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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 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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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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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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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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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'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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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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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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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'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 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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Can 行う and 施行する be used interchangeably when meaning "to carry out?"

I'd learned 行う as meaning "to carry out" a while back, and had understood it to mean something like carrying an action out, or performing an action. The definition offered in Jisho.org ...
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Which verb fits in 庭に木をもう一本_?

There is a closed-ended question in Nihongo so-matome: 庭に木をもう一本_ 1)植えました 2)切りました The book says the answer is 植えました. What makes this answer the correct one? Doesn't 切る fit here too? The only thing ...
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Why is から used in this concessive clause?

There is a word-order exercise from Nihongo So-matome: さっき頼んだこと、すぐじゃなくてもいいからやっておいてください。 As far as I understand, it means "There is no rush, but please do what I asked you to do". Why is から ...
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Subtleties of usage of 行く vs 来る

Most textbooks explain that 行く and 来る can be generally translated to English as to go and to come, except when the perspectives/locations of the speaker and the person performing the movement are ...
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"kiru" used to refer to a card?

In Bungou Stray Dogs S2E07, the enemy pulled off something really abhorrent, and in response, Dazai says "敵{てき}がその気{き}なら、こちらも鬼札{おにふだ}を切{き}ろう". I can understand that onifuda is like "...
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Does this sentence sound natural: その靴はどこで買いましたか

その靴はどこで買いましたか Should か be replaced with の? Should I say 買った instead of 買いました? Make any sort of corrections you want, I'm trying to make my Japanese sound as native as possible.
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What is the difference between いくつか and 一部?

Both words can translate to "some" or "a few". I understand that both of them are used for countables. So i was wondering if there is an actual difference in their usage or if they ...
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から vs. を in: あちらから出て or あちらを出て? 東から昇る or 東を昇る?

I've learned that when you want to express "to come out of something without obvious boundary" , it's better to replace を with から. For examples: あちらから出てきた人は誰ですか。 (を should not be used here, ...
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Why don't you use the particle の when stating the name of a place?

I got confused when i was asked why you dont put の in place's name. it happen when I explain the function of の particle. can someone tell me in bunpou teki's way, why name place don't use no? like ...
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Difference between "つもりです" and "予定です"

I recently learned about both of them meaning "I intend/plan to..." but I don't know the difference between the two. Can someone explain?
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What's the difference between ...から死ぬ and ...で死ぬ?

We know that both から and で can express reason, and that から emphasis on a process of change in comparison to で. If this is the prerequisite, then both "...から死ぬ" and "...で死ぬ" can be ...
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What's the difference between saying "試験を受ける" and "試験を受験する"

Recently I asked a question on HiNative and said "試験を受けました" but a native Japanese speaker corrected it to "試験を受験しました". I'm positive I've seen someone say 試験を受ける before, so why did ...
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How to call a singing voice powerful?

If I wanted to say "Mika Kobayashi has a powerful singing voice", for example, could I say 小林みかさんは力を持つ歌声があります。 Or is there a better way to say it.
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What's the difference between 其処ら, 至る所, and そこら中?

Trying to figure out how to say the word "everywhere" in Japanese, and I want to make sure I'm using the correct one. Usually there's some difference due to context or formality. Context of ...
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Why can't I say 「電車に遅刻する」?

In the 2012 JLPT-official N4 sample test book, question #34, you are tested on the meaning of the word ちこく. もんだい5 つぎの ことばの つかいかたで いちばん いい ものを 1・2・3・4から ひとつ えらんで ください。 34 ちこく 1 あの とけいは ちょっと ちこくして います。 ...
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What are the differences in usage? - ~あげる and ~あがる?

~あげる and ~あがる mean "finish." But what are the differences in usage? Should あげる strictly follow 他動詞? For example, この本を読みあげた。 Should あがる strictly follow 自動詞? For example, さっき走りあがった。
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Why is 前 used instead of 後?

From 押しの子, chapter 2: A guy in this panel holds a sign that reads 30秒前 to singers before their play starts. I initially thought it means "30 seconds ago" but from context, it is best ...
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How correct is Duolingo with 俺は人間をやめるぞ!

Recently I got curious about Duolingo's Japanese courses, so I downloaded it and skipped over to section 5. This is the highest level section where they are still teaching you to my understanding. ...
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Usage/connotation of "いろ" meaning someone's "girl/lover"

In Rurouni Kenshin, a woman is running away from Kanryuu's men. A guy asks her "are you Kanryuu's girl?" (anta wa Kanryuu no iro ka?) Anyways, my question is the usage of "iro" to ...
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Word order in 銀河鉄道の夜

I was reading 銀河鉄道の夜, and I’m confused on the choice of word order in the following sentence. I understand what the sentence means, but I do not understand why みんな isnt before が. たしかにあれがみんな星だと Let ...
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About "活きてるなあって思いますか?"

In this video clip : https://youtube.com/clip/UgkxfiBqUAzxHmyxBNLZ13fJBoIpmqOrFBQq The lady asks : 剣道で培ったことは日頃の自分にもすごい活きてるなあって思いますか? The subtitle trasnlation says : Do you feel that you're applying ...
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Can someone tell me the difference between 別々に and 別々 and 別 and 別に and 別々の

I am asking for the difference between 別々に and 別々 and 別 and 別に and 別々の. They are all very similiar having something to do with separate/ly. Thanks.
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Choose between 手数料 vs キャンセル料

Which one is used in the context of hotels, attractions, and so on (reservations)? Is there a better word to say it? Thank you!
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Is there any other difference between なくなり vs なくなって besides the former being more formal than the latter?

I can't figure out if the difference between the two is just a matter of formality or if there are cases I would prefer to use one over the other regarding the context or nuance I want to convey. For ...
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"Your mom has an outie" = "son of a bitch" in English?

This might seem ridiculous, but I've now encountered "Your mom has an outie" twice in anime, and both times, it's been translated as "son of a bitch." I just want to know if there'...
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