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使い分け. The differences between two or more words or phrases and how to select the best one for a given situation.

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Is ノーマル customary in reference to being straight

I was recently watching an anime and one of the character, in reference to him being straight, said: 僕はノーマルなので (in case I misunderstood, this is from Eromanga Sensei, ep09 at around the 6:30 mark) I ...
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Leaving the Office for the Day

My workplace has guards that work at our main door checking IDs and the like. In the morning we exchange cheerful おはようございますs. But I'm not sure what evening parting to use. お先に失礼します seems out of place ...
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Difference between 試みる and 試す

何度か試みたが、失敗した. 何度か試したが、失敗した. Is there a difference between those sentences? I have the feeling that the second one is more about trying smothing out like for the first time and see what happens and ...
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What is the difference between '礼', '礼儀', '礼に', '敬礼', and 'お辞儀'?

What is the difference between '礼', '礼儀', '礼に', '敬礼', and 'お辞儀'? More generally, what does '礼' mean when used stand-alone as a noun? Can '礼' be used stand-alone or would that be considered unusual? ...
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くれてやる/くれてあげる meaning [duplicate]

I get that くれてやる・くれてあげる means "I'll give you" from an anime. To be frank, I have no idea how it translates to that. In fact, I didn't even know such a word is possible. くれる is receiving ...
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My notebook is almost full

So I was trying to ask for a new notebook at my office, I wanted to say that my notebook is almost full, so I need a new one. I ended up saying 私のノートはページがあまり残っていませんので、新しいノートをお願いします。 But I don't know ...
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あげる but in an unwelcomed manner

Taking an example 食べてあげる. This means to eat for someone else' sake (in favour of someone else). What if I wanted to say I am sorry for eating it, it would be wrong to say 食べてあげてごめん. Is there a word to ...
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What is the difference in nuance between using て form and から to express “so” or “because”?

As discussed in this post. Example: このカフェは安くて好きだ。 このカフェは安いから、好きだ。 Besides the relative context dependency of the first sentence, is there a difference in meaning? Is there a reason to use one over the ...
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What's the difference between [剥]{は}がす and [剥]{む}く?

They both mean "peel." What is the similarity and difference between the two? Can they both be used in peeling fruits and vegetables? If so, which one is more commonly used?
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Stem form of a verb against normal form

What's the difference in saying: 魚を食べ 魚を食べる Both mean I will eat the fish but I really have never heard the first manner of speaking being verbalized. Only ever seen them in social media posts, etc.
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Is おまわりさん a childish term?

Since I learned おまわりさん and けいかん I always wondered if the first has a "children language" nuance, or if it is just a friendly/respectful way to call a police officer. Is this the case?
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What's the difference between 好む and 好き

What's the difference between [好]{この}む and [好]{す}き?
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What's the meaning of the てですね ending?

I was reading a manga and a character who is really excited about the situation says "毎日何度も指折り数えてですね!". Why does it end with the て form and why is ですね added? The full conversation is: A: ...
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のか vs か in asking a question

What's the difference between using のか and か in asking a question. From what I know, の and か really turns the sentence into a question, the latter being the polite version. So what's the point really ...
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When is it fine to use 違う?

From an English perspective--including mine since I'm learning Japanese using English, I felt that 違う sounded strong, this may be from the tendency to respect others' opinions on English, that ...
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What purpose does「お願いだ」serve?

I am pretty sure I have heard people saying お願い before making a request. For example: お願いだ、部屋を綺麗にしてください。 The second sentence translates to "Please clean your room". So the question is, what is the ...
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ながら vs ながらも – what are the subtle differences?

I have read in Tae Kim's book that "You can attach the inclusive particle 「も」 to get 「ながらも」. This changes the meaning from "while" to "Even while"." I personally do not ...
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What is the difference between 言いだし and 言いだす?

I found a sentence earlier containing the word 言いだしづら but I parsed it to 2 words and I found I did not know 言いだし so I looked it up and found 言いだす (which I know the meaning of), but I also found ...
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What does います mean if used as an answer to a question?

I saw an instagram story where this guy is answering a bunch of questions and someone asked, "彼女はいる?" (do you have a girlfriend?) And he answered, "います//" and I don't know what that means.
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What's the difference between 声明 and 宣言?

I was going through my word list again, when I saw 声明 which was translated to "declaration, proclamation." This reminded me of a more commonly appearing word, 宣言, thanks to articles related to 緊急事態. I ...
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meaning of つかなく and can word ending in ない be conjugated as i adjectives?

Hi i was trying to find the meaning of つかなく used in this sentence this is from oregairu ep 11 of the 1st season they are talking about how the line towards the theatre is getting out of hand ...
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What's the difference between 特定する and 指摘する

I was browsing through a vocabulary list when I noticed that both words can mean "to pinpoint" as in 彼らは今日の火事の原因を特定しようとしている。 Are they interchangeable in this context? Are there cases when one is ...
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何もかも and 全部 usages

What's the difference in using 何もかも and 全部? Eg: 何もかも捨てる 全部捨てる I have also seen: 何もかも全部捨てる What are the differences and when should I use them
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が合わせて versus の合わせて

①この事故による死傷者は、女性3人、男性4人の合わせて7人ということになる。 ②この事故による死傷者は、女性3人、男性4人が合わせて7人ということになる。 A Japanese friend of mine told me that ② is not wrong but ① is better than ②. Could any expert tell me why の is better ...
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What's the difference between 滞在する and とどまる

They can mean "stay" as in "I stayed in Tokyo the entire month." I would like to know the following: Which is more common in spoken Japanese? In written Japanese? Is there a slight difference in ...
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What's the difference between 合意 and 同意?

They both translate to agreement, but I can't quite figure out what the difference is. Based on the answer here, 合意 implies that there was some effort from both parties (e.g., negotiation, compromise) ...
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how was なりそうな conjugated?

i was wondering how なりそう was conjugated i know it was made of なる and そう but i don't know how \ なる became なり
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The difference between 解説 and 説明 (and 解釈)

How does one distinguish the three words? I checked several sites. First, I checked Weblio which told me that there's really a relationship among the three. Next, I checked HiNative links here and ...
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What is the difference in koi o shita, ochita, shimashita?

I was looking for (I fell in love with you), but did find more than one option. Could you help? あなたに恋をした Anata ni koi o shita 私はあなたと恋におちた Watashi wa anata to koi ni ochita 私はあなたに恋を しました Watashi wa ...
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the difference between 恨めしい and 憎らしい

In this wiki: https://ja.wiktionary.org/wiki/うらめしい, the word "恨めしい" is simply explained as "憎らしい" in one of its items. Are there any differences?
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What's the difference: 楽観的 vs のんき

Both these words seem to mean "worry-free" or optimistic. A quick check on Weblio somehow validates this. How do these words differ in terms of nuance? のんき is also said to mean careless and other ...
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What does 誰も do in this sentence, and is it needed?

「日本語で話し相手が誰もいませんでした。」 "I didn't have anyone to speak Japanese with." I feel like 誰も is unnecessary. As far as I can tell, 「日本語で話し相手がいませんでした。」 has every element needed to express the English above. ...
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What's the proper form (formal/informal) to use when speaking to others online?

I should preface this by saying that I myself am fairly young (a teenager) and speak primarily to other young people (while I may not know their exact age, it's safe to assume the other people I speak ...
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とても、とってとても、超、めちゃ、めちゃくちゃ、物凄く、すごく、本当に、まじで differences in terms of degree and usages

Pretty sure there are more(nothing formal because it's a major pain), but these are the only ones I can think of. What are the difference between these? The all mean "very". Degree wise, how would you ...
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in this sentence what function does と take

here is the sentence i know と can have multiple functions ごめんね 私さごめんね 人に合わせないと不安っていうか
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what does つった mean?

while i was doing anki i found つった and i dont fully know what this means, is it つって but past tense? here is the full sentence 俺もよくついてる 知ってるものを 知らないっつったって
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What's the difference between だって vs にしたって

I encountered にしたって here. 彼は日本語を20年も勉強しているが、その彼にしたって、まだ分からない文法に時々出くわすそうだ。 If the sentence is changed to 彼は日本語を20年も勉強しているが、その彼だって、まだ分からない文法に時々出くわすそうだ。 does it change the meaning of the ...
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What does 言いあったり mean and how is it conjugated?

I recently found 言いあったり in one of my sentences, and I can't seem to find what it means. お前らが誰かとあれこれ言いあったり
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What is the difference between 'ぼくたち' and 'ぼくら'?

What is the difference between 'ぼくたち' and 'ぼくら'? Both are written in kanji as 僕達 and mean 'we'. Are they equal in using?
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Difference between 料金に付く and 料金に入る

この料金には何が付いていますか I would translate this as “What's included in this fee?”. Given this, could I use 入る instead of 付く in the sentence? What difference would using 入る or 付く make in this context ? ...
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what does かれてた mean in 連れてかれてた [duplicate]

i was wondering what does かれた mean in 連れてかれてた. i don't really know how かれてた was conjugated and the overall meaning here is the full sentence. いつか 悩んで 奉仕部 連れてかれてた
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Difference between すれ違う, 外れる and ずれる plus something about grammar

I've heard in a song the following line: すれ違い心見えたなら 「要らない,要らない」しないのに 貴方はいつも貴方のまま This seems to mean something like "If I met someone whose feelings differed from mine, I wouldn't say 'I don't need ...
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What's the difference between 解凍(する) and 溶ける

I was studying some new words when I encountered 解凍 which can mean "melt". This reminded me of 溶ける. How do these words differ? In the case of ice melting, both can be used right? How about chocolate ...
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(よ)うが~まいが / (よ)うと~まいと vs かどうか

I'm currently studying some N1 grammar, and I actually find it pretty hard getting a feel of the grammar patterns. I saw this pattern in my Anki deck: わたしは他人の話に耳を傾けたわけではないんですが、むこうはきかれていようがいまいが、...
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How to say “Sheriff” in Japanese?

I assumed with my very limited knowledge it would be シェリフ, however when I put it into a sentence with Google Translate, シェリフ instead was represented as 保安官, and pronounced ホアンカン rather than シェリフ. So ...
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What is the difference between 兄 and 兄上? [duplicate]

What is the difference between 兄 and 兄上? These two words both mean ‘older brother’, but is there any nuance in the meaning?
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Why is 料理 used?

On page 158 of Genki 1, it has the sentence ロバートさんは料理を作るのが上手です Robert is good at cooking meals. If I take the definitions of a couple of the words: 料理 = cooking 作る = making/preparing (food) Then the ...
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"What is そいつら and what kind of conjugation is 知らんからな?

I was wondering what そいつら means, and is 知らんからな slang? Here is the sentence: 俺はそいつらのことよく知らんからな。 I know they slur their vowels to make things easier to say. Or maybe this is a new word that I can'...
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What's the difference between 偏る and 傾く?

They can both translate as "to lean" but I think they're not interchangeable. Or are they? Take this sentence for example: 地震で塀が傾いた。 Can I use 偏る in this sentence?
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Usage of 僕 in song lyrics

I’ve noticed that some song lyrics use 僕 although the singer is female. After reading this and this post, I’m still unsure if the answers apply to the songs that I’ve heard. It seems that 僕 is meant ...

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