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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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Can さくじつ and きのう be used the same way?

Can さくじつ and きのう be used the same way? I know the terms mean yesterday. Thank you!
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What is the difference between 傲慢, 横柄, 威張る?

All these words can be translated in English as "arrogant", but I would like more explanation as to which context each would be used in. For example, I can't tell the difference between these ...
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Why was し used instead of から?

通訳の仕事は視野が広がるし、自分自身も成長できるよね In this message why is し used instead of から?I thought し was mainly for when there’s multiple reasons for things. Is there another use or reason for it or is it kinda like や,...
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Difference between 絶滅, 消滅 and 滅ぶ

My vocabulary textbook lists the three following words: 滅び行く種族 Endangered species 種族の絶滅 The extinction of species 消滅した種族 Extinguished species (Hope the English ...
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How to say monologue?

What’s the difference between 「[独]{ひと}り[言]{ごと}」 and 「[独白]{どくはく}」? They both mean ‘monologue’?
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Difference between 合意、納得、相互理解?

I was wondering what the difference is between 合意、納得、相互理解?
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What does 待ってるから mean?

I know what both words mean but I'm not sure what's implied here. Context: I'm reading this from the manga, 五等分の花嫁。A girl said this to a boy after she asked him to dance at a campfire with him, ...
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What is there a difference between 数学 and 数理?

I noticed that both terms referred to mathematics. Is one term used more frequently than the other?
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「所定」と「固定」の違いは何でしょうか?

Google translate gave be result below 所定 = Predetermined 固定 = Fixed Which word is used when?
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How is this sentence “working” after として?

I came across the following sentence in a manga I was reading, 急いでるみたいだけど間に合ったとして赤点回避なんてできると思ってるの. A boy is being accompanied by a group of girls and they are hurrying to school so they can make it ...
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How to differentiate friend levels in Japanese?

I sometimes have difficulty differentiating friend levels when explaining something to a Japanese person. For example, when I am telling a story about a friend, I want to specify the level of ...
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How do you say “some”, “many”, “a few”, and “few” when referring 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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How would I say homey in Japanese? [duplicate]

A person is my homey! Like a real close friend/bro. How would I say homey in Japanese? The closest words that I can find are tomodachi and yuujin, but this may also be a slang term in Japanese too.
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Is there a difference between 嘘つき and 嘘つけ ?

Any subtle differences in meaning or respect? Which is more common? Or is it just another one of those words like やはり/やっぱり/やぱり, しょうがない/しかたない、あんまり/あまり etc. with no difference at all other than ...
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What’s なく after a verb for?

Given the following text: 東京都のある女性が、2017年10月23日から連絡が取れ[なく]{LL}なり、[行方]{«ゆくえ»}[不明]{ふ・めい}になっていた。 What’s the grammar for 「なく」after「取れ」? (e.g passive form or negate form, for further googling) Also, ...
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What is a word meaning “to ask”?

I've needed to use a word "to ask" recently, and the word I decided on was [尋]{たず}ねる. But I have strong doubts that this is actually the right word to use in a situation such as this: I would like ...
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What is the difference between 先生 and 教師?

Apparently, the terms mean the same thing.
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What is the difference between 「運転手【うんてんしゅ】」 and 「車掌【しゃしょう】」?

According to the dictionary, 運転手 means driver and 車掌 means conductor. So, 運転手 would be any person at the controls/steering wheel of any vehicle, while 車掌 would be someone who "is in charge of a train ...
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What is the difference between 「名前【なまえ】」 and 「名称【めいしょう】」?

I am learning the word 「名称【めいしょう】」. According to the dictionary, it means "name", but so does 「名前【なまえ】」. What are the differences in terms of meaning and usage between both words? I noticed that the ...
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What is the kanji term for a leaf blower? [closed]

What is the Japanese word for a leaf blower? I am searching for a kanji term.
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必要{ひつよう} vs 要{い}ります

It should be mentioned I can't read kanji, so please keep that in mind when answering I've just encountered the verb [必要]{ひつよう}, in the Rosetta Stone sentence [私]{わたし}はチケットを[二枚]{にまい}[買]{か}...
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What is the difference in usage between 闘う and 戦う?

I would like to know the difference in usage between these two godan and intransitive verbs : 闘う{たたかう} 戦う{たたかう} When is one chosen over the other? Is 戦う more related to the war and 闘う to the ...
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What is the difference between「家族【かぞく】」and「家庭【かてい】」?

Aside from "home" or "household", I understand that 家庭 can mean "family" as well. In such case, is there any difference in terms of usage or nuance between 家庭 and 家族? when is it more suitable to use ...
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What is the difference between 「いろいろ」and 「さまざま」?

According to the dictionary, they both mean "various". What is the difference between both words?
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difference between お世話になっております and お世話になります。

Need a clear explanation about the difference between お世話になっております and お世話になります。
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Causation used with もらう、くれる、あげる

I recently started learning the causative form of a verb combined with the もらう or くれる. I am a bit confused on this and would like further clarification as to whether my understanding is correct. The 「...
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When is it appropriate to begin referring to 明仁 as 平成天皇?

The upcoming abdication of the Chrysanthemum Throne, the enthronement of [徳仁]{なるひと} and the start of the [令和]{れいわ}[時代]{じだい} presents a specific and unusual conundrum: It has become customary to refer ...
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Confusion on してもらって and the subject of this sentence

Here is my sentence, この前の俺と一緒にしてもらっては困る. I'm having some difficulty figuring out it's meaning. This sentence was said aloud by a male character to a female character. Just before he said this, he ...
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What is the difference between 限る and 限定する?

I'm pretty sure that there's a lot more you can do with 限る than there is with 限定する, (When I looked up 限る, I saw a lot of different usages, such as it meaning "is the best," or "nothing is better than,"...
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How is に used in にできる here? [duplicate]

Slight disclaimer. I did read the following post, Meaning of に in ~にできる , but did not see it's reasoning directly translating to my sentence. Here is sentence in question: 「...
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English for 会心 as a stat in an online game

Simple question, Google Translate and rikaikun translate 会心 as "Satisfaction" or "Congeniality", although if it is in an online game where it is a stat attribute, what do you think would be the best ...
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How to describe the inside of one's mind?

On one page in my book, I came across 3 different phrases for, what seems to me, subtly different ways of saying the same thing. The first was: 頭の隅に Then: 脳裏に The information I was able to find ...
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What is the common reading of the word 外海?

外海 has two readings がいかい and そとうみ. What is the difference of the two? Personally, I am under the impression that がいかい is the common reading because of its similarity to the word 外国【がいこく】. However, I ...
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もっとも: distinguishing between 尤も and 最も

I found a page in Japanese with title "世界でもっとも汚染された10の都市". Having encountered the phrase 「もっとも」 for the first time, I looked it up on WWWJDIC and found two entries: 尤も 【もっとも】 (adj-na,adv,conj,n) ...
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Difference between 沸騰する and 沸く

I don't really get the difference since the two of them seem to be translated as "boiling". Do we have to use them in different situations?
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The difference between transitive verbs 窮める, 極める, 究める and intransitive verbs 極まる, 窮まるand 谷まる?

I'm sorry if this question has been answered before, but I did not find a suitable answer. Please provide reliable link if that is the case. I would like to know the differences between the ...
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What is the *proper* differentiation between 来る and 行く?

In many beginning Japanese classes, 来る【くる】 and 行く【いく】 are presented as "to come" and "to go," respectively. Dictionaries generally also define them this way. However, every once in a while in more ...
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Is there a difference in usage between 賃銀 and 賃金?

I was looking into a novel and I found the word 賃銀. According to my dictionary, this word has the same meaning as 賃金, which is wages, the money a person receive for a work/task. They have the same ...
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Adjectives functioning both as イ- and ナ-adjective

This question has made me think about the class of adjectives, which can function both as イ- and as ナ-adjective, e.g. 大きい 大きな 小さい 小さな 真っ白い 真っ白な (etc.) 細かい 細かな 暖かい 暖かな 四角い 四角な (etc.) 柔らかい ...
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About the differences between 貯金 and 節約

As the title says, I would like to know differences between 貯金{ちょきん} and 節約{せつやく}. Both mean "saving money" and have the irregular する verb ending: 貯金する{ちょきんする} : To save money 節約する{せつやくする} : ...
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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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〜たことある/ない vs 〜たことあった/なかった

I see these as example sentences on sites, and I cant figure out the nuances between both. When would you use the past form of this phrase?
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What's the difference between 立ち上がる and 立つ?

They both appear to mean "to stand up".
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What is the difference between ending a question with んだ?and の?

I thought の when used in questions is for when you’re asking for an explanation or to have a curious tone, but んだ is also for explanation and I’ve seen both used to end questions so what are the ...
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So that + adjective? [closed]

How would you translate something like “so that you are/can be X”? I bought this so that he’ll be safe. I want to do this for you so that you’re happy!
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左に曲がる/右に曲がる v/s 左折/右折

That's it, essentially. What differentiates these two ways to indicate a turn? So far, I had only heard 左に曲がる/右に曲がる, but recently I heard 左折/右折 in the GPS of a car. At first I thought that the latter ...
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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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Can the term kaiwa no heya be used to mean an actual location/room to chat in?

I know that the term chattorumu is used for online chats. What term would be used to denote an actual room for this activity? A room to chat in.
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Can the term お姉さん be used to address female strangers politely? [closed]

Can the term be お姉さんbe used to address female strangers politely?
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What is the difference between キャリアウーマン, OL, and ビジネスウーマン?

When I come across the titles キャリアウーマン, OL, and ビジネスウーマン, I seem to have a difficult time picturing what their position is or what they do. I'm wondering if anyone can elaborate on how they are ...