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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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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 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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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 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 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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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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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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Is there a 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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〜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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Is there a difference between とろっとろ and とろとろ?

Please help me understand what mean とろっとろ in this sentense「あのとろっとろの猫撫で声で」. May I translate とろっとろ like "looking sleepy" or it's meaning only "soft / runny"? Person A: 悪い男か何人泣かしとんねん あのとろっとろの猫なで声で ...
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Why is て used here?

I got this message after asking for recommendations for Japanese media: 海猿て映画はオススメかな My question is, why is there a て after 海猿?I was thinking it was apart of the title but 猿 doesn’t need a て. Does ...
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Difference usage of うまい and 上手? [duplicate]

I would like to tell that she is very good in Japanese . Which one is more suitable to use under sentences ... 彼女は日本語が[上手]{jouzu}です。 or 彼女は日本語がうまいです。 Can I use both sentences ? Is there no ...
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Can one say [ゲームを遊ぶ ]?

So I know that commonly people say 「ゲームをする」or 「NOUNで遊ぶ」 yet on the Japanese playstation website, I see 「ゲームを遊ぶ」written, even though the verb is intransitive. Are they both correct or is it sorta like ...
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たくさん人 or たくさんの人 [duplicate]

I know the more grammatically correct version would be the Takusan NO hito, yet I'm sure I've read and heard both in Japanese media. Is the first a more colloquial way of saying it, or are there ...
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Why do I need to use のに instead of ので?

食べてばかりいるので、なんで太いじゃないだろう?? I was told for this sentence I should use のに instead of ので. Why is のに better here? It seems like it changes the meaning from “so/since” to “even though”. I wanted to say “...
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What is the difference between 型 and 形?

What is the difference between 型 and 形? I was taught that 型 means something like "form" and 形 means shape/form、and I wonder, are they interchangeable? Does 型 only come after a word or phrase?
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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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What is the difference between ある日 and ある日のこと?

For example: ある日のこと、たろうは、また海へ出て。 As I understand ある日 means "one day". What does the のこと do to it? Possibly related? What is the こと in sentences such as あなたのことが好きだ? and What is “koto” used for?
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Is there a difference between tomo and tomodachi?

I was able to translate the terms as friend. Is there any difference in meaning between the 2 terms?
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Which is the correct phrase to say saving money?

I like to tell that I am saving money to buy Mac Book . So two sentence come to my mind , which one is more suitable to use .. 僕はMACBOOKを買うためにお金を貯金しています。 僕はMACBOOKを買うためにお金を節約しています。
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Saying “some” as in “What are some examples of this?”

How would you express “some” when you’re asking for a list of things or examples of something? My gut is to just say whatever I’m talking about, like: 好きな鳥は何ですか? meaning “What are some birds you ...
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What is the expression/word for “going against traffic (flow)”?

Suppose you're driving in a one way street and see someone coming in the opposite direction. What's the most natural way to say something like "Hey, you're going against traffic!" I know how to say ...
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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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Does this saying make sense? (Kurayami kara Hikari or 暗闇 から光)

I'm trying to convey the message "Light from Darkness" or "Light out of Darkness" so I came up with the saying "Kurayami kara Hikari" or "暗闇 から光". Or is this too simple and it should be "暗闇からの光"? I'm ...
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Expressing “huh” tag?

How would you express this type of tag? For example: Lovers, huh? That’s what you think they are? Would って work? 恋人って?そうと思う?
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Ask for a facility visit to another Japanese company

I'm in the process of asking another company if they would be so kind to let us visit their facility. Some kind of tour of the company. They already accepted us going there, but we would like to ask ...
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Difference between 〜がち and 〜つい?

If both can express habits like things you tend to do, what is the difference between their uses? examples: イケメン*が通るとつい見ちゃう。 昔の話をしていると話がついつい長くなる。 Why was つい used here? Would 〜がち also make ...
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Casual ways to ask meaning?

I know 〜はどう言う意味ですか? but how might you ask this question in a casual setting among friends?
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Which would be the better translation for “Even though you're X, you're still Y?”

Given a phrase of the form "Even though you're X, you're still Y..." what would be the best (i.e. more natural or grammatically correct) Japanese form? For example: "Even though you're that weak, ...
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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 mean beginner or elementary level, the other two were written on the same page for a drawing course i fould online as "入門者向け" and "初心者向け", but i don't see any ...
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What's the correct translation for 'Japanese Student': 'Nihonjin gakusee' or 'Nihonjin no gakusee'?

I have seen both uses in different contexts, but I'm having trouble figuring out in which case to use the 'no' particle!
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What is the difference between はじめまして vs 始めよう?

I was watching a Japanese TV show, and in the start of the episode, introductions were made between two people; then later in the show, they were playing a video game. In both instances, the phrase "...
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Translating “different”?

I’m having trouble figuring out how to translate “different.” I know the words 違う and 違い but I don’t know how to incorporate those to mean “different” or if that would even be correct. 「違う色がきれいだね。」...
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Difference between ばかり, ところ, and 今?

I’ve gathered that these all can be used like “just” (right?) so I’m wondering what the difference in usage is between them. 今終わった。 終わったばかり。 終わったところ。 Are these all basically the same? (...
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What are the different uses of iroiro?

I already know there is the adjective iroiro+na, and I've learned that, but recently I've learned that iroiro+to and iroiro+no are different ways to use "iroiro", which I have not learned in class, ...