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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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What is the difference between あまつさえ、しかも and それに?

あまつさえ、それに and しかも (and maybe a few more words like そのうえ perhaps) vaguely express the idea of 'moreover/besides/in addition'. Are there big differences in the way they are used?
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Difference between “行くんスカ?” and “行くんですか” [duplicate]

I think both of them have a similar meaning but the use of んスカ is puzzling, like what is the literal translation of it?
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How do I apologize for my bad Japanese?

I am writing a short letter in Japanese. I will doubtless make many mistakes. What is a nice way to acknowledge this to the recipient? I apologise for using the forum incorrectly. With the help of ...
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What exactly makes a relationship どろどろ?

What I understand from dictionaries is that there are somehow complicated feelings involved (Daijirin: 感情などが、複雑に絡み合って、すっきりしないさま。), but I still don't quite understand what kind of relationship would be ...
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What’s the difference between サクサク and パリパリ

I have a question about Japanese onomatopoeia (擬態語). What is the difference between サクサク and パリパリ? Are there situations where using one instead of the other is incorrect? As I understand it, they both ...
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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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How to say “unless…?” in the context of “but what if”

In the context of the phrase "Just kidding... unless...?", how would the word "unless" be translated? Here, "unless" has sort of a connotation of "what if...?" as well as "unless you want to?"
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How can I say “to be tired of verbING” in Japanese?

How can I say "I'm tired of waiting", "I'm tired/bored of staying home all day"? Can I use て form + 疲れる? What is the difference among 疲れる、飽きる and うんざりする?
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Absence of て in お気をつけください

I’m uncertain about the phrase お気をつけください, which I found where I would have expected お気をつけてください. Assuming it’s not a typo is it 尊敬語? Should I understand the honorific お as qualifying 気 only or the ...
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Mixing of non-past/past in narratives

In the ASK Graded Readers, which present beginner-appropriate short stories, there is a frequently occurring pattern of writing with ~ます during the 'setup' of the story, and then switching to 〜ました ...
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I want to know the difference between of 入れ歯 and インプラント

I want to know different usages between 入れ歯{ば} and 歯のインプラント . Is this two words mean the same or any other different !
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Is 情けねえ the negative form of 情け? [duplicate]

And if so, how is this negative (情けねえ) different from 情けない?
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The もの in 再生したもの

How would you understand this sentence: これはペットボトルを再生したものです。 “This is the tool that fixed the PET bottle”? Or, “this is an object made from recycled PET bottles”? I typed it into Google ...
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ようにして usage in a sentence

上手く立ち回って、退学にならないようにしてね。 ようにする: 1. (following a verb) to be sure to; 2. to do (something) so that; 3. to make sure to; 4. to try to. (according to nihongomaster.com) I was just wondering is it proper ...
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Is there any difference in meaning between 野外 and 屋外?

In the sense of “outdoors,” is there any difference in meaning between 野外 and 屋外? Neither Nelson’s character dictionary nor Jisho.org indicate any obvious difference beyond the following second ...
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What does 勝ったな mean?

I’ve stumbled upon the phrase 勝ったな and it was translated there as “he will win” but what conjugation is that?
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Difference between やめろい and やめろ

What exactly is the difference between やめろい and やめろ? Is this い the same as the one used to strenghten assertions and statements like the い used in the sentence-final かい, だい, and がい? Can it be used ...
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行く 帰る 来る + time expression - how it works

Phrases like 5[時]{じ}に[帰]{かえ}ります or 3[時]{じ}に[行]{い}きます or 8[時]{じ}に[来]{き}ます are the very basics one can find in a beginner's book. And despite that, I have yet to see an explanation what exactly they ...
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Another meaning of 回{かい}転{てん} in phrase 回{かい}転{てん}寿{ず}司{し}チェーン

回転 means rotation. How to understand this phrase: 回転寿司チェーン ?
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Differences between ways to express obligation?

1) I know that, to express something that you must do, you can use 方{ほう}がいい and, for a stronger feeling, べき. 2) I am also aware you can use conditionals like 〜なくちゃ、〜なきゃ、〜ないと to express that you need ...
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What is the difference between 技能 and 技術 in terms of 業務内容

I have a form for a medical check-up that asks what category best describes the 業務内容 of your occupation. One of the choices is 技術・研究 and another is 生産・技能. A monolingual dictionary is of no help ...
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What would 箆深い (のぶかい) mean?

While 深い (ふかい) means "profound; deep; dense", 箆 (へら, の), as a noun, means "spatula; arrow shaft" in japanese and, originally, "fine-toothed comb" in chinese. This word is used adverbially in this ...
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A little help with the usage of 「……わけだよ」

I came across the following sentence in my dictionary : 下手なわけだよ,習い始めたばかりなんだから Because of the absence of context, I imagined one by myself. Suppose I ‘m cooking unskillfully and a friend who sees ...
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How can this sentence be understood?

I'm reading 仮面の告白 by Mishima Yukio, and I came across this sentence: そのほか に縄目は見えず、青年の裸体を覆うものとては、腰のまわりにゆるやか に巻きつけられた 白い粗布があるばかりだった。 I would like to understand how is this sentence made by the ...
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Question about Kana writing

Is the name Shinya written as しにゃ or しんや?
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How to parse the following から and is the もとで a noun?

The following sentence appears on a page in my book: 悪夢から一夜明け、アインのもとで訓練を重ねる日々が始まった。 I think the above から has the meaning of "after"; but the suspicious possibility of the から being a questioning か ...
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How to say “Why I started studying Japanese”

I have a Japanese assignment that requires me to write about anything I want. I decided that I wanted to write about why I want to learn Japanese. I think the title should be "Why I want to study ...
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What are the differences between うちに、間に、同時に, ながら & ついでに

These all generally mean whilst & during but I still (after ages of trying) make mistakes on where to use which one. For anyone who knows the ins-and-outs of these grammar points, please explain ...
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Connotations and use of 日本晴(れ)

I know that 日本晴れ (にっぽん・ばれ)(it can be にほん, but is most commonly にっぽん) literally means "sunny Japan" and gives the sense of a clear sky, but I was wondering: are there any other connotations of this? I ...
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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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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 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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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/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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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