

i’ve seen japanese speakers switch between both の and か in the same conversation or situation. are there certain phrases where it’s better to use one or the other? for example is の better to use with ...
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What does this sentence with いつ mean?

I can't understand the last sentence in this video: 世にも奇妙な物語 《戦争はなかった》. I think this is what he's saying, starting at 17:41: しかし歴史というのはもともと活字と映像の中しか残らない、実に頼りないものです。奇妙な力によってそれが歪められた時、...
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Can't find out what symbol this is

Any help? I've tried finding out what this is but I've hit a wall. :/
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どこ and なに in subject questions

はい、こちらサービスセンターです。 すみません。コンピューターが壊れてしまったんです。 どこが壊れたんですか。 わかりません。 As far as I understand, the manager is asking what exactly has broken (which part of the computer is broken?). If we ...
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How can I express sentences like “How long is …” or “How old is … ” or “How convenient is …” etc.?

I want to know if there's a grammar structure that can be used when you want to know the extent of an adjective. E.g. 会長は若いね >> How young is he? この映画はとっても長いよ! >> How long is it? たきくんは遅れてしまいました。 >> ...
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Why is 何が used to mean “sorry for what?” instead of 何で?

I was watching an anime where character A apologizes to character B after trying to kiss her: A: ごめん!I’m sorry! B: 何が?言ってみて!For what? Just try to say it! My question is why was が used after ...
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んです for asking for permission

いいんですか。 いいですか。 Both sentences translate to "Is is OK?" (context: It is OK if I take this umbrella?) According to my textbook, んです is used for explanations. But in this context someone is ...
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The difference between 明日何をしますか and 明日どうしますか

What is the difference between 明日何をしますか and 明日どうしますか? I have come across the following question and answer: 明日どうしますか。 傘を箱の中に入れます。 So, I wonder if I can say 明日何をしますか instead.
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Difference between また今度 and 今度また

I've seen this while studying japanese from the JALUP method, is there a concrete difference between また今度 and 今度また Thank you!!!
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About the coupling of ーてもらう and ーなさい

I often hear my old calligraphy teacher (and so far only her) use something like the following: 何々。。。書いてもらいなさい(?) 何々。。。やってもらいなさい(?) and so on. The question mark in parenthesis indicates that, ...
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Meaning or Grammatical Function of かき

I've been transcribing this video. https://youtu.be/ZoGKmPJkVr4 At 7:33, there's this sentence, "犬かきならぬ、ネコかき。" I wonder what かき means here, or if it serves some grammatical function? Thank you!
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Adjective-No in a Question format?

I'm having a difficult time understanding the use of の-Adj in the JLPT N5 grammar examples and practice I've been studying and haven't found a good resource for finding the answer. The sentence is ...
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How to say “When is the last bus to X”

I was just wondering how to properly ask when the last bus to somewhere is. Could you say (using Tokyo, for example) When is the last bus to Tokyo? 東京 に 終バス は 何時ですか Tōkyō ni shū basu wa nanji ...
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今何をしてる vs 今何をしてるの

I think both are informal ways of saying "What are you doing (now)?" What's the different between the る version and the るの version?
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〜たい vs 〜ない for proposing a plan [duplicate]

As I'm learning Japanese with my coworkers in Japan (and they learn English), I go for lunch everyday with them as agreed. So in the morning when I ask: 今日、ランチに行きたい? (Wanna go for lunch today?) It ...
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How do I ask 'what is this place'?

I'm just starting learning Japanese, and I have a question about どこ. Can I use it in the situation, when someone shows me around, takes me to an interesting place, and I want to ask what is this place?...
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What is the difference between 「もらいませんか」 and 「もらいましょうか」? [duplicate]

I came across this fill-in-the-blanks question in a reviewer: にもつ、_____ か。 The choices are もらいません or もらいましょう. My current understanding is that もらいませんか is of the form V-ませんか which translates to "...
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Does ending a question in the negative imply a presupposition as it does in English?

I was reading something and one of the character asks another character 「大丈夫?怪我がないか?」. The first sentence obviously means "Are you alright?" but should I parse the second sentence as "You're not hurt, ...
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いつ and とき how to tell when to use which

My book has one example of the use of the second one; こうこうのとき, いいがくせいでしたか which essentially is asking when you were in high school were you a good student though i am confused why こうこう instead of ...
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How to say “I've been busy with something”

I am trying to figure the correct way to answer the question: 授業をサボった時にどんな言い訳をよくしますか。 I want to say: "Usually I say i've been busy with my internship to the extend that I couldn't come to class" ...