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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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What is the meaning of 及ぼし合う in 人間や生物の周囲にあって,意識や行動の面でそれらと何らかの相互作用を及ぼし合うもの?

I was reading the definition of 環境: 取り囲んでいる周りの世界。人間や生物の周囲にあって,意識や行動の面でそれらと何らかの相互作用を及ぼし合うもの。 I understand the first sentence it as: "world that is a surrounding-area" or like "the ...
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What does ってやつか mean?

I was watching a music video (name: 思想犯). I've been going through the song and I stumbled upon this ってやつか. What does it mean here, it's not って奴か. I've found a post here about ってやつ vs というもの but I don't ...
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For what type of relationships can "関係" be used?

I am writing a text about relationships between different generations and would like to know is [関係]{かんけい} an appropriate word in this context.
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Difference between 心の中に浮かぶ vs 心に浮かぶ

I read the definition of 面影: 実際に目の前にあるように心の中に浮かぶ姿・かたち "Shape(s)" that comes up in your mind as if it was in front of you/real Based on the kanjis 面影 I'm assuming it's something to do with ...
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Is the phrase 他【ほか】を利【り】する ambiguous?

Is the phrase 他【ほか】を利【り】する ambiguous? I found it here: https://dictionary.goo.ne.jp/word/en/他/#je-44494 他【ほか】を利【り】する benefit others Could this example also mean exploit others?
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What is the meaning of うち in this sentence? [duplicate]

I read the definition of 本能: ほん-のう [1][0] 本能 (1)生まれつきもっている性質や能力。特に,性質や能力のうち,非理性的で感覚的なものをいう。 I understand the 生まれつきもっている性質や能力 part as "Qualities and abilities" x holds naturally. But I don'...
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What does this だけ mean in particular?

I read the definition of くだら◦ない【下らない】: [連語]《動詞「くだる」の未然形+打消しの助動詞「ない」》まじめに取り合うだけの価値がない。 I know everything but that だけ. I've searched it up but I have no clue "which" だけ is used here.
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What does ぶり mean when it is attached to question words?

I already understood the nuances of ぶり that were presented here: ぶり But what does it mean when it is attached to question words like いつぶり or 何年ぶり? I got recently this message 学校に行くのいつぶり? How does that ...
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Meaning of いかにもついでに~ような

I found this sentence in a book: いかにもついでに掘ったような細い道を無視し、放置されたライトが多くぶら下がってる方向を選んだり、と自分なりに工夫しながら進む I think I kind of understand it: something like "Ignoring the narrow dug paths, I chose the ...
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Question about the part "のどは針のように細く" of this phrase

I found this in 大辞林 for ガキ: I know that the appropriate definition is probably: 俗に,子供の意。 In slang, has the meaning of kid But I always love to read the definitions with the (仏) in them: 〔仏〕(ア)...
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What's a good way to say "liminal"?

I speak a fair amount of Japanese (from America, live in Kobe, Japan), but am having a hard time finding a good way to say liminal. The best I can think of is things like gap or transition 間 【あいだ】
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できる after したがい meaning, and also what does "が," mean?

I read the definition of a word I'm pretty sure means crusty scab [瘡蓋]{かさぶた}: できもの・傷口が,治るにしたがいできる皮膜。 I believe this means "a film-membrane that can (?) follow up to fix a wound". I'm not ...
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What is the Fast Way on remembering the Japanese adj/verb pronouciations and its related meanings? [closed]

By far, I found the most difficult and important parts of learning Japanese words is to memorize its pronounciations. eg. あつい . It means Hot, an adjective. But how can I relate the two - pronouciation ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Difference between ストーリー and 物語

In media studies academic papers I see sometimes the term ストーリー is used and other times 物語 is used. I feel there might be a nuanced difference between the two. Could someone explain scenarios when ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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'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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The meaning of モテる

I have read what it says in this post but it's old and I would like to hear other opinions. It's interesting that I have found this meaning on Weblio:(esp. as 持ってる) to have "it"; to have ...
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What is the difference between 努める and 努力する?

I don't understand the difference between 努める{つとめる} and 努力する{どりょくする}。 I encountered the two following sentences: ごみを少なくするように努める{つとめる}。I will try to reduce waste. テストで百点が取れるよう努力する{どりょくする}。I will try ...
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I'm having trouble finding out if in hiragana if its like the English alphabet, and you just put letter together to make a word? [closed]

i need to find certain words in hiragana but i cant because people now mostly used katakana, so im wondering if to make a word (or find one) i have to learn what the letters mean to put them together ...
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"current husband"?

How does one read 今夫, as in the sentence here: 私【わたくし】の知【し】り合【あ】いの女性【じょせい】は、[5]{ご}階【かい】に元夫【もとおっと】、[10]{じゅっ}階【かい】に今夫【いまおっと】さんがいるそうで、[4]{よん}階【かい】で本人【ほんにん】がモリモリ働【はたら】いています (source) I know a woman who ...
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What is the difference between 新規 with 新しい and 新た?

I know 新しい{あたらしい} and 新た{あらた} and I understood that the latter is usually used in newspaper because it brings more politeness/formality. However, I encountered 新規{しんき} in a newspaper article: ...
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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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Can 面子 mean "face" as in the physical face?

I have read the meanings for 面子 but I would like to know if maybe it can also mean 顔, the physical face maybe used as a slang. For example, 「ヒデェ面子だ」can only mean "awful people (members)?" On ...
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