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言葉. Any question that does not deal specifically with grammar or pronunciation. Includes questions about prefixes, suffixes, compound words, loanwords, dialectal differences, pragmatic usage, etc. In other words, phenomena that occurs at the level of the word.

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When is 助けてください appropriate?

I want to ask for help with learning Japanese. Is 助けてください appropriate for this situation? Should I use something else? Is a particle needed in the request?
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Most natural way of saying something is better than or best

Most natural way of saying something is better than or best. This picture is the best This picture is better than ... The translations I see on Google are ベスト and べター. Looking for a way ...
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How to translate particle とも and 絞る?

The sentence in question: そうした逆風の中、潜在的な需要を掘り起こそうと各社とも知恵を絞った対策に乗り出しています。 For full context: https://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/business_tokushu/2018_0621.html?utm_int=news_contents_tokushu_004 My attempt at ...
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What does ウ○ク mean in ウ○クの方の、中○、韓○嫌いは異常。?

So, I was looking on OKWAVE, because I wanted to know if anyone is asking about xenophobia in Japan. So there is a question asking, “外国人嫌悪症について、どう思いますか?” This can be translated as “What do you think ...
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In terms of “this school”, what is the difference between この学校, 本校, and 当校?

So, when I typed “this school” in the Weblio search, it brought up these three terms: この学校, 本校, and 当校. I know that この means “this”. 学校 definitely means “school”. 校 means “school”, but it seems to ...
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What does き mean in this sentence?

ぼく の ほう から ちかよる き が なくても、きみ に ぶつかられたら、ぼく は こなごな に なってしまうん だから. What do the words in bold mean? I understand most of the text but can't find the meaning of き and the role of ん in the sentence.
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What's the difference between どうされましたか and どうなさいましたか?

What's the difference between どうされましたか and どうなさいましたか?
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What is the difference between きつい and 辛い(つらい)?

They both have the same meaning of "hard, difficult, tough" Can someone please explain the difference and give examples of when both are interchangeable and when it is not? For example: きつい仕事 or ...
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Help with a few sentences using 許す

I'm currently translating a chapter of a manga (SERVAMP) and I only have a few dialogues left to finish it and while I was helped by someone, some particular lines left us confused and we haven't ...
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What does 春闘集約 mean?

I found here the definition of 春闘 as the annual spring wage bargaining round; the annual spring labor offensive. And upon searching my electronic dictionary 集約 means intensive. Can I assume that this ...
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When do we use 値 (あたい) instead of 価値 or 値段?

I would like to know 1) when do we use 値 (あたい) to say "value" instead of 価値 ? 2) when do we use 値 (あたい) instead of 値段 to say "price, cost"? I don't see the difference between these words. Please ...
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How to say “lacquer” when talking about food?

I found that the term 漆塗り or simply 漆 is used to indicated the lacquer applied to materials such as wood, but can I use the same term in a food context? I am talking about that sort of 'glaze' you can ...
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Which is the main meaning of 与える? [duplicate]

I would like to know which is the main meaning of the verb 与える ? According to the dictionary it means several things: "give", "feed", "bestow", "set homework", "harm". Are all these actions frequently ...
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Sokuon Consonant Doubling Question [duplicate]

The text I'm learning from says that "っ" is used to carry the consonant sound to the back of the first character. I was wondering if this is the case for words composed of more than 2 other characters ...
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is there any evidence that ばら is commonly understood as gay

My japanese speaking but not native friend talked about a foreign friend whose name translates to "ばら" (bara - 薔薇) with some native japanese. They quickly objected that she shouldn't call that friend ...
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What is the difference between 組織 and 体系?

My JE dictionary gives me "system" for the definitions of both 組織 and 体系. Are these two words wholly synonymous, and if not, how are they different? In addition, is there a difference between 組織的(な) ...
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Can the word 物 refer to a person?

In the [使い分け] part of this page :
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どれ as an attribute

I found this sentence and I wonder whether I understand it correctly: どれ腹の傷をおみせ、薬草をぬってあげよう。 The どれ there looks to me like “whichever” or “all”, so I’d get the sentence as “Let me look at all the ...
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When is 下 alone read げ outside of a handful of idiomatic usages (if ever)?

Dictionary definition: 1 程度・価値・等級・序列などが低いこと。標準より劣っていること。下等。した。「中の下の成績」⇔上 (じょう) 。 2 書物や文の章段などで、二つまたは三つに分けたものの最後のもの。「下の巻」⇔上 (じょう) 。 Edit: I think 巻 is not read かん, but まき. Sometimes, a word ...
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Meaning of ガチのM

Context: some schoolgirls are talking about a girl that is dating a boy that killed someone when he was younger. ついてく男のせいでバカ見てるよね。自分から人生詰みに行ってるよね。ガチのM? 夜はあの人殺しから攻められるプレイしてるとか The only meaning of ...
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Are these sources wrong about the usage of ただ and だけ?

In this old question, it is said that ただのNOUN and NOUNだけだ are used thus: If you meant to say, "It's just an ordinary snake" or the like, it needs to be ただの蛇だ。 If you meant "It's only a snake", as ...
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何とも Usage and Meaning

象は 大きい。 象は おりに入れた。 象は えさをやった。 象は 鼻が長い。 などの文では、「象は」はいずれも題目を示している。4の「象は」は「象が」に言い換えられるもので、事実上は文の主語を兼ねる。しかし、5以下は「象が」には言い換えられない。5は「象を」のことであり、6は「象に」のことである。さらに、7の「象は」は何とも言い換えられないものである(「...
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「素早い」と「早い」ってどう違いますか?

ビジュアルノベルを読んでいたら、次の文が出てきました。 少女は素早く辺りを見回し、護りの構えをとる。 The girl quickly takes a look around and assumes a defensive stance. 質問: どうしてこの場合「素早い」が選ばれているのですか。「早い」でもいいのでしょうか。 *このポストは僕が初めて日本語だけで書いたものですので、...
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Meaning of デコ助 in this sentence

Context: a boxer is fighting against a defensive opponent that aims to win on points rather than KOs. The trainer of the boxer says: 守りも決定打を放つためのもの… ぶっ倒す欲のねェボクサーなど存在しねェし相手のデコ助も例外じゃねェ。 ...
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Nが好き vs Vのが好き what form should be used?

Some nouns can be converted to verbs with する I'm wondering which form should be used in cases like that? Or is it same as in English and can be easily swapped? 旅行するのが好きです 旅行が好きです Also is ...
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縁&端: Are these readings still relevant?

These words bug the heck out of me due to their multiple readings, and I haven't found anything that addresses this problem. Thus, I am going to attempt to compile a list of the ones I'm having ...
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How do you say “ 14 days left and will finish the vacation ”?

I'm a little bit confused , I tried to find a good answer of how to say 2 days left +verb like 2 days left and will start dieting or 2 minutes left and will be ready or 14 days left and will ...
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What does ヤラレ女/やられ女 mean?

I came across this term on the Internet. It is proving to be very tricky. 女 is not too hard. It can be translated as “woman”, “girl”, “female”, and possibly some other terms. ヤラレ/やられ is the part I ...
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What is the meaning of 制限 when talking about phones/phone numbers?

I have my phone set to Japanese, and I got a call from " 制限 ". I understand that 制限 means "restricted", but in this context does it mean a blocked number, or something else?
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What does this sentence translate to or what does 見ていて and 様子 mean in this context?

Here's the line from NHK easy news: ザギトワ選手のインスタグラムは世界で45万人ぐらいの人が見ていて、犬をかわいがる様子が人気になっています。 Link to the news article. Separating the part before and after comma into two parts, ...
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meaning of かまかけ

Excerpt From Re:ゼロから始める異世界生活 3 ラムの言動が素なのかかまかけなのかわかり難い。おそらく、後者だろうと思う Ram just expressed a disparaging opinion of Subaru and he is wondering if she actually means what she says or ??? I’m parsing ...
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When is 分 read ぶ instead of ぶん

I had always thought that when you were talking about percentage, fractions, portions, etc., it was always pronounced ぶん. However, I saw its pronunciation listed as ぶ on Imabi, a renowned website for ...
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What is the use case difference between 去る and 残す?

In the process of learning certain kanji, I found that 去る and 残す both translate to the English word "leave." I know that 出る is used for the common "leave a place"/"exit" usage, like, 「五分前家を出ていました」. I ...
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How to understand “で” and 献立 here?

原文は、 目黒にある「バランス食品」では、糖尿病患者やダイエット中の人向けのメニューが用意されている。 厳密なカロリー計算をした健康メニューで専門の栄養士が献立を考える。 厳密なカロリー計算をした健康メニューで専門の栄養士が献立を考える これを 厳密なカロリー計算をした健康メニューを通じて、専門の栄養士が献立を考える として理解してもいいですか。 そして、...
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謙譲語: More info on お目にかかる & お目もじする?

From my understanding, 伺う is the humble version of 会う, which means to pay someone / some place a visit, and requires a recipient. However, on this website, the humble version of 会う is listed as お目にかかる ...
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What's the meaning of やっていける or いける?

The sentence in question: しかし、子育てに親が専念できる環境になってきたので、親がおんぶをしなくてもだっこだけでもやっていける。 For full context: https://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/web_tokushu/2018_0521.html?utm_int=news_contents_tokushu_004 my attempt at ...
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使用 vs 利用 difference? [duplicate]

使用と利用どう違うですか。 As much as possible example sentence onegai.
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Meaning of 疑問を胸に取材を進める

The sentence in question: そんな疑問を胸に取材を進めると、改めて、おんぶの魅力を知ることになりました。 For full context: https://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/web_tokushu/2018_0521.html?utm_int=news_contents_tokushu_004 My attempt at translation: ...
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Is it 行 or 行く? I am unsure of which one

I have two sentences: 時々、うみえ行くをが好きです。 and 母はよく週末に祖父と祖母のいえ行、そこでとまリます。 I want to see if both of them are correctly stated, and I believe that the second one might not be. In the first sentence, ...
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いいです。turn down an offer?

例文:  Aさん: じゃ、土曜日も来ましょうか。 Bさん: 土曜日はいいです。 質問は、どうしてBさんの答えの意味は「都合が悪いんですが、、」と同じですか。Why does 『いいです』 mean "no"?
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*冷えた*スープを温める: Is 冷える a misuse?

My understanding is that 冷える describes the state of going from room temperature to a lower one, e.g. to chill beer, to get cold (weather, relationship), etc. On the other hand, 冷める is about going from ...
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「僅か」と「短い」は違いがありますか。

I was wondering if there is a difference in usage between 僅か and 短い? I don’t mean the obvious difference of 僅か being a 名詞 and 短い being an イ形容詞, but more usage-wise in situations like: 短い時間 and ...
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“People” vocabulary usage distinction

I searched for Japanese terms related to the English word "people" and discovered an impressive variety of terms to choose from! I'm curious about the differences between each term and the usage of ...
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difference それで、だから、ですから

例えば、将来の夢は自分の店を持ちたいです。それで or ですから or だから、今大学生で料理の作り方を勉強しています。 質問: 'ですから'は'だから'より丁寧ですが、でも、この'それで'とは違いがありますか? この文をちょっと変えたら、「将来の夢は………持ちたいんですが、ですから or だから or それで、」この状況は正しいですか? 'だから'...
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What’s the difference between 二親 and 両親?

I looked it up in my monolingual dictionary and I got the following: 両親【りょうしん】 二親。父母。 Which seems pretty straightforward, but then I got this: 二親【ふたおや】父と母。両親。(<>片親) As you can see it doesn’...
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Who is the subject when using 記{き}者{しゃ}泣{な}かせ?

I've recently seen several articles containing the phrase 記{き}者{しゃ}泣{な}かせ. All the articles have been about unfortunate events, and 泣かせ clearly means something is making somebody cry. My question is ...
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what is the meaning or use of 暗転

I am reading an article about a pro figure skater who is recovering from an injury. The author talks about the skater beginning to heal, but then re-injuring herself. 順調に快方に向かうかと思えたが、暗転したのは<日付>。 I ...
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What does すねるたちで mean?

i know that たち could be the 2nd stem of たつ or could be the plural indicator, and i sound a definition of すねる on jisho.org which said Ichidan verb, intransitive verb 1. to be peevish; to sulk; to ...
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What does いい加減 mean?

いい加減 has been used in the game Chrono Trigger but in every dictionary that I looked up for this vocabulary, I just found words as translation but in the game it's not translated as any of those words. ...
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What is this tiny kanji?

I have found this kanji in a PC novel It is so small that I tried to draw it The context is the following: "(Kanji)廃棄物処理場 区の(Kanji)廃棄物処理場 So it's related to "garbage process", but is also ...