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What is the form of this verb 頼まれてた?

I'm practicing understanding japanese by japanese subs of anime. For this moment it is 10 episode of season 2 "Seitokai yakuindomo", the last scene. Here is Tsuda words: **あっ そうだ 買い物 頼まれてた んだ** ...
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Just come across the words 習々年 and 習年 - but what do they mean? [closed]

I've just read these in a book but I'm not quite sure what these words mean - there's not much at all on the Internet about them either. I think 習々年 might mean "over the years" as 習々 seems to mean "...
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What does にへら mean when beginning a sentence?

For context, the sentence is にへら、という気の抜けた笑顔。 And the sentence before is そこまで考えて、胸内にふと一人の人物の顔が浮かんだ。 The character whose monologue this is is spacing out during a movie thinking about his recent past, ...
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How to express action (in plays, and online)

So in most languages we can either put text in italics or between asterisks to indicate what the speaker is doing. For instance: Looking up It will be raining soon Or on the Internet: *chewing your ...
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Meaning and use of 悪くないか

悪くないか Scenario 1: a young boy comes home and says (to his sick mother)「母さん悪くないか」。 Scenario 2: two men are moving a tv and one thinks 「なんかバランス悪くないか?!」。 I’m not following the meaning of it
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What is the 中 in ダウンロード中?

I was downloading an update for a phone game I set in Japanese and on the screen it said 「ダウンロード中」and I don’t understand the use of 中. Middle? In the middle of downloading?
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Meaning of 意義があるかどうかは自分で判断しないかもしれません

I understand what 判断する means e.g. 彼は人を見た目で判断しない - He does not judge people by appearances.  However, I'm failing to understand what is being meant by 自分で判断しないかもしれません in the last part of this ...
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What does というように mean?

I've been seeing this structure a lot lately, and I feel like it takes on different meanings depending on how it's used. Basically I understand it as: Quotative と + いう(to say, define etc.) + ように (...
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Does linking adjectives allow you to talk about multiple variations of something?

For instance, if I want to say: I want to see traditional and modern culture I would try to use: 近代的{きんだいてき}で伝統的{でんとうてき}な文化{ぶんか}を見たい。 But does this imply the culture I want to see is ...
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What's the い in ない?

I've heard that the non-past negative form ends in nai. However, other forms will aswell have na alone (na katta). Is there some meaning behind this い or is that how the form is?
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How to say “photobomb” in Japanese

Is there a word for "photobomb" in Japanese? In English, to photobomb someone is to spoil a photograph (of a person or thing) by unexpectedly appearing in the camera's field of view as the picture ...
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Is there a difference between 同じ気, 同じの気, and 気の同じ?

https://i.imgur.com/pEzn7lZ.jpg There is debate about whether おなじ気 is referring to the amount of Ki or the general feeling of Ki. I looked up the Japanese text and wondered if the lack of a の ...
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Why is katakana considered its own character set while the Latin capital letters aren't?

Everyone has agreed upon that Japanese has three sets of characters - hiragana, katakana, and kanji. Yet the Latin alphabet is considered to be one character set, even though the capitals and ...
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Writing conventions / pronounciations for words with っ

I'm currently trying to figure out on how to do karaoke for some songs and I got a bit confused about the following. So let's say you have the words like ずっと [zutto] のって [notte] How would you ...
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Negative adjective 恐怖せず [duplicate]

恐怖せず I think it means “fearless”, but I don’t know the particle sezu. Is this old-fashioned?
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adjectives + narimasu

Good evening, I've been studying Japanese here in Tokyo for about a month now in a Nihongo Gakuin. One of the lessons that we encountered was adding adjectives + narimasu like for example: osoi = ...
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How is では used under these contexts?

I'm trying to understand a specific uses of で + は particle, and I would like a more detailed explanation of how it's used. I referred to these 3 resources: デジタル大辞泉 Weblio コトバンク Namely, there are 2 ...
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暮らし and 生活: meaning and usage [duplicate]

Are 暮らし and 生活 interchangeable? For example: 日本での暮らし (is 日本での生活 OK?) 日本の生活に慣れた。(is 日本の暮らしに慣れた OK?)
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ようとする and ようとしている

I don't know what's the difference between ようとしている and ようとする. But I know ようとした. ようとしている and ようとする mean " be about to do something" but I can't differentiate the ようとする and ようとしている. Sometimes they use ...
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Is there a negative form for adverbs?

So if you want to say you walk quickly you say 早く歩く. Great. Now, suppose you want to say you walk unquickly. Could you potentially say something like 早くなく歩く? The obvious answer is you simply say you ...
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うれしい(ureshii) Vs たのしい(tanoshii)

When exactly do we use うれしい(ureshii) and たのしい(tanoshii) Ureshii - glad , pleasant Tanoshii - happy Ureshii is when you see someone being happy Is ureshii also with event already happened
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What is the difference between て phrase ending verbs and nominalized verb-stem phrase ending verbs? [duplicate]

For example in the sentence 政府は学校や病院を建設し、教師や医療スタッフの訓練も始めた。What's the difference in the first phrase ending in 建設し rather than 建設して?
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Difference of 減量 and 減少

What is the difference between 減量 and 減少? What about 増量 and 増加? I found these following examples on my workbook, but there is no explanation whatsoever about how to use them. 人口が減少する。 ...
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くれた and もらった used with 泊まって

Recently, I chanced upon the sentence 友達の家に泊まってくれてしたり... or was it 泊まってもらってしたり... (Couldn't really recall, but they would translate to the same thing) which translates to "do things like me staying at ...
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How can I use the conditional ~ば and desiderative ~たい together?

I think the title is self-explanatory. I've been wondering how to combine the desiderative (たい) and the conditional (えば/たら). For example, if I want to say "Excuse me, what should I do if I want to ...
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~ ないで for 'without doing ~' and 'don't ~'

I know that if you use ~ないで after a verb it could either mean "without doing ~verb" as 何も見えないで (without seeing anything) or it could mean "don't do ~" as 見つめないで (don't stare at me). How can know when ...
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まぁ、そんなものですかな? perhaps this means perhaps, perhaps?

I have seen this construction used various times in Japanese text, but I cannot really put my finger on as to what it could mean definitively. 人類の進歩と調和に役立つもの・・・例えば ディフレクターに代わる 新しいエネルギーとか まぁ、...
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role of -られ, -し, and construction of the phrase

Trying to translate a song lyric and was caught off guard by this sentence: 雨に降られ行き場なくしなんの罰さ?と空を睨む I feel like I get the gist of it, but uncertain that my parsing is accurate so far. Here's what ...
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Help a translating this phrase

I was reading a manga and the grammar of this phrase kinda confused me: 今日三条くんの会社からなかったことにしてくれって連絡あったらしくて。 For context, the character is saying this to a second character about a third character's ...
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What does “舐め取られてる” mean in this sentence?

何者かによってチョコが舐め取られてる Found it here where people talked about the pocky snack.http://ogiri.doorblog.jp/ Is this "舐め取られてる" just another way of saying 舐める as in "to underestimate"? Does it mean lick or ...
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What would the scientific notation look like for text translated from japanese?

I received the following to interpret and report in normal scientific notation. I am having trouble understanding it, and have been told that it is translated from Japanese. aa Normal condition ...
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What does “腰抜ける” mean?

Was browsing through japanes IG pages and saw this post https://www.instagram.com/p/Bp61vFtAdFo/?hl=ja Someone left this comment. ボヘミアンラプソディ!! 腰抜けるぐらいよかった!! Haven't found what it means on any ...
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What does 気楽 mean when attached to ビール or お酒?

I first found this here: https://www.ettoh.jp/ 楽酒=気楽なお酒 Does this mean the drink is easy to drink? Or that it's meant to be drunk in a carefree setting? One example I was taught for 気楽 is in ...
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で at the end of sentences [duplicate]

What does it mean when there's a で after a verb? Example: 食べないで
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Where to put the dakuten and handakuten?

When writing hiragana and katakana, does the position of the dakuten and handakuten matter? I know it should always be placed after the character but there also some questions like these: What ...
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ちいとばかし苦しいから extra cash to make ends meet

ティーゼル: うぐっ!まだ潰れちゃいねえよ 今月の運転資金が、ちいとばかし苦しいから 軽くバイトするだけのこったよ Teisel: Gaahh! No, it hasn't gone under! We're just, a little in the red this month, that's all! Just need a little extra cash to ...
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What does「電車に乗ってたらなんだっていうんだろね」mean in this context?

For context, in the light novel Hige wo Soru, Soshite Joshikousei wo Hirou's chapter 12: the main character Yoshida leaves for work and his friend Sayu is left alone at their apartment. He's thought ...
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Which is more common for “I miss you”: 会いたい or 寂しい?

When saying “I miss you” which of these is more frequently used? Do they have different nuances?
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Can だ be left off in informal sentences?

In declarative statements I’ve gathered that saying just 「これ新聞だ」for example would be too forward or a bit aggressive. So could you just say 「これ新聞」or even just 「新聞」for informal sentences? I understand ...
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Difference between と and たら [duplicate]

I was under the impression that たら was used for "if this then", statements. Be they cause and effects or when statements. Whats the difference with と?
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正々堂々勝負して's meaning

In this anime trailer the protagonist say this sentence: 正々堂々勝負して、あ、みやがれってんだ! I can't figure out the meaning... Is maybe something like "Fight like a man!" or "Don't play rough!"? PS: here the ...
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Expressing that something is multiple things at the same time (e.g. “She is an artist and a poet”)

How does one express multiple states of equality? (Probably the wrong terminology.) For example, "She is an artist and a poet" in Japanese. I know です can be used to show equality. For example:「彼女{...
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Are there any words which use 'カ', the on-yomi of 何?

I started finally learning kanji's readings not only meanings and words. And in two sources I use I see that 何's kun'yomi is なん、なに and on' is カ. I've seen 何 in many words as なん: 何度、何と、何で なに: 何人、何か ...
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Does the 未然形 of i-adjectives show up in today's Japanese?

It appears the [未然形]{mizenkei} of verbs comes up a lot in modern Japanese conjugations: Negation is formed as 未然形 + ない. The presumptive is a contraction of 未然形 + (よ)う. The causative/passive forms, ...
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How does 付きやがって function with 勝手に?

Just learned about やがる. But I found a usage of it that I'm wondering about. 久々に敵に会うからって 勝手に薄弱 付きやがって My guess here is "It's been a long time since you've met your rival yet you became feeble ...
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袂を分かつ Can someone explain this expression?

I was reading a light novel and I looked up the meaning of 袂を分かつ, but I wonder, can someone explain this expression in more detail as to why it means break off relations with/part with someone? ...
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How does が mark the subject in this sentence?

I'm trying to understand the way が is used in the following sentence: すると、難しい講義を聞いた後では平均123ミリグラムも上がった血糖値が、面白い話を聞いて笑った後では、平均77ミリグラムしか上がらなかったという結果が出たそうです。 In this case I believe it is a "subject " ...
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便利な工具 what does な means

What does the な in the center means.Is it a particle.
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拈得せん in a writing by Genkaku

水中に月を捉ふ爭でか拈得せん What does 拈得せん mean there? Is some classical construction? I cant quite find an explanation for it
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What does 事前 refer to in this sentence?

What does 事前{じぜん} refer to in this sentence? その前提{ぜんてい}であれば、事前{じぜん}にテキストを確認{かくにん}しながら、お客様{きゃくさま}の環境{かんきょう}でトレーニングの準備{じゅんび}ができると思います{おもいます}。 Does it refer to: "checking the text"? -- as in ...

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