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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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Confusion regarding the usage of 〜たいものだ

In the grammar exercise book for JLPT N2, I came across the following question: ( )を食べてみたいものだ。 a. あ、このおいしそうな料理 b. 今日はユリさんのうちで手料理 c. 一度、その珍しい魚 the correct answer is c. The explanation of the original ...
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i wanted to name myself a Japanese name,(first-last) but i wanted to know if it was okay to do so

Can someone please answer my question somehow? I would like to respect and honor the means of Japanese people/culture. I did not want to name myself a Japanese name without permission from the ...
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How to join a noun and a verb

How does one join a noun and a verb? Example: 友達に行かせるのは初めてで最後にするわ - This is the first and last time I will let my friend force me to go I used で to join the noun 初めて and 最後 in the example above, but ...
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や at the end of a sentence [duplicate]

もういいや 割り捨てていいや In the sentences above, what does the や do? Let's say there is no や, how would the meaning change?
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Is there a difference between 「どこからか」 and 「どこかから」?

While reading a child's fairy book, I came across with the following sentence: 人間界に着いたおばけのドロロンは「人間いないかなー♪子供はいないかなー♪」子供の魂をさがそうと街をフラフラ。すると、どこからかいい匂いが漂ってきました。「なんて甘くて美味しそうな匂い…」 I googled and found ...
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What's the difference between 「言う」「話す」「喋る」「語る」?

Are 「言う」「話す」「喋る」「語る」 interchangeable in the following sentences? Why or why not? 「ああ」と言って、田中は友達の顔を眺めた… 学校にあったことを父に話す。 自分の考えを友達に話した。 人と話すのが好きです。 ああ!カエルが喋った! 彼は皆の前で、将来の大きな夢を語りました。 ...
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Asking What's the logic?

If i want to ask what is the logic behind something does :その中の論理は何ですか Work?
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What are the differences between 依頼【いらい】、需要【じゅよう】、請求【せいきゅう】、注文【ちゅうもん】、要求【ようきゅう】 and 要請【ようせい】?

What are the differences between 依頼【いらい】、需要【じゅよう】、請求【せいきゅう】、注文【ちゅうもん】、要求【ようきゅう】 and 要請【ようせい】? I've looked at jisho.org and tried searching for answers on HiNative, but couldn't find a clear enough ...
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What's the difference between 「ご飯を食べる」「ご飯を済ます」 and 「ご飯を済ませる」?

「ご飯を食べる」「ご飯を済ます」 and 「ご飯を済ませる」, they all mean to finish breakfast/ lunch/ dinner, what's the nuance between them? I tried to get it out but there are totally different explainings about the difference....
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I want to know the difference between ざじずぜぞ And だぢづでど

They all sound so similar to me, I want to know how I can tell the difference these since they make the same sound. (Please excuse me if I’m wrong I’m very new to Japanese and currently learning ...
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Am I understanding this alright? あの武器のプレイは、皆さんが想像している通りのものになると思います

I was reading an interview from a game magazine and I'm not sure if I understand what the director of a game is saying when he was asked a question. He was asked if he could tell some details about ...
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How to express “and” [duplicate]

For example, "I will stop working and will try not to go anymore" The only pattern I know here is もう頑張らなくて行かないようにしよう. But this means "I will try to stop working hard and not go anymore&...
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How to write “I am going to talk about a place that I like”

I am taking a Japanese course and I was told to write a composition about a place I like. I have currently just finished the first book of Minna no nihongo, which is up to lesson 12. I am thinking of: ...
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Meaning difference between 夜は明ける and 夜が明ける?

In this song lyrics, 夜が明ける is the name of the song, but until the end of the song 夜は明ける is used. This sounds like there is a distinct meaning difference between the two forms. I read about the ...
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Exclusive or, does it exist in Japanese?

How do I translate “Please select either A or B.” Can the “or” be translated directly, or would I have to work around it like AもBは, ひとつを選ぶください。
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How is arrowhead said?

So I found some ways in saying arrowhead but found various. One is 矢じり 「やじり」 and the other one is 石鏃 「せきぞく」 Honestly I got confused with the two. Is 矢じりa Japanese arrowhead or any kind? same question ...
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why did they use なく instead of ない

hi i was wondering why なくwas used in this sentence 例えば これが俺ではなく 葉山なら
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までは vs まで difference

What's the difference between saying for example 限界までは我慢する and 限界まで我慢する I did googled a bit but can't find any relevant answers
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けど and でも differences

I realise that でも is only used at the start of a sentence whilst けど is only used to join 2 sentences. I have been chatting with lots of japanese and they always use けど to start a sentence after a ...
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Difference between こと and と, word choices [duplicate]

What's the difference between using these structures 行くことを決めた 行くと決めた 行くことに決めた 行くって決めた They all mean "I have decided to go". So which one should I use?
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自分自身らしくいてください (double checking the meaning)

I want to double check the meaning of the sentence above. I have the word(s) 自分自身 and I need to use it in a sentence that expresses the essence of "please be yourself." For context, the ...
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Can someone help me translate “she's my person”?

I'm not quite sure if this is right. 彼女は私の人です Kanojo wa watashi no hitodesu I'm a little confused on the word for "she" as it can also translate to "girlfriend." I've read that ...
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What is the function of ものな in this sentence?

これは冷やして食べるものなのですか I did some searching but nothing seemed to quite explain what I'm looking for. I'm assuming the second の is the explanatory の, but what is ものな? Are the もの and な separate? They feel ...
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What is the difference between 人気のある, 人気がある, 人気の, and 人気な? [duplicate]

As 人気 is a noun and な-adjective, it can be used in these phrases: 人気のある映画 人気がある映画 人気の映画 人気な映画 人気映画 To me, they all mean ‘popular movie’, but the first 2 literally mean ‘movie that has popularity’ ...
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感じ and 風 to talk about how to do something

I see that the nouns 感じ and 風 (also written ふう) are sometimes used to indicate how to do something. Some examples: こんなふうに書いてください。 こんな感じにカットしてください。 This is a dialogue about how to golf: A: アドバイス?...
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Would using “たら” make sense in this type of sentence?

So recently I've met a Japanese person whilst playing League and we started to talk a bit over the group voice chat. Although my Japanese is still at a very basic level we understood each other pretty ...
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What's the difference between 必要ですand 必要があります? [duplicate]

I wrote a sentence along the lines of チップを払うのは必要です。 A native speaker corrected me and said it should be チップを払う必要があります。 So what's the difference? Is it a matter of forcefulness/intensity? Or is it a ...
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How would you interpret 迷 in this sentence?

I was watching an anime when a quite interesting conversation happened. I could only read the subtitles as my Japanese is really bad but I tried my best to reconstruct the sentence afterwards. Here is ...
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Units for stock indexes

When reading Japanese financial news, I found that different units were used for different stock indexes. For example, ドル/セント was used for Dow Jones Industrial Average, while ポイント was used for NASDAQ ...
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Are there any differences between だんだんと and だんだん? [duplicate]

I found だんだんと in this sentence but I'm not sure how it's different from だんだん? 女は毎日働いたので、だんだんと元気がなくなっていました。 (Source)
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I want to be able to speak more casual Japanese. I just wanted to know if it was possible to drop です out of a sentence. example: これは犬

Could I drop です out of a sentence? I want to be able to speak more casual Japanese. I just wanted to know if it was possible to drop です out of a sentence. example: これは犬
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Which word for “sun” should I use?

It's a weird question, but I gotta ask. Let's say I keep sneezing a lot and want to explain to someone that it's because of the sun. So in English I'd simply say "It's the sun." as an ...
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The different words for clothes

There are several different words for “clothing” in the dictionary. Kimono is a type of traditional Japanese clothing, while fuku refers to Western clothes. Hifuku is more general and covers all ...
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difference between 介護士 and 看護師

I learnt both of these words as an equivalent to "nurse". What is the difference in meaning between those two ? Also what is the pitch accent for 介護士 ?
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How do you say “You sound like a ___?”

I've been singing on a karaoke app recently and I wanted to comment on a person's voice. How would I go about saying "You sound like a rockstar!" I was thinking 「Aさん、ロックスターみたいなぁ~」
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Do [贈]{おく}り物 and プレゼント mean the same thing?

The use of loan words such as プレゼント are used much more just like カメラ is and such. So should i just disregard [贈]{おく}り物 and focus my memory on something else or do you know if [贈]{おく}り物 is still used ...
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どちら vs どちらの for “which”

When should I use どちら and when should I use どちらの for asking a which-question? My intuitive understanding is that どちらの is used when one wants to ask "which [noun] ..." (e. g. どちらの色が好きですか) but ...
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Difference between など and とか [duplicate]

It seems that など and とか mean "such as" or etc. what is the difference? can someone give an example sentence? Thank you!
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how do you use ごと

hi i found ごと through immersion and when i looked it up it says it is a normalizing suffix can anyone clear this out for me i am still confused of how to use this word. example sentence if it helps ...
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How would the meaning of this sentence change if ものだから becomes から (or ことから)

I saw this Anki card today: 家が狭いものだから、大きい家具は置けません。 For a long time, the mediocre learner in me has brushed off this sentence as just an equivalent of 家が狭いから、大きい家具は置けません。 But I have been thinking ...
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Difference between 面 and 表. Can they be used interchangeably Please explain with an example

What is the exact difference between 表 and 面 since both of them literally means front?
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What is the difference between 襲う、撃つ、and 襲撃?

Based on their kanjis, they all appear to have the meaning of attack, and I think that is what makes them similar. How does one distinguish their uses? I would also appreciate a (brief) explanation of ...
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When 一緒 means “the same”, is there a difference in usage between 一緒 and 同じ?

When talking to Japanese people they tend to use 一緒 when describing things that are the same. I have always thought that 同じ should be used when describing things that are the same. Is 一緒 just an ...
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refering someone as 君

I always thought that 君 is only used by males to refer to females as 2nd person. Usages: 1.male -> female , 君、あなた (君 is used only in romantic situations) 2.female -> male , あなた (Not possible to ...
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何より meaning in a sentence

From jisho, it seems like 何より means best, more important than anything, above all else, etc. The meaning doesn't change much from that. I have heard ご無事で何よりです. If I use the meaning in jisho, it will ...
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“一般の人” or “一般の な人 ” ,which the right one?

It's confuse me the usage of の and な adverb.
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Is 帰る correct in this sentence?

ハンダは魔女たちの言葉を覚えて、川べりへ帰りました。 Is 帰る correct in this sentence? ハンダ is a name of my character. Can I say 川べりへ using へ? I wanted to write: Handa remembered witches spell and then go back to the river shore....
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Is ノーマル customary in reference to being straight

I was recently watching an anime and one of the character, in reference to him being straight, said: 僕はノーマルなので (in case I misunderstood, this is from Eromanga Sensei, ep09 at around the 6:30 mark) I ...
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Leaving the Office for the Day(お先に vs お疲れ様vs ありがとう)

My workplace has guards that work at our main door checking IDs and the like. In the morning we exchange cheerful おはようございますs. But I'm not sure what evening parting to use. お先に失礼します seems out of place ...
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Difference between 試みる and 試す

何度か試みたが、失敗した. 何度か試したが、失敗した. Is there a difference between those sentences? I have the feeling that the second one is more about trying smothing out like for the first time and see what happens and ...

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