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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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Difference between 織物, 生地 and 布

As the title says, what are the differences/usages of 織物, 生地 and 布? I can't figure out anything obvious from the Weblio definitions or from a Google image search. If you were to ask me the difference ...
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Difference between 当て and はず

君がプレゼントをもらう当てがないって知らせたんだ。 I told (her) that you weren't expecting any presents. Can I replace 当て with はず in this sentence, and does it change the nuance in any way?
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Differences/Similarities Between そうすると and そうしたら

Just learned the grammar point そうすると and was wondering is そうしたら is the same thing. For example, would 早く大学を卒業したいです。そうすると、仕事ができる be the same as 早く大学を卒業したいです。そうしたら、仕事ができる?
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Interchangeability of 犯す and 冒す

...三人の考えがスネイプの耳の入るような危険を犯すわけにはいかない。 They couldn't afford to run the risk of their thoughts reaching Snape's ears. I'm familiar with 犯す meaning 'to commit', 'to violate' etc. These are the only ...
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Are there nuances between ヒーロー, 英雄, 勇者, 勇士, etc?

It seems japanese have a lot of words for "hero". In anime series, you hear all these words translated as "hero". Do all of them mean the same, or do they actually have nuances?
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I have some questions about using 出る and 出かける。

If I were to create a sentences about going to the store, and I made the sentence 「店に出かける。」,「コンビニに出かける。」, and 「スパーに出かける。」would those make sense in Japanese? Also, is it true that if I used 出る instead ...
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Difference between ごとに and おきに

In grammar explanations, it is often given that ごとに and おきに have the same usage for time expressions such as 時間. Lets say we have these two sentences: 私は一時間ごとにお茶を飲みます。 私は一時間おきにお茶を飲みます。 These two ...
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Usage of の全然だよ by itself?

Context: Two characters are talking: Character A teaches B about her work, however A tells B a lot of things all at once. Character B says: 新しいことを知るのは楽しいです。香苗さんの話面白いし Basically "Understanding ...
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What is this sex-related drink supposed to be? [Todome no Kiss]

In the Jdrama Todome no Kiss, there's a male host at a cabaret-style club, and before he goes out to the host floor, he drinks this energy-drink looking thing. What the heck is this supposed to be? ...
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Confusing use of あきれる in past-progressive passive

This is from episode 9 of Dungeon Meshi, with the context of a person apologizing for insulting the following speaker's ill-commitment to take care of their axe: 構わん。 わしが鍛冶全般に興味がないのは事実だからな。 鉱石の見分けもつかず ...
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is the use of 突っ込まないで considered rude?

ごめん。深く突っ込まないで In this context and in general, I wonder is the meaning more like "please don't be noisy and leave it", or "haha, it's nothing to worry about!"? The use of ごめん ...
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Is there a difference between using 部分 and just 分?

I believe they both mean "part" or "section", but I see both of them being used in the same context.
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Regarding the state verbs ある or いる in the grammar pattern さえ~ば

I am really getting confused regarding the state verbs used in the grammar pattern さえ~ば. See the following examples: 家族さえいれば、他に何もいらないです。 In the above example, we use the state verb いる because what ...
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What's the difference between やぬて and やぬる?

I was wondering what's the difference between the two. Google translate uses the same English translation for both, but I've seen different translations in animes, where やぬて (yamete) seems stronger. ...
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というのか vs というのですか

「精霊がアイドル......しかも最低でも半年以上前からこっちの世界に溶け込んで生活してたっていうの?こんな活動をしながら?はっ、狂三なんて目じゃないわね」 琴里が発した狂三の名に、士道はぴくりと顔を動かした。以前、人間として士道のクラスに転入してきた精霊である。 I previously thought the bold part is the same as というのか until I ...
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Expressing "It's totally not ok!" vs "It's not totally ok."

In English saying "It's totally not ok!" emphasizes that the whole thing (whatever the subject is in the sentence) is not ok and that it is clearly very not ok because of how completely not ...
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How should I choose between [知]{し}る and わかる?

Both 知る and わかる get used for "know", "understand", "learn", "find out", and various other concepts. How do you know which to use when? Are there any rules to help you decide? Additionally, both of ...
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Is this "up your own ass" line spoken in Japanese forced, or is it a natural line one might say? [Shogun]

In Shogun S01EP02, a show set in the 1600s, the 太閤様{たいこうさま} (basically a great Japanese Lord) is on his deathbed. A Portugese Catholic priest advises that, unless the Japanese Lord receives the ...
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"デウス" = Jesus, instead of "イエス"?

In the recent show Shogun (S01EP02), set in the early 1600s, an Englishman explains to a Japanese lord that there a two different sects of Christianity (Protestant and Catholic) that are essentially ...
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Nuances of 遵守 and 甘受

Can someone please elaborate on the different nuances between 遵守 and 甘受 I've seen in many sentences (like the following) that 遵守 means "to comply to; to abide by" 規則を遵守する。- Abide by/Comply ...
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"At the end of the day..." と同意の日本語表現はありますか?

例えば、"At the end of the day, what do you work for?" と日本語で言いたい場合、下記の空白はどんな表現で埋めますか? "______、何のために働くのでしょうか?" 「結局」だと思うのですが、違いますか。
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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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Is ツリ目 (slant-eyes) considered offensive at all to native Japanese, or are they basically fine with it?

In Koi wa Ameagari no You ni EP08, a guy in a conversation is trying to reference a girl, and says "前はよく一緒にいたろう。ツリ目の" (You were with them often before. The one with the slant-eyes), further ...
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Can そんなに and そういう be used interchangeably?

I'm having a bit of trouble understanding the nuances in usage for these two adverbs: そんなに: so much; so; like that​ そういう: such; like that; that sort of Of the three definitions, I see they only ...
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What is the difference between 本性 and 正体?

Both 本【ほん】性【しょう】 and 正【しょう】体【たい】 share the same primary definition of "true character" on jisho.org. The secondary definitions appear to be somewhat synonymous, though both words don't have ...
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Difference between ながら and 一方で

What is the difference between ながら and 一方で? Example: 彼はアルバイトをしながら大学へ行きます。 and 彼はアルバイトをする一方で大学へ行きます。
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Different ways of saying 'capacity' and 'implement' in Japanese

Japanese seems to have a range of words for the English words "implement" and "capacity", depending on the situation. What are the differences between these words? Are these words ...
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What is the difference between のう and な/なあ/ね/ねえ?

I have been reading a comic book limited series titled 『妖艶くのいち~濡れた花弁』 (English: "Voluptuous Female Ninja: Wet Petals"). It seems to take place in the Japanese Warring States Period (1467-...
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Difference between うつむく and うなだれる

Both うつむく and うなだれる seem to suggest hanging one's head. I've only seen them used in the context of someone who is ashamed of their actions. Is there any difference in meaning/usage of these words?
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Difference between に and へ particles

I am a beginner, and I do not really understand the difference between に and へ particles. My teacher told that they can be used interchangeably when it comes to indicating "direction" and &...
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When and where to use ございます and its variations?

I know that ございます is used in informal settings. Still, I have some confusion as we use it after "Good Morning" and not "Good evening". Are there any specific rules related to it's ...
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Verb Stem vs. の Nominalizations

I've been wondering about the difference between verb stem (e.g. 話) vs. の (e.g. 話すの) nominalizations. From what I gather, they refer to different things. It seems the verb stems refer to the objects ...
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When can 「お前」be endearing?

In modern Japanese「お前」is generally considered to be disrespectful or condescending. But sometimes in colloquial speech it's used between friends or even lovers in a way that conveys they are being ...
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絆{ほだ}す = to bind/shackle, yet referring to someone betraying?

From "Granblue Fantasy: Relink" (where the English subs takes extreme liberties). For context: A-kun works with Villain-san against MC-kun's party. But after seeing all the bad shit, A-kun ...
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のせいで and お陰で nuance

I'm having a hard time deciding which of the two fits better in the following sentence: コロナウイルスのせいで家族と一緒にもっと時間を過ごしました。 I feel like using のせいで makes it sound like I'm accusing the coronavirus of making ...
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What is the difference between 踊り and ダンス

Is there a difference between ダンス and 踊り? They are both defined as dance in the dictionary.
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Difference between 退ける (どける and のける) and どかす

According to the dictionary, 退ける and どかす both mean "to move something out of the way". I was wondering if there were nuances between the two words in their usage. Also, I noticed 退ける can be ...
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Difference between ごとに、ずつ、それぞれ

What is the difference between ごとに、ずつに and それぞれ? When are they interchangeable and when are they not?
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How to use すなわち vs 要するに vs つまり

How do すなわち vs 要するに vs つまり differ? In which contexts are they interchangeable? Please provide some example sentences to illustrate.
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Difference between 闇, 暗闇 and 暗黒

The three words 闇[やみ], 暗闇[くらやみ] and 暗黒[あんこく] all translate to "darkness" in english according to the dictionary but I stuggle to see how they differ from one another. Are there any nuances ...
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回{まわ}り as a counter for 12 years?

In Ryuu ga Gotoku 8 (aka Like a Dragon Infinite Wealth), when asked about getting with a younger lady, a character says the line "[彼女{かのじょ}]下手{へた}すりゃふた回{まわ}りも年下{としした}だぞ" ("at worst, [...
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Why is たい used here?

赤の見出し語の右上の赤色の数字 身につけたい学年 It's the explanation for the red numbers used in my dictionary. Who wants? Why isn't it just 身につける学年?
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Difference between 上旬 and 初旬

According to the dictionary, both 上旬 and 初旬 mean "the first ten days of the month approximately". I was wondering if there was some kind of nuance between the two or if there were strictly ...
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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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Is there any difference between じゃあない and じゃない?

これっ! 石を投げるんじゃあないっ! すいちゃったものはしかたがないじゃあないのっ! I've been reading a light novel called Slayers, and I noticed something interesting: the author usually writes じゃあない and not じゃない. I'm curious if there ...
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Is the tense and conjugation in my sentence understandable?

田中は私が花瓶を壊したと言う、が私ではなかった。 Tanaka says that I broke the vase, but it wasn't me. I'm figuring out how to make complex sentences so I'll be prepared to write short stories! I want to see if this means ...
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Help with translating this quote

I'm going to say a word on peace, participating in contest at university, and I have literally no one to check what I've written, and it's tomorrow. I think of putting this quote from Ibn El Romi: ...
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What’s the difference between のは and こと? [duplicate]

I have been very confused lately between these two and not knowing when to use each😭I know that both nominalise a verb but that’s as far as it gets!
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弱った vs 困った what is the difference

I came up with this question when reading 「ドラえもん」. In this manga, characters often say "弱ったな" when they are in a mood of indulgent helplessness or when in trouble, but I was more familiar ...
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What’s the difference between 時(とき) and 時間(じかん)

I’m very confused when to use which because they both mean “time” and if any of you could help me out it would mean a lot

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