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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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Uses of 「四つ角」in quizlet as intersection?

I am making my way through a very large quizlet flashcard deck that has already had a few mistakes that I have caught. I just came across[ 四つ角]{よつかど} which it lists as intersection and shows a picture ...
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When should I use 週 versus 週間 for “week”?

I just decided I needed to know the word for week and found both 週 and 週間 mean "week". Can I get by as a beginner with only 週間? Or when should each one be used?
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What is the difference between 端, 縁 and 先っちょ?

I struggle to visualise the differences between 端, 縁 and 先っちょ after reading many examples and definitions online: The approximate english translations are very similar: 端: end, tip, point margin (...
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Meaning of「〜てみたいと思います」

I've gathered that と思う means to think about but isn't it a little redundant to add the みたい? 彼らに聞いてみたいと思います。 The みたい adds the sense of looking like or seeming but so does 思う so I don't quite ...
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Saying “I don’t have to…”

would this be 〜なくていい? I don’t have to study - 勉強しなくていい?
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Difference between なきゃand なくちゃ [duplicate]

i understand that they’re short forms of なければ and なくて but i don’t understand the different nuances between them. thanks! ex. 勉強しなきゃ。 vs 勉強しなくちゃ。
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How does これ以上する work in this particular context?

I've already learned how to use これ以上 when it means "beyond this" or further than this". But I'm confused as what it means in this particular context I came across. I've been reading a sports manga. ...
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How to say “Developer” In Japanese?

I want to know how to say Developer in Japanese. By Developer, Specifically a web Developer, Programmer or Coder. When I googled it initially, I got: デベロッパー And then I found a Kanji: 開発者 I ...
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Differences between “even if”/“no matter (how much)” structures: としても, ところで, ~ようが/と

I've encountered several forms that mean both "even if" (might be used for example with たとえ), and "no matter (how much)" (used with どんなに, いくら, etc). ~ても ~としても ~ところで ~ようが/と The only difference ...
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Sentences without topic particles?

how common is it for there to be sentences like 「私、死んでるよ!」or 「これ、怖い」? is it super informal? any guidelines on when to speak like this?
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Usage of こいつ, あいつ, etc

When can I use こいつ, あいつ, etc? I’ve seen that they can mean he/she/this/that in various contexts but when is it appropriate to use them versus 彼 or 彼女?
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How do you say “some”, “many”, “a few”, and “few” when referring to people?

So, of course, I know words like 多い, たくさん, 少ない, 少し, and 何+[counter]+か to express "many", "few", "a few", and "some" in most contexts. However, I have absolutely no idea what are the Japanese ...
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Reason for using じゃないですか in this sentence?

「えとー、隣に人乗る時ありますけど、なんかこう前が壁じゃないですか。」 The translation in the subtitle was “Because, sometimes people do sit next to me but there’s a sort of wall in front of you.” I don’t understand where the じゃない ...
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Difference between「のびる/のばす」and「のべる」

With the use of a dictionary, along with reading some web pages, I understood the meaning as well as the proper usage of 「延びる/延ばす」and 「伸びる/伸ばす」. But I noticed an overlapping in meaning regarding「延べる」...
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Use of の vs か in questions

i’ve seen japanese speakers switch between both の and か in the same conversation or situation. are there certain phrases where it’s better to use one or the other? for example is の better to use with ...
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What is the difference between 反日 and 日本たたき?

I apologize in advance if I cause offence with this question, but I am curious about these two terms. 反日 can be translated as “anti-Japan(ese)”. I have seen one example of this term being used to ...
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Purpose of のは in this sentence?

What is the purpose of のは in the sentence “今浮かんだのは”? The context is, I asked someone what their favorite English word was and they said “Hmm 今浮かんだのは bullshit. Just kidding!” Would the translation be ...
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What is the difference between 考え、アイデア、発想 and 着想

These are all translated as "idea" in English. But I don't understand which context I should use each one in. If I had to guess: 考え means an imagining of a solution or an understanding of something,...
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What is difference between 「振り替える」 and 「振り込む」?

I have a confusion to understand the difference between [振]{ふ}り[替]{か}える and [振]{ふ}り[込]{こ}む. I would be glad if someone point the difference between them. Thank you in advance.
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difference between バス停 and バスターミナル?

I am confused the difference between バス[停]{てい} and バスターミナル. I would be glad if someone point the difference between them. Thank you in advance.
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to see a doctor

I found two different translations for "going to see a doctor," and I was wondering which contexts you would use each in. The first is 受診{じゅしん}する which is defined on jisho.org as "having a medical ...
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Till what age can an infant be called akachan

Till what age can an infant be called akachan. When can we use musuko-chan till any particular age or till he is able to walk. Please clarify
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Help translating English idioms

Can someone use 涙ぐむ in a way to say "could bring a man to tears" or something along those lines? Wanting to translate some English phrases or sayings into Japanese in a way that could be either ...
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Meaning of ですかね in a response

I feel like this is a basic question, one whose meaning I don't think I fully understand. I'm watching a サンドウィッチマン コント on YouTube where 伊達さん is asked "How many women have you been out with before?" ...
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Shigeru Miyamoto interview

I always have difficulty understanding 宮本 茂. His Japanese is like the hardest to understand. I can watch whole anime's with no problem, and read through lots of text in video games and manuals, but ...
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Tense of なる when used with おそい

すみません、 おそくなって。ずいぶんまちましたか。 I thought the meaning was : Sorry I am running late. Did you wait long? But when I googled it, the おそくなって means "I'm late." Is this one of the usual phrases used in ...
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How do I make my translation less stilted or flow similar to the original Japanese?

I'm translating the following line of dialogue spoken by Character A to Character B. 「怖がらなくてもいいわ。もう襲ったりしないから」 The translations I made are the following: "There’s no need to be afraid. Because I ...
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あいだ, ところ、しまった in a sentence

トイレに行っているあいだに電車が行ってしまった。 The choices were either あいだ or ところ but the answer is あいだ. Google translate it : The train went while I was in the bathroom. I thought it meant : I was about to go in ...
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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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Difference among evening words 夕方, 夕べ, 晩, 夕?

I've found several words in the book, which means evening. What's the difference among them? I've found only this information: 夕 - 5pm to 7pm 晩 - 7pm to 10pm 夜 - 10pm onwards (night, late evening) ...
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Difference between 帰宅{きたく}する and 帰{かえ}る

Is there any difference between 帰宅{きたく}する and 帰{かえ}る (return home) or are they just exact synonyms? For example, in that sentence from Tatoeba : 夜{よる}になったので、帰宅{きたく}した。 Can 帰宅{きたく}した be replaced ...
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What does ひと匙 mean in this manga and has it been used colloquially?

I’m reading this manga and I came across this scene that the character is describing the new member of the school team that 音駒【ねこま】にあとひと匙【さじ】 欲しかった決定力になり得る存在 *Note: 音駒 is the highschool name. For ...
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さあていくわ vs さあ行くわ

Eat Mom's Breakfast Toast, Jams, Milk of おいしい牛乳 さあて行くわあたし happy happy girl! From the intro of a song (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KS2t7l89Lm0) The English words are being sung in ...
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するだろうな wonderment or a question?

If a person says " レイどんな顔をするだろうな" Is it more correct to translate it as: I wonder what face Rey would make. Or How do you think he will react?
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Counters for animals: 匹 vs 頭: roughly how big is “big” and how small is “small”?

I find the distinction between 匹 and 頭 is rather tricky, because it is based on the size of the animal in question, and size is very relative and varies greatly among animals, even within the same ...
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What is the difference between 相棒 and 相手?

I’ve been playing Ace Attorney lately and I’m curious about the differences in the localization compared to the original. For this one, I’m curious about Edgeworth’s choice of words for “partner”. In ...
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So I understand 人外 is an anagram of 外人, but does 外人人外 mean evil foreigner?

Title says all. This is purely 100% out of curiosity and by no means meant to offend anyone. Problem is, I very rarely see 人外 used anywhere.
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Nuance differences between the kanji for ぐあい, 具合 and 工合

Usually I read ぐあい as 具合 but recently I was reading a some Japanese literature and the 工合 version of the kanji was used. For reference the literature: 脳味噌の中心にヒリヒリと焦げ付く位である。それでいて、あとから考えるとその興味の焦点と、...
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What is the difference between 仮定 and 想定?

I see a lot of different explanations online but I'm not sure if I understand the nuances correctly From what I can gather: 仮定 is used when a situation is unclear and an assumption is made based on ...
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What is the difference between 扱う、捌く、 解決する and 処理する

These words have similar meanings along the lines of: "deal with" "take care of" "settle" "manage" "handle" "process" some issue or something For example what are the nuances of these sentences? ...
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When is it appropriate to begin referring to 明仁 as 平成天皇?

The upcoming abdication of the Chrysanthemum Throne, the enthronement of [徳仁]{なるひと} and the start of the [令和]{れいわ}[時代]{じだい} presents a specific and unusual conundrum: It has become customary to refer ...
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How would one say “Grandma died, I really miss her”?

Does 懐かしむ suffice? Can it convey the sadness of losing someone close to you? If not, how would one express such a thing? I'm having trouble dealing with this, as there are plenty of uses "miss" in ...
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What is the better way to say 'Asian Studies'?

I've heard two variants, 東学 and アジア研究. Is there any difference between them?
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Why is “language” represented by 言葉【ことば】 instead of 言語【げんご】 in this book for learning Japanese?

In みんなの日本語初級I book, the word 「ことば」 is used to mean "language" (English, Japanese, Russian, etc.) However, I found 「言語」 as the most proper word for this type of language. The first variant (which ...
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What's the difference between 違法 and 不法?

Looking up the translation for "illegal", I found 違法{いほう} and 不法{ふほう}. These words seem to be quite similar. Judging from what I have found online, it seems 不法 is mainly used to refer to illegal ...
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What is the difference between Tsuite kuru (ついて くる) and Tadoru (たどる)?

In my Japanese phrase book it says: Tadoru - To follow. But then later on it says Watashitachi mo soko ni ikimasu desu node, tsuite kite kudasai - We are going there, so you can follow us. ...
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Difference between 見覚える / 覚える / 思い出す

I saw this sentence in a show 見覚えあるけど and I got confused with the differences between 見覚えある / 見覚える / 覚える / 思い出す? I saw this answer that explained the difference between 覚える and 思い出す but not the rest....
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Difference between 癒せ and 癒せる

From the Japanese tangled song ("Healing Incantation"), the lyrics go like “傷を癒せ、運命の川”-Heal wounds, river of fate I don't understand why 癒せ is used instead of a proper conjugation, is it a colloquial ...
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What's the difference between 解く【とく】and 解く【ほどく】?

From what I infer from searching online, 解く【とく】refers to "untying" or solving abstract concepts such as math problems. 解く【ほどく】, on the other hand, relates to untying physical objects like one's ...
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How would you translate “more” for use as an interface button?

I'm working on an interface that includes several tabs to organize information about a topic. In the English version, the last tab is labeled "More", and it shows additional details about the topic. ...