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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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「僅か」と「短い」は違いがありますか。

I was wondering if there is a difference in usage between 僅か and 短い? I don’t mean the obvious difference of 僅か being a 名詞 and 短い being an イ形容詞, but more usage-wise in situations like: 短い時間 and ...
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“People” vocabulary usage distinction

I searched for Japanese terms related to the English word "people" and discovered an impressive variety of terms to choose from! I'm curious about the differences between each term and the usage of ...
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「がる」と「と思っている」の違いがありますか

例えば、 その地方の人々はこの宝物が珍しがっている その地方の人々はこの宝物が珍しいと思っている
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Is there any differences between 表す and 意味する?

Everything is in the title. Is there any context where 表す is used and not 意味する and vice-versa ?
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Difference between し and て形

例えば、 この掃除機は小さいし、軽いし、それに音が静かです。 この掃除機は小さくて、軽くて、それに音が静かです。
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What does ご理解いただけた はずでは? mean here? [closed]

構いませんが すべては手紙に記した通りです... ご理解いただけた はずでは?
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What’s the difference between 二親 and 両親?

I looked it up in my monolingual dictionary and I got the following: 両親【りょうしん】 二親。父母。 Which seems pretty straightforward, but then I got this: 二親【ふたおや】父と母。両親。(<>片親) As you can see it doesn’...
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Difference between 木の皮 and 樹皮?

I think this may simply be a difference between written and spoken Japanese. But I've noticed that 木の皮 kinokawa is used regularly to mean "tree bark," while 樹皮 jyuhi appears to be more accurate but ...
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あ、バス、(a. 行かないと b. 行っちゃった)。How come answer a is not right?

I am currently preparing for the N3 with the 日本語総まとめ books and one question confuses me: あ、バス、(a. 行かないと b. 行っちゃった)。 Supposedly, a. is wrong while b. is correct. But doesn't a. sound more ...
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difference among もちろん、きっと、必ず、ぜひ

もちろん、きっと、必ず、ぜひ。 どうやって区別しますか? ところで、似たような言葉がありますか。教えてください。よろしくお願いしますm(_ _)m
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difference between どの and どちらの

息子さんはどちらの学校ヘ通っていますか。 息子さんはどの学校ヘ通っていますか。 Could someone tell me the difference between どの and どちら in this case?
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When to use ええ and はい?

I am a beginner to the Japanese language, and I understand that ええ and はい mean the same thing, yes. What I want to know is when to specifically use ええ and はい.
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Is 机のとなりの椅子で読むのが好きです natural?

If I wanted to say, "I like to read in the chair next to my desk," would the best way to say this be, 机のとなりの椅子で読むのが好きです, or is there a more natural to say this (especially with the direction words)?
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How does one say “toy airplane” in Japanese?

「飛行機のおもちゃ」と「おもちゃの飛行機」のどっちが正しい日本語?どっちも正しいんであれば、それぞれの使い方を説明してください。 伝えたいのはプラや木で出来ているおもちゃのことです。よろしくお願いします。
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Difference between 化成品 - 化学品 - 化工品?

Could you please explain me the difference between 化成品【かせいひん】 - 化学品【かがくひん】 - 化工品【かこうひん】, and if possible provide the appropriate translation of each word? All of them means "chemicals", but how I ...
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Is it grammatically correct to say omae ga yorobe? [closed]

おまえ が喜べ You're happy/you rejoice
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Happy Mother's Day, mom! Usage of はは and おかあさん

In a social media post, i want to say happy Mother's day to my mom (but is visible to everyone). I came up with 幸{さち}せな母{はは}の日{ひ}、お母{かあ}さん . Would this be considered normal for a native speaker? Is ...
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How to talk about a bend in the road

警察によると、タイヤが落ちた場所は右にカーブしています。 According to police, the place where the tyres fell off was curving to the right. Or in more natural English "...the tyres fell off on a right-hand bend". Is ...
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Just, what bird is ハヤブサ exactly?

A few days ago when I was reading a manga that has chracters with super powers, there was a boy that had a power concerning his eyes, and like it's seen a lot in manga in anime, they shout out their ...
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What's the difference between “biru hitotsu kudasai,” “biru ippon kudasai,” and “biru ippai kudasai?”

I'm a bit confused. The first sentence I learned was biru kudasai (ビールください). But then I watched this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ox-YMeYZSvs And I found out there are so many variations. ...
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If someone says you're being silly and you don't know why, should you ask 何ですか? or なぜですか?

I'm confused because in sites like this one. They define 何ですか as what and なぜですか as why. But in other sides I saw 何ですか defined as why too. So, what would be the best way to handle the question in the ...
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Deceased 7-yr old referred to as さん on the news, then as ちゃん later on

I've been following the unfortunate 新潟 railway child murder case on the news recently. I noticed that in the beginning, the news referred to the victim as さん, but later switched their usage to ちゃん―...
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What’s the difference between でかい(イ形) and 巨大(ナ形)?

I know that one is an i-adjective and the other a na-adjective. But what’s the difference in meaning? Or is it purely a grammatical difference. I noticed that most of the time, when there are ...
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How would you reply to 'よかったら'?

I always assumed you would reply to a phrase containing よかったら with はい or いい but is that correct? If so, which sounds more natural? For example, if someone were to say "よかったら、英語を教えて欲しい" to you, how ...
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“Are you awake”: better [目]{め}を[覚]{さ}まして or 起きてますか?

I have a simple question: If I want to say "Are you awake?" is it better to translate it as [目]{め}を[覚]{さ}まして or 起きてますか? It has to be intended as Hey, you're walking... but are you really awake? ...
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Talking about contextual things… Which Pronouns to use?

Apologies is this is an easy to answer or hard to explain question... In English we often use demonstrative pronouns to reference what we just talked about. For example: The busiest stations in the ...
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この正角な时间に : “right” can be intended as “right now” or is it just “correct”?

I have this sentence (down below) that should mean "In this right moment" but I'd like to say something more "Right in this moment"... "right" sould be intended as intensifier, not as adjective with ...
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What is the difference between koi, ai, and renai? 恋、愛、恋愛

I've been listening to a lot of music, and I've always seen Ai 愛 Koi 恋 and ren'ai 恋愛 used the same. Any help? Thanks! :)
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Is there a situation where ここの can be shortened / changed to この?

Context: Someone in a group that I’m following asked a what the この in the following sentence stands for: “わたしはゼルダ。このハイラルの王女。” I was thinking: can’t it be possible that the この here essentially means ...
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The difference between わりと and わりに

The information I get from the Internet basically agree that わりと and わりに can be used interchangeably as a 逆接, as shown in the below sentence, あの人は沢山食べるけど、体はわりと小さい。=あの人は沢山食べるわりに、体は小さい。 But I hear ...
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What is the difference between 〜と呼ぶ and 〜という?

Both 〜と呼ぶ and 〜という can be translated as “to call...”. Examples of 〜と呼ぶ. Examples of 〜という. So, for situations where something is given a name, what's the difference between the two?
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difference between 好きになれる and 好きになる

好きになる means fall in love/come to love, but what about 好きになれる? Does it mean "can come to love"? What does 好きになれる mean in this sentence? 先輩と一緒にいられないなら、わたしに誰が好きになれるの嫌だ
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Difference between 場所 and 所

26日は、19日と別の場所で2回目の噴火がありました。 On the 26th there was a second eruption in a place different from the 19th. しかし、26日に噴火が起こった所は、頂上から西側に500mぐらいの所でした。 However, the place where the eruption occurred on ...
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Are 化け物 and おばけ really the same thing?

Most sources on the internet, such as How are 化け物, 妖怪, 幽霊, etc. related to each other?, seem to say that 化け物 and おばけ are two separate words for the same type of creature. But even if that's true in ...
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When saying “was not a child” should I say 子供じゃなかった or 子じゃなかった?

If the kanji for child is 子 why is 子供 also child? In which cases would I say one vs the other?
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What is the difference between 交じる and 交わる?

人と交わって、多くのことを学びました。 I learned a lot of things by socializing with other people. 彼女は外国人に交じってダンスをしたの。 She mingled with foreigners as she danced.
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Difference between 同級生 and 級友?

Both translate to classmate. However I can't see in which context one is used. I asked to my teacher and he said that he never heard about 級友 and it might be an old word not used anymore. What is the ...
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How to properly denote a nuance between comparing choices [closed]

My question relates to how to create the nuance between choosing two or more methods and knowing which should be the preferred or more suitable choice. E.g. "How did you know whether to do/use 'A' ...
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Does 肉 only mean non-preserved meats?

Recently I read the following exchange: A: 何か食べたい? B: お肉 A: 肉か 朝から肉ねえ。 俺は冷蔵庫を物色する。 案の定肉は切らしていた A: 昨晩、使い切ったからな。ソーセージもベーコンもハムすら無い B: お肉無い? A: ああ。無い。肉どころかハムやソーセージなどの燻製ものすら無い Judging from it, there ...
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Why was 「行ってきます」 used on video?

I saw a Japanese Instagram user's video where two people were on a plane. (They were recording themselves with a phone's front camera.) At the end of the video the other person said 「行ってきます」 ...
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In what context can kiniira mean 'pleased'?

I gave this sentence as an example before(どういう関係) 何か気に入られてる、みたいなんだけど But Jisho says it means 'pleased' and in english there's a difference between liking someone and being pleased with them so I'm ...
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What's the difference between という方に会いました and と会いました?

つぐみさんという方に会いました. つぐみさんと会いました. What does '方に' mean here? and 'いう' too.
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Is というもの just for emphasis?

For example: 私は自分の時間というものをほとんど持っていない。 私は自分の時間をほとんど持っていない。 I'm pretty sure both are correct but is there any difference between both?
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Difference between 怪我しました and 痛みがあります

A bird was walking around and not flying away when approached. I said: 鳥は痛みがあります。 What I said was corrected to: 鳥は怪我しました。 Why?
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What is the difference between に基づいて and を基に?

このアイデアは君の話を基に考えたよ。 歴史的事実に基づいて作られた映画。
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What is the difference between 知れる and 知られる(passive form)?

Examples: 物事が多くの人に知れること vs 物事が多くの人に知られること "the condition of things being known by many people"
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気に入られ - appreciate/fond

In this sentence 何か気に入られてる、みたいなんだけど Kiniira means to be fond of or being appreciative? My translation is " why does it seem like he's being appriciated?" But maybe the word fond of is more likely?...
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面 and 顔 difference?

There are two words for face or is there a slight difference?
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「確か、明日は先生の誕生日でしたよね。」Why でした and not です? [duplicate]

「確か、明日は先生の誕生日でしたよね。」 Came across this sentence during my Japanese class and am having trouble understanding the nuance behind it and why でした can be used in this manner. I tried asking my Japanese ...
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もう一度やってみるように+と what's the purpose of it?

もう一度やってみるようにと彼を励ましなさい。 I'm confused by the usage of と here. もう一度やってみるように彼を励ましなさい。would be translated as "in order to make him try one more time, please encourage him" but with と I'm not sure how it'...