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Meaning and parsing of 伸びるままにまかせている

Since yesterday I'm struggling with this sentence: 六義園と言えば、そばに住むようになって三年ほど経ったその頃には、なかに入ってはじめて見ることができる庭園の手入れの行き届いた芝生の明るさよりも、塀際の、伸びるままにまかせている雑木の暗い木立しか、思い浮かべられなくなっていた I kinda get the first part, at ...
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What does たがった mean in this sentence?

In a short story I'm reading, the protagonist is reminiscing about her past, and she thinks this: 翌年の四月に、私のすぐ上の兄が呆気なく肺炎で死んだ。その四月に、姉は大学に入った。自分だけ取り残されたくなくて、私は姉が楽しみだしたことを自分にも求めた。つまり、ジャズを聞いたり、映画を見たり、...
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question about sentence structure

I came across this sentence in a workbook: 大町は電車や車の音が五月蠅いです。 If it was changed to: 大町の電車や車の音が五月蠅いです。 would it still be grammatically correct? Thank you.
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What is the best way to remember verb forms? [closed]

I would like to ask for some good idea about how to remember verb forms, such as dictionary-form, te-form, nai-form, ta-form, masu-form...etc. For example, the verb 買う(kau) - dictionary form, 買って - ...
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What is the difference between ~のがすきです & ~がすきです?

They both mean to like the subject/topic, right? I'm trying to figure out what のが actually means/adds to the sentence and when it is appropriate to put it in a sentence or leave it out. I have been ...
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Clarification on 彼のほかに私たち皆が行った

I am studying sentences with my colleagues and this was one of the sentences we picked for the week: All of us went besides him. かれのほかにわたしたちみながいった。 彼のほかに私たち皆が行った。 After I consulted with a native ...
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What does “イタズラ書きだらけの壁にひとつの携帯番号.” mean?

I am around N5 level (almost finished book that is a little bit over this level) and so I decided to try learning some life language translating manga from raw and checking it in a translated version....
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What does “切ったのは俺?” mean in this context?

My friend showed me a doujinshi that she asked me to translate and there is one page that has me stumped. I think it would be difficult without knowing the whole story of it, but I will try my best to ...
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Passive voice + ようにする

I came across with this problem: 彼女はその場を離れようとしなかった。 母親に手を引かれるようにしても、 何故かパイプ椅子から立ち上がろうとしなかった。? what would be the meaning of "ようにする"? My dictionary says: "ようにする. try to, make sure to" so with that ...
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Placing a space after the first word of a sentence

I was watching a dorama and I realized that in only one minute there was some sentences in which there was a "western-sized" space in the beginning of the sentences (by the way you can do that by ...
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Does this saying make sense? (Kurayami kara Hikari or 暗闇 から光)

I'm trying to convey the message "Light from Darkness" or "Light out of Darkness" so I came up with the saying "Kurayami kara Hikari" or "暗闇 から光". Or is this too simple and it should be "暗闇からの光"? I'm ...
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I don't understand what 兵器転用 and 内容 means in this sentence

I'm learning Japanese, so I've been reading an action story to practice. A scientist sends a pen drive to the news in order to expose some terrorists that were misusing his research for war purposes....
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What does the title「 僕だけの向こう側」mean? [closed]

Can someone help me with possible translations for this title? [僕]{ぼく}だけの[向]{む}こう[側]{がわ}: Boku dake no mukougawa Also, can you explain why that would be the translation?
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If somebody just says “暇か”, what does that mean exactly?

The setting is 4 kids in a park in Japan. The kid sitting on the bench is Ageru-kun, who is uploading a video to the internet, which is illegal in Japan. His 3 friends go up to him and have the ...
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と vs. のを / ことを when used with 信じる

Take the following sentences: いつか願いが叶うと信じている。 いつか願いが叶うのを信じている。/ いつか願いが叶うことを信じている。 I know what they mean, but I don't know if there is a practical difference between the two versions. More ...
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Should 私の be omitted?

I have the following sentence on my Japanese LinkedIn page: 私 の 目的 は 主導 と 代表的 な 執行 と 技術革新 通じて 例外的 な 質 を 生むて います。 It is meant to mirror my English mission statement: "My mission is to deliver ...
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Verb (とどめる) and its meaning in these sentences

I was looking for the meaning of the verb (とどめる) and how it differs from (とめる). I understood that (とどめる) means (to stop "potentially" from moving). But how does that meaning relate to the following ...
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need help translating 「本音を言うと自分の部屋で一人でいるほうがホッとできます。」

「本音を言うと自分の部屋で一人でいるほうがホッとできます。」 I tried to translate words separately but I couldn't seem to make sense of it as a whole sentence. Something about saying your real feelings (about something) when you'...
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The connection of clauses

大豆は他の作物が育ちにくい、やせた土地で栽培できるので、昔から日本各地で栽培されてきた。 Please help me understand the meaning of the sentence. To me it looks like 大豆は他の作物が育ちにくい is a separate sentence, not connected with the rest. But it ...
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Is で marking end of the sentence in this case?

I was struggling with this sentence from Yoshimoto Banana story called ミイラ ...それは普通のセックスで普通に気持ちいいというものではなくて、何か歪んだ喜びだった。 My translation: it was kind of perverted pleasure, (何か歪んだ喜びだった) ...
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What does もの in the following sentence mean?

In the Wikipedia article https://ja.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E6%89%B9%E5%88%A4%E7%9A%84%E6%80%9D%E8%80%83#CITEREF%E9%81%93%E7%94%B02001, it talks about critical thinking and the details that come with it....
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Interpreting Japanese sentences from right to left or left to right

Are Japanese sentences (horizontal) to be read/interpreted from left to right or right to left? For e.g: the word "Inshoku" when read from left to right, means Drink and food, but the translation ...
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木村さんの彼はどんな人ですか? [duplicate]

そのフレーズがあまりわかりません。誰のことを言ってるの? 答えは、英語か、簡単な日本語で、よろしくお願いします。
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How to say “I read the book again yesterday” in Japanese?

I read that また can mean "again", so could the phrase be written as: 昨日本また読んだ(?) (I used a casual form because I was writing for a friend) Please let me know if this phrase would be correct! Thank ...
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“My age is a secret”

My online language class taught us how to reply with our age(s) in a sentence. We were also told that you could reply with "naisho" meaning secret if you weren't going to provide your age. However, I'...
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What does おとくな けいじばん mean?

I was playing ポケットモンスターファイアーレッド (Pokémon fire red) when I noticed that this appears when I start reading most of the signs: I've searched for it in a couple of sites, and it looks like けいじばん is ...
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ってことはどっか Usage in プロってことはどっかスポンサーがついてるってことですよね?

In Terrace House, several people are sitting around a table sharing information about themselves and answering questions. One of the guys asks a snow boarder the following question: ...
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Does 舐めんじゃねぇぞ mean don’t fuck with me?

I know that なめんじゃねよ means don’t fuck with me but does 舐めんじゃねぇぞ have the same meaning or not ? if not what is the real meaning of the sentence 舐めんじゃねぇぞ?
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What is the meaning of 私から手ぇ離せ? [duplicate]

I know the meaning of 私から手を離せ but what does 私から手ぇ離せ mean?
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How to say “This is how I do […]”?

私はかんじをべんきょうします。 This literally says "I study kanji". But I would like to say "This is how I study kanji." or "I will show you how I study kanji". Can anyone help with this structure?
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俺は考えてみた - Literally translates to I'll think and see?

It literally translates to that but does it actually mean I'll try to think? Or I'll give it a thought?
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青春とは噓であり、悪である ‐ あり vs ある? [duplicate]

So this is a line from the anime Oregairu. From what I know, I would say ある and あり mean the same thing. However, I could be wrong so is there any special reason why 'ari' was used first and 'aru' was ...
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What does やから mean in this sentence?

清くない男女交際をするやからである I think this translates to 'being only interested in indecent relationships'. However I am not exactly sure what the word やから means over here.
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How can I tell the reason after the fact in the second part of the sentence

Let's make an easy example sentence ラーメンが好きだから、毎日食堂で食べます。 In real life conversations I sometimes start a sentence with the second part 毎日食堂で食べます Then I want to tell the reason for this and I ...
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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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What does 弟は友だちの大きいくるまで学校に行きます properly translate to?

I was asked to translate the following sentence: 弟は友だちの大きいくるまで学校に行きます。 I first split it up (in my head) so it looks easier to read, whilst recognising the particles. 弟は 友だちの 大きい くるまで ...
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一週間続いたあなた パワーアップ -1.2kcal

The second step of these stairs has a sticker that reads: 一週間続いたあなた パワーアップ -1.2kcal What does it mean? In particular, are "パワーアップ" and "-1.2kcal" parts of a sentence, and if yes how does "-1....
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Difference between 満足 and 円満

I am confused about the usage of two words 満足 and 円満. According to dictionary 満足 is satisfaction and 円満 is perfection, peace, harmony and satisfaction. So I used it in a sentence : 今の収入で円満じゃありません。 ...
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What does 9月とか10月なんですよ mean?

What does 9月とか10月なんですよ mean? 日本で台風と言うと 9月とか10月なんですよ 7月に上陸とか聞いたことありません We were chatting about typhoons. Does it mean "What? We still have September and October, you know"? In particular, I ...
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I do not understand why と is incorrect when trying to say “both” [duplicate]

Before I begin, this post is unrelated, despite the similar title. Here was the question: My father and mother both are English teachers. 父と母は英語の先生です。 父も母も英語の先生です。 父も母も英語先生です。 ...
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What is the difference between ばんごはん and よるごはん?

I looked at two different sentences: 六時半に母とばんごはんをつくりました。(At 6:30, I made dinner with my mother.) よるごはんのあと家族とえいがをみました。(After dinner, I watched a movie with my family.) In both sentences, ...
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Meaning of the the structure 〜V1てV2ようとしたが、〜 in the sentence

In the sentence (from Harry Potter) below Dudley tries to grab the letter and then read it. ダドリーが[手紙]{てがみ}を[奪]{うば}って[読]{よ}もうとしたが、おじさんは[手]{て}が[届]{とど}かないように[高々]{たかだか}と[掲]{かか}げていた。 When I read it ...
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What particle to use in this sentence? [closed]

I want to say “I like spending lunchtimes with Sarah.” (Sarah is a fill-in name) I am absolutely clueless, because I’ve only done Japanese for a semester at school (but I plan on choosing it as a ...
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Simple response to あなたはばんごはんを食べて、なにをしますか

あなたは ばんごはんを 食べて、なにを しますか。 This seems to be saying "what do you do while eating dinner?" How to reply "I just eat"? Does it make sense to say nothing?
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How should I say someone “let me through”?

「空港の人がもう一度搭乗券確認したと私に。。。」 通させた? 通してあげた? Is that right? Are there more ways of saying this? In the most natural way possible please.
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extending an invitation with alot of information in it

EDIT: The invitation is being extending to someone called N that A/B has just met the invitation is being extended by A to N as B is already going. デニスレストランにいきませんか。Would you like to goto Denny’s ...
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Using 通う(かよう) and 通る(とおる) [duplicate]

How can I distinguish the using of both on a sentence? Please, can you give me an example of sentence that use both? Do both have similar meaning?
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Checking skit translation [closed]

I am trying to make a skit with a group and this is what they have decided they want the beginning to be. We are very new to Japanese, taking a compressed class this summer and are having trouble ...
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how to make a statement with two verbs

私はにほんごとごべんきょします i would like to say i came here to study or learn Japanese (language) and to play go. the best i have come up with is above which says to study both; i know how to say each sentence ...
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creating a question given a response

I encountered the following on a test. Write the suitable question for the given response. R) たけしさんのかばんはそのかばんです。 I wrote the following question to elect such a response: このかばんはだれのかばんですか。 ...