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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 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. ...
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shokuhin vs tabemono [duplicate]

How would you describe the difference between these 2 words? Thank you.
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How is 修業 different than 練習 or 訓練?

In my understanding from this post, 訓練 is a training you do when you start learning something, vs. 練習 which you do to improve continuously. How does 修業 compare to these? I think they're all translated ...
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How to say “give some space”

How does one say "if you need some space, that's OK"? Looking through ALC, もし考える時間{じかん}が必要{ひつよう}であれば、大丈夫{だいじょうぶ}ですよ。 Which translates as "if you need time to think, that's OK", is there an expression ...
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Is it legitimate to say「意味する」to mean “to mean”?

So like the title asks, I'm wondering if it's legitimate to say 「意味する」 to mean "to mean". I know 意味 is meaning, and I was wondering what the verb version of 'to mean' would be. An example sentence ...
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What Is The Difference Between 「好きじゃないです」and 「好きではないんです。」?

I understand that they both mean I do not like, but I'm not sure what exactly 「好きではない」means. Moreover, does the particle 'では'make a difference, or could you have just used 'は'? Thank you
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What is the difference between ぶらつく and ふらつく?

Looking at the デジタル大辞泉 definition for ふらつく, it gives as a synonym ぶらつく. They seem very related, but is there any usage difference between them perhaps due to differing etymology?
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What is the difference between [上手]{じょうず} and [上手い]{うまい}?

I've read that [上手]{じょうず} is formal and [上手い]{うまい} is casual... nothing else?
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Distinction between 早速 and さっさと

Both 早速【さっそく】 and さっさと are adverbs with the meaning "immediately, quickly, at once." What distinction in connotation or usage exists between the two terms?
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Difference between てもらう and てくれる

I'm trying to figure out the difference between the two. I think てくれる can be used when talking about others but then why not just use てあげる for others and てもらう for yourself
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What would be the correct way to say “Moose” in Japanese? Ty in advance [closed]

I go by “Moose” as my online alias or online name in video games and have friends that call me moose as a nickname. I recently decided that I want to get a tattoo of the word “Moose” on my wrist but ...
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How to convey the image of the surrounding L.A. desert via translation of 愕然?

I'm trying to find a suitable word/phrase in English that will convey the image shown below while also being suitable for a translation of 荒野, as I want to properly convey the image of a.... rather ...
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What’s the difference between “用” (you) and “使​っ​て” (tsukatte)?

What’s the difference between “用” (you) and “使​っ​て” (tsukatte)? Both mean “to use”, but when would you use one over the other? Are they interchangeable? Please explain by making reference to the ...
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I need help with locating nuances in translation for the phrase 錆の浮いた

I'm trying to translate the following sentence, and I need some help with locating and understanding possible nuances for translating 錆の浮いた. The two best possible translations of it ("become loose" ...
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Are there more casual ways to say “flowery speech/language” aside from 美辞麗句?

I came across a situation where I wanted to use a phrase like "flowery language" or "flowery speech", I looked it up and found 美{び}辞{じ} online. - I did a little research: Initially I looked for ...
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How does さっきまで = “as before” in さっきまでと同じ部屋

As the title explains, how does さっきまでと in さっきまでと同じ部屋 . mean "as before" in English? (I know that all together from the context of the sentences that come before and after さっきまでと同じ部屋 that the ...
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What is the Japanese word for a judge in a court of law?

I have looked up judge, but I am finding a number of words and am not sure how they are different. Is there a general word that is most common? Words I found include: saibankan 裁判官 saibannin ...
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Is there a rough variant of 飲む{のむ}?

Just as there are so-called rough synonyms for 食べる{たべる}, namely, 食う{くう}, 食らう{くらう} and 食む{はむ}, to represent eating with different nuance, are there any known variants of 飲む{のむ} for drinking?
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Unknown Japanese saying: 世に孵ることを拒む卵はなく、 芽吹くことを拒む種子もあり得ない

I'm having some issues translating the first part (bolded) of this metaphor/saying(?) into English. 世に孵ることを拒む卵はなく、 芽吹くことを拒む種子もあり得ない. How does the verb 孵る work on the こと part of the sentence, and ...
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What's the difference between 時間がいる and 時間が必要?

In this thing I'm reading, I see the following sentence: 心の傷だって、治るには時間がいるでしょ The speaker is talking about a long standing problem that the protagonist has. It seems like it's 時間が要る, but is there ...
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Usage of 手伝う and お手伝いをする

I want to say "If I can help with your English studies ...". I thought of three ways, none of which I'm sure is natural: 英語の勉強を手伝ってあげられたら... 英語の勉強のお手伝いをしてあげられたら... 英語の勉強のお手伝いができたら... I looked up ...
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来た2日後に vs 来て2日後に vs 来てから2日後に

日本に来た2日後にこの本を買った。 日本に来て2日後にこの本を買った。 日本に来てから2日後にこの本を買った。 I created these sentences from similar-looking examples I found on Google. Are they all grammatical? These all mean "I bought this book two ...
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Is it possible to express the difference between the English phrases “I don't want to do that” and “I don't want to have to do that”?

Is it possible to express the difference between the English phrases "I don't want to do that" and "I don't want to have to do that"? Where I don't want to do that can simply be それがしたくありません。 I don't ...
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Using the particle と or the particle に with あう

I've always thought that the only particle which is correct to use with 会う is に: 明日あなたに会います。 But I've come across the sentence: きのう田中さんと会いました。 Is it correct? If it is, when shall we use と with ...
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不味い versus 嫌い with food

I posted a sentence to be corrected which was: 私は辛い野菜が不味い。 and they told me to use 「嫌い」 instead of 「不味い」. What is the difference between the two when it comes to food?
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“外で遊びに行く” vs “外へ遊びに行く”

I saw the following 2 options in an exam question: 私は__に行く a. 外で遊び b. 外へ遊び The answer is '外へ遊びに行く' Does 'で' also work here? What's the difference here?
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The different 害? [duplicate]

What's the difference between 損害 and 被害. After reading sample sentences, these seem interchangeable?
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How to use 彼 and 彼女?

The first time I saw these two terms, they were used in a love context, to mean "boyfriend/girlfriend". Later, I came to know that you can also use these to refer to "that guy/girl". So, what I ...
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Can どれ mean plain what/who without selection? [duplicate]

In a comic book (犬夜叉) I found a plain どれ… in a situation when a person sees that something bad happened. Somebody got injured and the spectator apparently asks, who could have possibly done this. ...
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Is there any difference between 速さand 速度?

From what I understood, both 速さ{はやさ} and 速度{そくど} means "speed". Some say that they are synonyms (just like speed and velocity in English), but I guess there is a nuance between them, isn't it ? 速さ{...
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When should I use どんどん and when should I use 速く?

Both are adverbs meaning "quickly", but what is the difference of use between them ?
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Use of から rather than に in 真っ昼間から

真っ昼間からふくろうが空を飛び交うのを、ダーズリー氏は見ないですんだが、... Mr Dursley didn't see the owls flying around in broad daylight but ... I don't understand why から is used in this sentence. What is the difference from ...
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What is the difference between はみ出す and はみ出る?

They are both intransitive: シャツがズボンからはみ出していますよ。 Your shirt is coming out of your pants. 足が 線からはみ出ています。 Your foot is over the line.
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What's the exact meaning of とする in this sentence?

I'm trying to understand the construction もうろうとしてる in this line from Mob Psycho 100 Episode 12: もうろうとしてるようだけど。 It's translated as "he looks like he's about to pass out"。 I found a usage of ...
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What is the difference between 旅する and 旅行する?

旅{たび}する and 旅行{りょこう}する both mean "to travel". What is the difference between these verbs ?
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is there a hidden meaning to それとなく?

I got bumped in the term それとなく in these two sentences 1. だから今はそれとなく散々淡々と暮らしていて 2. 思い出して魚の眼 Oh Oh! それとなくキルミーして!Oh Oh! Jisho said indirectly; obliquely, but feels like it is not fit well to the ...
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What is the difference between 検事 and 検察官?

I found the same translation for 検察官 and 検事 : "public prosecutor". But I guess there is a reason for the two words to exist. Is one of them more formal ?
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Appropriate “No, I don't have” response to “お持ちでしょうか”

I'm regularly asked at shops/supermarkets with something like: ポイントカードはお持ちでしょうか  My understanding is that the person is asking if I have a point card. I've also read What's the difference ...
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Difference between つま and おくさん [duplicate]

Going through my Genki textbook I noticed two words for wife. Where should I use each one
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は vs のほうが : when to use each one

In the Genki Workbook, it is asked to translate the sentence "My computer is slower than yours." I did so using the structure AのほうがBより~ and wrote 「私のパソコンのほうがあなたのより遅いです。」 However, in the answer ...
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How to say “I read the book again yesterday” in Japanese?

I read that また can mean "again", so could the phrase be written as: 昨日本また読んだ(?) (I used a casual form because I was writing for a friend) Please let me know if this phrase would be correct! Thank ...
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What are the differences between 芸術 (geijutsu) and 美術 (bijutsu)?

What are the differences between 芸術 (geijutsu) and 美術 (bijutsu)? My native tongue has both of these Sino-Xenic terms too, although in it, the geijutsu-word is clearly "art form; art in general; the ...
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Japanese grammar question regarding そちら and あちら? [duplicate]

I have just started learning the Japanese language and got stumbled upon the usage of these two words: そちら and あちら。I understand their meaning and how they are to be used, but the question that I have ...
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What is the difference between “をいかがですか” and “はいかがですか”?

I saw both are in use. What's the different here? Based on knownledge from primary textbooks, "は" seems better.
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okay to use 男/女 as opposed to 男/女の人 to refer to yourself?

A friend of mine is practicing Japanese and created the sentence 私は女の人ではありません。私も男の人ではありません intending to say "I am not a woman, I am also not a man" I offered to improve the sentence as 私は男でも女でもありません, ...
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How to wear clothes? [duplicate]

There are several Japanese verbs for 'to wear', depending on the kind of clothes. What if one wears several? What is 'wear' if 'I wear a shirt, pants, glasses and a hat'? Does one of かぶる, 着る, 履く and ...
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さむいのはきらい vs さむいがきらい

I always thought that with construcions I like/I hate I should use noun +が + adjective +です, for example: ねこがすきです。 But lately I have heard in some japanese podcast above sentence with that のは ...
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whats the difference between て言ってた vs ように言われた

I have learned recently that ように can be used for advice, command, ask and so on. my question is, there is a difference between て言ってた and ように言われた? for example, there is a difference between these two ...
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difference of 湿らす vs 潤す

湿らす and 潤す. Both of them have the same meaning? what's the difference between them? Thanks, Or
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What is the difference between 中国人, 華人, 漢人, and 唐人?

I looked at the dictionary definitions of 中国人, 華人, 漢人, and 唐人, and it appears that all of them mean "Chinese person". Questions: What is the difference between them? Why are there so many ways of ...