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Verb woes; two or three questions

I'm working on a translation and there's this one line I can get through but can't get a handle on. こんなヤツに負けおって いままで何のために練習 してきたと思っておる! Problem 1 is that I can't figure out if this is one sentence ...
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what collocates with 開く 【ひらく】and what collocates with 開く 【あく】? [duplicate]

I found these collocations in Jim Breen's WWJDIC, but there are probably more. Can anyone help? I see no underlying logic to the distinction between "open" and "open" and therefore suspect there is no ...
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たら followed by question mark [duplicate]

Situation. A person is a bit unstable and is basically talking/monologuing besides someone who isn't conscious as if they were. She wonders about something and when the unconscious person doesn't ...
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Usage of 断然 as の-adjective?

今年の欧州マイル路線では古馬や牡馬を交えても断然のNO・1 At this year's European Mile route, even with other types of horses participating, (アルファセントーリ) is the absolute number one I know that 断然 is a taru adjective so shouldn'...
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How to express future times?

I'm a little confused on how exactly I would say "I'm going to Japan in 2 months." I don't want to make it seem like I'm saying "I'm going to Japan for 2 months" What would be the difference between ...
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What nouns work with やめる when you quit doing something

8日、レスリングの吉田沙保里さんが選手をやめると発表しました。 On the 8th, Wrestling's Saori Yoshida announced that she will quit the sport. I'm not sure if my problem is with the use of やめる or with 選手 here. I understand 選手 to ...
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Kochira vs Konohito and Donohito vs Donata

I'm reading a textbook and I've encountered these examples: Kochira wa donata desu ka? Konohito wa donohito desu ka? I know the first one is a more polite way of asking about someone, but is ...
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How can I express sentences like “How long is …” or “How old is … ” or “How convenient is …” etc.?

I want to know if there's a grammar structure that can be used when you want to know the extent of an adjective. E.g. 会長は若いね >> How young is he? この映画はとっても長いよ! >> How long is it? ...
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What is the difference between 試合 and 競技?

They both mean 'game' or 'contest'. Are they interchangeable or is there a difference?
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What is the difference between 神社, お寺 and お宮?

All of them mean "shrine" or "temple", but what is the difference between all of them ?
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Does the second stroke of ち have a break in it when handwritten?

き and さ when handwritten tend to have a break in the "loop" of the second stroke.   But I don't seem to be able to find if it is the same for ち. Is it ok to have separation of the second stroke ...
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How do we spell this word in japanese? [closed]

I've just began learning Japanese & I saw this word in a web series. I tried to read it but I'm not really sure how to spell it. I'm finding the one left of 王 especially difficult. Can someone ...
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Does 両親ともに健在とは限らない。mean “Both of my parents aren't alive.”?

This is a sentence from the Tanaka corpus, I would have thought that it means "I have a parent that has passed away.". I'm asking that because the Tanaka corpus contains some mistakes so I think it ...
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What would the English translation of this causative てもらう sentence be?

この宿題は難しすぎるので、先生に手伝わせてもらおうと思います。 Does it mean 'I was allowed to be helped'? 'I'll let myself be helped by teacher'?
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Meaning of a pattern “AといえばAにも見える”

I've came across a sentence 悪手【あくしゅ】といえば悪手【あくしゅ】にも見える in a manga, but I can't find any explanation on this pattern, so I don't see how "speaking of" makes sense. A "bad move" isn't mentioned ...
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What is a diference between いく and あるく?

As I understand both means "walk". What is a difference here? I think that いく is more like "move" somewhere and あるく means literally walk. Is that right or something else?
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What is a 感謝の夕べ and is it free to attend?

I am doing volunteer work every month at an event organized by a big company (not mine). Now they invite me to a 感謝の夕べ: 日頃お手伝いいただいているボランティアスタッフへの感謝の気持ちと共に より懇親を深めるため、XYZにて「感謝の夕べ」を開催いたします! ...
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What does には mean in this case?

The sentence in question: 休日の繁華街は平和な賑わいに満ちていた。道行く人々の笑顔は眩しく、街灯はどこまでも明るく、一足早いクリスマス模様のショウウィンドウには、まるで世界中の幸せを寄せ集めて詰め込んだように華やかだった。 I would normally think of には following after something like ショウウィンドウ to ...
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How to understand い adjective + ある? What is ある doing here

強いもなにもあるもんか From this panel: I originally read this phrase as meaning something like "There's no way you are strong or anything at all!" but then I noticed that there is ある in the phrase and now it ...
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Meaning of に in もう彼女に抵抗の余地はないのでしょうか?

ライトは事もなく照子の名前を入手することに成功しました。 照子も結構鋭いところを見せてくれますが、もう彼女に抵抗の余地はないのでしょうか? せっかくの「きれいなお姉さん」なので、なんとか頑張って欲しいものです。 Context: On episode 6 of Death Note, Light is trying get information from former FBI ...
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なんてね interpretation

So we have the following situation. There is persons A, B and C. Long ago A and B were friends when according to A B suddenly betrayed her. Now A has been using C for a long while pretending to be a ...
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understanding であると同時に construction

やけに高く響くその靴音は、スバルにとって焦燥感の原因であると同時に、心の拠り所でもあった。 So I basically translate it as "For Subaru, those footsteps that echoed absurdly loud were, at the same time, the source of his impatience and also the ...
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What is the difference between 文句 and 苦情? [duplicate]

They both mean 'complaint', but there is a slight difference between them, right? If someone could explain the difference and provide some example sentences it would be great.
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What reading rules should I apply to the 分 kanji when talking about temperature? [duplicate]

Will it be always ぶ, or does it change just like the counter of minutes? Could you give me examples where the reading changes (either of numerals or both kanji and numerals)?
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What does 設定資料集 mean? [closed]

what does "設定資料集" mean here? I've tried to search.
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What is the right word for existential goal?

I am looking for a Japanese word that corresponds to life goal. It does not refer to getting a good salary job, marrying with dream S.O., buying exotic cars, or other materialistic/worldly targets. ...
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How to read 死神界?

In this manga I'm reading, the word 死神界 appears. I would have read it has しにがみかい but there was furigana indicating the reading to be ここ. If there was no furigana, how could I know the correct way to ...
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What's the polite way to invite someone to do something?

For example: "If you want to practice English, feel free/you are welcome to message me". How do you carry the nuance of "you are welcome to but don't feel obliged?" If I said 英語を練習したいならメッセージしてください ...
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Appropriate word for “fellow”

I've been wondering how to appropriately say the phrase "My fellow members" lately and I've come up with the phrase 「僕の仲間のメンバーたち」but I feel like there's a more appropriate word for it. Is there a ...
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Grammaticality of two kanji verbs without their conjugating part

A friend told me he's going to get a tattoo with "頑張". 頑張 doesn't exist on the dictionary without its -る conjugating part, so is it grammatically correct using it alone, as if it was a noun? Does it ...
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Translation for [まどろみの中で]

Google translate keeps saying that it means 'in the middle of a snowfall'. Is the sentence a proverb or a figure of speech? Well...in short, I am confused. Many Thanks
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How can I say “self-love” in Japanase?

How can I say "self-love" in japanese, when you love yourself in a healthy way, not egoism? Is 自愛 (Jiai) ok? And does the two pics mean same thing, with diff calligraphy?
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How do I read 殺す者?

From a light novel I currently read [小鬼を殺す者]. Is it 'ころすもの' or 'ころすしゃ' and how do I know what to take...for future usage.^^ Thank You in Advance
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What is the difference between “みだらな格好” and “あられもない格好?”

I'm trying to figure out the difference in nuance between みだらな格好 and あられもない格好. My dictionary tells me "みだらな" means "lewd"/"obscene"/"indecent", and あられもない means "unladylike", "immodest", these ...
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Is “eventide” a correct word for the kanji 汐

Jisho dictionary refers to 汐 as the kanji for eventide, tide, salt water, opportunity. looking in Oxford dictionary, eventide means The end of the day; evening. I don't see how 汐 has anything to do ...
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akachan vs akanbō - Can someone tell me the difference? [duplicate]

赤ちゃん vs あかんぼう The dictionaries I look at show them to both have the same meaning. Can someone tell me what's the difference? Thanks
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How is ように used in here? [duplicate]

準備ができたら呼びに来るように. What does this sentence mean? I mean how is ように used here. ように is found there at the end of the sentence.
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What is used more in Japan for numbers? Kanji or Hiragana?

I’m trying to learn Japanese but I want to know if I should learn my numbers in Kanji or Hiragana because I want to learn what I will definitely use in Japan.
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Difference between N1はN2より+Adj and N1よりN2のほうが+Adj

I'm a little stuck at this because I don't really get the difference. What's the difference between: 私は田中さんより若いです 田中さんより私のほうが若いです Am I saying the same thing but in two different ways? Thanks in ...
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what is the meaning of this sfx/onomatopoeia? ダシーン

dashi (ダシ) sometimes is for "run" but this sfx is nothing about running! example (the ball is a dough, they make bread)
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Could this be some sort of typo

So I'm reading this manga, and at one point person A brings out a syringe and starts explaining to person B about how she needs to recieve what's in the syringe for a procedure to work, and then goes ...
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おすすめ品 on Doujins in Akihabara

I have seen おすすめ品 written on stickers on doujins in Akihabara. In one shop this was literally on every single doujin. From what I know おすすめ品 means recommended goods, which makes no sense here, as its ...
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How to politely and indirectly tell someone they forgot to do something?

Let's say someone who's above me, like a teacher or a boss, forgot to do something. How would I notify them without being rude? I only know the basic "~するのを忘れました"(though I'm not even sure if that's ...
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Translation for [竜とは逃げぬものなれば]

new in the language so I am having a hard time figuring out the meaning of this sentence. 'When it comes to dragons, you can't escape' would be my translation, but pretty sure I am wrong. If it doesn'...
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など無いも同然だった in this scene

narrator depicting a defloration scene 深々と肉棒の打ち込まれたAの股間からは、彼女がついさっきまで純潔だった事を示す赤い血が、傷口からあふれ出して太ももにまで垂れていた。 しかし、Aの感じている痛みは、外からも見える傷口だけではない。むしろ苦痛という点では、処女膜が裂けた痛みなど無いも同然だった。 However, the pain ...
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What is the correct romaji/kanji for a phrase that sounds like “fui cabaru”

A japanese Aikido master used the term that sounds like “fui cabaru” or the “up” position of the a sword. I also believe it means something like “the place your hat goes”. Can you tell me the correct ...
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無念 - kanjis say “no wish”, but meaning is “regret”? Why?

無 generally roughly means "none" 念 generally roughly means "wish" So I personally would have expected "無念" to mean "no wish", "no regret", "no worries", etc. However, counter-intuitively, "無念" means "...
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Understanding 77の海岸のうち60%で、

そして、調べた77の海岸のうち60%で、砂が全部なくなる可能性があることがわかりました。 In 60% of the 77 coasts investigated, it is understood that there is a possibility that all the sand will be lost. I'm a bit confused by the ...
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The difference between 最高 and 一番いい

What is the difference between 最高 and 一番いい? Both mean the best. But they should be used in different situations. What would be the right use of the words? Thank you!
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Meaning of たんか when used in a sentence or phrase?

i came across this phrase "酒飲めたんか" and i know that 酒 is probably referring to alcohol and 飲め probably means 'drinking' but the phrase ’たんか’ does not give me any result when i tried to search for it. I'...

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