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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's the difference between 同然 and 同様?

As in the title, what is the difference between these two? dictionary.goo.ne.jp says: 同然: 同じであること。また、そのさま。同様。 同様: 同じであること。ほとんど同じであること。また、そのさま。 and on the 類語 page these two are listed under one entry:...
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Differences between the various readings of 描く and 画く

Are there any differences between the following? 画{か}く 画{えが}く 描{か}く 描{えが}く
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What's the meaning of 「そのさま」? [duplicate]

Recently, I looked up the definition of 「流暢{りゅうちょう}」 in a monolinguistic Japanese dictionary, and the definition is as follows: 言葉が滑らかに出てよどみないこと。また、そのさま。 What is the meaning of そのさま in this ...
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Is there any practical difference between しばらく and しばらくの間?

While answering How does しばらく work with ていない? I started to wonder if 暫く{しばらく} and 暫く{しばらく}の間{あいだ} were fully interchangeable? Or are there any examples where you would use one and not the other?
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What's the meaning of nagara and when is it used?

I have been looking at grammar guides on the Internet. But I'm not clear about the meaning of ながら and its usage. Could you help me with some examples and explanation?
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To learn English vocabulary, I ate a dictionary page-by-page

I was reading an article on ohtabooks.com which had the following sentence: 英単語を覚えるため、1ページごと辞書を食べた To me, this looks like: To learn English words, I ate a dictionary page-by-page. Usually, 食べる ...
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Difference between だの and など/とか

I'm reading an old book (こころ by 夏目漱石) and there's an unfamiliar grammatical phrasing that has fallen out of fashion and/or that he was rather fond of: ~だの~だの, e.g.: 。。。イサベラ何何の墓だの、神僕ロギンの墓だのというかたわらに。。。 ...
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manzai vs banzai

In ancient times people usually said 'banzai, banzai'. But the kanzi 万歳, according to the context in dictionary, has two different ways of reading, banzai and manzai. So which one is correct in which ...
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How is こちらこそ used?

I don't understand the usage of こちらこそ in the following exchange: A: はじめまして、たなか ゆうこです。よろしく おねがいします。 B: たなかさん、こちらこそ よろしく おねがいします。 In the translation, I was told that it meant "it is I, not you". ...
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Difference between 者{もの} and 人{ひと}

I never heard 者{もの} alone, just for work profession. Both means person right? Is 者{もの} old-fashioned, when used alone? Example: [...] 居る者
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What are the differences between 金、料、代、and 費?

For example, 入学金 is correct; we can't use 入学費・代・料; that's not 日本語. But all of them mean costs for something. Could someone please explain this?
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Usage and meaning of 召す【めす】 in different contexts

I am going through some Kanji and I was looking for the usage of 召す when I came across the following translation (from jisho.org): 1: (Honorific or respectful language) to call; to invite; to send ...
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Can [面倒]{めんどう} be used as "boring"?

I've just heard many times [面倒]{めんどう} in anime, in translation is not troublesome but boring. Is it usual? Which is more appropriate? Example: 面倒な仕事です。
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What's the difference between そうです and そうでしょう?

In 『よつばと!』, よつば says 「ここ家がいっぱいある」 to which her father replies 「そうだろう」. What's the difference between そうです and そうでしょう? I know when we use そうです but I can't figure out the other. I know ましょう is used to ...
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Is there any difference in meaning between 陥る and 落ち入る?

These two words appear to mean the same thing and the entry on Google dictionary gives the definition as the same for both. Are there any cases where you would use one instead of the other?
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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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あかひげ [赤髭] modern usage?

So I started watching the movie あかひげ the other night and intrigued by the title I looked it up in the dictionary where one of the definitions was: Westerner (derogatory) Does it really contain ...
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"the cows were happy and friendly": is "親しい" the right word?

I am writing an email to my friends, about a trip. We went walking by a field and the cows came over and were happy to be petted. I want to say "the cows were happy and friendly" but the word I have ...
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How to use やんの?

Here is an example from the comic GANTZ. (This should be fair use of the image at least in the US as it's for scholarly commentary.) It's easy to tell that emphasis is being added, and the speaker is ...
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What is the reasoning behind picking お or ご as an honorific prefix?

We've learnt that お is used for 訓読み and ご is used for 音読み. I want to know why we use お上手 and お電話. Why can't we use ごじょうず and ごでんわ?
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Can ガム mean "bubble gum"?

A quick Edict, Kotobank, Excite.co.jp, and Goo search on ガム shows that it is an abbreviation for チューインガム. Google results for ガム also seems to suggest so. (Notice that the results only show チューインガム ...
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Difference between tatami mat counters 帖 and 畳

What is the difference between tatami mat counters 帖 and 畳 (both pronounced じょう)?
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How do we construct sentences ending in わけ?

The is a certain way of talking where you can end just about anything you say in わけ. What is the sentence structure for this way of talking?
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