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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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Could a translation error lead to squares to not be considered as rectangles?

I'm reading a certain set of kindergarten/lower primary maths textbooks that is written by North American authors for an Asian company. Whenever students are asked to identify the number of rectangles ...
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Examples of when to use ではありません、ではない、じゃありません、 じゃない

I'm looking for example situations of when to use each level of politeness. I know they all are the same but when situational wise to use each one is where I am having confusion. Thank you.
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What is the difference between 当 and この?

I am making a website and needed inspiration for a "404 not found" page in Japanese. Going to a non-existent page on Amazon.co.jp (ex: amazon.co.jp/aaaaaaa) gives this message: 何{なに}かお探{さが}...
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How to say “you may not [verb] here”?

たとえば、おすしを食べてもいいですか? is for "May I eat sushi?". However I know that ちょっと、食べなくてもいいです。Is not the right phrase because that means: "Well, you don't have to eat (that)." So what is the response for "[Sorry,...
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What's the difference between 「なんだか」 and 「なんとなく」?

The meanings and explanation of なんだか and なんとなく in Wikitionary: なんだか【何だか】明確な理由が無いさま。 なんとなく【何と無く】明確な理由が無いさま。 It seems that they have totally the same meanings. Is there a difference between the usage ...
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Difference between 生き物 and 生物

I had assumed that 生物 was just a fancier word for 生き物 in the way that onyomi compounds often are. But when I looked in the dictionary I became less sure. For 生物 I see: 動物・植物・微生物など生命をもつものの総称。 Animals, ...
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Why is 行く used in the sentence “すぐに出て行け”?

I don't understand the role of 行く in the following sentence: すぐに出て行け! As I understand it, the sentence sounds like "get out now!". Why not just say "すぐに出ろ"? Is 行く used to ...
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Is there a difference in meaning between 匹敵 and 互角?

Is there a difference in meaning between 匹敵 and 互角? Besides that one is a suru verb and the other a noun/adjective
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When to use ください (kudasai) or お願いします (onegaishimasu) in requests?

When asking for something I seem to hear sentences end in both ください (kudasai) and お願いします (onegaishimasu). Is there a difference and how do I know when to use which?
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what does 見てできる mean?

Can this phrase be broken down into 見る and 出来る? If so, does it simply mean "can see"? How is it different than the potential form of 見る which is 見られる? Edit: To add some context to this ...
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Comparing the usage of というのは and ということは

As far as I know, both というのは and ということは can be used to give definition/explanation. 留学するということは、海外で勉強するということだ。 ユートピアというのは理想郷の意だ And are also used to make inferences. ご意見がないということは賛成ということですね。 ...
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What is the difference between の中に and の中で?

I have two sentences having の中に (no naka ni) and の中で (no naka de), and I want to know if they are correctly framed. If yes, then how does the meaning change? 日本{にほん}の食{た}べ物{もの}の中{なか}に寿司{すし}が大好{だいす}...
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Difference between the following phrases

I was coming up with a phrase that means "don't look at me too much." in a very formal tone. I thought of many sentences but I don't know which one is the most correct one. 1) あまり見ないでくれ 2) ...
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「~るとき、…」vs「~まえに、…」/「~たとき、…」vs「~あとで、…」

What is the difference between「~るとき、…」vs「~まえに、…」? 日本へ行くとき、日本語を勉強しました。→ I studied japanese, before going to Japan. 日本へ行くまえに、日本語を勉強しました。→ I studied japanese, before going to Japan. And between「~たとき、…」...
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Is there a Japanese word for money/wealth that sounds like 'tuh ki'?

About 30 years ago, when meeting the famous George Takei, my friend accidentally pronounced his last name as 'Tuh ki' (rhymes with 'hi'). As an 11 year old, he had never really heard George's name ...
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What's the difference between 震う (ふるう) and 震える (ふるえる)?

On my kanji dictionary, they have the same translation. I don't understand if there's any difference. As usual.
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Differences between Wa Nai and Ga Nai?

I first learnt Ga as always attached to Arimasen so still trying to grasp the nuances when changed to a Wa. From my understanding of Wa vs Ga differences, it's just simply a matter of topic vs ...
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Difference between 様々 and 色々

I have heard both of these in several contexts and I have having trouble understanding the difference in meaning and connotation. I would like to know the difference between 様々 and 色々and when to use ...
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Difference between 呟く and 囁く

I understand that both 呟く and 囁く mean "whisper", but are there any subtle differences?
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What is the difference between 外科 and 手術?

What is the difference between 外科 and 手術 ? According to 三省堂, they both mean "surgery". I've seen 外科 being used as part of larger names such as 脳神経外科学, while 手術 used with の before as in: ...
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How do you translate the world “layer” in Japanese? [closed]

Layer as in the ones used in digital art software like Adobe Photoshop, Clip Studio Paint, Manga Studio, etc.
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How to choose adjective or noun with color

I know this question has been asked before but I remain confused about the use of nouns or i-adjectives in predicate position for colours, i.e. 海は青です versus 海は青いです. I have received the following ...
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What's the difference between 伸ばす and 伸べる?

Just for example, can I say both 手を伸ばす and 手を伸べる? Is there any difference between them? Are they interchangeable? If it's possible, make similar examples, please.
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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 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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Difference between ~につれて and ~にしたがって

As I understand it, they're synonyms except ~にしたがって is more formal, but in Shin Kanzen Master Bunpô N2 it says: 「~につれて」は一方方向の変化の場合にだけ使う。「~にしたがって」は一方方向の変化でなくても使える。 The thing is that the examples that ...
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Clarification on Compound Japanese nouns

I've sort of thought of making sentences for words in my custom Anki deck to sort of improve my sentence writing skills. Now, the word is 矛盾{むじゅん}, which means "contradiction" The sentence I'...
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Role of をする in 学習の助けをするおもちゃ

I am triing to figure out the use of をする in 学習の助けをするおもちゃ translated as toys to help you learn in this article I learned a bit about noun + する / をする in this post but for what i understand so far we use ...
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~たくない vs ~ことが欲しくない

What's the nuance between saying 「話したくない」 vs 「話すことが欲しくない」?
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When to use 結構 (けっこう)vs なかなか vs かなり?

From what I understand, all three mean "rather", "quite", or "somewhat". When should I use each one?
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Listing the activities I did on each day of the week

I need to list the activities i've done for each day of the week. But after I talk about the first day, do i start the sentance again with ”わたしは” or is there a different way to do it? This is how I ...
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What's the difference between 閉じる and 塞ぐ?

So i was doing Kanji Quiz, and i stumbled with 塞ぐ Kanji. I know 閉じる is used for eyes,etc. But 塞ぐ also has the same definition with 閉じる. Here are the definitions. Definitions 塞ぐ to stop up; to close ...
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Usage of の v/s から [duplicate]

私の家は[駅]{えき}の[近]{ちか}くです. 私の家は[駅]{えき}から[近]{ちか}くです. Is there any functional difference between the two sentences? Or do they mean the same? I am somewhat of a beginner and the difference doesn't seem ...
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The differences between ~がたい、〜にくい、〜づらい

I was wondering what the differences are between these three: ~がたい、〜にくい、〜づらい They all seem to be some sort of variant of "Hard to do ~". But it seems they are used with different verbs and/or imply ...
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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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replacing よう with みたい

Is it always possible to replace よう with みたい? For example in this sentence: 思うようにはいかないものだ。 Would 思うみたいにはいかないものだ 。 work as well? I've read many times that these two can be interchangeable, but it ...
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What's the difference between そして and そうして?

What's the difference between そして and そうして? Both mean 'and', 'and then' and are written with the same kanji. そして I've seen more often in texts, but そうして - only a couple of times. Is the difference ...
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What do you call males in their late teens/early twenties?

For example, what word would I use to say like “Boys are cute” or “Guys are cute”? I’m 19, so what word would fit me? 男?
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What's the difference between 腹切り and 切腹?

I need to add a body to submit my question, so I'll just say the Mortal Kombat seemed to believe that the term 腹切り (はらきり harakiri) was more appropriate for self slaughter (i.e., throwing a boomerang ...
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How do you say 'sentence'. [duplicate]

I searched jisho and they gave me 句 and 文. Bun seems way too generic and has so many other meanings that I'm not sure people will understand it. So is 句, a one-worded syllabus which also seems to mean ...
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頭【かぶり】を振る and 頭【かしら】を横に振る, why the change in pronunciation?

As the title suggests, why is there a change in pronunciation between 頭【かぶり】を振る and 頭【かしら】を横に振る? As far as I can see, there is no difference between the meanings of the two—デジタル大辞泉 even lists the ...
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When people use ざっくり?

I recently heard my colleagues use ざっくり which I haven't heard before. When I look it up in dictionary it translates to 'roughly; approximately; loosely' or 'deeply (cut or split)' - very different ...
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Use of the "きた” form before するnoun

During my research, I came upon two forms to express the fact of moving to a new house: ここは 三月前に引っ越ししてきたアパートです。 ここは 三月前に引っ越ししたアパートです。 I don't understand the difference between the two, does the one ...
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自分自身らしくいてください (double checking the meaning)

I want to double check the meaning of the sentence above. I have the word(s) 自分自身 and I need to use it in a sentence that expresses the essence of "please be yourself." For context, the ...
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How to say “cannot compare/compete with him?”

How do you say these. E.g. I cannot compare/compete with him。 彼と比べらはできない/彼と比べられない/彼と叶わない? Not sure if 比べ is too literal for comparing to use in this case. What about "This is no contest." ...
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どこからか、バイオリンの(a.音色 b.コーラス)が聞こえてきた。

I am learning Japanese N1 and found this question どこからか、バイオリンの(a.音色 b.コーラス)が聞こえてきた。 Which one do you think is correct ? a or b ?
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What is the diference betwen 電気製品 and 電化製品?

On Google Translate, both of them are 'electrical appliances'
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食べる物 and 食べ物 differ

Is there anything diference between them?
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Why is あやまち written 過ち and not 誤ち?

What's the reason for writing あやまち 過ち and not for instance 誤ち ? Wouldn't that make more sense since it means to err, be incorrect...? I can see how one would get from exceeding/overdoing a mistake, ...
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別に meaning as opposed to directly saying “no”

What's the difference between saying 別に and directly saying no. For example: A: 行きたいの? B: 別に (as opposed to saying 行きたくない) I think they both mean "no, I don't want to go". But please ...

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