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asking three questions to my japanese teacher in sonkeigo

I need to ask three questions to my Japanese teacher as part of my oral examination. Since we studied it, I need to use sonkeigo but I'm unsure whether some of these questions may be inappropriate and ...
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sonkeigo question: talking about 社長's daily life

the exercise is to turn the bold part into sonkeigo (i'm talking about my 社長!! ) I'm confused cause I'm not sure how to change these phrases (and which verb to conjugate over another) 社長が日本に来るそうです。 「...
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What (if anything) does it typically mean when a native speaker switches from casual to keigo with you?

Over the last month, I've been texting daily with someone I met during my recent trip to Japan. We've only used casual language but today, she called me (name) 氏 whereas she has used 君 before. We ...
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What level of politeness is お出でになる

I am prepping for my JLPT N5 exam in December and one of the prep tests I was reviewing threw お出でになる at me. Jisho.org says it is sonkeigo for いる くる and いく, but I always thought that the sonkeigo for ...
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What level of politeness/respect should a customer use towards a shop owner?

I made a purchase at a store and received an email from the shop owner. What level of respect/politeness should my reply be, in addition to using 丁寧形 throughout? For example, how should I choose ...
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Understanding でございます in「ただ今ご紹介いただいた田中でございます」

I was looking up ございます in デジタル大辞泉. I found an odd sentence example (2)(補助動詞)補助動詞「ある」の意の丁寧語。「すでにお願いして―・す」「いかがお過ごしで―・しょうか」「ただ今ご紹介いただいた田中で―・す」「おめでとう―・す」「いっそ死にとう―・す」 I'm puzzled why でございます is used in「...
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Ask for a facility visit to another Japanese company

I'm in the process of asking another company if they would be so kind to let us visit their facility. Some kind of tour of the company. They already accepted us going there, but we would like to ask ...
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How to politely phrase "what problem are you trying to solve?"

I'm struggling to find a way to phrase: "Could you let me know what problem you are trying to solve with ${COMPANY_PRODUCT}?" in a business email. The context is that we're offering a ...
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Grammar explanation for と粘ってよかった

I'm trying to translate a conversation where one person compliments another person, and they replied with: そうおっしゃっていただけると粘ってよかったと思います!ありがとうございます! 粘る (ねばる) - "to persist" I think it roughly ...
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Rules regarding 尊敬語 through history

I'm reading a story that takes place like 30 years ago, which I think could be the only possible explanation of what I'm going ask. I often see this structure : Verb stem+ になられる as below: ...
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What's the meaning and use of しまわれました in this sentence

I'm doing an exercise in my textbook on 尊敬語、and there's a sentence that I don't understand well. The sentence is: もう論文かいてしまわれましたか。 Is "しまわれました" the past tense of "いる"? If so, with the 尊敬語 ...
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How would one refer to someone else's lover in 尊敬語?

I've searched the internet, but can't really find anything. My first thoughts were お恋人 and お付き合いの方, but the first doesn't seem very common, and the latter seems to have a different meaning.
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Correct a sentence which used 欲しがる

This is only a simple correcting problem I encountered in a book. 社長さんは工場_をご覧になりたがっています。_ The part between "_" is the part that need to be corrected. I've looked up some pages and saw multiple ...
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Using けいご to talk about a third party

I am learning the honorific and humble forms, and am confused by the precises situations in which you use them. I understand that when speaking directly to an individual of higher status, one would ...
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Sonkeigo forms of できる and なかったら

「できる」の尊敬語はありますか。「おできになる」は使われていますか。(見たことはありませんが...) また、「あったら」は「おありでしたら」になると思いますが、「なかったら」はどうなりますか。
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