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Use of ではないか in narrative text that is not obviously a rhetorical question

Hermione is showing Ron how to levitate a feather (from Japanese translation of Harry Potter): すると、羽は机を離れ、頭上ー・二メートルぐらいの所に浮いたではないか。 (Hermione recited the spell) and then, the feather left the desk and ...
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なるのではないか/なるのではないだろう meaning

もっと人間関係を大切にすれば、100年前と同じような心豊か生活が送れるように _______ と思う。 なるのではないか なるのではないかな なるのではないだろう なるのでないでしょう 1 is the correct anwser but I can't figure out why. I guess 4 is incorrect because it uses the です form. ...
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Is 分じゃない a specific meaning?

Character starts crying and says this: "あれ なんだこれ。。。" To which the other character replies this: "今まで我慢してきた分じゃない?" My reading of 今まで我慢してきた分 is "the amount you have endured ...
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What's the meaning and usage of って言うんだ in this case?

How does って言うんだ affect the following question. こんなことして何になるって言うんだ‌ I think it makes sense to me without it so I can't tell what it does and I don't think it's the normal "X person says" という ...
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Understanding rhetorical じゃない in written form

ああ、連中の考えることときたらおまえ、まともじゃない。わしらとは人種が違う。 Ah, when it comes to how these folk think, you're decent aren't you?. They're a different kind of people from us. This is a response to being asked whether a ...
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How to ask rhetorically or with irony: Do you think I should start doing this?

I would like to translate the following English sentence into Japanese: Do you expect me to start jumping up and down (for joy)? I approximately know how to translate parts of the sentence, but do not ...
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What is the meaning of 唱えるか

I saw that 唱えるか while watching Little Witch Academia. The dialog is: さっきのを唱えて! (She is talking about 呪文) 唱えるか!!! Is that an abbreviation of 唱えるものか? The context is that one of the characters put the ...
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What does か do in a rhetorical question?

From 『スーツ』 A: ど…どうしたの?(Seeing B is unhappy: "What's going on with you?") B: どうしたのかって?人が死んだ。("You know what's wrong! Someone died!") What I usually hear is that the part before a ...
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なんの and っていうんだ meanings

I came across this sentence during immersion: それにたとえ こいつが来たからって何の役に立つっていうんだ? What do なんの and っていうんだ mean in this case? I have read that っていうんだ is used to form a rhetorical question, while it is said ...
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How come this sentence そんなことでどうする? takes on so many forms?

ロニキス 「はは。クロード、これしきの事で怯えているのか?少尉ともあろうものが、そんなことでどうする? The context is that Ronixis is a commander who hands Claude a pistol and tells him to use it in case of an attack. I'm confused at exactly what ...
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What is the meaning and function of だというのか?

じゃあ③が正解だってのかよッ! I know the bold part is jut a shortened version of だというのか. But what is the meaning and function of だというのか? Is it just used to form an exclamation and it means nothing?
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「知るか」 and variant phrases

I didn't find any questions about this, except for this one, but it's not really the same thing. I've seen the phrase 「知るか」 a few times in anime and manga before and I've always interpreted it as "as ...
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Help needed breaking down で + なんだっていう in this sentence

I have the following sentence from a manga, 「問題集作ったくらいでなんだっていうのよ。そんなの…いらないわ」, and I am not sure what 「でなんだっていう」 is doing here. I think I may be mainly thrown off by the 「で」 at the beginning. Context: ...
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What does 面と向かってどうするってんだ mean

Looking at other posts I found this meaning of どうする and was wondering whether this is the same meaning and how the ってんだ changes it compared to if he said 面と向かってどうする. I am guessing the difference is ...
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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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誰が止めるというの 心が叫んだ声を

誰が止めるというの 心が叫んだ声を I've tried to break down each word and particle to decipher the meaning myself since I think that'd be the best way to fully grasp it. So far I've got it down to "I stop ...
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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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How does どうするんだ function here?

For more context, see the full text here: https://www.docdroid.net/RdEh6ZK/img-20170712-0001-new.pdf Taken from line 3: すると、一人の男が「そんな物、怖がってどうするんだ。...」といばった。 On jisho, どうする translates into "what to ...
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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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Understanding 行ってどうすんだ

「ねー、つれてってよ。七夕だよ」 Hey, take me along. It's Tanabata. 「七夕なんて行ってどうすんだよ。毎年同じような飾りばっかりじゃねェか。今年はいいにしろ」 Go to Tanabata and do what? It's just the same decorations every year. Even if they're good this ...
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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 ...
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Understanding the grammar behind ~かよ in 知るかよ and マジかよ etc

I think that 知るかよ! means "like I would know!"/"hell, if I know!" and that マジかよ! means something like "[are you/is this] for real?"/"seriously?", but is there an underlying rule behind the ~かよ pattern ...
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