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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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Convoluted translation attempt 世界のすべて城砦に抱く

I'm trying to make sense of the words said by a character in a manga who talks in an archaic manner. I tried into account the context, the images, all to help me figure out what he is saying. ...
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Difference between the words kakemono and kakejiku

Does anyone reading this site know of any nuance(s) differentiating these two words? Numerous online sites say that kakejiku is more commonly used, but I have found no information about whether the ...
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Science writing - exact, precise, or accurate

While trying to write about an experiment I have done, I am having trouble deciding which words are appropriate for describing what I want to describe. In non-scientific English, precise, and ...
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What's the difference between 海獣 and 怪獣? [closed]

What's the difference between 海獣 and 怪獣? Do they both mean the same thing, or is one proper and the other one not?
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Is there a difference between the dekiteru/dekita part in “Junbi wa dekiteru/dekita”,and ii in “junbi wa ii”?

I would like to know if, like: Junbi wa ii Junbi wa dekiteru Junbi wa dekita Are all interchangeable? I feel like the last two mean "Plans are complete" and "Plans have been completed" ...
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What's the difference between 役割 and 役回り?

Weblio gives both the meaning of role or part (duty is there too as a less used meaning), so I assume the difference is on the nuances. In addition, 役割 seems to be much more used by Japanese natives ...
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What's the difference between 知り合い & 付き合い?

I have answered this 知り合い but in answer's sheet it was 付き合い and I don't get the difference.
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Differences between Wa Nai and Ga Nai?

I first learnt Ga as always attached to Arimasen so still trying to grasp the nuances when changed to a Wa. From my understanding of Wa vs Ga differences, it's just simply a matter of topic vs ...
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Different nuances of そっか and なるほど?

I’ve learned that both mean something like “I see” or “I understand” but are they interchangeable? Is there any difference?
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これ vs この: what is the difference? [duplicate]

What is the difference between これ and この? When and why to use them?
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What's the difference between 反面 and 一方?

I understand that they both present two opposite sides of a situation or of something. However, even if in some cases they can be interchangeable, there are other where they cannot. Can somebody ...
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What/Where usage English vs Japanese

I've been told that number 1 wrong and number 2 is correct, but I'm wondering why exactly. 出身は何ですか。 出身はどこですか。 In English, what's your origin vs where's your origin has the same meaning to me and my ...
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Why is 一日 used instead of 日 to ask how your day is?

I spoke with someone from Japan on Tandem and she said to me “今日はどんな一日でしたか?” and I’m wondering why 一日 was used since I thought that meant the first of the month?
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How to say:'It's not like he's dying or anything'?

"別に死ぬあいつはわけじゃないし" I want this to convey a sense of denial
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Is there any difference between 「精々」 and 「たかだか」?

Like mentioned in the title, I would like to know if there are any subtle differences between 「精々」 and 「たかだか」. As an example, are all these sentences grammatically correct? Is there any change in ...
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Order of sentence's parts in building sad-mooded rhetorical question

太陽を最後に我々は見たのはいつだ? literally: The Sun last time we saw-state when are? meaning: When did we last time saw the Sun, f**k!? context: it is a sad rhetorical question about bad rainy weather. It is not a ...
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“Safe” as an adjective?

Today at my company, I was involved in something, and I was unsure if the action we were about to do was safe. Normally in English, I would say something along the lines of "Hey, is this safe to do?". ...
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Why is the volitional form used here?

このアカウントをフォローして、写真や動画をチェックしよう。 Why was しよう used instead of して? I was thinking して because it appears to be a request.
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Professional Titles for Engineer

I am setting up a Japanese language profile in LinkedIn. I am a Nuclear Engineer, but am unsure exactly how that profession is worded in japanese. The two options that seem most appropriate are: ...
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歩道 vs 舗装 when meant part of road for people to walk (sidewalk, pavement, footpath)

As I understand 道 [michi] means any road or street, where people can walk and cars may drive. But when we mean that part of road which was build to be used only by people to walk: sidewalk, pavement, ...
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What's the difference between にしては、 わりに and くせに?

Can somebody explain to me the difference in usage of these three forms. Sometimes it feels as if there are cases where they are interchangeable. If you could add also some examples it would be ...
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How to say [even for somebody] vs just [for somebody]

これは私に難しい。 This is difficult for me. I want to say [This it is difficult EVEN for me.] The closest way to say it that I could find is using とっても [totte-mo], but for my understanding this word is ...
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Name of the city 都市の名前 vs 市の名前

I feel, that 市の名前 as [name of the city] is somewhat unnatural, but I can not explain to myself why I should use 都市の名前 instead. Jisho says that 市 is a noun and no restriction to use it. Maybe the ...
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What's the difference between 予定 (Yotei) and 計画 (keikaku)?

予定 (Yotei) is defined as plans; 計画 (keikaku) is also defined as plans Please could you explain the difference by explicitly making reference to the following examples: Example 1: Kyuuka no yotei ...
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Conjugating present and past negative i-adjectives

I've been learning about conjugating i- and na-adjectives recently and I've stumbled onto something odd. I've seen two distinct ways of conjugating negative i-adjectives; the two ways are to replace い ...
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How to say “and here I thought”

How would I say "and here I thought you didn't understand sarcasm"? I was also wondering if there is any difference between using 皮肉 and 風刺 for meaning sarcasm.
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Koto ga arimasu vs. Koto wa arimasen [duplicate]

こんにちは! I'm having some trouble understanding why は is used in the following response, instead of が. If someone could please help, I'd really appreciate it. おさけ を のんだ こと が あります か / O sake o nonda ...
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How to determine 大都市 vs 都市

As I understand 都市 [toshi] means [city]. And therefore it could be any city, which is not town. In Russia town means over 12K population. 100-250K pouplation = big town. 250-500K pupulation = small ...
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Verb (とどめる) and its meaning in these sentences

I was looking for the meaning of the verb (とどめる) and how it differs from (とめる). I understood that (とどめる) means (to stop "potentially" from moving). But how does that meaning relate to the following ...
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“Was Warned that …” (correct word choice / use of passive?)

I am trying to write out a short speech to say after my companies morning exercises, and I have chosen the very exciting topic of ... the weather! Anyway I wish to convey this meaning in my ...
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Differences between 楽しがちに、楽し気味に、楽しげに、楽しっぽく

Which one of the words above is most suitable in the following sentence and why? 近所の子供たちが校庭で________遊んでいる。 Thanks!
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1人ではできなかったので友達に手伝って______。

Could you please explain why the correct answer is 「もらいました」 and not 「くれました」? Multiple choice answers are: ①やりました ②もらいました ③くれました ④あげました Thanks!!!
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Platonic love?愛情

Can i say that i love a sibling using 愛情 or is it for romatic love?
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Differences between 'prepare' words. 整う、備える、設ける

What are the nuances between each? For general use in most cases can they be substituted for 準備します?
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貧しい【まずしい】 poor 貧乏【びんぼう】な poor What's the difference?

Example sentences do not suggest a big difference. Is there? 貧しい【まずしい】 poor 貧乏【びんぼう】な poor [貧乏]{びんぼう}だけれど[彼]{かれ}は[幸福]{こうふく}だ。 Poor as he is, he is happy. [貧]{まず}しいといえども[彼女]{かのじょ}は[幸]{しあわ}せだ。...
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Do only shop staff use 当店, or could I use it too to say 'here'?

I heard it in the context of a shop staff saying it in anime, but it got me thinking about the different ways I might say 'here' in a sentence like 'Do you serve vegetarian meals here?' ここは。。。 こちらは。。...
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What do you call males in their late teens/early twenties?

For example, what word would I use to say like “Boys are cute” or “Guys are cute”? I’m 19, so what word would fit me? 男?
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うれしい(ureshii) Vs たのしい(tanoshii)

When exactly do we use うれしい(ureshii) and たのしい(tanoshii) Ureshii - glad , pleasant Tanoshii - happy Ureshii is when you see someone being happy Is ureshii also with event already happened
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Difference of 減量 and 減少

What is the difference between 減量 and 減少? What about 増量 and 増加? I found these following examples on my workbook, but there is no explanation whatsoever about how to use them. 人口が減少する。 ...
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Which is more common for “I miss you”: 会いたい or 寂しい?

When saying “I miss you” which of these is more frequently used? Do they have different nuances?
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Difference between と and たら [duplicate]

I was under the impression that たら was used for "if this then", statements. Be they cause and effects or when statements. Whats the difference with と?
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Comparing the usage of というのは and ということは

As far as I know, both というのは and ということは can be used to give definition/explanation. 留学するということは、海外で勉強するということだ。 ユートピアというのは理想郷の意だ And are also used to make inferences. ご意見がないということは賛成ということですね。 ...
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Are です and あります/います ever interchangeable?

I feel like (私は)彼の前です。 means the same thing as (私は)彼の前にいます。 (I am in front of him.) Also 本はどこですか。and 本はどこにありますか。 (Where is the book?) Correct me if I'm wrong, but is there a rule for determining ...
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How do you say “or” at the beginning of a sentence?

For example, if I was saying something like “Did you buy the groceries?” and then I wanted to add “Or do you want me to?” how would I translate the “or” at the beginning? Another example: “Do you ...
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What does it mean when みたいな is at the end of a sentence?

彼ももうちょっとがんばればよかったのに..、みたいな…。 or なんか、お腹減った、みたいな… Just for some examples. Is it some sort of filler? I understand normal uses of みたい but I don’t understand what it means at the end of a sentence.
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のです abbreviated to んで?

「いろんな種類あるんで。」 Is this just an abbreviation of のです? Or is it supposed to be ので? I’ve seen んで a handful of times so I thought I would ask about it!
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How to say “if a is happening or b is happening” using たら?

If I wanted to say: If I am cooking or washing clothes, please help. 料理をしている[or]洗濯していたら、手伝ってください。 I know sometimes か is used to mean "or", but wouldn't that be confused with the question of ...
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Saying “and” with two different clauses?

I’ve seen a few threads about saying “and” but I’m not sure what to do if there’s a time element in the second clause. For example, I want to say “I just woke up and I work later.” Would that be 「...
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Meaning of とか and こう in context なんかお店とかに、こう歩ってて

なんかお店とかに、こう歩ってて、なんかっす、こう、スベッ、スベッて転んだことが。痛い! What is the meaning of こう how it’s used in this context? And what is the purpose of とか?I know なんか is similar to “like” and っす is short for です so it seems ...
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Difference between 〜といい and 〜ように for “I hope…”

I've learned that both of these can be used to mean “I hope that...” or “I wish that...” but what is the difference in meaning? 「明日晴れといいな。」vs 「明日晴れように。」 Do these have the same meaning?