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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Koto ga arimasu vs. Koto wa arimasen [duplicate]

こんにちは! I'm having some trouble understanding why は is used in the following response, instead of が. If someone could please help, I'd really appreciate it. おさけ を のんだ こと が あります か / O sake o nonda ...
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How to say “and here I thought”

How would I say "and here I thought you didn't understand sarcasm"? I was also wondering if there is any difference between using 皮肉 and 風刺 for meaning sarcasm.
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Why did の disappear from 山手, but in 御茶ノ水 it's in katakana?

I realize that very likely the answer to this question is likely to be something along the lines of "that's just the way it is", but I thought it worth asking to see if there were some insights that ...
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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 to determine 大都市 vs 都市

As I understand 都市 [toshi] means [city]. And therefore it could be any city, which is not town. In Russia town means over 12K population. 100-250K pouplation = big town. 250-500K pupulation = small ...
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When are 止める, 停める and 留める read as とめる, やめる or とどめる?

When are 止める, 停める and 留める read as とめる or とどめる (and in the case of 止める, やめる)? I think 止めてください could be read as both やめてください and とめてください, which I think could maybe be translated as "cut it out" and "...
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Verb (とどめる) and its meaning in these sentences

I was looking for the meaning of the verb (とどめる) and how it differs from (とめる). I understood that (とどめる) means (to stop "potentially" from moving). But how does that meaning relate to the following ...
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Meaning of 「これはこれで」, and the difference between it and 「それはそれとして」

I came across the following lines. ・・・俺としては、下駄箱の中に手紙が入っているみたいなほうが好みだった。でもこれはこれで、少なくとも相手が積極的だってことはわかる。 I am wondering about the meaning of 「これはこれで」 here. As one might expect, it does not have any ...
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だからって and ってだけで difference

I come across だからって and ってだけで quite often and I understand both of them as "only because", but I can't grasp the dfference in nuance between the two. Can someone help me please
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Was Warned that … (correct word choice / use of passive?)

I am trying to write out a short speech to say after my companies morning exercises, and I have chosen the very exciting topic of ... the weather! Anyway I wish to convey this meaning in my ...
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The many ways to say “and” in Japanese

In English, we just have one word for the conjunction and which works just fine for many categories, but in Japanese, there are separate words: と joins nouns together in a closed list や joins nouns ...
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Differences between 楽しがちに、楽し気味に、楽しげに、楽しっぽく

Which one of the words above is most suitable in the following sentence and why? 近所の子供たちが校庭で________遊んでいる。 Thanks!
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Platonic love?愛情

Can i say that i love a sibling using 愛情 or is it for romatic love?
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1人ではできなかったので友達に手伝って______。

Could you please explain why the correct answer is 「もらいました」 and not 「くれました」? Multiple choice answers are: ①やりました ②もらいました ③くれました ④あげました Thanks!!!
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Difference between「のびる/のばす」and「のべる」

With the use of a dictionary, along with reading some web pages, I understood the meaning as well as the proper usage of 「延びる/延ばす」and 「伸びる/伸ばす」. But I noticed an overlapping in meaning regarding「延べる」...
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Differences between “何度も or 何度でも” and 何回も?

Things like 何度も and 何回も are somehow common. In what cases would there be differences between the two? Are they the same differences between the plain 回 and 度? Thanks.
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Differences between 'prepare' words. 整う、備える、設ける

What are the nuances between each? For general use in most cases can they be substituted for 準備します?
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貧しい【まずしい】 poor 貧乏【びんぼう】な poor What's the difference?

Example sentences do not suggest a big difference. Is there? 貧しい【まずしい】 poor 貧乏【びんぼう】な poor [貧乏]{びんぼう}だけれど[彼]{かれ}は[幸福]{こうふく}だ。 Poor as he is, he is happy. [貧]{まず}しいといえども[彼女]{かのじょ}は[幸]{しあわ}せだ。...
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How do you say “some”, “many”, “a few”, and “few” when refering to people?

So, of course, I know words like 多い, たくさん, 少ない, 少し, and 何+[counter]+か to express "many", "few", "a few", and "some" in most contexts. However, I have absolutely no idea what are the Japanese ...
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Usage of 手伝う and お手伝いをする

I want to say "If I can help with your English studies ...". I thought of three ways, none of which I'm sure is natural: 英語の勉強を手伝ってあげられたら... 英語の勉強のお手伝いをしてあげられたら... 英語の勉強のお手伝いができたら... I looked up ...
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What word describes the concept of worldwide time zones?

The world is covered in the necessary evil known in English as "time zones". Given that, historically, it originated in England (some 300 or so years ago), the concept of a time zone was probably not ...
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Do only shop staff use 当店, or could I use it too to say 'here'?

I heard it in the context of a shop staff saying it in anime, but it got me thinking about the different ways I might say 'here' in a sentence like 'Do you serve vegetarian meals here?' ここは。。。 こちらは。。...
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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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“Boku mo tsurete!”

Does sentence "Boku mo tsurete" means only "Take me" or "Lead me", or it could also mean "Follow me" or "Come with", based on context? Thanks!
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うれしい(ureshii) Vs たのしい(tanoshii)

When exactly do we use うれしい(ureshii) and たのしい(tanoshii) Ureshii - glad , pleasant Tanoshii - happy Ureshii is when you see someone being happy Is ureshii also with event already happened
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Difference of 減量 and 減少

What is the difference between 減量 and 減少? What about 増量 and 増加? I found these following examples on my workbook, but there is no explanation whatsoever about how to use them. 人口が減少する。 ...
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あいだ, ところ、しまった in a sentence

トイレに行っているあいだに電車が行ってしまった。 The choices were either あいだ or ところ but the answer is あいだ. Google translate it : The train went while I was in the bathroom. I thought it meant : I was about to go in ...
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Difference between と and たら [duplicate]

I was under the impression that たら was used for "if this then", statements. Be they cause and effects or when statements. Whats the difference with と?
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Which is more common for “I miss you”: 会いたい or 寂しい?

When saying “I miss you” which of these is more frequently used? Do they have different nuances?
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How do you say “or” at the beginning of a sentence?

For example, if I was saying something like “Did you buy the groceries?” and then I wanted to add “Or do you want me to?” how would I translate the “or” at the beginning? Another example: “Do you ...
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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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Saying “and” with two different clauses?

I’ve seen a few threads about saying “and” but I’m not sure what to do if there’s a time element in the second clause. For example, I want to say “I just woke up and I work later.” Would that be 「...
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Are です and あります/います ever interchangeable?

I feel like  (私は)彼の前です。 means the same thing as  (私は)彼の前にいます。 (I am in front of him.) Also  本はどこですか。 and 本はどこにありますか。 (Where is the book?) Correct me if I'm wrong, but is there a rule for determining ...
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What does it mean when みたいな is at the end of a sentence?

彼ももうちょっとがんばればよかったのに..、みたいな…。 or なんか、お腹減った、みたいな… Just for some examples. Is it some sort of filler? I understand normal uses of みたい but I don’t understand what it means at the end of a sentence.
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のです abbreviated to んで?

「いろんな種類あるんで。」 Is this just an abbreviation of のです? Or is it supposed to be ので? I’ve seen んで a handful of times so I thought I would ask about it!
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Meaning of とか and こう in context なんかお店とかに、こう歩ってて

なんかお店とかに、こう歩ってて、なんかっす、こう、スベッ、スベッて転んだことが。痛い! What is the meaning of こう how it’s used in this context? And what is the purpose of とか?I know なんか is similar to “like” and っす is short for です so it seems ...
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How to say “if a is happening or b is happening” using たら?

If I wanted to say: If I am cooking or washing clothes, please help. 料理をしている[or]洗濯していたら、手伝ってください。 I know sometimes か is used to mean "or", but wouldn't that be confused with the question of ...
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When should I use 週 versus 週間 for “week”?

I just decided I needed to know the word for week and found both 週 and 週間 mean "week". Can I get by as a beginner with only 週間? Or when should each one be used?
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Difference between 〜といい and 〜ように for “I hope…”

I've learned that both of these can be used to mean “I hope that...” or “I wish that...” but what is the difference in meaning? 「明日晴れといいな。」vs 「明日晴れように。」 Do these have the same meaning?
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How to say “There we go!” and “Lemme think…”

how would you say “There we go!” meaning you got what you wanted, it’s there, etc? and would “Lemme think...” just be 「そうですね…」?how would you translate that in an informal setting?
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Asking informal questions with 何

how do you form informal questions with 何 and without ですか? would 何 just go at the end? 「あなたの大好きな季節何?」 and is it appropriate to leave off です or だ with な adjectives and nouns? i’ve seen 〜なの?used, but ...
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Can you answer the question 何を飲みますか? with 水です。?

It doesn’t seem that natural, as 水です seems to mean “It is water”, rather than a shorter form of 水を飲みます.
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The difference between きわめて and いたって

Both of them mean "very" according to many dictionaries, but if I remember it correctly, sometimes きわめて and いたって are interchangeable, sometimes not. How to use them correctly?
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Uses of 「四つ角」in quizlet as intersection?

I am making my way through a very large quizlet flashcard deck that has already had a few mistakes that I have caught. I just came across[ 四つ角]{よつかど} which it lists as intersection and shows a picture ...
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What's the difference between the kanji forms for わかる?

The verb わかる can be written using either 分かる, 判る, or 解る - what's the semantic difference between these forms, if any?
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What is the difference between 端, 縁 and 先っちょ?

I struggle to visualise the differences between 端, 縁 and 先っちょ after reading many examples and definitions online: The approximate english translations are very similar: 端: end, tip, point margin (...
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Meaning of「〜てみたいと思います」

I've gathered that と思う means to think about but isn't it a little redundant to add the みたい? 彼らに聞いてみたいと思います。 The みたい adds the sense of looking like or seeming but so does 思う so I don't quite ...
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What's the difference between differences? 差 and 違い

What's the difference between 差 and 違い? When would I use each? Which (if either) would I use for describing the difference between something like sample data and the best fitting equation?
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Saying “I don’t have to…”

would this be 〜なくていい? I don’t have to study - 勉強しなくていい?
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Difference between なきゃand なくちゃ [duplicate]

i understand that they’re short forms of なければ and なくて but i don’t understand the different nuances between them. thanks! ex. 勉強しなきゃ。 vs 勉強しなくちゃ。