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Is よう an adjective or a noun?

I have learnt the pattern Noun + のような. My question is よう is a Noun or an Adjective. If it is an Adjective, then why it is preceded by a の. If it is a Noun then why it is followed by a な. What is ...
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討伐補佐に数えとけよ meaning?

in Attack of the Titan season 2, ep4 at 8:16, there is this sentence: 今のちゃんと討伐補佐に数えとけよ can anyone explain what it means? it doesn't seem to make sense to me. Count the support of conquest properly?...
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と vs. のを / ことを when used with 信じる

Take the following sentences: いつか願いが叶うと信じている。 いつか願いが叶うのを信じている。/ いつか願いが叶うことを信じている。 I know what they mean, but I don't know if there is a practical difference between the two versions. Are there ...
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に or で in the sentence pattern “ニュース(に/で)、…という報道があった”

I made the following sentence: テレビ東京は、政治に関するニュースに、(中略)という報道があった However, a Japanese friend of mine advised that I should replace the particle に with で. I googled and found a similar sentence, and ...
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より vs から to mean “from”

Suppose person A writes a letter to someone. I think the standard way for A to sign it off would be 「Aより」. Would it still be correct if I replaced より with から? Is there any difference in formality ...
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Origin of words for eating manners

What is the cultural/religious origin of itadakimasu and gochisosama?
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Why is 一日 used instead of 日 to ask how your day is?

I spoke with someone from Japan on Tandem and she said to me “今日はどんな一日でしたか?” and I’m wondering why 一日 was used since I thought that meant the first of the month?
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What is the etymology for 面白い? [duplicate]

With the meaning of the kanji being “mask/face” and “white,” why do they come together to mean “interesting” and “funny”?
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What is the difference between 「集【あつ】める」and 「揃【そろ】える」? [duplicate]

I've looked up both words and they appear to means "to collect". Even if they are synonyms, what is the nuance of each one or how do they differ? Thank you!
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Why don't the characters used for Japanese Kanji have the same meaning as those used in Chinese? (Chinese-Japanese false friends)

There are many words in French that are spelled identically to or very similarly to English words but the meanings are not the same. These words are called faux-amis (false friends) because they trick ...
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申し込みます vs 応募します (to apply)

Good day folks, Basically been studying for 3 months already here in Tokyo. Using minna no nihongo book in our school. I am just wondering because I stumbled upon もうしこみます which means "to apply". ...
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What is the meaning of ゴト in the context of 鮎

I ate in a place with 鮎ラーメン. The store employee can't explain it but I think it's something to do with the cut of the 鮎. It was butterfly cutted. For cutting what would be the kanji for go-to. 毎? 丸毎 ...
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Ni particle in complex sentence

暴力に正当な理由があるとすれば、自分や誰かを危険から守るためだけだ。 in this sentence why did we use に particle after 暴力. how does it come here, explain the grammar
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When is <verb stem>+かける's meaning to start and leave unfinished?

I recently learned that the construction +かける means to start something, but with an implication that the action was left unfinished: ビールを飲みかけたことがあるんだけど、味を全然好きなかった。 "I've had a beer before, but ...
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How to say:'It's not like he's dying or anything'?

"別に死ぬあいつはわけじゃないし" I want this to convey a sense of denial
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Using 場合 with adjectives

I was learning the uses of 場合は from japanesetest4you.com (in the sense "in the event of"), and couldn't help but notice that, although it behaves like a noun, its uses with adjectives were not listed. ...
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Why can't 最中(に) be preceded by an adjective? (Adj. + 最中(に) )

You can use 最中(に)as follows: NOUN + の + 最中(に) V ている + 最中(に) Why can we not use 最中(に) preceded by an adjective? Can anyone provide me with a grammatical reason for this?
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Is there any difference between 「精々」 and 「たかだか」?

Like mentioned in the title, I would like to know if there are any subtle differences between 「精々」 and 「たかだか」. As an example, are all these sentences grammatically correct? Is there any change in ...
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How to use には and では in the sentence

日焼け止めを塗っていれば、そんなことにはならなかっただろうに。 Why did we use には here after こと, what is the meaning? Can anyone explain what is the grammar of には and では
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Can 「に」, 「は」 and 「を」 be used as 終助詞 (particles at the end of the sentence)?

I would like to understand more about the practical use of the shūjoshi. な、かしら、かな、の、ぜ、わ、こと were some I found. But I already saw に、は、を being used in the same way. Are they also shūjoshi?
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How is the passive form used with を?

I encountered this sentence in my textbook: いつか、日本人政治家の中にも世界で尊敬され、名前を知られるような人物が現れるようになるには、まず日本国民一人一人の意識を変えるべきなのだろう。 In all cases of passive form that I learned so far, I only ever seen it used ...
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[ターミネーター2] How to pronouce Terminator 2 (name of the movie) [duplicate]

There is a famouse movie by James Cameron "Terminator 2" In English it is pronounced "Terminator two". In Wikipedia I found how the name of this movie is written in Japanese (katakana, of course) [...
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Order of sentence's parts in building sad-mooded rhetorical question

太陽を最後に我々は見たのはいつだ? literally: The Sun last time we saw-state when are? meaning: When did we last time saw the Sun, f**k!? context: it is a sad rhetorical question about bad rainy weather. It is not a ...
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How are adverbs listed?

I know that nounss are listed with words like と, や, とか, and かつ, adjectives are listed with て-forms or the particle で, and that verbs and clauses are listed with the ます-stem, て-forms, and し. However, I ...
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「書いている」vs.「書いてある」vs. 「書かれている」vs. 「書かれてある」 [duplicate]

① 啓典には「全ての生き物は遅かれ早かれ死に至る。」と書いてある。 ② 啓典には「全ての生き物は遅かれ早かれ死に至る。」と書いている。 ③ 啓典には「全ての生き物は遅かれ早かれ死に至る。」と書かれている。 ④ 啓典には「全ての生き物は遅かれ早かれ死に至る。」と書かれてある。 What is the difference between these four and which one is ...
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What does んだもん mean and is used for?

I am currently studying for the JLPT N3 exam and I come across the following rule that I don't really understand. んだもん Although it is not identic, according to this link ~もん is Used to reply ...
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What does “教えとくから” mean? [duplicate]

Found it here. https://twitter.com/JINhktr/status/1141306368495742977 酒の飲み方俺が教えとくから勘弁してやって Is とくから a suffix or for 教え? Is it another word entirely? What does it mean? I think it means something ...
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だ and です godan or ichidan

Can we say, that だ and です are godan verbs with ru-ending, because they are just simplyfied versions of である and であります?
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Is an honorific necessary when using someone’s name to say “you”?

Since people often just use someone’s name to say “you” do you always need an honorific? Like could I just say 「ボブの犬が大好きな!」to say “I love your dog!” to Bob? Or would it need be ボブさん?
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Handwriting in Japanese

I've heard of the terms brush-up, release, stop, etc. When natives write, do they follow this rules? Is it widely known? Would natives know if I did a release, stop, etc? Is it okay not to use it as ...
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What does エセインテリ mean?

is it like a pseudo-intellectual or something else?
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あまり気持ちのいいものではない in this context

girl X who the MC has never met before, suddenly appears and says that she is he MC's fiance 俺だって、興味がない訳じゃない。 会ったこともない人との絆があるって言われても正直ピンとこないし、あまり気持ちのいいものではない。 それに、もし、Xと俺が許嫁となる運命であるのならば……...
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原作を消化していくつもりだ meaning

In the second episode's preview of the Saiki Kusuo anime, Saiki recapped the premise(that he has superpowers) and said the following: 次々と原作を消化していくつもりだ According to the dictionary, 消化 has the ...
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ところ、よう and other words of many uses

This may be a bad question, since it's not very specific and I am very long winded. I've studied Japanese on and off 7 years, though my level is very low and I never had much immersion besides a year ...
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What's the meaning of とはいかないまでも?

I know the grammatical form ない+までも that means "not until that degree, but", however I'm not sure how to translate とはいかないまでも in English. I found this expression in the following sentence:"明日ハイキングだ。...
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What is the Japanese name for the conventional shoelace knot?

i understand that there is little standardization for the use of knots in Japanese, many incurring folk names. Even in English most knots have several different names, though there are monumental ...
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What's the difference between には及ばない and までもない?

Both までもない and には及ばない bear the meaning of "there is no need to do something". I know that には及ばない can also means "not reaching a certain level", but besides this case their meaning really seems to be ...
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Using 通り in combination with adjectives

V る + とおり(に) V た + とおり(に) NOUN + の + とおり(に) 後藤先生の奥さんは、想像していた通りの優しい人でした。 as in this example, とおり can only be used with only verbs and nouns but not with adjective.What could be the simplest ...
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“Safe” as an adjective?

Today at my company, I was involved in something, and I was unsure if the action we were about to do was safe. Normally in English, I would say something along the lines of "Hey, is this safe to do?". ...
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の and が before 丘 [duplicate]

光が丘 and 梅が丘 are places in Tokyo, and 平和の丘 is a place in Okinawa. Why is the particle が used in the first two names? Why isn't の used like in 平和の丘?
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The meaning of 一時期繁く

I've been reading a book and met a phrase I don't understand. I have translated it like that: 一時期繁く通った程度のことらしいが、そこに居を定める人間に出会ってみると、懐かしくなったものとみえる。 It seems to a degree of being there for one hour ...
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Difference between ようか・まいか and ようが・まいが

So I'm cramming for the N1 test next week and doing grammar exercises in the 日本語パワードリル book. I come across the following question and felt fairly confident in my answer: 友人に真実を_________ 悩んでいる。 ...
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what does ゴゴゴ.. means?

This one often used with emojis/sticker while chatting online. Till now, I haven't seen it's use in spoken language. It seems to be slang. Is there any indirect meaning other than English equivalent?
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Statistics on common readings for Japanese names

I am looking for statistics (raw data) on the most common readings for kanji used in names (family name or first name) and the most common gender for a name. Existing dictionaries tend to just spit ...
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Why is the volitional form used here?

このアカウントをフォローして、写真や動画をチェックしよう。 Why was しよう used instead of して? I was thinking して because it appears to be a request.
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Proper conjugation of 生む

I am trying to state a goal to produce something, such as: 目的 は 成果 を 生むて います。 Is this the proper conjugation to indicate I plan to do this?
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Rain in the city

東京は今雨が降っている。 literally: Tokyo now rain is falling. Question: why Tokyo is [wa]-ed but not [ni]-ed? Is it allowed to say the same idea in English manner like this? 東京に今雨は降っている。 東京では今雨は降っている。 ...
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Should 私の be omitted?

I have the following sentence on my Japanese LinkedIn page: 私 の 目的 は 主導 と 代表的 な 執行 と 技術革新 通じて 例外的 な 質 を 生むて います。 It is meant to mirror my English mission statement: "My mission is to deliver ...
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Professional Titles for Engineer

I am setting up a Japanese language profile in LinkedIn. I am a Nuclear Engineer, but am unsure exactly how that profession is worded in japanese. The two options that seem most appropriate are: ...
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When is it okay to not use desu?

I've been looking around for this, but all I can find is pretty basic stuff about desu. I've studied Japanese, but writing texts in Japanese still stumps me sometimes. Right now I'm wondering about ...

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