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How to say "instructions for the/an exercise" in Japanese?

How to say "instructions for the/an exercise" in Japanese? I found the term 指示, here, here, and here, but also the terms 命令 and 説明書 in those links, which seem to me to be potential options. ...
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Are AI's referred to with いる or ある? [duplicate]

For example, would a chatbot be referred to with いる or ある? If I wanted to ask "You have Siri, right?", would I say "Siriがいるだろう" or "Siriがあるだろう". And what about for the ...
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How to say "I ship X with Y"? (shipping slang)

If you're not familiar, in fandoms, it's common in English to "ship" characters together (essentially meaning you think they should be in a romantic relationship). I know how Japanese ships ...
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What's the Japanese phrase for "for the occasion of" or "for use in"

I work at a shoe store here in the US, and every now and again, especially during Summer, we get a decent amount of Japanese customers. I more or less know most of the business phrases, but I'm not ...
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Difference between 来ることはない and 来ない?

I am not sure if there is a difference between them or not them. Basically I would like to know what the (verb)ことはない form means.
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重用 - Reading Preference

Reading some 読解 Material I stumbled upon the word 重用. I read it as じゅうよう without much attention, only to notice that the furigana on top read "ちょうよう". Searching a bit on dictionaries I saw ...
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この仕事が無事に_ _ ⊛ _、心から感謝している。

After reviewing some old 新完全マスター material I came across this sentence, which took me a bit to parse: この仕事が無事に_ _ ⊛ _、心から感謝している。 チームワークが 終わるのは ほかならず よかったからに My "immersion reflexes" kicked ...
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Difference in use between 正義 and しか勝たん

I find them used interchangeably. Do they have a different nuance?
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What is the difference between 女子 and 女の人?

I'm learning kanji through WaniKani, and stumbled upon three pieces of vocabulary that have similar meanings, but no clear guidance on which should be used in which occasion: 女{おんな}の子{こ}: defined as ...
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Use of も in this sentence

In the following sentence what is meant by the use of も 皆さんも機会があればフランスに来てください My rough translation of the sentence is If any of you get the chance please try and visit France. my feeling is that も ...
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verb stem+masu vs verb stem+suru

Example: 引っ越す 引っ越しします I know they have the same meaning but what are the small details? I remember seeing the structure お+verb stem+する used in humble speech, but here the お is omitted.
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Which one is correct はらぺこにも見えない or はらぺこのようにも見えない?

へとへとにも、はらぺこにも、のどがからからにも、びくびくしているようにも見えなかった。 I try to reduce the sentence using the same end structure and using はらぺこ only which is a noun according to the dictionary. Which one is correct?
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帰り道で見た and 帰り道に見た?

I seem to have seen/heard both. 帰り道で見た東京タワーが上空を照らしていた (source) 帰り道で見た景色 (source) 帰り道に見たかもしれない夕日の絵を描きました (source) 帰り道に見た夕日 (source)
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What can you see or find at a 薬屋、薬局、ドラッグストアー respectively?

What is the difference between a [薬屋]{くすりや}, a [薬局]{やっきょく}, and a ドラッグストアー? Can we purchase the same things in a 薬屋 or a 薬局 or a ドラッグストアー? Which of these items are commonly carried in the different ...
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How to say "allow" in Japanese? [closed]

How to say "allow" in Japanese? My dictionary gives the word 許す yurusu, however I don't know how to use it, and which word must be used instead, across the different specific meanings of &...
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What is the difference between の and である when used in the same context?

一人の人 A person that is alone. 人である人 A person that is alone.
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What is the difference between 引き継ぐ and 引き受ける

I learn that both 引き継ぐ and 引き受ける can mean "take over". 引き継ぐ is about succeeding someone and its more suited for long term responsibilities/task 引き受ける is for more for casual work I'm still a ...
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How to say "to move (house) from A to B" (change residence) in Japanese?

How to say "to move (house) from A to B" (change residence) in Japanese? Here, it says the word is 引っ越す hikkosu, so I searched it on my dictionary and could not find how to use it in the ...
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Words for restaurant

I was at a fancy restaurant that served kaiseki (懐石) and I wanted to ask the chef How long have you worked at this restaurant? I was about to use the word レストラン, but I knew that wasn't the right ...
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Saying 'Are you Satisfied?' in Japanese: 満足ですか or 満ち足りですか

I'm not quite sure what the difference between (1) 満足ですか and (2) 満ち足りですか - Do they both mean "Are you satisfied?" I'm trying to say "Satisfied" in the sense of being satisfied with ...
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Why いいます versus います?

In Japanese 101 our textbook there is no explanation of why in some Japanese sentences there is “います” While in others there is: “いいます.” Why is this or have I simply messed up and don’t understand? ...
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Differences between the various words for equality

Specifically, I'm thinking of 平等, 同等, 対等, 均等, and 互角. I understand that 互角 is usually referring to a small number of things which are really close (seemingly usually in competitions). 同等, according to ...
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What's the difference between 「日誌」「日記」「日録」?

What's the difference between the three nouns? Are they used for different types of journaling?
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What are the nuances in various words for "expert"?

In particular, I'm thinking of the words 名人, 玄人, 博士, 専門家, 達人, 巨匠, 通, and 有識者. I have a vague idea that 玄人 is most often used for an expertise which is "casual" (eg: このゲームの玄人), and that 博士 ...
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Which one is the correct way to say autumn wind chimes 秋風鈴 or 秋の風鈴

I would like to know how to say "autumn wind chimes." Is it aki fuurin 秋風鈴 or aki no fuurin 秋の風鈴? Or perhaps is it both correct? If it depends on the context I just wanted to say autumn ...
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What is the difference between 波にのまれる and 波にさらわれる?

I encountered these 2 on a N1 聴解 practice test and even though I got the gist, I was wondering if there is a hidden implication/nuance, or if it was just a different way to say the same thing without ...
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How to Use a Relative Clause with か in this sentence?

I am currently writing an essay for JPN 401 and I am trying to say this: While my parents planned on how to take me to college, I was just doing things like watching YouTube videos, and just not ...
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Novel, novella, short story -- how to distinguish

Even for English speakers, the lines between novel, novella, and short story are not clear-cut. Wikipedia has 17,500 to 40,000 words as a novella, and 7,500–17,500 as a novelette; anything shorter is ...
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How to use the various Japanese words involving effect

効果, 有効, 効き目, 効力, 効能, 影響, and 作用 all have meanings than can roughly be translated to "effect" or some variation of the word. My understanding is: 影響 and 作用 are the only ones that aren't ...
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What is the difference between (ない)わけではない and (ない)ことはない?

As I understand, they are both very close in terms of meaning. E.g. 私は歌を歌えないわけではないが、人前で歌うのは恥ずかしい。 私は歌を歌えないことはないが、人前で歌うのは恥ずかしい。 Both sentences would mean: "It's not that I cannot sing, it's just ...
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青銅 versus ブロンズ, which one should I use?

I am trying to write something along the lines of 'the Daibutsu is made out of bronze.' I am using です・ます体. In this case, which word would be more appropriate to use? Is there even a difference?
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What does this もまた mean?

What is the difference between も and また? Context: 山田もまたパーティーに 来ます。 So, も means "too" and the one meaning of また is also "too". What's the difference between these two words and why ...
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How would I express that I'm an American with Indian heritage?

I'm an American citizen, born and raised here, who speaks English as my only native language. Both my parents are Indian and I look Indian. What is a natural way of conveying all this? Saying just ...
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What is the difference between "花が開きます" and "花が咲きます"

What is the difference between "花が開きます" and "花が咲きます". I think it's all about flowers blooming
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What is the connotation of まぐわう (referring to intercourse)?

I understand that まぐわう essentially refers to the act of sex. But I'm trying to get some idea of the connotation. In Yofukashi no Uta, it's translated/localized as "copulate", which has a ...
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What is the difference between 応える and 応じる?

What is the difference between 応える and 応じる? I know they both mean 'answer' but is there an actual difference? このタイ料理の店は客の好みに応えて味や量を調節してくれる。 can I use both or just one (why?)
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What is the different between "~なのですが" and "~ですが"?

Context: 今日は仕事が終わってから、友達と夜ご飯を食べに行きました。ステーキのお店なのですが、食べ放題のパンも美味しかったです。食べ過ぎました。 I guess "のです"+"が" mean "although" or just "and then" here, and "~のです/~んです&...
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What is the difference between “(Noun) + 側” and “(Noun)”?

This is a question that I have been trying to figure out. I have two sentences (as well as variations and translations) that I would like to cite, but before I do so, I should provide the context ...
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Nuances between the various words for direction

There are 方, 方向, 方面, 向き, 方角, and 方位. My current understanding is: 方位 specifically refers to the points on a compass 方角 refers to east/west/south/north 向き refers to an orientation/direction of an ...
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「だいたい」と「くらい」の違い [closed]

I've searched online and all that I can find is that they both mean "around". What do they mean? When do you use だいたい? When do you use くらい?
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かのように・かのようだ meaning ほど

かのように and ほど translate to seems, or look like. I'm confused about the meaning or how to use it, when to use it.
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Why choose の over が?

What is the difference between using の and using が in these two expressions? 興味がある 興味のある The full sentence: それは学生にとって興味のある問題だと思う。 I understand the meaning, but it seems to me you could replace that ...
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Is there considered to be socio-cultural gender in japanese language and do job title variations exist?

Feminist linguistics partly revolve around a concept of with job titles associated biological gender. In English and German one would associate the neutral word "doctor" with a man: it is ...
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Difference between ない(もの)でもない and なくはない・なくもない

I would like to know if both structures ない(もの)でもない and なくはない・なくもない are completely interchangeable or if there is any difference between them. It seems that both of them have the same meanings (1: it ...
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What is the difference between 楽しい, 愉しい, and 娯しい?

Recently I've been trying to understand the difference in nuance between the words 楽しい, 愉{たの}しい, and 娯{たの}しい, but I'm still confused after reading a few different explanations on chiebukuro and other ...
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Why is ある required in あるはずない?

From the first episode of Death Note, the main character utters to himself that something can't be possible: ふん、まさかな…そんなわけあるはずない Question: What is the ある doing in this sentence? If はずない is an i-...
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Nuances when using とはいうものの

I'm studying とはいうものの when used after a full stop in this way. "......。とはいうものの、......。" According to the very few examples I could find about this grammar pattern used in this way (after a ...
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Difference between ~として~ない and ~たりとも~ない

I would like to know if both expressions ~として~ない and ~たりとも~ない are completely interchangeable or if there is any difference between them. According to several grammar websites, ~として~ない and ~たりとも~ない ...
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Difference between ようだ、見える and 見えます。

Difference between ようだ、見える and 見えます。 I'm trying to say my dog looks like a cow. All I've got so far is わたしの犬は牛 I've searched online and can't find a correct answer. Thanks.
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Is using 賜る correct when listening to or accepting a condition?

From ひぐらしのなく頃に。The 園崎 clan (sort of mafia, no spoilers please!) are negotiating the handover of a scrap book to the police, in return for the police cancelling a search/raid of a building. 刑事「(...)...
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