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Questions tagged [scope]

スコープ. What part of a sentence a word or affix applies to. For example, scope of negation concerns which part of the sentence is (semantically) negated. May be ambiguous.

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Translation of すべて as “none of”

Here's a sentence I said to a friend today: 「すべての授業{じゅぎょう}を選{えら}びません。」 I wanted to say "I don't choose all my courses." However, my friend understood my sentence as "I choose none of my course. / I ...
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What is そういう referring to in this dialogue?

A:「この本 借りてくよ。」 B:「あっ 学校の本は持ち出し禁止です。」 A:「じゃあ 黙っといてよ。」 B:「規則ですから そういうわけには。」 In this exchange, when B says「そういうわけには。」, what does そういう refer to? Is she saying that she cannot keep quiet about A ...
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Verb+koto+mo soshite Verb+koto+mo nai. Should both words with mo particles be affected by nai at the end?

Ok, here are the lyrics from the idolmaster song called Nation Blue. You can see full lyrics on the imas wiki here: http://www.project-imas.com/wiki/Nation_Blue The song is pretty hard for a novice ...
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Is な used for emphasis or negative imperative in this sentence?

「おまえ、そんな体験したこともねぇのにわかったようなこと言うなっ」 Even though you've never had such an experience, (you say things like you understand)/(don't say things like you understand). Is this な the negative imperative ...
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How to determine the scope of subject?

I am very weak in determining the scope of subject when reading Japanese sentences. For example, when reading the following passage, 娘が「これ、借りて良い」と、兄に許可を求めている。同じような体つきのふたりは、共有している物がたくさんあるそうだ。私は、...
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What is the correct interpretation of Aの本はBの本のように多くない?

~ほど~ない This grammar always ends with ない. For example, Aの本はBの本ほど多くない。 A's books are not as many as B's books. ~のように~ I always see this grammar in positive form. For example, Aの本はBの本のように多い。...
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How can we determine the subject of 「彼{かれ}が来{こ}ないことを知{し}りませんでした。」?

Consider the following sentence. 彼{かれ}が来{こ}ないことを知{し}りませんでした。 I really get confused in determining the subject. Which is the correct translation? I did not know that he will not come. He did not ...
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Scope of negation with 〜したくない

In English, we can distinguish between not wanting to do something, and wanting to not do something. It's not a distinction that we usually make, but it is possible: P = "do anything" A. "I want to ...