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Use of トランク: Translation suggests "suitcase" but Japanese suggests "car trunk"

This comes from episode 1 of the anime Black Lagoon where the protagonist joins a crew of smugglers and asks one of the newer members how they wound up in the crew. He [A] responds and another more ...
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Usage and reason for が in XというのがYだ sentence

These are two replies from a long Twitter debate over broadly whether Japan should increase military spending for threats of foreign invasion (much more but not important here, DeepL translation): [A]...
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Understanding the verb 諫める: broader than English "to admonish"?

This usage of いさめる is from a sentence in Hunter x Hunter, where two characters are together and one of them [A] senses an enemy from the shadows about to attack them. The other character [B] asks why ...
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Meaning of ことを受ける

This comes from a new Reuters JP article I read today about Netanyahu's responses to Iran's missile/drone launchings: [エルサレム 14日 ロイター] - イスラエルのネタニヤフ首相は14日、イランが発射した300超のドローン(無人機)...
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When is it wrong to use んだけど for introducing a subject/adding background information?

These are two corrections (told to remove bolded) from my teacher of some of a short presentation I did on Hokkaido dialect phrases I learned about from an anime: まず、登場人物によく使われていたのは「したっけ」というものです。標準語では「...
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Is this で with 思い当たる the particle or te-form

From the anime "Heavenly Delusion", and a main character asks someone about their knowledge of a place called "Heaven" (天国): あっ あと 天国って場所で 何か思い当たることないですか? Oh, before I forget, have ...
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Confusing use of あきれる in past-progressive passive

This is from episode 9 of Dungeon Meshi, with the context of a person apologizing for insulting the following speaker's ill-commitment to take care of their axe: 構わん。 わしが鍛冶全般に興味がないのは事実だからな。 鉱石の見分けもつかず ...
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Why is の used here instead of こと?

On a grammar website (that tries to use somewhat more literal translations) I came across this sentence: 彼が出席しなかったというのは、よほどのことがあったんだろうね。 The fact that he did not attend must mean that there were ...
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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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what does どっかの神様だって岩戸から姿あらわすレベルだろ refer to here?

There's a hard conversation for me seems to be relating to some kind of Japan god mythology, hope somebody could help me understand them correctly, feel free to correct me. Context: Protagonist ...
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「さえ」と「くらい」についての質問

A: 日本へ行くなら、簡単な日本語くらい話せないと苦労するよ。 B: 日本へ行くなら、簡単な日本語さえ話せないと苦労するよ。 A文とB文どちらの方が自然な表現ですか?また、不自然なほうにはどんな違和感があるのか聞きたいです。教えていただけませんでしょうか!
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What does 女子が好きな趣味の人 mean here?

This is an answer for a question from a 腐女子 about whether having their shipping changed ex a loves a female and b loves another is a source of annoyance or not this is the answer : ...
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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 というのも used as "because" always require a から or んだ at the end?

Found this sentence from social media, and put it through DeepL: ほぼ毎朝5時に起きます。朝に強い。というのも、小学校5年生から新聞配達をしていました。 I get up almost every morning at 5am. I am strong in the morning. This is because I have ...
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Difference between ごとに and おきに

In grammar explanations, it is often given that ごとに and おきに have the same usage for time expressions such as 時間. Lets say we have these two sentences: 私は一時間ごとにお茶を飲みます。 私は一時間おきにお茶を飲みます。 These two ...
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で particle following い-adjective

A sentence from 「ぼっち・ざ・らじお!」episode 19, where the host 青山吉能さん thanks the audience for nominating their show in four categories for a radio show awards show. She then says: ...
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Meaning of てやる in 忘れてやらない

Yes this the title of a song from Bocchi the Rock ("Never Forget"). Before learning about what てやる meant (I now do) it confused me, but even now the title still confuses me. I assume this ...
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Is the tense and conjugation in my sentence understandable?

田中は私が花瓶を壊したと言う、が私ではなかった。 Tanaka says that I broke the vase, but it wasn't me. I'm figuring out how to make complex sentences so I'll be prepared to write short stories! I want to see if this means ...
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Looking for correction on my sentences made using the ます conjugation! [closed]

田中さんは言いません。Tanaka didn't say anything. 田中さんは私を語ません。Tanaka doesn't speak of me. 明さんは笑いました。 Akira laughed. 明さんは家を作ました。 Akira built a house. 中校に学びませんでした。 I didn't learn in middle school. 田中さんは明さんが見ませんでした。...
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Confusing use of noun following て form

Context from show: villain tries to trick opponent into thinking they were cornered, but it was actually the villain in the end who was cornered): 《 追い詰められたのは 俺のほうと見せかけて奴のほうだったのに そう見せかけて本当に追い詰められていたのは ...
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Understanding ほどに vs. ほど

Context: Speaker is devising means to butter up/get closer to employer who requests them to find certain items on a mission and thus pass a test. 「この距離を限りなくゼロにする。 相手が気を許し秘密の共有をも求めて来るほどに 必ず探し出す」 "...
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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 does なあって mean here?

I'm trying to figure out what is the significance of なあって in the following sentence: そのままからかいやすい西片でいてほしいなあって It feels like it is there for emphasis or something but I just don't get where it comes ...
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What kind of nuance does どうでしょうか have in this senence?

どうでしょうか 職業柄器用だとは思っていますが In the very first panel, upon reading a report, the character comments that the guy has no particular ability. To which the character replies どうでしょうか 職業柄器用なほうだとは思っていますが My ...
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What is "のほうだろう" here?

So the old woman explains that in place of her dead husband her kid has been helping. Then she says the kid won't settle into a home much but I assume この時節 in "these occasions" but how does ...
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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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これでこそ vs これだ use in this sequence

I'm stumbled on the actual nuance of this sentence. In the top sentence, the character says that if しき is not with them then it's not "everyone". To which the third character adds これだよ. Then ...
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How to parse上で話し合い

The below example sentence 論点を明らかにした上で話し合いをしないと、時間を無駄にする事になります。 is translated (by bunpro) as If we don't clarify the points of discussion beforehand, we will end up wasting time in the conversation ...
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What does やあいい exactly mean?

いったい どんだけ背負やあいいんだか I'm slightly confused by this やあいい. I can gather from context that he's essentially "How much one must bear?", basically he's complaining that has to bear a heavy burden ...
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Does noun + くらいなら have the same nuance as verb + くらいなら?

多少の貸しくらいならあっさり相殺されるくらい大きな借りが In the first line the character says that he has a debt toward him, so no 礼 will be necessary. Then in the second line he adds I assume the nature of his 借り. I understand ...
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Does とみに here mean intensely?

サトルは正義感がとみに強い男ではあるが、それをいいことに利用しようとすりよる輩も存在していた。 The 広辞苑 dictionary lists とみに to have the meaning of しきりに : しきりに。「老眼が―進んだ」「国運―衰える」 which on of its meanings is "intensely".so, does とみに here ...
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What does thing + さまさまだ mean?

大きな声じゃ言えないが爆破解体さまさまだよ "さまさま" seems to be use to bestow honorific over things and people, however I can't seem to grasp why he'd use it for an explosion? "I wouldn't say it out loud, ...
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How is 側 used in this sentence?

つまり、狂化者を生み出した側の予測を上回る狂化者 my reading is akin "A mad person who surpasses the mad person creator's prediction " However, what is this meaning of 側の? "Is it "third person"? Or ...
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What does なんてからっきし mean in this sentence?

からっきし means "quite; utterly; (not) at all; completely; wholly; entirely; totally; altogether​" however I'm not sure how it's being used here? The character gets asked what exactly he thinks ...
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What does ことになってんだ mean in this sentence? [duplicate]

しばらく構ってやれないが良い子にできるか? Which is "I won't be able to keep company to you for a while, but will you still be a good kid/behave?" To which the character screams this reply: I'm stumbled on the ...
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What does くるりと回れば means? Is this some kind of expression?

The old woman is recalling what her daughter said before leaving the village. I understand 中の者も 外の者も関係ない "Whatever it's a person from inside the village or outside it doesn't matter" ...
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What does this use of あっていいな mean?

ああ 水車小屋か 風情があっていいな The character said this after stopping in front of a 水車小屋. Why is ていいな here being used here?
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What does 何があんだよ mean here?

なんでここに? Why are you here 飯食いに来た以外に何があんだよ "Other than coming to eat..." I'm stumbled on this meaning of 何があんだよ. From context he seems to be saying "what else is there to do here?"...
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キショキショ mean in this sentence?

In the first sentence the character says being in the same class as someone you feel at ease with, is fun. But then he adds こいつは昔からそういう感性なくてキショキショだけど The sentence sounds odd to me. "But this guy ...
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Is there an optimal placement for timing/frequency words?

I'm using Duolingo to supplement a 101 course I took and it doesn't really explain that well where timing/frequency words should appear in a sentence. For the sentence "I often play baseball with ...
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How is ことはあっても used in this sentence?

怒らない。。。の? And his answer: 何言ってるんだ. 何日も懸命に頑張ってくれたのに。。。 感謝することはあっても 怒る理由がない I understand the answer is akin "What are you saying? You did your best for us for so many days." However I ...
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What does 一人 mean in a sentence like this?

こちらは負傷者を一人抱えている "We are carrying a wounded person alone" or is it "We have one wounded person?" In the second case why 一人 is placed after 負傷者
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Does 前の方 have the same nuance of 前方

すごい行列だ でも、運良く前の方に並べたし "What a big line. But luckily, I was standing..." Does it mean the front part? Or does it mean he was standing there fro before?
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Does なればと思って have the implications of なればいいと思って?

大きな仕事がしたいと言ったお前の大きなチャレンジになればと思ってお願いしたんです What is the exact nuance of なればと思ってin this sentence? I understand it's "You said you wanted a big job, so thinking it'd be a big challenge for you, I gave ...
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What does っぽいっつったけど mean?

俺に必死かよ! 淡泊っぽいっつったけど 意外とおこちゃまみてーなとこもあんだなぁ お前よ The character is a delinquent so he tends to slur some words together. The dialog is ALL spoken by a single person. This is the character's response after ...
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What does いいんかい mean here?

So the kid says he only got a present for his grandfather and not his mom after coming back from the trip and that he wants to see his grandpa's happy face. I'm stumbled on the exchange after. From ...
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What does だっていい mean?

" 先だって " appears to be a proper word but I don't see how it fits here? "Which one... doesn't matter"?
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What does 焦らしておいて mean? (NSFW warning)

やっぱりエッチなんですね "As I thought we are going to have sex?" To which the other character replies 昨日散々焦らしておいてできなかったんだから My reading is akin "yesterday I was left in suspense, because we didn't&...
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What does ありゃあねぇ stand for?

ありゃあねぇ= あればいい? From context is seems that but I'm not sure.
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What is the meaning of アレよ in this sentence?

Upon hearing the two characters kissed, the girl is shocked and wonders if they are going together despite being two guys, however he explains it was only because of a punishment game. ちょっと ...
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