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I need some clarification with でも as particles!

Here is my question: I started to learn particles and one of the lessons is that when a location is the topic I can attach は and も to the particles に, へ and で. I understand most of it, except when ...
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Use of ni or wa for “ I always eat with my older brother on monday”

In my textbooks solution it says getsuyoubi ha itsumo ani to isshoni tabemasu I thought it would be getsuyoubi ni Thank you in advance
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Who is doing the action in the second sentence?

I'm translating the following two sentences from a book written in first person. 女の子は動かない。 [悠然]{ゆう・ぜん}とナイフを構えたまま、 [身体]{≪からだ≫}の向きだけを変えてくる。 Is the person turning their body in the second ...
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Sentence topic without grammatical function

From here: このスポーツは、海の上を走る水上オートバイから足に付けたボードにホースで水を送って、ボードから出る水の強い力で空中を飛びます。 In this sport you fly through the air using the force of water ejected from a board attached to the feet. Water is sent ...
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Sudden shift in this conversation

MC:「部活か? 夏休み中なのにお前の調理部午前中から張り切りすぎだろ」 妹:「部活は部活だけど、最近はウチ料理しないで手芸部と化してるから。今みんなで羊毛フェルトにハマってるの」 Context: breakfast table, mc, and his sister and parents I'm having a hard time relating not cooking ...
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What is the inheritance order of も and は topics?

Can a topic that is identified via the も particle be included in a は topic that comes AFTER it? e.g. Two sequential sentences from a book I'm reading: 1st Sentence: ほかの鳥は、もう、よだかの顔を見ただけでも、...
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Where is the topic in a Japanese sentence?

I'm currently learning Japanese, and I realise that the language has something known as a topic, something which is unheard of in English. According to Wikipedia, It is written with the hiragana は,...
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When to use は instead of other particles

I have seen that は acts as a sort of negation (or contrast) particle, although I'm not sure how it works, for example: 1) わたし は ともだち が いません 2) わたし の ともだち が いません Is 1) the only correct sentence? Why? ...
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More complex sentences - When to use は? When to use が?

I know the basics about the difference in the usage between は and が. Nevertheless, when it comes to more complex sentences, I encounter difficulties that I want to explain on base of some examples. ...
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について as a topic marker

I don't know if this question is appropriate for this site or not, but I am going to ask this question hoping for clarification. When I hear について It feels like the declaration or introduction of ...