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Questions tagged [word-choice]

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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difference of 湿らす vs 潤す

湿らす and 潤す. Both of them have the same meaning? what's the difference between them? Thanks, Or
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What is the difference between 中国人, 華人, 漢人, and 唐人?

I looked at the dictionary definitions of 中国人, 華人, 漢人, and 唐人, and it appears that all of them mean "Chinese person". Questions: What is the difference between them? Why are there so many ways of ...
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What is the difference between ~たい and ~ことを望む?

I have been trying to translate some English sentences into Japanese. I have been asking people on OKWAVE to translate these sentences. I am happy to say that the results have been mostly satisfactory....
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Difference between 尽くす and きれる

I know both 尽くす and きれる mean to do something fully/completely eg(these are my own examples) 色々やり尽くす。(I have tried all the methods or I have exhausted all the methods.) generally I have heard of ...
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Is there any clear distinction in Japanese for the words 拉致 and 誘拐?

I'm writing an essay about the North Korean abductions of Japanese citizens. In English literature I found that the concepts "abduction" and "kidnapping" are used interchangeably. I'm not familiar ...
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What is the difference between 試合 and 競技?

They both mean 'game' or 'contest'. Are they interchangeable or is there a difference?
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What is the difference between 神社, お寺 and お宮?

All of them mean "shrine" or "temple", but what is the difference between all of them ?
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What is a diference between いく and あるく?

As I understand both means "walk". What is a difference here? I think that いく is more like "move" somewhere and あるく means literally walk. Is that right or something else?
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What is the difference between 文句 and 苦情? [duplicate]

They both mean 'complaint', but there is a slight difference between them, right? If someone could explain the difference and provide some example sentences it would be great.
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Appropriate word for “fellow”

I've been wondering how to appropriately say the phrase "My fellow members" lately and I've come up with the phrase 「僕の仲間のメンバーたち」but I feel like there's a more appropriate word for it. Is there a ...
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How to politely and indirectly tell someone they forgot to do something?

Let's say someone who's above me, like a teacher or a boss, forgot to do something. How would I notify them without being rude? I only know the basic "~するのを忘れました"(though I'm not even sure if that's ...
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What is the difference between 隠す and 覆う?

It would be really nice if someone could explain the difference between these two words that both mean ´to hide´. Some example sentences that illustrate the difference would really help. :)
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How do I say this sentence informally?

この習慣は日本に特有のものです。 But if I were to ask a question, この習慣は日本に特有のものか would have a negative tone so what word do I use instead?
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Difference between だろう and かな

What is the Difference between だろう and かな and how to use them
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Can 風が強く also refer to disruptive behavior rather than a strong wind?

Im reading a comic and two guys are basically being noisy af, and messing around. Their friend walks in and says 君たち...今朝は風が強かったな. I just assumed at first hes talking about the weather, but im ...
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What are the differences between 真ん中, 中心 and 中央?

Could someone please explain the differences in usage and meaning? It would be nice with some example sentences as well.
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Can you slightly switch up the word order of this sentence? [duplicate]

This is what I've been taught: これ は わたし の 本 です。 = This is my book. And I was just wondering whether you can change the word order to say: この 本 は わたし の です。 ...
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Difference between たっぷり and たくさん?

I understand that たっぷり and たくさん means "a lot" but how can you tell apart the right time to use one or another. Please point me a couple of examples. Thanks まいど ありがと
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Which form of 終わる should I use here?

A : 会議は何時ごろ終わりますか? B : もうしばらく____はずですが。 1.終わり  2.終わる  3.終わった  4.終わらない I've been pondering why the answer has to be 4. Can anyone explain it to me please?
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Saying “It's the principle of the matter”

How does one say "it's the principle of the thing", in particular for when giving feedback. For example, it's not the 1$ over change but the principle of the matter. (as in the one dollar doesn't ...
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Difference between 会う and 集まる

I don't know exactly the difference between those two? What are the most commons use for those ones? For example, what are the difference between these sentences? 友達に会った 友達に集まった
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そうです or そうでした for sentences that end with でしたか

山下先生のせんこうはれきしでしたか。 To answer the above sentence, would the sentences below be acceptable? はい、そうでした。 はい、そうです。 Is 1 the only acceptable answer since the question is in past tense?
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Which is the difference between 詳しい and 細かい?

I would like to know which is the difference between 詳しい and 細かい? When do I use each one? Thank you so much in advance!
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How are「〇〇の中で」and「〇〇で」different?

日本語 そのチームのメンバーの中で誰が一番好き? そのチームのメンバーで誰が一番好き? 上の文(の中?)で、どちらが正しいですか。論理的には「の中」を入れる方が無難だと思うのですけど、時々入っていない文も見る気がして、文脈からすると同じように解釈してもいいと思えるのですが、本当に同じですか。ではなければ、どこで違いますか。 よろしくお願いします。 English ...
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What is the difference between 派出所 and 交番?

I know that they both refer to some sort of police station but I don't know if they are interchangeable, if they mean the exact same thing,etc
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What is the difference between 付ける and くっ付ける?

What does くっ change to the meaning?
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Difference between 結ぶ and つなぐ

In the context of tying things, e.g. shoe laces, rope, neck tie etc, I think 結ぶ is the correct verb. In all these cases can I replace 結ぶ with つなぐ? Would it change the nuance? I have a feeling that ...
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I need help with those sentences: 「~と思われる」「~ように思われる」

日本語を習う時はローマ字を使わない方が良いと思われる。 日本の将来の見込みは暗いように思われる。 彼は金持ちであるように思われる。 Why does the first one use と and the second and third one use ように?
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What's the difference between 母方 and 母系? The same question goes to 父方 and 父系

I saw these words a while ago but just now I decided to ask it here because I didn't find the answer anywhere. As the title says, I don't really know if there is a difference between 母方【ははかた】 X 母系【...
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Different ways to say “member” (of an association/group etc)

I would like to ask about which is the most general/common way to say 'member' in Japanese when talking about a group, organization, association, etc. In particular, is there a word that is "always ok"...
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How to say that an article is published (in a newspaper, blog, etc)

When looking online in dictionaries, I can't figure out what word to use to say the following: An article I wrote has been published in a newspaper. 私が書いた記事が新聞で掲載してくれていた。 私が書いた記事が新聞で発刊してくれていた。...
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Differences between Onzon/Hozon and Sensaku/Kensaku/Tansaku? [closed]

The first two seem interchangeable to me? The other 3 from what I gather, sensaku is more of looking into something via informal channels like asking someone about it? While Kensaku is for looking ...
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Why is ヘッド an embarrassing title?

In the video game Mega Man X7, if you fight the boss Ride Boarski/Hellride Inobusky as X, before the fight you get this dialogue: X「 おまえが“ヘッド”か?」 イノブスキー「ヘ、ヘッド~!?て、てめぇ~!!そんなハズカシイ名前で呼びやがって、“総長”...
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Various meanings of ダブる and its complexities in Japanese (多義詞 例子)

When I checked the JET vocabulary list JLPT lv2 last night, I found a word: ダブる, my mind would refer this word as 'double' as in English. However, the JET vocabulary list gives me a 'curious' ...
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Is there a word for “scream” in a musical context?

I want to say something along the lines of "I want to hear more of [name's] screams" but I don't want to sound like a psychopath. I mean the sort of scream you'd hear in a metal song. Is there a word ...
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Nominalized verb without の or こと

I saw this: アンさんはべんきょうをおしえるひとです。 Is this a correct sentence? I got confused with おしえる人. I thought we cannot follow a verb with another noun without nominalizing it with either の or こと. Should ...
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What's the difference between 椅子 and 席?

I'm sure 椅子 is more common but I can't find any information on the nuance of 席
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Appropriate terms for indigenous people

I'm often asked about my home country by Japanese people and wish to discuss the unique polynesian culture of the indigenous people there. How do I describe them in Japanese? I understand that this is ...
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How do you say “hello” properly in Kyoto?

Rosetta Stone, which I use for learning, uses konnichiwa (こんにちは?) as a generic "hello". But when visiting Kyoto and places around there, I have never heard anyone actually saying it, not even a single ...
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I dont know what “old” to use

Consider these sentences: とし を とっている toshi wo totteiru means 'old', and その だんせい は おとしより です。 sono dansei wa otoshiyori desu. means 'The man is old.' The website I'm learning Japanese on gave ...
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Difference between もうひとつの, 別の and ほかの

I read this sentence in another post: でも貝のかんじにもうひとつのいみをつけます。 But we will assign another meaning to the kanji 貝. Putting aside any other problems with this sentence, I feel that もう一つ isn't the ...
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JLPT sentence order section [duplicate]

I keep on trying this type of jlpt questions and I keep on failing. Do you have any recommendation on what to read or what to review? An example question that I answered wrong is : れいぞうこにくだもの__ * ...
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Nuance of the structure “Verb (stem of negative form) + ざるを得ない” compared to “Verb + しかない”

I've browsed a bit throught the other posts and it seems like there is no clear explanation of the nuance of "V + ざるを得ない" compared to "V + しかない". Roughly speaking, they have the same meaning but is ...
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What are the differences between 望み, 志望, 希望 and 願い?

Could anyone explain to me what the differences are between these words, both in meaning and usage?
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社会 【しゃかい】 and 世間 【せけん】 — what is the difference?

Is 社会 【しゃかい】 interchangeable with 世間 【せけん】? from Jim Breen: 社会 【しゃかい】 society; public; community; the world 世間 【せけん】 world; society; people; the public Here is an example sentence from Jim Breen:...
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About the coupling of ーてもらう and ーなさい

I often hear my old calligraphy teacher (and so far only her) use something like the following: 何々。。。書いてもらいなさい(?) 何々。。。やってもらいなさい(?) and so on. The question mark in parenthesis indicates that, ...
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Is the use of 真面目な a modern way to refer to sentimental relationships as “serious” or has it always been standard?

If someone can think of a better title, please edit or suggest a better one. Recently, I have started noticing some Japanese people using the adjective 真面目な paired to words such as 出会い, 関係, etc, when ...
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Correct way to say “life is a lesson, you learn it when you are through”

In Limp Biskit’s “Take a Look Around” they use this phrase I find pretty cool. “Life is a lesson, you learn it when you are through”. So basically the lesson never ends, until you die. I’ve been ...
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What is the difference between 愛しい【いとしい】 and 愛おしい【いとおしい】?

What is the difference between 愛しい and 愛おしい? If possible, can you give me some example sentences? Thank you.
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What is the correct counter to translate 'One Piece'?

I was wondering whether the anime is actually called that way because it is hard to convey this meaning in japanese with a single word. For those who are not aware, One Piece is the greatest treasure ...