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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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切れかけの蛍光灯とは何ですか?とくに切れかけ? [duplicate]

切れかけの蛍光灯。 What does the above mean? What is 切れかけ?
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Translation help for a short sentence

まじでおまえに愛される気しかねぇんだけど(男です) This is a sentence I saw below a YouTube Japanese music video. As I understand it, it says "To be honest, I only want to be loved by you (But I'm a boy)" But that sounds ...
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How to say "for"

I will use a specific example. I was trying to write "My love for you is hurting me." "私の愛ために貴方は私を傷つけている。" Is what I came up with, however, I am unsure about the usage of "ために" in this situation. ...
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What does the phrase 「こうなりゃ」 mean? [duplicate]

Here is the sentence including the phrase. こうなりゃ自{じ}分{ぶん}の力{ちから}でなんとかするさ。 I am not sure if 「なりゃ」 is equivalent to 「なれば」.
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Sentence starting with て?

I was listening to this podcast on Himalaya (Link given below) and I came across this sentence which starts with て, I'm not sure why it starts with て, can anyone please explain this? Also I'm not sure ...
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What is the meaning of どうの?

Context: a former swordsman takes his daughter to attend kendo lessons. She doesn't seem happy, so he reminds her that she decided herself to go, at which che replies: んだよ!とーさんがさんざん剣がどうのって話ばっかするからだろ!!...
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What is the meaning of 取っ替える

From the lyrics to 'indigo love story' by indigo la End: 僕らは命を取っ替えた Can't find this in the dictionaries I have access to (takoboto android app and jisho.org - also let me know any dictionary ...
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What does って mean here?

What does って mean in this sentence? 世の中には、頑張っても無駄な人っていますか。
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Difference between 沿岸, 海岸, 沿海

What is the difference between these words? Which one is the most common?
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「しまう」 as standalone words in dialogue and description, in quotes

In the story I'm reading the author use 「しまう」 as isolated word, in quotes: 中学一年の姉は、今シェイクスピアに凝っている。最初は日本語訳を片っ端から『しまって』いたが、だんだんそれではあきたらなくなり、最近ではついにオリジナルで『しまい』始めたのだ 光紀{みつのり}は順調に日本の古曲を『しまえる』ようになると、「じゃあ、...
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水 - pronounce choice between 水{すい} and 水{みず}

As the title says, 水 has 2 pronounce: 水{すい} and 水{みず}. My question is: When to use which? e.g How to read it in: 水と米. What is the rule, if any.
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What does それすら来ないと言うこと means?

I was watching some Let's-players on YouTube, where I saw this sentence: それすら来ないと言うことは……きっと、よほどのことがあったに違いない。 I'd like to know what the first part of it means. Moreover, the entire meaning of the ...
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What is the difference between 動画 and 映画?

My research indicates that both terms refer to movies, 動画 and 映画. Is there a difference in usage? Does 映画 refer to film/videotape based movies and 動画 refer to everything else?
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Humble language for other people as an insult

In fiction, I've occasionally seen humble language used for other people - it seems to be an insult, and is most common as a command (申せ!). Is my perception correct, and is the insult sense restricted ...
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What does 9月とか10月なんですよ mean?

What does 9月とか10月なんですよ mean? 日本で台風と言うと 9月とか10月なんですよ 7月に上陸とか聞いたことありません We were chatting about typhoons. Does it mean "What? We still have September and October, you know"? In particular, I ...
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Would you say 日系アメリカ人の歴史のポータル or 日系アメリカ人の歴史ポータル?

Which is correct? My gut tells me it's the second one, but I've asked and someone told me the first is probably the one to use. Reasons being ポータル is not a common katakana word.
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Regarding the word あたくし [duplicate]

It seems too formal for casual use, but too casual for formal use. In what sort of situation would anyone use あたくし?
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What does ても+いかん do?

今闘技場にいる観衆は外に出すな、モンスターが脱走したことを悟られてもいかん! What meaning does いかん have in this sentence? I've never seen this before.
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Is there any word 'popular' in 'お嬢ちゃんも先生似だしいけるんじゃねーか ?'?

In some subtitles of S02E06 of the anime adaptation of the manga The Quintessential Quintuplets, there's this line by a character named Shimoda, who was the student of now deceased character named ...
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What's the difference between 尽くす and 果たす

What's the difference between 尽くす and 果たす? I thought that both meant "to do something until the very end" or "to use until exhaustion" but when would you use one over the other?
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南北銀行 (North-South Bank) meaning

I was watching an anime called Ganbare Goemon and there was this sign that I found a bit strange: How exactly are you supposed to understand it? I mean, north and south are in opposite directions so ...
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What is ある role here?

I don't understand why ある is in this sentence: 彼らは無事に、昨日ある島に上陸した。
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What are the special coins and notes used that honor the Olympics and the new Emperor called? [duplicate]

I understand that some new Olympic and Imperial coins/notes are being introduced into general circulation. I just want to know what these special Olympic and new Emperor coin/notes would be called.
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what does "ほど" mean?

In the very famous song called "Chiisana Koi no Uta - 小さな恋のうた", there's a sentence: ほら あなたにとって大事な人ほど すぐそばにいるの what does "ほど" mean here? I've tried to search, here're some results I've got: Look, ...
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How to say something is not unusually x

In the case in question, my intention is to say that something is good, but isn't unusually delicious. My attempt has been いい味がしますが、非常に美味しいじゃありません。 My concern is that I've made an error in the ...
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What is the difference between のちがいい and あとがいい?

I want to say "Is later okay?" Is there a specific difference between the two terms? A friend of mine routinely uses the first term, I have been using the second term. TY.
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How to understand チラツ

How to understand チラツ ? My textbook gives "leaflet" as a translation. It's in katakana, though, so I'm looking for a corresponding English word, but what is it?
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What does 覆ってみせる mean?

As far as I can tell from the components, it means to show yourself hiding which makes no sense. Context is the sentence XはYに顔を覆ってみせる
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たらしめる? ex: "素晴らしいfontを素晴らしいものたらしめているのは何かについて学んだ。"

素晴らしいcalligraphyを素晴らしいものたらしめているのは何かについて学んだ。 I studied what makes great calligraphy to be great. With regard to たらしめる I don't understand that sentence structure. The presence of を means there must be ...
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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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Is there a difference between a カーニバル and an お祭り?

Is there a difference between a カーニバル and an お祭り? I researched the terms on Jisho. Does it have to do with the duration or type of the activities? Thank you.
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Why is ダメ written most commonly in katakana?

I usually see the word written in katakana, although a kanji term is available, and wanted to know the reason.
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How would you address a younger step-parent / older step-child?

Like this but way more insane: Younger uncles and aunts (But I believe this sorta happened in House of the Dragon, prequel / spin-off of of Game of Thrones) Let's say widow Viserys Tanaka had ...
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Why would parents ever want to name their daughters with the following names?

During my studying via Kanji Study app I came across the kanji for the word, pardon my French, vagina. Of course, I was curious whether the names with the kanji existed. "Nah," I thought. "There is no ...
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What term would be used for commemorative coins and notes collectively?

Would commemorative coins and notes collectively be known as メモリアル?to indicate a type of memorial? The special money printed and coined in honor of special occasions such as the Olympics and other ...
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