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Questions tagged [semantics]

意味論. The study of meaning.

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Can you leave a kanji as hiragana in a haiku?

In my Japanese class, we are writing haikus on Japanese American history, and I decided to write about the Nagasaki and Hiroshima bombs. In the third line, I wanted to leave し as the hiragana because ...
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Is there a Japanese universal verb for “imply”?

Very often I want to express an idea of "X is implied in Y", e.g. Is "I" implied in the following sentence? Google translate tool offers the following: 「私」は次の文で暗示されていますか? Three-part question: ...
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the different adverbia between 'mousugu', 'mamonaku', and sorosoro

what the different meaning between 'mousugu', 'mamonaku', and sorosoro, in english means 'soon' ?
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Help with this sentence please

I'm writing small compositions on a regular basis and putting them on italki, so that someone proofreads it and makes corrections to it. Recently, I posted this and got a rather comprehensive answer....
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The meaning of やっと

I read in some sentences やっと has several meanings like 'finally, & just'. I'm curious about the differences between them. Because when I substitute the sentence that have 'finally' meaning with '...
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Problems with the function of に and the meaning of 失礼

Why is 失礼 used here? And what function does に take? カラオケはあまり好きじゃありません。失礼の内容に断ってください。 First, I have no idea how the meaning „impoliteness“ should fit into this, with which jisho.org provides me ...
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Meaning of 「位置の平等」は難しい。

It's from line 14: https://www.docdroid.net/847v2dg/img-20170413-0001-new.pdf.html 「位置の平等」は難しい。 Literally, I'd translate the stuff in bold as "The equality of situation". Does the whole sentence then ...
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How to interpret なりました at a baseball game radio broadcast? [closed]

On my local radio station baseball games translations take the most of the broadcast slots. Commentators speak very fast and the only thing I can differentiate is なりました. なりました is repeated literally ...
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Does 連用形 always reflect the meaning of 連体形 of a verb? [duplicate]

The verb 調べる means to examine;  to investigate;  to check up;  to sense;  to study;  to inquire;  to search The 連用形 調べ means investigation;  inspection;  examination tune;  note;  melody ...
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Rules and phenomena about reading/writing words with kanji

I'm trying to learn Japanese but I'm the kind of person who can't really learn if they don't understand some of the mechanisms. I'm stuck when learning vocabulary because I can't just be like "OK this ...
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ご近所様に配達 - Where exactly this will be delievered?

One of the options on Japan Post re-delivery form is ご近所様に配達. 近所{きんじょ} neighborhood 配達{はいたつ} delivery Delivering to customer's neighborhood is a little bit obscure. Could someone explain ...
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What is the difference between 取り除く and 削除?

When a security threat is detected by Windows Defender, the two of four available actions are: 取り除く and 削除. Both of these terms are translated as "remove" and it is confusing when deciding which to ...