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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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What is the difference between hanashi and monogatari?

Both seem to mean story so I am wondering what the difference between them is.
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proper usage of 出かける

What is the proper usage of 出かける because most of the time I am only using 行く or 出る for example 川へせんたくしに行く and I don't get its difference from 川へせんたくに出かける thanks for the responds
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What's the difference between どこ and なん in this exercise?

I have two exercises which I don't exactly understand. I've already known that どちら is more polite form from どこ. This two could ask about place and "what/which one" ."nan" asks about "kind of company", ...
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difference between らしい んだって とか ということだ。

What is the difference between various ways of saying ”I have heard that”. らしい んだって とか(言っていた) ということだ。 A: 田中さん、今日は休み? B: さっき電話があって、熱があるとか。大丈夫でしょうか? 義理の兄と情を通じていたということだ。 I have heard that/It's said ...
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私 (watashi) vs 僕 (boku) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Is it ok for non-japanese to refer to themselves as 僕(ぼく) and if not why? How should I select what first-person pronoun to use? How commonly are "あたし" (atashi) or &...
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What is the difference between 見つける and 探す

I think they have a same meaning: find or search. Could you help me to show the differences between them ? In the detail cases ?
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What is the difference between 惹かれる and 引かれる?

I was texting a Japanese person, and I saw 引かれる【ひかれる】for the first time, so I searched for its meaning. I saw contradictory explanations and translations, some sources say it is the same as 惹かれる{ひかれる},...
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“again” word: 二度{にど}, 再び{ふたたび} - usage, difference

Do they mean the same thing when used as a sequence word ("again, a second time") or is there any difference (apart from 二度 also being used to mean "two times")?
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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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What's the difference among 夜中, 真夜中 and 夜?

I've found 3 words with the definition of the night/midnight. But some difficulties appeared. This is the answer have found: Is 夜中 or 真夜中 is more correct for exactly midnight? At about 00:00. ...
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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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Specificity of the use of 事柄

I would like to know what 事柄 adds to the sentence in terms of nuance (instead of more generic expressions such as こと、or もの, ...) The context is of a veteran police inspector giving some advice to a ...
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How do you say 'to add to'?

How would you say: A further ¥2000 will be added to your bill. Is it: お会計に追加2000円は付けられます。
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Understanding a sentence 〜声が誰のものか

それでも、俺はその繊細な声が誰のものかすぐに気づく。 Does もの here refer to a voice? If so, would there be any difference between the above and the following? それでも、俺はその繊細な声が誰の声かすぐに気づく。 Is it simply to avoid repetition? If ...
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Difference between 贖う【あがなう】 and 償う【つぐなう】

I learned two words meaning "to compensate" "to make up for" and "to atone for" recently: 贖う and 償う. What is the difference between them? I feel like since they both end in なう they might be ...
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How to say 'Just to add to that' in a meeting

In a meeting, when someone has made a point and you want to add an additional comment to what was said, is there a way to say 'just to add to that...' or 'in addition to that...'? Would it be ...
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What are the differences between the words 送る, 出す, 届ける?

Not sure if there is a difference in formality or in terms of what is being sent. Also, how would I say escort? Such as "I'll escort you back home"? I'm thinking that it may be 家まで見送ります, right? ...
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How to introduce oneself in relation to ones husband?

I know there are a few ways to essentially say "wife" (妻、家内、女房). Can they be used by a speaker to refer to themselves? Examples I thought of: (私はAの)妻/家内/女房です。 妻/家内/女房の○○です。 I have a ...
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How to use はるばる / はるばると in a sentence

はるばる - from afar; over a great distance; all the way I'd greatly appreciate someone telling me what the と at the end of はるばる does to it's meaning, and if it affects the words' location in a ...
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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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はずもない、はずはない、はずがない. Difference and meaning

Today listening a song I've heard something I can't understood だけどなれるはずもなくて So i started to gather information about this, but it gets me more confused and furthermore found out two more はずはない ...
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What's the difference between だって vs にしたって

I encountered にしたって here. 彼は日本語を20年も勉強しているが、その彼にしたって、まだ分からない文法に時々出くわすそうだ。 If the sentence is changed to 彼は日本語を20年も勉強しているが、その彼だって、まだ分からない文法に時々出くわすそうだ。 does it change the meaning of the ...
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What's the difference between “な感じ” and “という感じ” when written after quotation marks?

な感じ was crossed out and replaced with という感じ in a sentence that I wrote that was similar to this one: その文には「それは私にはもったいない」 な感じ という感じ があると思う。 I think that sentence has a feeling of "that's more than ...
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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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Is it okay to say 日本語を好き?

I saw that is correct to use が but I can't understand the differences between を and が
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What is the difference in nuance between using て form and から to express “so” or “because”?

As discussed in this post. Example: このカフェは安くて好きだ。 このカフェは安いから、好きだ。 Besides the relative context dependency of the first sentence, is there a difference in meaning? Is there a reason to use one over the ...
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Is the phrase うちに上がる still compatible for non-Japanese style houses?

As Japanese houses commonly have higher floor, the verb 上がる (go up) is appropriate, I think. How about non-Japanese houses in which the floor has the same level? Is the phrase うちに上がる still compatible?...
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How should かしら be used in the middle of the sentence?

Original sentence in the novel is: 何かしらの手は打ってくるだろう A post in this site shows that it is a particle used more by females, while tangorin also shows it to be used as the meaning of "head", aside of ...
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Regarding the word あたくし [duplicate]

It seems too formal for casual use, but too casual for formal use. In what sort of situation would anyone use あたくし?
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Difference between 沿岸, 海岸, 沿海

What is the difference between these words? Which one is the most common?
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What is the difference between 立つ and 起つ?

What is the difference between 立つ and 起つ?
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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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What is the difference between 動画 and 映画?

My research indicates that both terms refer to movies, 動画 and 映画. Is there a difference in usage? Does 映画 refer to film/videotape based movies and 動画 refer to everything else?
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How to say “marriage equality”?

I'm looking for a good way to say "marriage equality" in Japanese. I like to avoid the term "same-sex marriage" (同性婚{どうせいこん}) in English because I think that it has an implication that it is somehow ...
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Difference between 募集 vs 採用

What is the difference between 募集{ぼしゅう} vs 採用{さいよう}?
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Is “ii yo” acceptable?

I've never heard someone say "ii yo". Is "ii yo" acceptable? And "ii zo"? In particular, in casual masculine speech.
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Alternative word to “お[巡]{まわ}りさん”? [duplicate]

I do not like the word "お巡りさん" because it sounds おこちゃま. I doubt an adult would say such a word. What is an alternative word to say for "お巡りさん"? In daily conversation, can I say 警察者{けいさつしゃ} instead of ...
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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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Usage of ある with animate things [duplicate]

I was going through some other uses of the verb ある and then, I came across the use of ある with animate object. Following are the statements of the book which I am referring to. If we indicate the ...
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Can 参加 be used to invite someone to a chat?

Context: I invited a person to participate in a chat. チャットに参加してください was my original sentence. Is my sentence and word choice correct? I was considering the word 関与.

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