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Questions tagged [rhetorical-questions]

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だがそれが何だというのだ meaning and more

Full paragraph is 人は弱い その弱さ故時に矜持を捨てた行動をとる事もあるだろう だがそれが何だというのだご老体 例え千の挫折を突きつけられようとも私が生き方を曲げる理由にはならない I can't decide what 3rd sentence exactly mean and in 4th sentence 挫折 means "setback" ...
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Meaning of 言うではありませんか

I was reading a story on Hukumusume. In this story, there is the following section: すると神さまは、 「遅かったね。残念だけど、昨日決まったよ」 と、言うではありませんか。 くやしいのなんの。 I am guessing 言うではありませんか means something like "There was ...
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ていい after potential form

I was listening to the song 命に嫌われている and came across the following lyrics: 寂しいなんて言葉でこの傷が表せていいものか そんな意地ばかり抱え今日も一人ベッドに眠る I don’t understand what ていい is doing here. An attempt at a direct ...
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Does a bear sh*t in the woods? Rhetorical affirmations in Japanese. Is there any?

I could not find anything on this website nor with a (quick I admit) search on Google. Does Japanese have any "yes phrase" (or more technically rhetorical affirmation) used to answer questions whose ...
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The meaning/nuance of と言うの [duplicate]

So, i have met this phrase 私があの子を救ってあげなければ、誰が救うと言うのですか? Now, with a quick glance, my brain translated it as something like "if i haven't saved her, who would have done that?". However giving it ...
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About っていうか&っていうの&っていうんだ

Please help me with the following three sentences: ①俺が何をしたっていうんだ。 ②一人だから、何だというんだ。 ③彼女の何がダメだっていうの。 All of them are copied from lines of some Japanese drama. I can't figure out how such ...
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(ものか)そんなばかなことがあるものか — such a stupid thing or not stupid at all?

The full sentence is: 会社が業績不振で給料が30%カットされるなんて、そんなばかなことがあるものか. Does it mean "such a stupid thing" or "not a stupid thing at all"?
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What does っていうんだ mean?

I came across the following sentence: 僕が何を怖がるっていうんだ? which was translated as "What am I supposed to be frightened of?" I know that the first part means "what am I afraid of?" I just can't see ...
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What is the meaning of the following build 「信じられない事に~~ではありませんか」?

Taken from a game of "Alice In Wonderland" as you might guess: 「信じられない事にチョッキを着た白ウサギが懐中時計を見ながら走ってゆくではありませんか!」 I guess this is sort of a fairy tale language right? I fail to see how I should combine ...