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語法. Word usage. 単語の使い分けと単語の使い方 This tag should be used for questions about how specific words are used in speech or writing.

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what is the difference between 転ぶ【ころぶ】 and 落ちる【おちる】

What is the difference between 転ぶ【ころぶ】 and 落ちる【おちる】? Here is a nice entry about おちる The differences with おちる (落ちる、堕ちる、墜ちる) ...but I have not found an explanation of the difference between 転ぶ【ころぶ】 and ...
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What does 結構 mean as a sentence starter?

結構、自然の動画とかを 撮っているんですけど そんなに田舎じゃないです Rough translation: "Even though I shoot nature videos (here), it's not really that much of a countryside." I assume 結構 here means something like "...
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How does one use daisuki properly?

I know "daisuki" means "big like," but what if I said "I like (daisuki) smart people" in Japanese, instead of telling a single individual that "I like him"? Would I be implying that I love/am sexually ...
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「まま」と「状態」が一緒に使われていることについて

次は「上級へのとびら」という教科書に出た文章です。テーマは国政の「三バン」、すなわち「ジバン、カンバン、カバン」 です。 また、議員を選ぶ側も、政治家の子供だから、有名人だからという理由だけで投票するといった態度を考え直す必要があると思う。今のままの状態が続くと、将来、日本の政治はある一部の人達だけのものになってしまい、ますます国民から離れてしまう。 問題点は強調した「ままの状態」です。確か、「...
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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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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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Paired tattoos of the "life" kanji (命)

I was looking into the definition of 命 on jisho, and I got really curious about one of the entries. Other than the usual ones (that I mostly knew about), I found entry number 4 to be quite interesting:...
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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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What's the difference between 5か月 and 5 ヶ月?

What's the difference between 5か月 and 5ヶ月 or they are the same? When to use them? I want to say my dog is 5 Mths old. Thanks!!!!
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Real examples with とて

I'm studying the usage of とて. I think I understand its meaning: even, even if. However, although I've read that とて is quite an archaic particle (not used very often in daily conversations), the very ...
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how can you use が on ある in 没までは まだあるが
出発するつもりか?

I saw this sentence in an episode of attack on titan a person is surprised that his captors seem to be having a frantic conversation about moving him and leaving from where they are located earlier ...
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Why can't I use 持つ or 持った for both?

The following sentence is extracted from 親の七光り 権力を持つ親を持った子供 Why can't 持つ be used in both? 権力を持つ親を持つ子供 Or 持った? 権力を持った親を持った子供 How about this? 権力を持った親を持つ子供
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What are the differences between だんだん and ますます in the context of the following sentences?

Context According to my knowledge so far: だんだん indicates that a state changes gradually or little by little. ますます indicates that something happens to an even greater (or lesser) degree than before. ...
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What does もの stand for here?

真改とは薄桜鬼の第一作を「薄桜鬼 真改」としてリメイクしたものです。 It's from the official site. What does もの refer to? The fact that led to the creation of the title? The title itself? Shouldn't it be こと? Or is it もん? If so, doesn'...
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Does this sound natural? [closed]

Does this sound natural? ウェイターはあなたが何かを誂える時を待ちます。 The waiter is waiting for you ordering something
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こと at the start of a sentence

In 僕の愛したジークフリーデ, by Matsuyama Takeshi, I found this sentence: すでに手勢はなく、頼みのファーレンベルガーも退場した。ことこの場に至っては『彼女』は一人の非力な少女にすぎない The main character just arrived with her companion in the presence of the queen, ...
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Isn't ほころぶように笑う redundant?

彼はほころぶように笑った。 Isn't ほころぶように笑う redundant? Is 彼はほころんだ not enough?
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What does 理 mean in 招かれざる理なら/ただ、「在るべき」に返すだけ?

I am trying to translate this song for practice, and am wondering how 理 (ことわり) is being used in this particular line. According to Jisho 理(ことわり)means, "reason; logic; sense; natural way of things....
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Kanji form of "どうしました"?

I have come across a sentence in anime 夜神くんどうしました? that apparently translates to Yagami-kun, is there anything wrong? But I am having trouble parsing what "どう" means in this context? ...
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する vs なる in なんとかなるよ

I'm confused by the use of なる rather than する in this quote: 今、頑張ってるから、なんとかなるよ Presumably, the meaning is roughly "I'm doing my best, so somehow we'll make it work!". It seems to me that ...
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Is お needed before 誕生日おめでとう (Happy birthday)?

お誕生日おめでとう vs 誕生日おめでとう What's the difference? And is it needed?
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When should I use どうやら?

So I learn recently the word どうやら and the fact that it comes with らしい・みたい. Until now I have been using only らしい・みたい, so my question is why people are adding どうやら at the start? is it neccery?
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What is the difference between 文本 and 本文 in Japanese?

It seems both of them are referring to "text". Can somebody give further explanations of the two similar words?
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What does 何一つ mean in positive phrases?

In negative sentences it means "nothing", but what does it mean in positive ones? I found it in this sentence from a song(立ち入り禁止 by まふまふ) and I was wondering what it meant here. ...
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Is there any significant difference between 駆け回る and 駆け巡る?

I already knew the word 駆け回る, which means "to run about", "to bustle about". Well, I recently came across the term 駆け巡る that seems to mean the same. Are both words safely ...
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Does the Japanese word "akasuki" means "bright improvement" in English?

We are an outgoing college students, we've decided to choose a Japanese name for our class. We want it to be meaningful, it should represent our ambitions to grow and further improve ourselves. We ...
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適応 vs 同化 for adaptation

Which word is better for expression meaning of my adaptation to environment, situation or person, which I don't like, but unable to change situation, stop or influence situation in anyway. For example,...
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What form does 満を持して贈る take on here in this context?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxasEvdWGxo&t=0m30s This is a sentence in a promotional video for an upcoming game. Narrator: このゲームはクエストが満を持して贈るシミュレーションRPG! Google translate gives: This game is a ...
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What are the meaning and the usage of 夏に入{い}る and 立夏?

According to weblio.jp, 夏に入る is a synonym of 立夏. I have two questions regarding these words. Do these 夏に入る and 立夏 refer to a specific day, or they just mean the beginning of summer in a broader sense?...
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Understanding だけ in this context: 『...ことでもなく。... いいだけじゃないか』

それはたしかに、言うとおりなのだが。自分だって彼以外の『エイティシックス』は──何しろ会ったこともないわけだし──得体が知れないし、ちょっと怖いなと思わなくもない。  でも、そんな大仰に言うことでもなく。普通に声をかけて、話をして、どういう奴なのかわかっていければ、いいだけじゃないかと思うのだけれど……。 86─エイティシックス─Ep.2 ─ラン・スルー・ザ・バトルフロント─〈上〉 安里アサト ...
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Understanding こと in this context: 『...こと戦技教練の成績は飛び抜けて良かった』 [duplicate]

所詮間に合わせの数合わせに過ぎない特士校で、口減らしに入れられた子供ばかりの候補生の中ではそれなりに優秀、こと戦技教練の成績は飛び抜けて良かった。けれど命令違反等の問題行動もやたら多くて、結局どこぞの試験部隊に転属になった。戦闘属領出身の最下層の人獣どもばかりの、特攻兵器を扱わされる懲罰部隊だという噂の。 86─エイティシックス─Ep.2 ─ラン・スルー・ザ・バトルフロント─〈上〉 安里アサト ...
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Understanding the 分 in 6~9月分

補正予算案では、政府が4月26日に決めた6・2兆円の緊急経済対策のうち、原油価格高騰対策に1兆1739億円を充てる。ガソリン価格の抑制に向け、石油元売り会社に6~9月分の補助金を支給する。 https://www.yomiuri.co.jp/politics/20220525-OYT1T50102/ I know the bold part means "from June to ...
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Am I using the word "Hajimari" correctly in judo?

I am an instructor in a Finnish judo club. At the end of each session, owari! is announced and the students line up. I understand that owari means over or end, but there are lots of Finnish judo clubs ...
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Multiple meanings of 授業に出る

I noticed that instead of 授業に行く, my textbook uses 授業に出る. Furthermore, when I checked the dictionary, I found three quite different meanings for 授業に出る: (e.g., a student) go to class (e.g., a professor)...
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Positive use of “だめ”?

I had always thought from examples that “だめ” can have a slang positive connotation in context, similar to how English speakers often use “sick” or “damn” to express positive emotions, but I cannot ...
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Meaning of 託す here

What does 託されて mean in this passage? I see that it can mean "to express in the form of" or "to use as a pretext". Is one of those definitions applicable? ⁠ とまれ古い昔にどこかの遥かな国の王子が、...
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What is the difference between 祖先 and 先祖?

From my dictionary, both mean ancestor so I am wondering about what is the difference between them. Is the difference in politeness ? For example [息子]{musuko} and [子息]{shisoku} both mean son, but the ...
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What is the difference between やきもち and 嫉妬?

What is the difference between やきもち and 嫉妬? Both words translate to "jealousy", but is there a difference in the details of the definition?
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What is this 10^40 thing?

While checking out "正" (as in 正坐, specifically) I found that apparently one of the associated meaning would be 10^40 (i.e. 10 elevated at the 40th power). Example -taken from Tangorin.com: sei 【正】 ...
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How specific are この世 and あの世?

I can see the definitions which include the easiest interpretation of this world and the other world but I'm reading a story (very slowly and with difficulty but how else can you learn) https://ncode....
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「んだって」と「って」どう違いますか。

例えば「彼が結婚してるんだって」と「彼が結婚してるって」どう違いますか。
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What does 一話部 mean?

This paper discusses how どうも is used. On page 216, the following sentence shows up. 「どうも」は、これらの文表現において、一話部をになっている。 文表現 here refers to the expressions, "Thank You" "Sorry" "...
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Meaning of 抱える other than "hold or carry in the arms"

I found some sentence and I am a bit perplexed by the 抱える, whose first meaning is “hold or carry in the arms.” I found that it also meant: to have problems; but how did it acquire its second meaning? ...
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Understanding 賃金の伸びに物価の変動を反映した実質賃金

賃金の伸びに物価の変動を反映した実質賃金 Does this mean "the real wages which reflect the fluctuation of price amid the wages increase"? 厚生労働省は8日午前、1月の毎月勤労統計調査(速報)を発表した。賃金の伸びに物価の変動を反映した実質賃金は前年同月比0・4%増と、...
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Usage of よろしく with a noun?

My understanding was that よろしく is mainly used to make requests or to thank someone for but in the following example it seems to be used in a context more like "In regards too" ローラー作戦よろしく、...
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Word order withと違う

In this sentence その点では私は君と意見が違う (My opinion differs from yours on that point) As I understand, the first は (その点では) is optional because it puts emphasis on the phrase before it. The next thing is a ...
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Usage of たら with questions

I'm very confused about the たら conjunctive particle with questions. It seems that the general structure is XらY, where X is some kind of condition in the past tense and Y is something that happens ...
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For what type of relationships can "関係" be used?

I am writing a text about relationships between different generations and would like to know is [関係]{かんけい} an appropriate word in this context.
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「いくらか」と「若干」の使い分けを教えていただけないでしょうか。

「いくらか」と「若干」の違いは何ですか。ただ「いくらか」は話し言葉で「若干」は書き言葉ですか。正しいですか。もし、正しかったら、他の違いがありますか。
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Different ways to ask help from strangers

1) Offering help to strangers in Japanese is te form shimashouka ( o tetsudaishimashouka- Shall I help you / Do you need any help ?) 2) What are the different ways to seek help ( one I know is eki no ...

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