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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Meaning of スポーンてしちゃった

Context: Person A thinks she made a mistake in the play she was in and is afraid the director is made at her. When she goes to talk to the director she says えと、えと……! あたし、セリフがスポーンてしちゃったかな!? I can't ...
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Why does 善悪{ぜんあく}の彼岸{ひがん} mean "Beyond Good and Evil"? In particular, how does 彼岸 correspond to "beyond"?

Episode 9 of Parasyte is titled 善悪{ぜんあく}の彼岸{ひがん}, translated as "Beyond Good and Evil". It's also apparently the official Japanese name for the "Beyond Good and Evil" book that was ...
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What exactly is "夢" and why is it used so much?

I think it is rather clear if one listens to enough Japanese songs that "夢" is used all the time; it is in many corporate messages as well from the commercials I recall. As a song example, I ...
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What's the most common/natural way to say someone is straight/heterosexual?

I know a zillion ways to refer to how people are homosexual, but I just realized I'm not sure of any common ways to refer to someone being straight. All I've heard and know is basically how to say one ...
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Help Parsing a Sentence: 時, たり, とか, and しながら Confusion

周りから、ってか自分以外の目線で見た時のコメントも欲しいので、ちょいちょいママとか友達に見せてもらったりとかしながら。 Here's the youtube video I got it from: https://youtu.be/k-jyUxatOrs?si=mw7zAUOaDUXNJ12f&t=1041 I can tell she's showing something to ...
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Different words for darkness

So far in my studies I've come across three words for darkness: 暗がり, 暗闇, 暗黒. Is there any difference in meaning/nuance between these three words? This question is related, but I don't think it answers ...
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Honorific suffix in exchanges between university staff

I am trying to find a short summary of suffixes (honorific) that are in use in universities, in exchanges between staff at different levels. I have found a lot of advice on students addressing ...
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N1 Goi practice question. Synonym of 凌ぐ [closed]

Solving some N1-Goi questions I run up to this one. 暑さを「凌ぐ」ために、多くの人が都会を離れて山や海で過ごしている。 つのる ふせぐ いのる ふさぐ I was pretty sure it was the second one 2) ふせぐ" but the solutions provided say its 1)つのる. ...
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Why use 耳元 rather than just 耳?

下で見ている人の悲鳴と交じり合って、風が耳元でヒューヒュー鳴った ... The wind whistled in his ears, mingled with the screams of the people watching below ... Would this sentence be weird if 耳元 was replaced with 耳? I'm trying to ...
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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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What's the difference between 初心者, 入門者 and 初級者

I see 初級 Written mostly in books which means beginner or elementary level, the other two were written on the same page for a drawing course I found online as "入門者向け" and "初心者向け", ...
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Is there a difference between these words for “hero”?

I've learned that hero could be translated as: ヒーロー えいゆう ゆうしゃ けっし Aside from ヒーロー (which seems just to be roumaji version of hero), is there any usage difference among them?
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How do you say "wardrobe" (furniture)?

I know 洋{よう}服{ふく}箪{だん}笥{す}, 衣{い}装{しょう}箪{だん}笥{す} and ワードローブ, but I've never seen them used and I don't know what the difference between them is. I mean a typical wardrobe with doors (like the one from &...
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What is the difference between もとづいて and もとづき

What is the difference between both of them? I could not find any explanations so I came here.
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What is the difference between びっくりした and びっくりするじゃないの

What is the difference between びっくりした and びっくりするじゃないの? The only thing I can think of is that one is just a general way of saying that something scared you, whilst the other is a way of "blaming" the ...
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What's the difference between 埃{ほこり} and 塵{ちり} and 塵{ごみ}?

What I've found is that 埃{ほこり} means "dust", 塵{ごみ} means "rubbish", "trash", "garbage", and 塵{ちり} means both of them. I wonder what the difference between 埃 and ...
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What's the proper form (formal or informal) to use when speaking to others online?

I should preface this by saying that I'm myself fairly young (a teenager) and I speak primarily to other young people. While I may not know their exact age, it's safe to assume they are either ...
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What's the difference between 開閉器 and スイッチ?

開閉器 seems uncommon, maybe it's technical. I suppose they both mean "switch", like in "light switch", but スイッチ also means "change", "shift". As "light ...
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How do I say "take a break from (gaming, social media)"?

How do I express that I'm taking a somewhat long-term (e.g. a few weeks to a few months) break from hobbies or entertainment such as video games/social media/etc? I found the question below in which ...

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