Questions tagged [questions]

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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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 sound effect mean?

Also can't find out the symbol...
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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? ...
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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" ...
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がもてる 対 にもてる (difference? ex. sentence)

あなたの国ではどんな女性がもてると思いますか。 Is this just asking what type of girls do you think are popular (in your hometown) ? Or is it asking what type of girls you are interested in / who you like in your hometown? ...
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How do I write out a multiple choice question in Japanese?

This is more for formal written email than spoken in person. For example, if I was to ask: Which of the following do you enjoy: (A) Coffee (B) Tea (C) The java in me I would also like to know ...
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Question with only 〜ば conditional

In a novel I encountered a question that consists only from a 〜ば conditional. The speaker doesn’t want to go downstairs and is suggesting someone else to do that for him: 「降りれば?」 The meaning is ...
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Is there a difference between どのXが〜 and Xの中で、どれが〜?

Is there a difference between saying, for example: 「どの野菜がいちばん好きですか」 and 「野菜の中で、どれがいちばん好きですか」 To me, they both seem to mean: "Which vegetable is your favorite?", the second one possibly more ...
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How do I ask about books that include furigana for the kanji?

I'm planning on going to Japan soon and one of the things I'd like to do is buy a few books, but I want to get books that include the furigana for all the kanji. How would I ask a store associate to ...
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Is it possible to the negative form of a verb + “n-janai” together to form a tag question?

For instance: ikenai → ikenai njanai? tabetakunai → tabetakunai njanai? tabetakute tamaranai → tabetakute tamaranai njanai? Note that I'm using njanai, not just janai to create a tag ...
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How to ask where I can buy something

I'm trying to figure out how to ask where I can buy something. From the lessons I've taken so far, what comes to mind is どこに_を買いますか? Google says this translates to "Where should I buy a _?" which ...
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Combining なに with a noun

Our teacher has given as an example question: なに いろ が すきですか? But has told us that we cannot use the same construction for asking a question about food, instead we have: 食べ物 は なに が すき ですか What ...
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Use of どこ in this sentence [duplicate]

Context: a girl is waiting for the speaker walking around an airport. アレじゃ待ってんのか牽制されてるのか分からんし I don't have a clue about what is she waiting for, neither what is she checking, ……...
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どうしたの, どうした, どうしたんですか, どうしましたか?

どうしたの どうした どうしたんですか どうしましたか They all mean what happened. But what's the difference in between? Feel free to add examples. Thanks!
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What does どうしろという mean in this sentence?

I can't make heads or tails with translating this question in a book I'm translating at the moment. The sentence I'm working on, ironically enough, leads me to more questions while from what I can ...
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How does あるのですか work in this gramatically?

A Japanese friend wrote to me: なぜsomethingsomethingに興味あるのですか。 Shouldn't she have used が before ある? Could you just say ありますか instead of あるのですか?
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Relating parts of sentences

(first post, correct me if anything X)) I'm having trouble relating the parts of this sentences: エリナ: 窓の外に見えるの 皆シットル? Erina: Couldn't the rest of people look out of the window? タダシ: ...
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Is なの the casual form of んです or is んだ?

For example: なぜなの? なぜなんですか なぜなんだ? Do those sentences have the same meaning? I also learnt that there is an even more formal way to express the んです and is with のです and のだ. And I also ...
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How do the Japanese ask questions about language? [closed]

In Japanese class, when you are confused about vocab or grammar or sentence structure, you ask the professor in English. But if you live in Japan and are communicating with Japanese natives who barely ...
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Confusing embedded question

Context: a girl and her parents are attacked, and her parents are killed before she is saved by someone. He apologizes (for being too late to save her parents) and then says this: ……せめて。...
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“correct” formation of questions

A comment in some vb.net code is as follows: 現在の時刻が設定時間と一致しているか確認する Meaning, (the following bit of code) checks if the current time matches the configured one. According to what I learnt from ...
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Question ending with “no?” — can I use “n da?” instead, among friends?

I know what "no da" and "n da" are for. When I hear the question something like "nani wo shite iru no?" from a friend, I wonder: can the question "nani wo shite iru n da?" be used instead? Do they ...