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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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Meaning of うち in “無意識のうちの行動なのだろう”

Given the context I think that this sentence means "it's probably an unintentional action". But I am unsure of what meaning/nuance the うち adds here. I am used to seeing うち meaning "while" and that's ...
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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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How do I greet a group of people in different time zones?

Let's say a group of friends from different countries are in a Skype call. For me, perhaps it's morning, while others are in midday or nighttime hours in their respective countries. When in a one-on-...
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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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When to use words derived from foreign words or the native words for the same things?

A lot of things have Japanese words in more than two versions to call them. I can appreciate there are often many ways to call the same thing in any particular language. Nevertheless, I'm somewhat ...
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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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How to say 'in 10 minutes' as in 'the bus comes in 10 minutes'?

Would the sentence below make sense? バスがじゅっぷんにきます。
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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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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 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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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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What's the difference between 「そうもない」 and 「ようがない」

I know that both of these two grammars have the meaning of "it's impossible to do sth" but in the following 2 sentences, only ようがない is the correct answer. ①一方的に責められたら、こちらも説明( a/しそうもない b/しようがない ) ...
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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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Ways to express prohibitions [duplicate]

I've been learning Japanese for a few days and there is one thing that I want to know: How is "forbids" expressed on signs in Japan? And how in formal texts? I suggest that the form "[x]は きんし です。" ...
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What is the difference between jibiki and jisho?

I see both of these words used to describe dictionary. Can someone tell me the difference between these two?
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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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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 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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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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What's the difference between どうされましたか and どうなさいましたか?

What's the difference between どうされましたか and どうなさいましたか?
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How do these 3 ways of saying “It can't be helped” differ?

So I have heard: 仕方がない しょうがない 仕方あるまい And the translation I've seen for all 3 is: "It can't be helped." Is there a particular difference among the 3? Edit: Secondary question. Why isn't 仕方あるまい, ...
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What is the difference between それでは and それなら

My grammar book says they both mean ‘if that’s the case...’ but it doesn’t clarify the differences. Thank you!
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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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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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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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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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What is the difference between 乗り越すand 乗り過ごす?

I don't understand the difference between these two words. In my textbook they appear like "miss the stop" (norisugosu) and "pass my station" (norikosu), but they both sound like you don't go out the ...
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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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Difference between yamero and yamete

I often hear this from animations and read it among users when making jokes on the internet, but I wonder exactly: what's the difference between yamero and yamete?
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How interchangeable are の/である/なる/たる when qualifying nouns?

So we know that we can qualify/equate two things with a の. 友達のジョン → My friend John 先生の山田さん → A/My teacher Ms. Yamada 勝利者の亀さん → The winner: the turtle (as opposed to the hare) It seems ...
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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'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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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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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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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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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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Can たい and たがる be used for a 1st/2nd/3rd person's desire?

もし生まれ変わっても見たい映画は あなたにありますか? When I saw the the above sentence, I started to wonder. Is it an over simplification to say that たい can only be used for your own desires? However the sentence above might ...
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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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What's the difference between 水 and 湯

I start by saying that I'm a beginner in Japanese and maybe my question will seem obvious to you. I've been told by Japanese people that there's a difference between 水 and 湯. I understand that 湯 ...
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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' ...