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Difference between ~だの~だの and other structures

I would like to know if the structure ~だの~だの and the structures ~がどうの~がこうの and ~がどうとか~がこうとか are the three of them totally interchangeable or they have some differences in meaning or any different ...
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Question about Japanese past tense and て form

I was curious as to why in this sentence, 乾いた熱風のふくこの島は、当時一つの国として、島の人々が自分たちで決まりを作り、平和に暮らしていました, 乾いた熱風 instead of 乾くて熱風 is used for dry, hot wind. Can anybody tell me what this grammar is called?
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Regarding the state verbs ある or いる in the grammar pattern さえ~ば

I am really getting confused regarding the state verbs used in the grammar pattern さえ~ば. See the following examples: 家族さえいれば、他に何もいらないです。 In the above example, we use the state verb いる because what ...
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What is the difference between 楽天 and 楽観?

When looking through jisho.org after reading some NHK News Easy articles, I came across 楽観{らっかん}, which seems to imply optimism in terms of outlook. However, 楽天{らくてん} also carries the definition of ...
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"デウス" = Jesus, instead of "イエス"?

In the recent show Shogun (S01EP02), set in the early 1600s, an Englishman explains to a Japanese lord that there a two different sects of Christianity (Protestant and Catholic) that are essentially ...
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"At the end of the day..." と同意の日本語表現はありますか?

例えば、"At the end of the day, what do you work for?" と日本語で言いたい場合、下記の空白はどんな表現で埋めますか? "______、何のために働くのでしょうか?" 「結局」だと思うのですが、違いますか。
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Any silly Japanese sentences like the "buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo..." one in English?

I made one up, but I was wondering if there were any other good ones. The one I made up: "王を追う王を追う" (Ou wo ou ou wo ou) ("I chase the king that chases a king"). For those who don't ...
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How can I distinguish これ (this) and それ (that) in practice while learning Japanese?

I would like to learn some tips to distinguish these two words, because I'm having difficulty in understanding them while communicating with individuals; any advice is greatly appreciated. I know that ...
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絆{ほだ}す = to bind/shackle, yet referring to someone betraying?

From "Granblue Fantasy: Relink" (where the English subs takes extreme liberties). For context: A-kun works with Villain-san against MC-kun's party. But after seeing all the bad shit, A-kun ...
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Meaning of つき in 都合がつき次第

Full sentence: 都合がつき次第、こちらから連絡します。 Does it simply mean "attached to" or something of that kind? Or is it some other word?
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Difference between ごとに、ずつ、それぞれ

What is the difference between ごとに、ずつに and それぞれ? When are they interchangeable and when are they not?
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Why is たい used here?

赤の見出し語の右上の赤色の数字 身につけたい学年 It's the explanation for the red numbers used in my dictionary. Who wants? Why isn't it just 身につける学年?
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What’s the difference between 時(とき) and 時間(じかん)

I’m very confused when to use which because they both mean “time” and if any of you could help me out it would mean a lot
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Meaning and usage of 刺激(しげき)?

I've come across this word 刺激 a few times now, but although the dictionary says it means "stimulation" none of the contexts I've seen it in makes sense with that definition. For example 「...
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What does クタる means?

The character is cooking and he says this. 絹さや is "snow peas" at least and ラストlast
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Does this sentence sound natural: その靴はどこで買いましたか

その靴はどこで買いましたか Should か be replaced with の? Should I say 買った instead of 買いました? Make any sort of corrections you want, I'm trying to make my Japanese sound as native as possible.
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Question on use of とかけて - ととく (wordplay?)

There is an enka song with the following stanza: ひとり手じゃくの お酒とかけて 橋の通わぬ 川ととく 渡りきれない あなたの胸に 酔えば切なく なるばかり 咲くに咲けない 咲くに咲けない あ~ 恋挽歌 I found the use of the particle と unusual so I tried to find why it was ...
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What's the difference between ...から死ぬ and ...で死ぬ?

We know that both から and で can express reason, and that から emphasis on a process of change in comparison to で. If this is the prerequisite, then both "...から死ぬ" and "...で死ぬ" can be ...
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What's the difference between saying "試験を受ける" and "試験を受験する"

Recently I asked a question on HiNative and said "試験を受けました" but a native Japanese speaker corrected it to "試験を受験しました". I'm positive I've seen someone say 試験を受ける before, so why did ...
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What's the difference between 其処ら, 至る所, and そこら中?

Trying to figure out how to say the word "everywhere" in Japanese, and I want to make sure I'm using the correct one. Usually there's some difference due to context or formality. Context of ...
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Is 僻む a transitive verb? If so, how frequently is it used along with を?

I am trying to understand how to use the word 僻む properly. If I understood correctly, it means "feeling bitter or resentful". After searching for example sentences, I've got the impression ...
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添{そ}い遂{と}げる (soitogeru) = "to be with" or "to remain married to for life"?

Relative spoilers for Mushoku Tensei S2E11 (Jobless Reincarnation). A childhood friend girl meets with MC-kun years later, but doesn't reveal who she is. MC-kun falls for the girl, but is hesitant (...
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using alot of ではない in one sentence

In the following sentence, I have used ではない three times and it feels a bit unnatural to me. Is there a better way to convey the same meaning or it is okay to use in Japanese the same concept multiple ...
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Trying to understand forms of “どうせ…だろう”

To my understanding, in a normal non-conditional clause “どうせ” has a function of saying that something makes the surrounding context irrelevant, similar to “anyway” in English. As in for instance “...
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Is Saturday considered a weekday or weekend, or something else?

I'm confused about this sign. It states working hours. The first part is easy: weekdays is 9:30 to 20:00. The second part is strange. Instead of saying 週末・祭日 (weekends and holidays), it says "...
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Word order in 銀河鉄道の夜

I was reading 銀河鉄道の夜, and I’m confused on the choice of word order in the following sentence. I understand what the sentence means, but I do not understand why みんな isnt before が. たしかにあれがみんな星だと Let ...
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About "活きてるなあって思いますか?"

In this video clip : https://youtube.com/clip/UgkxfiBqUAzxHmyxBNLZ13fJBoIpmqOrFBQq The lady asks : 剣道で培ったことは日頃の自分にもすごい活きてるなあって思いますか? The subtitle trasnlation says : Do you feel that you're applying ...
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Which one is correct between 侘び寂び and 侘寂

I know that generally you use the hiragana "わびさび", and in the entry for "侘寂" in the chinese wikipedia "侘び寂び" is listed as the original japanese, but I still have my ...
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Is コマ in the sense of "block" or "segment" extrapolable to other situations besides "time block"?

As part of the explanations to the reader in the book 新完全マスターN2, I encountered the word コマ for the first time: According to jisho.org (see entry 3.), 齣{こま} can mean "time block", which ...
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What does 指命 mean? [closed]

院長の指示通り動くのが我々の指命だ They are two doctors talking together. 指命 is on Weblio, but not on Jisho. It seems like 指令, what's the difference between them though?
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What does "に" mean in "精神的に疲れたので早く寝ます"?

Context: 精神的に疲れたので早く寝ます。 Is "に" a preposition here? If "精神的" is a adjective, is it telling that need to use a preposition between a adjective(精神的) and a verb(疲れた)?
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What is the difference among the three "と" in "私と旦那さんとの今の関係について話すとみんな驚いていました"?

context: ...夜は飲みに行きました。みんなで近況を話して楽しかったです。私と旦那さんとの今の関係について話すとみんな驚いていました。 Do the first two "と" mean the same? If the first two "と" mean "and","I and my husband", ...
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Understanding the usage of だらけ

I've come across this in the following sentence: 油断だらけのこの背中 油断 means "reckless" or "negligence" and だらけ means "full of" or "riddle with". While I can decipher(...
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Does あまり “increase” or “lessen” the negative verb?

For example,「ゼロではないけど、あまり多くない。」 多くない = It is not much あまり多くない = It is not very much Is 多くない by itself “smaller” than あまり多くない? In other words, does あまり lessen the strength of the negative verb 多くない? Or,...
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Use of くれる among 外

For giving/receiving among people other than me, my family, my friends or anyone I am close with (外->外), the book says to use あげる. もらう can also be used for anyone->anyone. Is it wrong to use くれる ...
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Usage of the word 技 (わざ) as well as similar words meaning "Technique"

I tend to hear this word a lot in anime, especially ones like Naruto. But there's little information on how it is used in conversation. According to Jisho, it means technique, art, skill and move with ...
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Can と見る be used instead of と言う

Can 見る be used rather than 言う in this context? Why is this written: 「なぜ止まったんだ」と僕を見ました。 Short Stories in Japanese for Intermediate Learners by Olly Richards, page 22 I would maybe have expected this: ...
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Why does 中止 also mean to cancel

中止 literally means to stop halfway (中で止まる). 中止 in Chinese also only means to terminate something already started. How did 中止 get the meaning of cancelling something not started at all in Japanese?
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What does this "く” mean?

Context: in a song that I think is about love or relationships in some way, "♪生まれて 育ってくサークル" was a lyric. I was wondering what the "く" before "サークル" was...maybe a ...
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雛たちとはなんの意味でしょうか?

中島みゆきさんの「銀の龍の背に乗って」の歌詞の中、こういう言葉が見つかります: まだ飛べない雛たちみたいに 「雛たち」とはなんですか。「雛形」の意味しますか、ここで「まだ飛べないちっちゃい龍」のことを指しているのですか。
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Does the いは in 或いは come from any term, and if so, how is it/was it used?

I was curious about いは in 或いは because ある is in its plain form however I can't find anything on it. I don't have any physical dictionary, either nor knowledge of if this is archaic Japanese
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If you want to refer to a person as beautiful, would you use [綺麗]{きれい} or [美しい]{うつくしい}? What's the difference?

I'm a little confused on the difference between 綺麗【きれい】 and 美しい【うつくしい】. When is it appropriate to use either word to refer to a person? For example, if I wanted to refer to a woman as beautiful, would ...
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Proper way to say "Grocery store​" and what types of stores this usage applies to

What is the proper way? According to jisho, it seems as simple as saying 食{しょく}品{ひん}店{てん}? In the case of a Walmart, Target, GameStop Costco or Family Dollar could these all be considered 食{しょく}品{ひん}...
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~なり~なり and ~なりと~なりと

In all the websites I've seen the grammar ~なり~なり (A or B, either A or B), I've seen the pattern ~なり~なり expressed as ~なり~なり. However, now I've seen in jisho for the entry なりと that the meaning "...
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Can 会話 refer to a statement rather a conversation?

In this sentence from my textbook, 会話 is not referring to the dialog as a whole but rather to a few sentences spoken by one of the sides in the conversation: 相手の会話を聞いた後に「〜(な)んだ」を使って、キーワードを繰り返すと、「確認」...
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what is the difference between 寒い and 寒?

is there really a difference between the 2? Jisho (辞書?) lists さむい for 寒い & さむ.い 寒. What difference い make?
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Nuance between 技法、手法、方法、テクニック、 etc

Basically just wanting to know if there's a clear difference between these words. I get the feeling that テクニック is more like one person's own specific technique for doing a thing (entirely guessing ...
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How is 「年目」 used?

I encountered this sentence today: 「付き合って5年目に結婚することにしました。」 What does 「年目」 mean here, and why is 「目」 attached to 「年」? Would the sentence still have the same meaning if we use only 「年」 instead of 「年目」?
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What is the word for "handwriting" in Japanese?

When I looked up the word "handwriting" on jisho.org, it came up with: 筆跡 {ひっせき} 手書き {てがき} 字 {じ} So if I were to say, "my handwriting is bad," which word do I use?
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A question about what seems to be れいせい & its usage

What is the context of the video below (from 1:18 to 1:26), especially the word 「れいせい」's meaning in it? https://youtu.be/ehSCmkVVjlg?t=78 (try using a VPN if you can't load the video) For the time ...
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