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語法. The usage of the words.

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How to phrase “first semester in college”

I would like to say that I just completed my very first semester in college, but I'm not sure of the most natural way to phrase it. Here's my attempt: 最近、大学には最初の学期がもう終わりました。
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Is there some difference between びっくりする and 驚く besides casual/formal?

Sorry for the "what is the the difference" question, but my usual sources didn't give me a satisfactory answer (「同じです。」...). From the ways I've seen them used, there seems to be some ...
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Use of その 結果 as "as a result'

I would like to know the use of その結果 "as a result" Is it formal ? Use in written language ? Could it be replaced with some other expressions like "それで” ? 三ヶ月ダイエットを続けた。その結果、5キロやせた。 I continued my ...
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叱られる時に「うるさい!」と「やかましい!」のどちらがきついですか?

辞書では意味がとても近いので、聞きたいのですが、例えば、ビニール袋などで音を立てている時に、知らないおっさんに急に「うるさい!」または、「やかましい!」って言われたら、その言葉のチョイスで叱られた感は違いますか? また、そのキツさは「あほ」と「ばか」のように地域・方言によって変わりますか?
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Difference between あまり , あまりに and あまりにも

I would like to know the difference between these three ways (using the word あまり) to say 'so much ... that'. Which extra sense give the particles に and にも? I can't see the difference between あまり (...
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だけでなく and にとどまらず

I know that there are a lot of expressions that have similar meaning in Japanese. In JLPT N3 grammar, there's だけでなく that means 'not only...but also...'. And lately, I found the expression にとどまらず in ...
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Which is more common for “I miss you”: 会いたい or 寂しい?

When saying “I miss you” which of these is more frequently used? Do they have different nuances?
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Unsure about this usage of the word まで [duplicate]

I was doing some N4 practice questions and came across this sentence 先生に すっかり ごちそうになって おみやげ まで いただいてしまいました。 I'm not sure what まで is supposed to mean in this context? My general understanding of the ...
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Difference between「未熟練労働者」and「不熟練労働者」

I am writing an essay in Japanese and want to talk about non-skilled labor, but found two different words for the opposite of a skilled laborer: 「未{み}-」and「不{ふ}-」+「熟{じゅく}練{れん}労{ろう}働{どう}者{しゃ}」. I was ...
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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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「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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Word Order: 国で日本語を2カ月勉強しました vs 国で2カ月日本語を勉強しました [duplicate]

Question. What is the diff between A. 国で日本語を2カ月勉強しました。 B. 国で2カ月日本語を勉強しました。 On minna no nihongo B. is used but why not A? Why is the 2カ月 not before verb? What are the rules?
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Can 変身 be used instead of 変化 in this case?

From this post, I gather that the difference between 変身 and 変化 is a matter of the transformation’s distinctness. However, I came across 変化 being used in the following sentence: カメレオンは、環境が変わったとき、...
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部品 vs. 用品 - difference in usage

Both 部品{ぶひん} and 用品{ようひん} are translated as parts. Is there a difference in their usage?
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Is there a difference between 嘘つき and 嘘つけ ?

Any subtle differences in meaning or respect? Which is more common? Or is it just another one of those words like やはり/やっぱり/やぱり, しょうがない/しかたない、あんまり/あまり etc. with no difference at all other than ...
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Question about using だめ です

A student asks "じしょ を つかって も いい です か?" Teacher replies" いいえ だめ です" I want to know, if possible, how could he have used だめ です to say the full sentence of "no, you cannot use the dictionary" or is だめ ...
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the word “Buster” in action-centered fiction

I've noticed that across videogames and anime that focus on fighting and action, the word "buster" is frequently applied as the name of a super powerful weapon. For example, Gunbusters from ...
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What is the meaning of ゴト in the context of 鮎

I ate in a place with 鮎ラーメン. The store employee can't explain it but I think it's something to do with the cut of the 鮎. It was butterfly cutted. For cutting what would be the kanji for go-to. 毎? 丸毎 ...
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What does 緊張感{きんちょうかん} in this sentence mean?

I am reading Yotsubato! (Link) manga (Ch.82, Pg.3) in Japanese. I came across this sentence: このフタは緊張感{きんちょうかん}がある。 So far I have searched and the only meaning I came across is tension, ...
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What is the pronunciation and meaning of 乙って?

I was in the middle of reading a light novel, and I've come across "乙って" at least twice so far. I can't really figure out what it means nor how it's pronounced. I found it in this sentence ...
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Why sometimes the same words are used in hiragana and katakana?

I saw on some restaurants ramen is written like ラーメン, but sometimes like らーめん. Seems like both are correct, but I'm confused which variant should I use when I write about this meal. Does it depend on ...
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use of だって after 私

I was making some sentence cards and was wondering what だって in this case meant. I got sth like "Even I am of use as splendid maid for Kobayashi." for context: Lucoa was summoned by Shota but doesn't ...
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Why choose 見てからでないと in this question?

I came across the following question when preparing for the N2 exam: マンションを買うときは実際に_、心配だ。 a 見た上で b 見て以来 c 見てからでないと I thought the answer is a but it's given as c. That doesn't seem to be right since ...
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Word choice between 並々ならぬ and 並外れた

When I asked a Japanese about the difference between 並々ならぬ and 並外れた, he gave me a couple of examples how he uses the words: 並々ならぬ身体能力(✕) 並はずれた身体能力(〇) 並々ならぬお世話 (〇) 並はずれたお世話 (✕) I also consulted the ...
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What does 「ニゴでした」mean?

I was reading an article at Tomojuku. Link At the very end of the article, it says, ではでは ニゴでした。 What does ニゴでした mean ? I searched online but I couldn't find anything about this.
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Usage of word かんじ (not 漢字, but same pronunciation)

I know 漢字 means chinese characters, but japanese people use word かんじ extensively. I don't understand when and in which context word かんじ is used and why?
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What is the meaning of 礼楽?

I was checking the definition of 堂 in my online dictionary (大辞林) when I came across the word 礼楽 in: 堂 → 客に接したり,礼楽を行なったりする所。== Hall → a place where you can interact with customers and perform ritual ...
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What's the difference between 閉じる and 塞ぐ?

So i was doing Kanji Quiz, and i stumbled with 塞ぐ Kanji. I know 閉じる is used for eyes,etc. But 塞ぐ also has the same definition with 閉じる. Here are the definitions. Definitions 塞ぐ to stop up; to close ...
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計上, Is it appropriation or recorded?

Full text: 退職給付引当金 ……従業員の退職給付に備えるため、当連結会計年度末にお ける退職給付債務の見込額に基づき計上しております。 My issue: 計上, Is it appropriation or recorded? My understanding: Retirement benefit allowance... In order to prepare for ...
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What is the meaning of 「一人」in the following sentence?

今、女性一人が生む子どもの数が減ってきている。つまり、少子化が進んできている。 Now, the amount of women that give birth to a child is decreasing. That is to say, the declining birth rates are advancing. What is the role of 「一人」? To me, ...
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How to order an individiual item instead of a set?

I say 「セット」 when I order a set, and I say 「これだけ」 when I just want to order an individual item. Is there any common way to order an individual item instead of a set?
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How politely to say “you”?

I found many variants in the internet, but they include あなた, which as I know isn't polite and better not to say it to a stranger. So, if I don't know the name/last name of the person, don't know the ...
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What's the difference between 知り合い & 付き合い?

I have answered this 知り合い but in answer's sheet it was 付き合い and I don't get the difference.
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Difference of 減量 and 減少

What is the difference between 減量 and 減少? What about 増量 and 増加? I found these following examples on my workbook, but there is no explanation whatsoever about how to use them. 人口が減少する。 ...
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What is the difference between 開発者 & 技術者?

Using Google Translate I found the literal meaning of 開発者 to be "Developer" and 技術者 to be "Engineer", but in daily conversations within my company they seem to be interchangeable. Example: Person ...
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Is ある or いる used for moving water?

Much has been written about the distinction between ある and いる, such as which is appropriate for robots or corpses.I know water is usually referred to with ある, but in a sentence such as 'この川にはいっぱい水が「ある/...
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What is the usage of そこはそれ?

と、先ほどよりだいぶ気安い調子で言ってみる。が、真士はすぐにむうとうなった。 確かに自然にはなったけれど、これではいつもと変わらない。別に真士は、澪と二人で出かけたことがないわけではないのだ。……いやまあ、二人きりで出かけるのとデートがどう違うのかと言われれば答えに窮してしまうのだが、そこはそれ、澪に『真士とデートしている』と思って欲しいのである。 I know probably it is ...
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Can フラれて be used in any non-romantic sense?

Something like “shocked” or “deceived”. Or rejected by friend, not by lover. Or in the situation where the person ignored someone’s problem. Really, any non-romantic meaning, even it’s not common.
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Can ごめん, like English 'sorry,' be used to express condolences?

The literal meaning of ごめん is, I know, approximately "forgiveness" in English. However, the vast majority of its usage (that I've seen) is more accurately translated as "I'm sorry,"...
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Use of かと思ったら / かと思うと (in the context of as soon as, just when)

かと思ったら / かと思うと mean "just when; no sooner than" but what is their use (oral/written, formal/normal) ? Do native use that construction naturally or is it replaced by another one ? And I am also ...
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What is the difference between 補う vs 埋め合わせる

Both words are defined as "To make up for". What is the difference and in what contexts are these words used? Thanks in advance.
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What does 本当たりえる mean

I am playing the eroge Tsui no Sora and have come across a passage containing this word: 当たり前だがノストラダムスの大予言なんて出来の悪い妄想だ。 まともに考えれば小学生にすらわかる事。 だがそんな事は重要じゃない。 [Nostradamus' prophecy is an amateur delusion;...
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Honorifics in Japan

I learnt alot of korean and also the fact that a younger girl would call an older girl 'eonni' or and older boy 'oppa'. Also a younger boy would say Noona (older girl) or hyung (older boy). Do ...
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Differences between 場所 and どこの場所

In a short story the protagonist says this sentence: そして僕は突然、自分が知っている誰からも、自分が知っているどこの場所からも、信じられないくらい遠く隔てられ、引き離されているんだと感じる I was wondering: why 自分が知っている**どこの場所** instead of just 自分が知っている**場所**.
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Usage of こいつ, あいつ, etc

When can I use こいつ, あいつ, etc? I’ve seen that they can mean he/she/this/that in various contexts but when is it appropriate to use them versus 彼 or 彼女?
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What's the difference among 夜中, 真夜中 and 夜?

I've found 3 words with the definition of the night/midnight. But some difficulties appeared. This is the answer have found: Is 夜中 or 真夜中 is more correct for exactly midnight? At about 00:00. ...
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What's the difference between 請求, 要求, and 需要?

Here's my take: 請求 is like a compensation demand which is naturally expected to be satisfied or maybe even based on the law. Most examples feature bills payments. 要求 is more like a strong demand ...
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Can I use both おさまって and おちついて to say “everyone, keep calm?”

みんな、おちついて Or みんな、おさまって Say there's a earthquake and teacher says to his students "everyone, keep calm." How'd he do that in Japanese? I'm asking here because translators don't explain why they ...
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What does “の先” mean in this line

I translated this song a bit ago for practice and, looking at it again, I am wondering what 先 means here: ゆるりと 春を愛づる日に 袖振り合う縁の先 私はあなたと出会った Do you think 先 means "end of our relationship" or ...
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What is 次第 doing in this sentence? [duplicate]

先日の会議の内容は、後ほど書面にてご報告する次第です。 I think the sentence means something along the lines of: "As for the contents of the meeting the other day, it will be reported in writing later." But this kinda ...

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