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What does "との" mean in the following sentence? [duplicate]

Unfortunately the sentence was written in romaji so i'm not sure if との is supposed to be written in hiragana or if its written in kanji but the sentence goes like this (the translation is also taken ...
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Should I use -Sensei (先生) to refer to a teacher if they aren't my teacher?

Does it make a difference whether they teach at my school, even if they don't teach my class?
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When is 請じる used?

I read a novel, with the following sentence : 社会部記者と称する男は、快く支配人の部屋へ請じられた。 According to jisho.org,請じる means "to invite; to show (someone) in​". I searched online for examples of sentences ...
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Why are these sentences with conditional forms not correct?

I'm struggling a lot with the use of conditional forms, especially using ~たら and ~なら. I recently had the following sentences corrected by my Japanese teacher: a. 専門書を買ったら、私にも見せてください。 b. 専門書を買うなら、...
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What does 送る mean in this sentence and is it similar to 生活を送る?

幻聴?あたし妄想見やすいタイプなのかな?父親の愛情なき幼児体験おくってっからな… (first sentence for context)...because I experienced childhood without my father's love. Would it work to also say 「幼児体験で育ったから」? I'm also wondering if it is ...
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Usage/difference between ーみたい、-そう、and っぽい [duplicate]

So I know that these words would have the same-ish meanings, however the usage confuses me. For example: A:「この歌の歌手はBさんの声________よ。」 B:「本当ですか?ありがとう!」 Which would be used in a sentence like that? Why?
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Same sentence, different use of conditional

Are both of the following sentences correct? a. 明日授業に出たら、予習したほうがいいですよ。 b. 明日授業に出るのなら、予習したほうがいいですよ。 I feel like (a) does not sound good, but I cannot say why.
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What does it mean when someone refers to themselves as この + name?

When watching taiga dramas, I have noticed that people often talk about themselves in the third person. Also, they say kono before their name. Example, "kono Musashi will fight them". I'm a ...
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Usage of は in these sentences

I am learning the lyrics to the song "Last Summer Whisper" by 杏里. I came across these lines: Baby, love again 二人の愛はもどりはしないけど Baby, love again せめてあなたをにくみたくはないの What is the usage of the は ...
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Why is the verb conjugated to え-form?

選べなかったら俺ん家来れば? Translation: If you don't like your choices, why not live at my place? What I'm particularly confused about is the verb being in え-form. As far as I know, one usage of it is to give ...
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What is the meaning of 礼楽?

I was checking the definition of 堂 in my online dictionary (大辞林) when I came across the word 礼楽 in: 堂 → 客に接したり,礼楽を行なったりする所。== Hall → a place where you can interact with customers and perform ritual ...
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Meaning of 職員室に叩き出される

When reading something I came across the following line: まずいな。職員室に叩き出されるぞ However I was not quite sure how to understand 叩き出される in this context. I think I understand the usage of 叩き出される when used ...
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Conjugating Nidan Verbs

I am studying elementary Japanese, not classical forms of the language. In the online dictionary Jisho.org, I found the verb 憂ふ/'to be worried or concerned about' listed as a nidan verb. Does that ...
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What does 「ものさ」 mean here?

In Miffy - 日本語 あめの ひの わすれもの! at around 5:14 Miffy with her family planned to go to the beach and before they started play, Uncle said: 「おじいちゃんの子どもの頃は砂浜でお城を作って遊んだものさ。」 Weblio辞書 says: 活用語の終止形に付く。多く「だって」「...
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Usage of とも in a sentence

だが、そんな永久とも思われた戦乱は、唐突にその幕を閉じる How is とも being used here? I'm not exactly sure on the specific answer and my translation came out to be "But the war they thought that would continue for eternity ...
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Problem with choosing のは or は with と思います

So in my textbook there are examples like あまり便利じゃないと思います いいと思います But I was wondering, how would you say something like "I think it's ok to eat food". From my knowledge it should be ...
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Meaning of 当てをつける

I found the following sentence in the novel I'm reading 「これが旅に出る最後の好機だと思っている。これまでももちろん旅に出ようと思えば資金に当てをつけることはできた。だが、踏ん切りがつかなかった。」 What does 「当てをつける」mean here? Does it mean the speaker found a place to ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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"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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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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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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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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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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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'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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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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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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Is "悪くならない” an okay replacement for "日持ち”?

Would "悪くならない” be used correctly if we're referring to food and how it won't go bad as fast because of preservatives and can it be used instead of using "日持ち”? I know that "...
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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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Passive voice and complex or connecting sentence

Imagine a situation where you've been informed by Mr. Rentarou that on Wednesday you will have an interview with Ms. Suzuki. Then, you've decided to confirm the information directly to Ms. Suzuki. I'...
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When would you use 30分{ぷん} versus 半{はん} for telling time?

I know telling time in English, you can say "It is 3:30" or "It is half past 3" and they can be used interchangeably. When telling the time in Japanese, is this still the case? Can ...

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