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用法・使い方. How to use certain words, phrases, particles, endings, constructions, and their variants.

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「国や国といった留学生が多い」?

I came across a sentence on a Japanese grammar site that strikes me as somewhat odd. この学校には中国やベトナムといった留学生が多い。 (source) Shouldn't it be この学校には中国人やベトナム人といった留学生が多い。 because countries can't be ...
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The logic behind the usage of ''なんでない" [closed]

I was scrolling down on twitter and I came across with the following conversation: A: やばい、超絶悲報 A: 明日黒鉛筆と黒のシャ一ペンいるらしい A: 今から買いに行くわ B: 逆に何でないんだよw A: 鉛筆は白 A: シャ一ペンは青 A: ん、 A: あ、もしかして芯の色? B: そうだろ A: なんだよ、...
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Is 「っしょ」possibly a colloquial sentence ending particle?

In this chapter of Chainsawman I saw this 「いいっしょ」 and am confused by what it means. Are there any other particles like this? I don't see this on any lists online.
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ことある vs ことあった difference

ことある - I have For example: 食べたことある - I've eaten it before So what does 食べたことあった mean?
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I can't understand the use of と in 新しい政策はあまり良いとは思えません。

I'm a beginner with Japanese, also I'm not a native english speaker, and I'm struggling with things like this since long ago: I learned basic use of particles and currently I can understand several ...
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見てないで and te form [duplicate]

I am at the very beginning of my learning of japanese and am not sure to understand the て in "見てないで". I think 見ないで would mean "don't watch" whereas 見てないで would mean "stop ...
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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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What are the usages of のだから?

I'm reading a book and I came across a usage of のだから I couldn't really understand. The whole sentence is: その上に[無慮]{むりょ}百に及ぶ階層が積み重なっているというのだから、[茫漠]{ぼうばく}とした広大さは想像を絶する。 My translation to it was : "...
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といったらなかった meaning

I came across the following sentence in a novel: フランツ司祭が体調を崩して寝たきりになってからの村の連中の態度といったらなかったよ。 As for some context, フランツ司祭 is someone who had passed away recently, and the villagers were not incredibly ...
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Why doesn't 「毎日学校に行ってきます」work?

This question stemmed from comments under another Q&A where @Chocolate points out that「毎日学校に行ってきます」doesn't work but 「今から学校に行ってきます」is fine. But I am still not quite sure why it doesn't work? When ...
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Is ~がる used to speak about animals?

Does the practice of not speaking directly about others' minds, but using ~がる to be indirect, apply to animals? i.e., would you ever say something like "犬は外に行きたがっている"? If so, does this vary ...
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Difference between じゃん and でしょ

"美味しいじゃん?" and "美味しいでしょう?" No matter how I translate it in English it still means "it’s delicious, right?" So what’s the main difference between them both? (I do know ...
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Usage of 誰でも and 誰にも

I was recently corrected from using 誰でも→誰にも in this sentence: それは決して否定できないことであって、(誰にも〇・誰でも?)分かる自明の理。 What's the difference between the two? This HiNative post says that 誰でも is usually used for ...
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「~にわたって」の使い方を説明してくれる方がいますか?

「~にわたって」を使う問題をやってみましたがなぜかほとんど間違えました。なぜ間違えたのか説明してくれませんか?教科書の写真(黄色い丸は僕が選んだ選択肢です)
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difference between 姻族 and 姻戚

What is the difference between 姻族 and 姻戚? According to the definitions in the dictionary, they are pretty much the same. Would there be a time where I use one over the other? If I look it up on Jisho: ...
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Is there a situation where 造語 such as “ググる” could be used with the “ます” ending?

I ask this out of pure curiosity, but would there be any situation where you could reasonably say something along the lines of, "はい、今はそれをググります。" What I've seen/thought of Katakana+る words ...
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what is the purpose ot the 行ってたな? [duplicate]

I am sorry if this kind of question has been resolved but I admit I could not find anythig about it. My question is the following. What is the purposes of adding a た after a verb in its て form. ...
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When to use 良い夢を

I know that おやすみなさい。良い夢を❣️ means "goodnight. sweet dreams!" I also know that 良い夢を is not something regularly used in Japanese. Right? Is this a normal thing for a Japanese man to write to a ...
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あるか確認 vs あるかを確認

I understand that both have almost the same meaning. But I was pointed out. Is this a preference issue, or is one prioritized? i.e. 「リンゴマークがあるか確認します。」 「リンゴマークがあるかを確認します。」
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Difference between 会いに vs 会って

What's the difference between these two ways of saying "I'm driving to meet a friend"? 俺は友達に会いに運転している 俺は友達に会って運転している Is this the difference between between V-stem and V-te conjunctives, ...
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「が分かるようにできる」についての質問

日本語   32変数のd次方程式って32個があったら大抵変数を分かるようにできます。 この文を書いてたんですけど、間違えてたと思います。「何々が分かるようになる」を使えるのは分かりますが、「何々を分かるようにする」ってあってますか?僕の原因でそのことが分かるようになったみたいなことを言いたいです。 英語 First, for accurate context, a mathematically ...
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Main usages of the た-Form

A couple of weeks ago I learned in my course the usage of the て-Form which were: Chaining verbs together , all of which are written in the で-Form and the last one is written with the polite form. The ...
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“見てみて” , why is the second 見て in hiragana?

Apparently it's a common way to write this phrase, at least on the web. 見てみてください What's up with that? I first encountered it on weblio https://ejje.weblio.jp/content/%22%E8%A6%8B%E3%81%A6%E3%81%BF%...
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What's the meaning of “からねぇ” used in the end of a sentence? [duplicate]

I frequently saw or heard the word "から" in some Japanese TV shows, I know the word basically means "since" or "from", but it seems can't always be translated like that. ...
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*one piece ch 1000 spoiler* what does チャキ mean?

I just read this chapter and was wondering what this sfx meant. for context; luffy is passing big mom & kaido while zoro is observing what he is doing.
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〜ということ and just 〜こと

I've been trying to learn when to use 〜ということ or just 〜こと, for example: 彼が金を貸してくれた{ということ/ こと}は私は彼に信用されている{ということ/こと}だ。 (The fact that he lent me money means that I am trusted by him.) With the above ...
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What are the fundamental differences between the ~と一緒に and the ~とともに fragments?

I'm accustomed to saying together with using the ~ to issho ni fragment, but I've been noticing that some people I talk to phrase this using ~ totomo ni instead. i.e. 彼女と一緒に日本へ来た。 Kanojo to issho ni ...
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Why/when should I use the different forms of this and that?

When do I use これ, それ, and あれ vs この, その, and あの to say "this" or "that". example: why is it それはペンです vs そのはペンです ?
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「思い込み」can mean something like “misconception”?

"ちゃんと話した結果…お互いに、思い込みだとわかったっつうか…" The English translation was "We talked it over, and we realised we were both just confused." But I cannot understand "思い込み" here. The ...
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How are the giongo/gitaigo double form and tto form related (きらきら vs. きらっと)

With many 擬音語 (ぎおんご, onomatopoeia) and 擬態語 (ぎたいご, mimetic words) there is a double form, where the word is repeated, and a form with っと at the end. For example: きらきら -> きらっと (sparkling) ぴかぴか -> ...
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About addressing people by -San, -Chan and -Kun

I understand that -San is a formal way to address somebody. A unisex way of both Mr. and Mrs. Kun is a way to address males, but it's used with friends? I'm wondering about that. Now, Chan is very ...
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How to write and sing Shigin (Japanese way of chanting poem) properly?

1, Should Shigin be written in Yamato (old Japanese language)? Or an even older version of Japanese? Can I write it in modern Japanese? 2, Are there rules for Shigin? Such as setting rhythms, melodies,...
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のける after て form

I was reading モンスター while learning verbs and read this: 「君は院長のために、あのオペを絶対に成功させなきゃならなかったし、期待にこたえて見事成功させてのけた。」 On Jisho it says that のける can be used as an auxiliary verb behind a て form meaning 'to do ...
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please help me understand the meaning and structure of this sentence

流行りものとは突き放すことはしないまでもある程度距離を置く The most confusing part for me is understanding the しないまでもある程度 part. Another thing I’m not so sure about is the first と particle. Is it in this case modifying (?) the ...
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Using か within a sentence [duplicate]

I want to make a question within a sentence using か, but it’s weird for me. I don’t want to use か at the end of a sentence. もう知ってる
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The usage and meaning of the ending ~なんですけれども

I heard the sentence 大好きなんですけれども. So my question is about the ending ~なんですけれども. What is the meaning of this ending, and when it should be used?
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confusing usage of でも

a high school student walks into a confection store and after ordering some sweets, the female attendant with whom he is familiar with says: スイーツを? 彼女でもできたんでしょう~? she later sees him off by saying: ...
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なんと versus どう usage

Consider the two questions: せんせいの しつもんに なんと こたえました せんせいの しつもんに どう こたえました I hope they both mean "How did you answer the teacher's question?" A previous question on this site suggested that ...
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noun +うちに and noun+間に

When 間【あいだ】に and うちに are preceded by nouns, are they always interchangeable? For example, in 春【はる】休【やす】みのあいだに/うちに友達【ともだち】と一緒【いっしょ】に出掛【でか】けたい。 And also in: 大学生【だいがくせい】のうちに/間【あいだ】に留学【りゅうがく】する。
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Usage of かしら as a standalone phrase

In the anime 少女革命ウテナ (Revolutionary Girl Utena) one of the shadow girls often says かしら、かしら。ご存知かしら? which is translated in the subtitles as "I wonder, I wonder. Do you know what I wonder?". ...
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What's the difference between 「お昼前」 and 「午前」?

Is there any difference between 「お昼前」 and 「午前」 in both meanings and the circumstances used? The same question for 「お昼過ぎ」 and 「午後」. Thanks in advance.
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The difference between お金 and 金

As far as I know, theoretically お in お[金]{かね} is optional, but in practice it's almost never omitted, and if done otherwise it'd be frowned upon. I'd like to know the sociolinguistic explanation of ...
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How does [発見]{はっけん} function here? [duplicate]

I couldn't find any explanation online anywhere, and I see it being used a lot as such an expression "[something] [発見]{はっけん}", like "shield is found." in Apex Legends game for ...
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What is the *proper* differentiation between 来る and 行く?

In many beginning Japanese classes, 来る【くる】 and 行く【いく】 are presented as "to come" and "to go," respectively. Dictionaries generally also define them this way. However, every once in a while in more ...
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Do any of these names/kanji have any negative connotations?

A martial arts (Aikido) organization I am part of wants to make an in-house newsletter. Our sister organizations have typically names relating to zen or martial arts, and we found the following ...
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静かにさせてくれ to mean something like “let me have peace”

This question is about the usage of 静かにさせてくれ. At first I would have thought this to be used to ask someone to have someone else be quiet e.g. someone asking a parent to have their kid be quiet. But I ...
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What's the difference between である and の in this sentence?

I'm reading berserk currently and came across this sentence 人は自らが人で在ることを忘れがちです I read this usage of である the same way I would read it as if it was の (人のこと). Are they interchangeable here? If not what ...
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What's the difference between ね and でしょう for tag questions?

Both ね and でしょう can be used to form tag questions to confirm an opinion like so: 1) 疲れたでしょう。 (more of a guess based on evidence / polite) 2) 疲れたね。 (more forceful / the speaker is more certain) ...
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Oneself words difference : 自分, 自身, 自ら, 自分自身, 己, 自己, 自力

I know it's a huge topic, but I can't understand the differences between all this ways to say oneself, and by extension yourself, himself, herself ... If anyone can help me to have a picture of the ...
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Why can't により be used with “concrete, tangible objects”?

According to "A Dictionary of Intermediate Japanese Grammar" p. 297, により/によって can be used as "a particle that indicates means" その問題は話し合いに{よって/より}解決出来るはずだ。 We should be able to ...

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