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Can そうにする be placed after all adjectives to form the meaning: (to pretend to be sth)

For example: I saw 偉そうにする (to act important) in my textbook. Could every adjective or 連用形 fit in this structure? ex. きれいそうにする (to act pretty) ばかそうにする (to act like a fool) 見られなそうにする (to act as one can ...
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meaning of ずっぽう

What does zubbou mean in 当てずっぽう
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Does 外公役 mean public servant?

I am just translating the Japanese wikipedia chart of the servants in the Ooku of Edo Castle. I have been doing okay until I got to the omote-dzukai part. This is the original: 表使 (おもてづかい) 外公役。...
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"If someone does ..., they have to ..."

I'm trying to write "If students break uniform rules, they must clean/ do cleaning" I got stuck and tried using deepl for part of the translation so I got this "生とがせいふくのきそくをやぶったばあいは&...
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聞いていない different meanings

So I saw somewhere that 聞いていない could mean "wasn't listening", or "didn't hear anything" but if they are all in the past, wouldn't they be 聞いていなかった? 聞く is a continous action, so ...
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Other meaning of ふたたび?

I'm reading Cardcaptor Sakura (Clear Card edition), and there is this sentence at the beginning (to explain to the reader who Eriol is), but I can't figure out the second part at all, please help! 「...
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What does ばかりで in "愉快な仲間ばかりで頼もしいぜ" mean

愉快な仲間ばかりで頼もしいぜ I can not understand the ばかりで in this sentence. Are ばかり and で stand together or both of them stand alone?
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Can someone explain how で、だから works here diffrenttly than だ。だから?

くまは成熟したくまで、だからとても大きい。 I always see this construct as ...だ。だから never have i ever saw it used like this tried to search about it but could not find any thing useful . How is this で、だから different than ...
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Meaning of くらい in this sentence

The Sentence 「君たちはお金をもらって会社で仕事を教えてもらい、鍛えられている。給料をもらうなんて話が逆だろう。会社がもらいたいくらいだ。授業料、持ってこい」 From my estimation (and thanks to @chocolate) this translates to: (?) You guys are paid to be taught the work and ...
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Understanding a usage of ってこと

From the first episode of Death Note: フッ… 楽に死なせたり苦しませて死なせたり できるってことか I know the quoted part (up to and including って) means something like: "one can let them die easily or let them suffer and ...
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How would a native speaker ask for ID and reason for stay?

My Japanese is pretty basic, but I know enough to know context matters. So the speaker in this would be a customs officer, like at airport security, speaking to a passenger entering the country. I ...
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Addressing a female child whose name you do not know?

I'm writing a piece in which a man tells a girl who he has just rescued from the rubble of a house to follow him. Right now, I just have him saying, “Come,” but I wonder if there's something idiomatic ...
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Detarame / 出鱈目 literal translation?

I recently encountered the Japanese phrase 出鱈目/デタラメ/detarame to mean... well, what we in English generally refer to as bull****. Which, the implications in the word from what it means is pretty ...
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Is Emmerich's translation of 特に望みもなく in Yoshimono Banana's みずうみ correct?

I'm reading Yoshimoto Banana's みずうみ in Japanese, and I decided to refer to Emmerich's translation into English to make sure I was following the beginning correctly since I'm still an intermediate ...
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How do you translate "A person who admits ignorance shows it once; the one who tries to hide it shows it often." to Japanese?

I have read that this proverb is of Japanese origin (correct me if I'm wrong), but was unable to find its Japanese form. Thank you in advance.
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Is '愛したら解放させ' a correct phrase? Is it's meaning clear?

I think I've read picked up the sentence '愛したら解放させ' somewhere a long time ago. It is supposed to mean 'if you love something then set it free'. Is it a correct sentence?
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What is the meaning of 外 after a verb?

For example, how can you translate the sentence: 前項の決定に加わる外、その他の業務を行う。
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I'd like to say "We are as flowers" as in 'similar to' for a dorama title. Is 私たちは花のようです acceptable?

So I'm looking to make up some sort of J-dorama and am looking for a proper title. The story is irrelevant, just that the title is supposed to mean that 'we are like flowers', as in 'similar to', but ...
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Meaning of しかも and それで in Yes-No question

I see that しかも and それで usually connect 2 sentence together. But I see them place at the beginning in Yes-No questions. 1)"しかも歌うんかい" 2)"それで上手いんかい" Does it mean 1) "(Moreover) is he singing?" and 2) "...
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Interpretation of にはな in this sentence

I know that based on the title it might sound a bit odd, but thing is, there's a video game I like and it only has an English dub and Japanese subtitles. There's a line (which is spoken by a guy), ...
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What is the meaning or usage of the に at the end of the following sentence?

あなたもできる対処法とは? 不安から日常安心できる生活に 。 So what does the に here refer to? Is it になる?
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about the translation of this sentence

** 単語検索で聴取できる男声サンプルは,ます形など,共通語では無声化されるところを無声化せずに読んでいます。また,男女ともに,名詞の音声サンプルは提供していません。 ** My translation is :As for the the male sample that could be heard by the word search, masu form and common ...
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「生かんとする」 in a relative clause

These are part of the lyrics of the fifth ending theme of Hunter x Hunter (the 2011 animation). 朝{あさ}をむさぼり 夜{よる}を吐{は}き出{だ}し 生{い}かんとする 我{わ}が性{さが} It seems 「生かんとする」 means 「生きようとする」: 生く(archaic form of ...
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What is Yamouen/Yamoen?

I've been hearing something like yamoen for the meaning of "can't be helped". Similar to shouganai from my guess. I can't find it in any dictionary. Am I getting the word wrong or is it a colloquial ...
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Do 最愛の人 and ダーリン mean the same thing?

I looked up for the word "darling" and got two different answers and I just want to know if they both mean the same thing.
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なんてね interpretation

So we have the following situation. There is persons A, B and C. Long ago A and B were friends when according to A B suddenly betrayed her. Now A has been using C for a long while pretending to be a ...
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"I wish I could say…"

Just wondering how you would say "I wish I could say "I miss you""? I was thinking it would be something along the lines of 「恋しい」語るできたらいいのに although I'm not sure. Thanks!
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だって, なんだって and some other interpretation questions

I have couple of issues/questions about a certain piece of monologue from a manga. Because it's from a manga I will be separating the lines based on boxes in which they are in, and using / to separate ...
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What does 丸ごとアルミホイルで包み mean here?

The following is an excerpt from a conversation between me and my language partner: ニンニクも植えていますので、丸ごとアルミホイルで包み、オーブンで焼いて食べることがあります。 My attempt at translation: "Because we also grow garlic, we also eat ...
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What does "なのか" mean in 彼女 が 誰 なのか わかりますか?

彼女 が 誰 なのか わかりますか。is a question which has 2 "ka" question markers? or is it 2 questions? (Could it be translated as who is she? you know? ) And what does the "なの" means here? I think I've heard other ...
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Use of なら in this context - Concerning?

I was trying to translate this song but the first couple of lines didn't make much sense to me. There seem to be a lot of inferred particles or something, because there seem to be a bunch of unrelated ...
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Choosing the correct level of politeness when translating foreign material

Here is my question: how do you choose the correct level of politeness in Japanese, when translating foreign material that may not follow Japanese rules? Let's say we have a formal setting, e.g. a ...
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How would you apologise for not inviting someone to an event?

In English I would say something along the line of 'Sorry! I forgot to invite you to the party'. This would be in conversation to a friend. How would this translate to Japanese? Edit (First post to ...
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Vocabulary question: usage of 推考

I ran across the following passage: しかし、この集はまた実によくできていて、『奥の細道』にも十分に匹敵する文芸作品となっている。これは、集内の句を別にすれば芭蕉が『奥の細道』以後も、詞書などの句文等に推考しておいたためである。 (full text here) My problem came up with the sentence in bold (the ...
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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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What's the actual meaning behind かつて生きた最後の夏/最初で最後の一日だ and how to translate it?

This is my first ever question to this site and I'm still a beginner in Japanese, so forgive me if there's any mistakes: So, I have been trying to translate this comic as a sort of practice for ...
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Understanding なんか in 「なんで鍵なんか閉めてんの?」

I know that なんか has various uses, one of which is similar to a dismissive など, where <NOUN>なんか can mean "thing like NOUN" (dismissively). Question: Is that what's going on here ...
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the meaning of "のこと" in this sentence

Ohayou, please i wanted to understand the exact meaning of this definition-like sentence: 何か、機械とかに人間っぽいことをさせる、知能を持たせるみたいなまあ広い枠組みのことをAIと言って And because I found it difficult to really grasp the "...
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What's a good way to say "liminal"?

I speak a fair amount of Japanese (from America, live in Kobe, Japan), but am having a hard time finding a good way to say liminal. The best I can think of is things like gap or transition 間 【あいだ】
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What does「DISC...ここなら隠し場所として位置づけだない」mean?

A line of dialogue from a video game that I'm trying to translate. From what I have gathered, DISC...ここなら隠し場所として位置づけだない is referring to a disc and a hiding spot. What would be a good translation that ...
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Phrase Interpretation 一生会えない気がする。。。

もし俺がここで諦めたら、一生会えない気がする If I give up here, I don't think I'll never see him again. If I give up here, I feel that I'll never ever ( in my whole life ) see him again. My question is simple, what would ...
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How do I say "for the present"?

I need to translate "fight for the present" for a personal poem and I would like to divide it into two rows: "fight" and "for the present". Is it possible? I'm pretty ...
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ABSOLUTE necessity of particle に in "topic marker" には

"This store has all sorts of bags": この店は鞄が色々あります should be a good translation and a natural sentence, which is different from "There are all sorts of bags in this store": ...
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What does 拭いて も みて も 落ちね mean?

This is a line from a song, and the previous one is "My reflection in a mirror so tainted I can´t see a thing"
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Translation of the kagura song

おおおお… 天地に き揺らかすは さゆらかす 神わがも 神こそは きねきこう き揺らならば…… This is dedication to the god Gozu Tennou from the video game Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne Maniacs. It's almost the same as the first line of one of ...
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How to say someone's (possessive) home in Japanese?

The romantic phrase "you're my home," I was wondering how you would translate that into Japanese using someone's name? More specifically, how to say "Mya's home" & "Nathan'...
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Example with 〜だけでなくて、〜も patern that I don't understand

I'm asking about a grammar patern found in Tobira, that is : 〜だけ{でなく(て)/じゃなく(て)}、〜も (not only 〜, but also 〜). In the grammar point, I can understand the given examples. For more information, one can ...
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I'm having trouble understanding what "開き直った、とも言いますが" means

I wish I could formulate this question in a better way because there's a million people on here who have posted similar "don't know what this means, please tell me" and I don't mean this to be low ...
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てんで方向ちがいじゃない! DB Chapter2 Double negatives

Translated as: "It's completely in the wrong direction!" てんで = Completely / At all 方向【ほうこう】 = direction ちがい = wrong じゃない = is not I'm struggling with doble negatives in japanese. In ...
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Help with translating this quote

I'm going to say a word on peace, participating in contest at university, and I have literally no one to check what I've written, and it's tomorrow. I think of putting this quote from Ibn El Romi: ...
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