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Having a hard time breaking down this sentence and understanding the meaning

Here's the sentence カン蛙のよろこびようと云ったらもうとてもありません。 I know カン蛙のよろこび refers to "Kan the frog's joy", and I believe that I should read this sentence like this to help understanding the meaning : ...
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Is the sentence, "あなたはこれを望んでいた。" grammatically correct?

I am a beginner in learning japanese and I've seen many different takes on grammar and where to place verbs, subjects, etc. I know it's a subject-object-verb language and I want to be sure I have the ...
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How is といわず used in this sentence?

うめえ。 5キロといわず もっといけたな The sentence before this has nothing to do with it (the character is eating and not listening to the other character's speech) so he blurts out this. The only context is that he ...
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Understanding the usage of ならまだしも

アメリカならまだしも失踪した未成年に大麻の検査まではしないだろう Upon some googling, the grammar seems to used for something akin to Pattern 1) Noun[A] + ならまだしも + [B] [A] is the preferred option over [B]. However I'm struggling to ...
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Understanding 先に in this sentence

「新米パパよ。これから大変だろうが頑張れ」 「パパなのにママ友と井戸端会議をする羽目になり、団地で生き残るために、お局におべっかを使わねばならなくなるだろう」 「陰湿な同調圧力に耐え続けた先に待っているのは、子供の反抗期……親父と同じ洗濯機で洗うなと言われるぞ」 So I saw this sentence, but I'm really struggling to understand how ...
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What's the structure of the second part of this sentence?

人と話すだけでも緊張するのに、それが年上の女性とくればなおさらだ Here I think それ refers to 話し相手 and the second part is made from these 2 sentences: それが年上の女性とくる なおさらだ(no subject) And then the particle ば is used to connnect the two ...
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Is this 「より」used to make a comparison in this sentence

I have been trying to work on my Japanese particles for the past few days. I’m using a workbook titled “Japanese particle workbook” and I’m on it’s second usage of より where it says it’s the “...
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に without a verb in a sentence

睨みあうサラスとユキを尻目に、平松がハンカチを差し出してくれた Why isn't there a verb in going with the に in the sentence above? In fact, what does the first sentence even mean? (since there is not verb). Is the 差し出し verb shared ...
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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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Help with Japanese sentence order

So, I recently decided to take a try at Japanese again. As such I decided to jump right in to using the vocabulary I know in sentences to see how far I could get. The following is what I came up with, ...
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How do I connect a list of items to a previous sentence together?

I think how it's said in English is "My family has 4 people in it; my dad, my mom, my older brother, and me," and in Japanese, I know how to say that. What I don't know is how I'm supposed ...
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How do you negate っこない

I don understand how to negate the grammar point of っこない I get that you put the verb in the ますstem before っこない Like in the example 泳げっこない --> There is no way I can swim But what if I've always been ...
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How can the mentioned sentence can be shortened

文が長くて、短くする可能がありますでしょうか?(文法とか使って) data source A, B, C あります. 以下を日本語で説明したいです。 "Application should get data from source A, but if source C has data available, then it reads data from Source C, and ...
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Does the second half of a というのは sentence need to end with a noun or い-adjective?

I was reading a forum post and saw a comment replying to someone who said they chose not to curse/chew out people online. Their response was saying that it's not a physically dangerous thing to do, ...
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What is this use of てしまう in this sentence?

So the character with blonde hair got asked by a girl in class A to ask the guy with black hair about his type. However the guy with black hair says he doesn't have any example to give him ...
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What is the exact function of たる?

恐怖が屈辱たる世界で あの家系に恐怖する人のなんと多いことか My understand of the sentence is this in word fear is a disgrace and then he points out many people fear that household Hover I don't understand how たる is being used ...
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ように at the end of a sentence

たとえ分かってもらえなくても 好きだってことを覚えてあげるように My interpretation was that ようにする So he's saying たとえ分かってもらえなくても 好きだってことを覚えてあげるように Even if I'm not understood. 好きだってことを覚えてあげるように This should be saying that by doing this,...
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Is there a difference between using の and ある in this sentence?

On the Wikipedia entry for jurassic park it reads as follows : 現実では、2012年のマードック大学の研究によって、DNAの半減期が521年で、DNAの復元に必要な長さのDNA断片が残るのは約100万年前までと推定され、恐竜の絶滅から約6500万年が経過した現代では、生息当時のDNAを用いた恐竜の再生は実現不可能であると判明した ...
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The meaning of 加えてみた in this sentence

「またぁ。 圭一くんは何にでもケチャップ掛けるね」 「せっかく作ったんだから、タルタルをつけてみてよ。 今日はアレンジを加えてみた自信作なんだから」 What exactly is 加えてみた in this sentence? I seems unable to understand it
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for what てもらいたい use for in this sentence?

「すみません、ちょっと見てもらいたいものがあるんですけど」
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Is the speaker talking about me or themselves in this sentence?

rilesさん日本語上手いのでもっと自信持っていいと思います 笑 I believe I've more or less gathered the translation, in that they think (someone) should have more confidence because (someone) is good at Japanese, but here's where ...
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word before compound sentence

Jumping straight to an example: あなたはずっと大切で忘れない Does the ずっと belong only to 大切? Or does it also belong to 忘れない? In other words, does the sentence mean "You are forever precious and I'll never ...
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Can I say がございませんですが? Does it make sense?

アレルギーがございませんですが、何をいただけばいいでございますか。 Does this make sense? I'm trying to write in humble form and trying to connect the two sentences by using が as "but". However, I'm not sure how to use it ...
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