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Which verb can I use with the word “散文”?

So basically, what I want to say is something along the lines of, "He begins his story with a rhyme" or, "He tells a poem and begins his story". What's the word for "tell" here? Is there a verb phrase ...
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What is the meaning/usage of に in the following sentence?

ある事柄について感じた事(が、発表できる程度にまとまったもの)。 So, I understand the first sentence, but I'm a little confused about the second one. My translation is: to have a feeling about a certain matter to the extent of ...
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What is the meaning of うなじや in the following passage?

雪乃の汗で濡れ光っている白いうなじや、上衣の合わせ目から覗くほっそりとした鎖骨は、清楚な容貌とは裏腹に淫靡な色香を漂わせている。 what does うなじや mean here ? 清楚な容貌とは裏腹に淫靡な色香を漂わせている。 Also what does 裏腹に refer to in this context?
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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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What is the meaning of 出るべきところ here?

首から下に目を向ければ、すらりと伸びきった四肢や、引き締まっていながらも胸や腰など出るべきところはきちんと出ているメリハリの利いたグラマラスボディ。 What does 出るべきところ mean here ? Also what does メリハリの利いたグラマラスボディmodify here?
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Function of the sentence final particle こと in this sentence

I am wondering what is the correct way to interpret the こと in this sentence: どこかへお花見に行きませんこと。 It is an example sentence found in the book "All About Particles" (page 120). It's described as being ...
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Do Japanese parents address their son as musuko?

In America, parents can address their son as son. For example, "Son, could you open the window for me?" Do Japanese parents address their son as 息子?Thanks.
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What is the meaning of 何をどう?

Context: the narrative character is attempting to find a reason explaining his past behavior. あの時、何をどう考えて行動したんだろう? I understand the gist of the above sentence (as seen with my translation attempt ...
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Is 〜であるものか construction allowable?

In 新完全{しんかんぜん}マスター文法{ぶんぽう}N2 page xi the formation rules for 〜ものか are 普通形{ふつうけい}(ナ形{けい}だ-な・名{めい}だ-な)+ものか These rules seem to preclude the form 〜であるものか. There is also this note at the bottom of ...
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In the sentence 雑誌のほうは彼に渡してくれ, what does のほう mean?

I found this sentence in an anki deck, which gives its translation as "Give him the magazine" or something to that effect. I understand the rest of the sentence but I'm not sure why it has ほう in it, ...
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Please illustrate the differences between 数 and 量. Also 番号?

数 refers to something's corresponding number. For example, a reading on a monitor. 量 refers to an amount, something that can be measured. However, if you wanted to say that the number of something ...
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Why does the waiter use past tense here

When I was trying to order a set meal in the restaurant, the waiter said Aランチのほうでよろしかったでしょうか I am not sure why the past tense よろしかった is used here, I personally would say Aランチのほうでよろしいでしょうか I ...
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(Ordering food) difference between なし and 抜き

What is the difference between endings なし and 抜【ぬ】き when you want to exclude a certain ingredient from food? Aside from 氷【こおり】なし when ordering soft drinks, I thought that for most other things 抜【ぬ】き ...
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っていうことになったんですけど - meaning?

I had just received a somewhat rushed 'transliteration' of a 1 minute video. To me, Shigeru Miyamoto speaks in a way which is extremely difficult to understand. I am adding the full transcript just ...
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is there any difference between せめて and 少なくとも?

I know they both mean "at least", unless I'm wrong.
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What's the difference between 静けさ and 静かさ?

Much to my disbelief (no, I'm kidding, it happens all the time), I found out that my handbook was wrong to tell me we must use 静けさ, because 静かさ doesn't exist. Wiki(tionary) says "For degree, ...
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What is the difference between 体面 and 面目?

体面{たいめん} = honor; dignity; prestige; reputation; appearances 面目{めんぼく} = face; countenance; honor; reputation; prestige; dignity As individual words they seem to be almost the same, is there any ...
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Can a conbini be referred to as a benriya when translating the term literally?

Can both terms be used to indicate a convenience store? I was having a discussion about convenience stores, and a chat friend sent 便利屋. I answered as convenience store. My answer was correct. The ...
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鶏肉【とりにく】? 鶏肉【けいにく】? 鶏肉【ちょうにく】? チキン? for chicken meat

Others have asked about "chicken meat" in general, but I do not see any answer to this question: what is the usage difference between: 鶏肉【とりにく】, 鶏肉【けいにく】, 鶏肉【ちょうにく】, and チキン? Thanks.
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Is だ (plain form of です) omittable?

After studying copula verbs だ and です in japanese grammar books by myself a couple of months ago, I was under the impresion that だ is omittable as it is implied by the context. Moving on, I recently ...
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How to say animal feed in Japanese? Is there a particular verb for eating when the subject is an animal?

Is the verb 食【た】べる used for animals that are eating? Is animal food called 食事【しょくじ】? I was having a conversation about a cat. I wanted to know what the cat was eating and the conversation came off ...
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The usage of あげく

My current understanding of the grammar あげく is based on this common explanation I gathered online: spending considerable time and effort doing an action, resulting in an outcome X + あげくY = “after ...
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What does 仕入れて来る mean here?

Person A: そのちょっと変な写真だったって、えっと心霊写真みたいな Person B: どこで仕入れて来たんだそんなような話 What does 仕入れて来た mean here? I know the dictionary definition of 仕入れる which is to stock up but I don't know its meaning here and ...
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when do I have to use naru hodo, and when do I have to use wakarimashita?

When do I have to use naru hodo, and when do I have to use wakarimashita? As far as I know, they both mean something like "I understand" or "I understood".
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How do you say “just curious” or “out of curiosity”?

In English, I often say "I'm just curious, but...". The best phrase I've come up with for this in Japanese is 「[好奇心]{こうきしん}だけですが・・・」 but I've never heard a native speaker use this. I recently ...
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Adding -い at the end of questions [duplicate]

どうしたんだ vs どうしたんだい そうか vs そうかい This kind of thing. Is it a formality difference? Is it dialectical/Regional? Age related?
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what does 線 mean here?

The context here is that an elevator fell and someone died in the fall ワイヤを止めてる金具が外れて落下という線には間違いないんだけどね I understand the sentence but i can't wrap my head around 線's meaning here
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Different ways to ask help from strangers

1) Offering help to strangers in Japanese is te form shimashouka ( o tetsudaishimashouka- Shall I help you / Do you need any help ?) 2) What are the different ways to seek help ( one I know is eki no ...
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Other meaning of 訪れる

I am translating some Japanese Documents to English and I came across this text: 66歳に到達した日以降に最初に訪れる3月末まで So far I have: Until the end of March...on or after the day of turning 66 years old ...
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What does 測る mean here?

前に「知るタイミング」みたいなこと言ってましたよね、それってどうやって測ればいいんですか。 I can't understand what 測る means here. I know its dictionary definition is to measure or to weigh, but it seems to have another meaning in this sentence.
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What does かとか mean in this sentence?

血筋かとか言われたくなかったんでな. I've been watching some anime and came across this sentence and while i understand what it means i can't understand the (かとか)part.
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Liter/100 km or km/liter, which one is used in Japan?

In America we say the fuel economy of car as miles/gallon (miles per gallon). I know in some countries people use Liter/100 km (liter per 100 km). Some countries use km/Liter (km per liter). Which ...
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What is the difference between 編修 and 編集?

According to the translator, 編修 and 編集 are pronounced as "Henshū" and given the same meaning of "Edit". Also, both can be used as a noun. So are there any specific situations to use these words? ...
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Use of ~ても but what follows ~ is obvious rather than contrary to expectations

The gist of my question is that for the following statements, the ~ても feels out of place. More specifically, it almost feels absurd to make the exasperated "even if/although" statement in the first ...
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Difference between 僕等 and 僕ら?

It’s in an amazarashi song. When he sings, he says 僕ら but if when I look at the lyrics it says 僕等. Is there a difference in these?
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What is the difference between 調子【ちょうし】 (choushi) and 具合【ぐあい】 (guai)?

Both words mean condition. In what context do we use them? Is one for expressing the condition of living things and the other one for the non-living things?
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What is the difference between 動画 and 映画?

My research indicates that both terms refer to movies, 動画 and 映画. Is there a difference in usage? Does 映画 refer to film/videotape based movies and 動画 refer to everything else?
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What is the difference in connotation between できれば and できたら?

Is できれば more polite? Is one more often used when describing favors? Also could you please provide some examples?
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What is the difference between 「何を…ましょうか」, 「何を…ますか」 and 「何を…ませんか」?

What are the differences in meaning between these three sentences? えいがはなにをみましょうか。 えいがはなにをみますか。 えいがはなにをみませんか。 Does the last sentence even make sense?
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添付される for physical objects. Does it mean “included with” or “attached to”?

When 添付される is used for physical objects. Does it mean "included with" or physically "attached to"? So far I've only seen 添付 used with email and paper documents, for which no distinction needs to be ...
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Meaning of によって/により

I’ve come across this phrase によって/により quite often and I’ve researched and found these meanings: by Person (この本は君によって書かれた?); due to/ because of; by means of (The teacher checked their knowledge by the ...
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Can さくじつ and きのう be used the same way?

Can さくじつ and きのう be used the same way? I know the terms mean yesterday. Thank you!
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Why was し used instead of から?

通訳の仕事は視野が広がるし、自分自身も成長できるよね In this message why is し used instead of から?I thought し was mainly for when there’s multiple reasons for things. Is there another use or reason for it or is it kinda like や,...
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what is に's role in this sentence?

その巨大{きょだい}な学園{がくえん}は都会{とかい}のど真{ま}ん中{なか}の一等地{いっとうち}に聳{そび}えたっていた I can understand the meaning of this sentence but I can't comprehend what「に」is meaning in it.
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What term is used to mean the game of American football?

I see terms for soccer and football and they seem closely related. What is the term used to clearly indicate American football? National/American Football League football. Thank you for your time in ...
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Is として in this sentence adverbial?

I was trying to get a full understanding of this sentence's structure: 政府が学校の建設を計画しているが、遅々として進まないので、現地にあるNGO組織が学校づくりを支援している I know として as "As; In", like in 教師として, "as a teacher", but in this ...
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Why is the particle と being used in the following sentences?

I'm reading the JLPT N3 読む guide and the explanation for the conjunction ただ says this: 前の文の内容と違うことがあると付け加えて説明する。 Also, there's a section where the next sentence appears: 台風が接近しています。そのため、...
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What is the meaning of している in this sentence?

I know from looking at the title many of you are thinking "Frey, you should KNOW THIS by now." And to be honest I should, its just a matter of the more research I did only served to further confuse me....
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I think できる in this sentence here means “begin to exist”, am I correct?

"大阪ではタピオカを入れた飲み物を売る店がたくさん***できていて***、。。。” I looked it up in the Weblio Japanese-English Dictionary (the most trustworthy one online I suppose) and found this definition of できる (as below) the most ...
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Can I use the title san if I refer to myself as an ojisan?

I know that the title san cannot be used when referring to myself. It seems appropriate to use if it is with a title of some sort. I just wanted to clarify. Thank You!