Questions tagged [words]

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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What is the correct reading of 心底?

The word 心底 has 2 readings which are しんそこ and しんてい. Both seem to be interchangeable with one another. Searching online has this page popping up. https://detail.chiebukuro.yahoo.co.jp/qa/...
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Meaning and transitivity of ゴミ袋を手に立ち上がる

While doing some translating, I stumbled upon this usage of 立ち上がる。 わたしがゴミ袋を手に立ち上がると、イツカ君とお姉ちゃんは二人一緒にわたしの所へやって来ました。 It doesn't match up with the definitions I'm familiar with, nor any of the other ...
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The difference between どうやって and どうやったら

What is the difference between どうやって and どうやったら?
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How to "feel bad" for someone in Japanese

I suppose that the English phrase is very general but in Japanese how do you express that you feel bad for others? (something similar to pity but not particularly looking down on the person)
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Questions about の→ん contraction, でござる→でございます shift

【原文】Original version 各これらの語の特徴はいつからなの?何時代ですの? 第一、「のです」と「なのです」を書いて「んです」と「なんです」を書かなかったことはいつからなの? 第に、「でござる」を書いて「でございます」を書かなかったこともいつからなの? 私の日本語がよくないですと、すみません! Edited version I have two questions ...
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Question about meaning of words 立場上 and 身分上

I read the definition of 義務 because I found the word 義務教育: 人が人として,あるいは立場上,身分上当然しなければならないこと I understand the definition as "Thing that a person has to do" but I can't find the meanings of ...
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(Sumo cloze passage) What in tarnation was I supposed to put in this blank?

I was given the following cloze passage with 9 questions. Blanks 3, 6, 7 and 8 have [requirements in brackets] that must be followed when answering. I have filled in my own answers in bold. While all ...
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The word いや - gender?

I've been told that いや (in its use similar to いいえ) is a mainly masculine word, but I've heard many female speakers use it, both as a filler and a content word expressing disagreement. Is it that young ...
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Does 連続性 have a different meaning than just "continuity"?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YD_Z6QHD1Dg I've noticed that usually words have other meanings than just the standard definitions that dictionaries give. I bet 連続性 probably means something different ...
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Understanding 今回は惜しいのでセーフということにしておきます

寿季「初めて出会った時のこと、覚えてます?」 エレナ「ええ。覚えているわ」 エレナ「寿季が私にぶつかって、読んでいた本を落としてしまったのよね」 寿季「いや、ぶつかったのは別の生徒で、俺は通りがかっただけです」 エレナ「……間違いは誰にでもあるわ」 寿季「今回は惜しいのでセーフということにしておきます」 I would translate the bold part sentence ...
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Help with a few sentences using 許す

Although I was helped by someone, some particular lines left me and a friend confused and we haven't reached a conclusion. The verb 許す has been used a lot, mostly in the negative 許せない because the plot ...
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How to express the idea " a place where ..."

I asked this question a few hours ago but I think i phrase it incorrectly. The idea is like saying "a place where blah blah description of the place" example: Imagine you are in a place ...
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How to express the idea of being somewhere [duplicate]

So I've been searching the internet and I can't find my answers because all it says is the N5 imasu/arimasu I don't think it's right. So the context is like "imagine, you are in a place where ...
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How to say 'possessed' as in haunted by a ghost

Could I say these sentences this way? Hanako was possessed by a ghost. 花子さんは幽霊に憑依されました。 A ghost possessed Hanako 幽霊は花子さんを憑依しました。
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What's the difference between 大臣 and 閣僚?

I understand 大臣 means "minister" and 閣僚 means "cabinet minister", but I am curious what's the difference between these two terms ?
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The meaning of the word 切り整える

I can't find anything about 切り整える. I found it in this definition for 髪型: 結ったり,切り整えたりして仕上げた髪の恰好。髪のかたち。ヘア-スタイル。 I know that 整える means "to put something in order", but what does it mean with ...
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what is the difference between ○○ですね?、○○ですね、○○です、 [closed]

what is the difference between eg; すてきですね? すてきですね すてきです
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Using double quotation

So, in a NHK news article I encountered the following sentence: 菅総理大臣は緊急宣言の下で異例の開催となると指摘しこれまでの緊急宣言となれば無観客も辞さないと申し上げてきたと述べた上で With this 申し上げてきた is the prime minster talking about himself and his ...
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Can someone explain the real meaning of とろんと溶け?

I don't know what does とろんと mean here ,and i can only understand 溶け means "something is melting" Please someone explain to me ,thank you o/
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体格 vs スタイル When to use which

Not sure on the difference between these two words. Is there any real difference in how they are used?
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List of Two-Mora Ichidan Verbs

I've been looking for an exhaustive list of them, but I can't seem to find one in English. So far I've got these: いる/居る 得る 出る 似る 煮る 寝る 着る 干る 鋳る 射る 癒る 経る/歴る みる's variants, 見る/観る/視る/診る/看る Are there ...
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When to use に vs から with もらう (and other similar verbs)?

I've been trying to learn all the rules involving particles and もらう in detail for a long time. Until the other day, I thought に and から were completely interchangeable for もらう, as in the following ...
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What is the difference between 受け継ぐ、引き継ぐ,and 継承する?

I know these words roughly translate to "to inherit", "to take over", "to succeed", etc, but what is the difference between these words? These words were used in Attack ...
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What do you call a ブザービーター in baseball?

Is it possible to have something similar to a buzzer beater in baseball? What is it called in Japanese? If not, how would you refer to a game-winning action in a sport?
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What does 愛想薄い mean?

I came across this in a doujinshi I was reading; the context was two people were discussing another character and basically it lead to a question asking if one of them was fine with 愛想薄い, in terms of ...
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What does クる mean in this sentence?

あんた最近避けてるでしょ。何考えてるか知らないけどあんたに変に距離を取られると結構クるのよ、くだらない理由でやってるのなら止めなさいよ I'm guessing it has a negative meaning, but I look up "kuru" on denshi jisho dictionary and nothing that makes sense in ...
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What's the difference between 家 and 宅?

I saw these two kanjis while writing down some words, and they appeared to have the same meaning. Normally I heard うち as home but they (いえ and たく) got translated as home-house as well so I'm wondering ...
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Why is「こい」used at the end of this sentence?

In Dragon Ball volume 9, one character plans to kill another, and they say 天国か地獄、好きなほうにいってこい Which I take to mean something like "Heaven or hell, go to whichever you like" I think いってこい ...
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How do I read this kanji from an old book?

It is from a book titled ガンビアの春, or Spring in Gambier, that I am translating for my senior capstone project. I can read 活, but I couldn't tell you what the second character is. This author tends to ...
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Is there any meaning/usage difference between 罠を掛ける and 罠を仕掛ける?

From my understanding, both of them mean "to set a trap" (in order to catch something). I encountered 罠を仕掛ける in the story カチカチ山:  おじいさんはタヌキのいたずらにがまん出来なくなり、畑にワナをしかけてタヌキを捕まえました。 However, ...
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Why are もらう、習う、教わる、借りる and 聞くthe only transitive verbs that behave like they are in passive conjugation? Is there a name for this category of verb?

もらう、習う、教わる、借りる and 聞く (in its "to hear from" meaning) and their honorifics I'm pretty sure are the only verbs where に and から are somewhat interchangeable in their active form, in that に ...
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Example sentences with 枚数

I'm trying to learn how to use the word 枚数. However, I'm having some trouble to find example sentences that teach me how to use it, since in most websites I know such as Jisho, Tangorin and so on, ...
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How many Kanji characters are there?

I have been searching around, but all the sources give completely different answers ranging from 2,000 to 50,000. So my question is how many Kanji characters that have ever existed since the dawn of ...
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What does the word 「なんざ」 mean?

What does the word 「なんざ」 mean? ふざけんじゃねえよ パンチに理{り}屈{くつ}なんざ無{む}用{よう}だい!
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良さそう usage in this context:【誰かが手伝ってくれたら、せめて「ありがとう」ぐらいは言ったって良さそうなものだったのに。】

誰かが手伝ってくれたら、せめて「ありがとう」ぐらいは言ったって良さそうなものだったのに。 You might at least have said, "Thank you", when someone helped you. Source: https://jisho.org/sentences/51866b92d5dda7e98100cf56 In this ...
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Is 閣閣 a real word?

As the title says, is 閣閣 a real word? I've searched through weblio古語辞典 and BCCWJ and I've gotten no results that are not 内閣閣僚. Out of pure curiosity, I just want to find a real example of this word ...
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霊感 meaning and if it is the best choice to express inspiration

So I'm looking to express the great inspiration some people feel that guides admirable creations. This kind of thing. I found 霊感 but I have very little experience with kanjis and I don't want to ...
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What is the longest word in Japanese?

What is the longest (based on their representation in romaji) word in Japanese? Are there any longer than リュウグウノオトヒメノモトユイノキリハズシ? If it depends on criteria for a word, then list them by their criteria. ...
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What does いやよね mean in japanese? [closed]

Is there a word such as いやよね ? I heard The Anime Man mention it in this video(https://youtu.be/k8UmX17DXWg) at around 14:34. However I couldn't find this word in any dictionary.
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Why can だらしない be used in this sentence?

I was trying a JLPT mock test and there was a question in which you had to pick the sentence in which the given word was used correctly. In one of those, the given word was だらしない, and the answer was ...
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What does ギスる mean?

Conversation goes: A: まだひきずっていたのか B: え、お前忘れたの?ギスってたの俺だけ?びっくりする B: 次はねぇぞ The ギス I know means having a cold atmosphere or strained relationship. But here, I am not sure I get what it means.
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わからないし vs わからねいし

I was watching some anime and realised that some character says わからねいし instead of わからないし. Is this just a slur kind situation where they change it so it's easier to pronounce, like how native speakers ...
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Is the 帰らせん the same as 帰らせる? [duplicate]

「他のプロセッサーの三倍も整備の手間をかけさせてるのもおれですが」 ぐっとアルドレヒトは喉を鳴らした。サングラスの奥から苦々しげに見下ろしてくる双眸を、見返してシンは肩をすくめる。 「ったくおめぇは……たまに冗談言ったと思ったらそれかよ」 「これでも申し訳ないと思ってはいるんです。行動で示せてはいませんが」 「馬鹿野郎。お前らガキどもを生きて帰らせんのが整備班の仕事だ。...
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What does でしかない mean in this sentence?

As far as I know, でしかない means: no more than or merely, but in this sentence that meaning doesn't seem to fit. • それを専攻をするのは天才でしかないよ! So, what exactly does this expression mean in this sentence?
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Meaning of たいようさんさん

The context to this is a story I'm reading. A high school girl says she was assigned to make a poster for class that said "たいようさんさん". Her friend, in response, seemed confused and mused, ...
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What does the word 「よいな」 mean in this sentence?

It was said by an old man to a boy named 'X', for example, that he would be waiting for him at a kind of vehicle. わしは天の箱舟で待っておる。 じゅんびがすんだら お前も来い。 よいな Xよ! If it means 'good', I think it looks not ...
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What is the meaning of まっちろけ?

まっちろけなお弁当になっちゃった。 (context: it's lunch) or どれも、なんかまっちろけでさ。 (context: scene of an accident) Does it have something to do with 真っ白, masshiro? I think it may be some sort of obscure slang I don't know ...
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Is there a secret meaning in PPAP song?

I wonder if PPAP song by Kazuhito Kosaka actually has a secret meaning? As far as I know, words in Japanese can mean several different things depending on their conjuctions or one's interpretation. ...
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Difference between 食事をする and 食事を食べる

I came across the following sentence: 駅の近くで食事をした。 Does it sound unnatural if I were to use the following (or rather, is it incorrect)? 駅の近くで食事を食べました。
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'Legs only' when performing a karate kata

In our karate trainings we often do exercises to perform only leg movements and leg techniques: stances, kicks and jumps from a kata. (Only footwork and foot techniques) My question is: What would be ...

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