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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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Can the conditional と be used to talk about a fact that will for sure happen if the condition is met?

I'm wondering if と, which the Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar says leads to a uncontrollable event, is, in addition to this, used with the meaning of a fact that will for sure happen if the ...
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Is there a difference between ます and ません for sentences carrying an exclusive connotation(しか)?

私は野菜しか食べません。 apparently means "I only eat vegetables"? Shouldn't there be a negative connotation with the ません-ending? If that's the case what does 私は野菜しか食べます mean? Is there a special ...
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Negative in Japanese, but positive in English translation. Why? 俺は自分が生き残ることしか考えていなかった‌

俺は自分が生き残ることしか考えていなかった‌. the only thing I thought ‌about was surviving.‌ ore ha jibun ga ikinokoru koto shika kangaeteinakatta‌. I don't really understand why in Japanese it uses 考えて in the negative, ...
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「いくらか」と「若干」の使い分けを教えていただけないでしょうか。

「いくらか」と「若干」の違いは何ですか。ただ「いくらか」は話し言葉で「若干」は書き言葉ですか。正しいですか。もし、正しかったら、他の違いがありますか。
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ので with requests [duplicate]

I was consulting my grammar book (A Dictionary of Intermediate Japanese Grammar), when I came upon the following passage (page 323): Now this is all well and good. But it's a bit conflicting with an ...
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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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Can we use やばいぞ instead of やばいよ?

Does "ぞ" make it more masculine-sounding or is it a different dialect?
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Why is くれる used here and not あげる

The lines are taken from a visual novel and the translation as well Example 1 逃れるつもり ? 逃れる? 違うな世界の終焉までに時間をくれてやろうというのだ What are you running away? Run? No. I'm simply giving you time to enjoy until the ...
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結構{けっこう}と決行{けっこう}と欠航{けっこう}

I'm sure the YouTuber Dogen's name would not be strange to a lot of people here on this site, and I'm sure a lot of you have seen his this video where he makes fun of words that sounds similar. ...
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Difference between "doko desu ka" and "doko ga"

I've read: Difference between Xはどこ and どこがX. I understand the top answer but I'm unsure of the "why" for why those two statements mean differently. A) 「病院はどこですか。」 B) 「どこが病院ですか。」 They say that ...
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〜ている + そうだ(様態) =?

How do you add そうだ meaning "looks like" to the 〜ている form? 〜て(い)そうだ? E.g. 皆が集まっている・食材が揃っている + そうだ = ?
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plain continuous form of a verb vs appending ところ

plain continuous form of a verb vs appending ところ What's the difference between the following 2 sentences: 今料理を作っているところだ 今料理を作っているんだ
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Verbs with までに can they work?

I know までに means "by" or "by the time..." And it's used with Time. But I can't help but wonder if I can use it with verbs for example...would this make sense... 行ったまでに... By the ...
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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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だからって and ってだけで difference

I come across だからって and ってだけで quite often and I understand both of them as "only because", but I can't grasp the difference in nuance between the two.
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Difference between 来る and なる "to be" meaning [closed]

I just learned that 来る could also mean "to be", like なる and I was wondering if there was a difference in usage and meaning.
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Using というのは in [PERSON A],もしかして,あの人は一緒に,というのは,[PERSON B]

I am trying to write an ambiguous/evasive sentence. The sentence is: [PERSON A],もしかして,あの人は一緒に,というのは,[PERSON B]ー To the effect of "Person A, is it possible, that you and that person, that is to ...
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Usage of 方(ほう) in these sentences

I know that 方 (ほう) can mean direction or way but that meaning seems to change a bit in the following sentences: 佐藤くん、 英語は得意な方(ほう)かな? Sato, are you good at English? これは割と使ってる方(ほう)です。 This is ...
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Acceptability of 〜ようとしよう vs. 〜ことにしよう

あさっては大雨【おおあめ】が降【ふ】るそうだよ。ハイキングは来週【らいしゅう】( )。(source: pg. 55, 新完全マスター) The choices available are: a. 行【い】こうとしようよ b. 行【い】くことにしようよ c. 行【い】くようになろうよ According to the textbook, the correct answer is b, ...
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What’s the difference between 始まっている最中に and 始まろうとしているとき in this context?

I am currently studying for the JLPT N2, and I am confused about the answer for this particular practice question: 会議が(   )リンさんが慌てて入ってきた。 I put 始まっている最中に as the answer, but my textbook tells me that ...
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How to use こっち、そっち、あっち and どっち

Could you tell me when to use: こっち、そっち、あっち、どっち? I don't understand when to use them.
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Ending a sentence in ぞと

One of the people I follow on twitter sometimes ends his sentences in ぞと. Is this just a more polite form of ぞ? Here's an example: ブログUPしましたぞと♪(´ε` )
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~といわず、~といわず with 否定文

I vaguely remember reading somewhere that 「~といわず、~といわず」 doesn't come in 否定文, but I came across negative usage of late. Research took me to this site maintained by a native speaking Japanese teacher ...
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そんな used in disbelief

I know that そんな means "like that", but as I read more and more mangas, I get the feeling that it is also used as an expression of disbelief. Can someone elaborate and do similar words like ...
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How do we construct sentences ending in わけ?

The is a certain way of talking where you can end just about anything you say in わけ. What is the sentence structure for this way of talking?
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そういうことです vs そういうことになります

In a mystery story I was reading, a revelation is uncovered that changes the perception of the case. One of the characters then asks, "では, ...... というのですか?". I removed parts of the actual line to avoid ...
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The scope of そういうこと

A: 凄いな 僕にはそこまで先のことを考える余裕はないよ B: お前さんだって十分に凄い奴だよ。何の後ろ盾もなくここにいるってのは、そういうことだと思うがね A: そうか。君にそう言ってもらえると僕ももっと頑張る気になるよ B: ま、そういうことだから、お互いに頑張ろうぜ。今はともかく、いつかは決着を付けなくちゃならねぇんだからよ To what exactly does the そういうこと ...
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What is the difference between ~すぎ and ~すぎる?

When I was playing a video game a few months ago, I noticed that some of the characters (mostly young teen females, in case it matters) kept saying ~すぎ instead of ~すぎる. For example, when one of the ...
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Use of まま in Japanese

I was watching an anime and the character said something along the lines of "私{わたし}は、このままでいいの". This translated into something like "Do I really want things to stay like this?" But ...
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た particle usage in のど乾いた

I was watching an anime and the character said something along the lines of "のど乾{かわ}いたね~". This would mean something like "I'm thirsty" (looking at the previous dialogues, this was ...
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What does 消耗せえへんし mean?

I just read a sketch written by 又吉 直樹さん, and here is a sentence: 動かんからエネルギーは消耗せえへんし腹減らんねん。 The part of 消耗せえへんし makes me feel a little confused. I probably know it means “doesn’t consume much so”, ...
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Can 遅く mean 'slowly'?

From my book, However, Jisho says that 遅く can mean 'slowly,' but I can't find an example for that meaning in the same source. In this thread, answerers agree that 遅く can be used to mean 'slowly.'
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Does また今度 imply concrete future plans in certain regions/dialects?

This question made me remember something I'd been wanting to ask. In general, また今度 seems to be understood as a farewell ("See you later") without a later time to meet defined. However, a Japanese ...
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Referring to someone's home in sonkeigo

I know that sonkeigo for someone's home is お宅, but since the word オタク has a quite negative connotation, I am worried that お宅 might not be appropriate, especially in spoken language (because there is ...
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What does "mon" and "kamo" mean in Japanese?

I was reading a blog wherein this guy drew a new character. This is what he wrote under it: 以外にカワイイかもラブラブ 自分の人生なんていうもんに使ってるんだ...(;´д`)トホホ… I am not entirely sure what the second sentence really ...
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どうせだったら, どうせなら and どうせだから

どうせだから seems to occur more when some sort of causality is in place or some sort of explanation is expected, and it also often appears as a standalone sentence. And I guess どうせだったら would be more likely ...
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What is the difference between ayumu, sanpo and aruku?

I see three different words when I look up "walk". Can someone explain why there are two and why one would be used instead of the other?
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Are てからでないと and てからで なければ the same?

Are てからでないと and てからで なければ the same? I learned them in N3 shinkanzen book and I was confused. Are they the same? Can I use them interchangeably?
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The meaning of "んやし" in this sentence [duplicate]

I found this sentence in a book I was reading. 今時間ないんやし用件は口で言って. While I understand what the sentence means, I can't find the reason why "んやし" is there.
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How do you talk about a word or phrase itself?

Basically, I want to know how to talk about the meta properties of a word or phrase while mentioning said word or phrase in the same sentence. Maybe って is somehow involved, but I don't know even know ...
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Meaning of やな at the end of a sentence

In these examples: 久しぶりやな いい感じやなぁ I don't understand what "ya" and "na" mean at the end of a sentence
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Greeting a person over the internet

So I was wondering, how do Japanese people greet each other when they are, for example, writing on a blog or recording a video? My doubt comes from the fact that their greetings will be directed ...
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What is the meaning of ~んです/~のだ/etc?

This sentence ending has started to creep up more and more in my current Japanese classes, and I'm still a bit unsure what all it can mean, how to use it, or even when I should think to use it. My ...
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Xとした usage and grammar?

I've looked over my books but I can't find the answer. All I know is that とする can be used to express something you assume. Such as 温度は一定とする。 We assume the temperate is constant. Also I read we can use ...
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Difference between どれだけ and どのくらい and どんなに

It seems that どれだけ can be used interchangeably with どのくらい and どんなに, but is there any difference in nuance? For example: (どれだけ/どんなに)聞いても意味が分からない (どれだけ/どんなに)説明しても、あの人はわかってくれない 彼の身長は(どれだけ/どのくらい)ですか。 ...
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I don't get the meaning of 思うたより [duplicate]

I recently encountered the following sentence みんな思うたより緊張しとらんのぉ I understand it means "everyone is less stressed than I expected." What I don't understand is why it is 思うたより rather than ...
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Person I Like vs Person Who Likes Me

From what I understand 好きな人 refers to "the person I like". How do I express "the person who likes me"? Preferably the most naturally casual way. I want to use it in casual ...
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Usage of loan words in contrast with native Japanese word

There are many (loan) words which have both katakana version and pure Japanese version. For example: report = レポート or ほうこく (報告) project = プロジェクト or じぎょう (事業) task = タスク or かだい(課題) I read What causes ...
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ドアのカギを外してください meaning

DeepL translates ドアのカギを外してください to either "Remove the key from the door", "Unlock the door", or "Remove the door lock" Which one of these is the more common meaning or is ...
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勝負 being used with あげる、もらう、くれる

Is it possible to use 勝負 with あげる、もらう、くれる? ex. "I'll give you this match." (Give the win) Also, can 勝負 be used in place of a physical videogame?

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