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付加疑問文. Essentially declarative statements that are made into questions by adding an interrogative expression or a special marker. In Japanese they are used very often, especially in order to look for approval or to soften declarations.

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Understanding these definitions for ~ではないか

I was looking up the definitions for ~ではないか and ~のではないか in Sanseidou and I encountered three similar-looking definitions: ではないか⦅終助⦆ ①問いかけや推量をあらわす。〔ほぼ断定している場合もある〕 「うそ━・問題があるの━」 のではないか⦅終助⦆〔←助動詞「のだ」...
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Comparing Nではないだろうか and Nなのではないだろうか

According to bunpro, the structure of ではないだろうか with a noun is Noun + (なの)+ ではない(だろう)か It seems like the なの part is optional. So, I wonder if there is any difference between Noun+ではないだろうか and Noun+...
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Difference between じゃないか and じゃないのか

It is still not clear to me what is the difference between ~じゃないか and ~じゃないのか. The answer to this old question of mine mentions that they are pretty much interchangeable and I wish to learn more ...
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Why できないじゃない isn't double negation? [duplicate]

My question is about a line from a the song "Innocent Arrogance". The relevant verse goes like this: 見せたくないものばかりを 見せないから 大事なものさえも見つからない 綺麗なままでいることはできないじゃない 僕らは 僕らは 進もう I've marked in bold ...
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の - questioning and confirmation

I learned the grammatical structure of の for questioning (and explaining) things a while ago, but the exact meaning and which gender uses it has kind of confused me. Here are a few varied sentence I'd ...
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Meaning of じゃないんじゃない?

I recently came across the phrase じゃないんじゃない in this sentence: Clerk: 「でも うちで売{う}ってるアイスじゃないんじゃないかしら。」 For context, some kids are claiming they have a winning popsicle stick but the clerk can't seem ...
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Usage of じゃないか when not a tag question or a negative question

This answer had the following translation: そんなに笑わなくてもいいじゃありませんか。 You don't have to laugh like that. (Please, don't laugh at me like that!) I haven't seen じゃありませんか (じゃないか) used like this before....
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Is it possible to the negative form of a verb + "n-janai" together to form a tag question?

For instance: ikenai → ikenai njanai? tabetakunai → tabetakunai njanai? tabetakute tamaranai → tabetakute tamaranai njanai? Note that I'm using njanai, not just janai to create a tag question. Is ...
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How does じゃないか modify hortative in this case?

So far, I have always considered じゃないか to be a tag question meaning "...isn't it?" with varying nuances depending on context. However, I have seen hortative + じゃないか recently, in this short dialog (A ...
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"jan", "janai", "ne", "desu ne" -- the same more or less? [duplicate]

I'm trying to understand how to use "jan". "jan" is a short version of "ja nai", correct? And it also seems to be almost the same as "ne?" and "desu ne?". Is this correct as well? Can I use them ...
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Marking questions in a story narration

In English if someone asks a question in a narrative it would go something like: "Where are you going?" he asked. but rarely, if ever: "Where are you going?" he said. Is the ...
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What is the difference between びっくりした and びっくりするじゃないの

What is the difference between びっくりした and びっくりするじゃないの? The only thing I can think of is that one is just a general way of saying that something scared you, whilst the other is a way of "blaming" the ...
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Is あれ? when used like "huh/what?" contracted from something?

I frequently hear 「あれ?」 when people find something that catches their attention, often even when a listening party is not present. It seems to have a similar function to "what?", "what's that?", or "...
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How is 〜んじゃない different from 〜じゃない?

Is it possible to say ~んじゃない? If it is, how it differs from ~じゃない? In what situation I should use ん/の for it, and what does ん/の express? Examples: [~い + ん] いいんじゃない 行きたいんじゃない 吸えないんじゃない ...
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What's the difference between ね and な as tag questions?

What's the difference between ね and な as tag questions? For example: そうですね vs そうだな Is there any difference in level of politeness? Does one sound more masculine than the other? Edit: The examples ...
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