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adjective use in complex sentences

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 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 out all ...
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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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How can I practice to pronunce the Japanese “r”? [duplicate]

How can I practice to pronounce the Japanese "r" sound? Every video I found didn't help me.
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Direct or indirect passive form?

外国人に質問を聞かれたが、答えられなかった。 Can anybody analyze the grammatical structure of this sentence? Is this an indirect passive sentence? Thanks.
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What does this sentence containing 「いい歳したオッサンが」 mean?

私は今20代後半ですがとても子供っぽく落ち着きがありません。(夢中になると特に)いい歳したオッサンが自分と正面から向き合ってくれた人と本当の意味で向き合って話が出来ないという現実に絶望しました。 Source: https://komachi.yomiuri.co.jp/t/2019/0624/903959.htm?g=04 Does 「いい歳したオッサン」mean he's ...
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What's the proper way to write “God's mistake”? [on hold]

I want to tattoo that phrase in kanjis but Google translator said "神の間違い" and "神の過ち" and I know Google translator isn't very safe, I just wanna make sure I don't tattoo the wrong thing. Thanks!
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歩道 vs 舗装 when meant part of road for people to walk (sidewalk, pavement, footpath)

As I understand 道 [michi] means any road or street, where people can walk and cars may drive. But when we mean that part of road which was build to be used only by people to walk: sidewalk, pavement, ...
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Possible explanation for the ている-form also being used as past tense?

I was thrown for a loop when I found out that, in addition to describing events that are happening currently, the ている-form could also be used as past tense: まだ食べていない。 I have not eaten yet. I now ...
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Was 術 (as in 柔術) ever pronounced jitsu?

柔術 is often rendered in English-speaking countries (and France, Germany, and Brazil) as "jiu-jitsu" or "ju-jitsu", even though the actual Hepburn romanization is "jūjitsu". Wiktionary's page on 柔術 ...
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と考えていい ending sentence meaning?

in episode 3 of Shingeki no Kyojin at 12:30, I encountered this sentence その表層は硬化した皮膚で形成されていると考えていい I understand its meaning literally is: I think that this surface is constructed by harden skin ...
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なにも…良かったんじゃないのか? in this sentence [duplicate]

mc misread the time and thought he was late so he ran as fast as possible to school even though he had plenty of time. His friend makes fun of his frantic behavior as he entered まだ本鈴まで5分あるんだから、...
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お つくる こと に しました - proper way to say “and decided to create”

Is this the proper way to say "and I decided to create"? For instance: "and decided to create a list of Japanese Colours" soshite nihon no iro no risuto o tsukuru koto ni shimashita そして にほん の ...
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Difference between (て)からというものは and (て)以来?

からというものは and 以来, both appear to share the meaning of "after that event, the state did not chage. It's always the same". Can someone help me to understand the difference?
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より in this sentence. When より standing in front? [duplicate]

より寂しい雰囲気が漂っている Why より standing in front?
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Conjugate る-ending verbs into negative form

Sorry if this question has been asked before. I tried to look around for an answer but couldn't find it. I just want to state before that my question is not regarding the verb ある or verbs with kanji +...
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Clarification on colours and い

Is it red ? あかですか?あかいですか? It is red. あかです。あかいです。 Which of each is correct or would both options be correct ?
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Best way for me to proceed learning kanji [on hold]

So i knew about 250 kanji (read/write multiple meanings etc.) i decided to learn the rest from an app on my phone called JA Sensei. After 5 very long days i managed to learn all 2228 or 2225 if u ...
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Meaning of じゃないんじゃない?

I recently came across the phrase じゃないんじゃない in this sentence: Clerk: でも うちで売ってるアイスじゃないんじゃないかしら For context, some kids are claiming they have a winning popsicle stick but the clerk can't seem to ...
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form ます and the form て

Can someone help me understand if the difference in use between the form ます and the form て in this kind of sentence? 魚が泳いでいます。 (It's the same as when we say in English that we're doing something?) ...
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What is written on my mug? [on hold]

I was able to identify 弐 (alternative form of 二 used on legal documents, according to Jisho.org), but I still can't identify the others, in order to know what is written there Full-size
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Meaning of もてり and use of が

白き布 もて盤上を 磨きたり 人は心に 鏡をもてり。 Is もてり 持てる? If so, in that case why does a potential verb have the が particle?
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願わくばこのまま穏やかなままとはいかねぇもんだろうか meaning?

in episode 3 of Shingeki no Kyojin at 8:30, I encounter this sentence. 願わくばこのまま穏やかなままとはいかねぇもんだろうか/ Try my hardest but couldn't understand what it means, can any expert here explain the structures ...
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What's the meaning of まま in this case?

What's the usage and the meaning of まま in this sentence? 彼の本はずいぶん前に読んだままなので、内容のほとんどは忘れてしまった。 I think the meaning is something like "It's been a long time since I read his book, that's why I ...
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What's the difference between わけではない and というものではない?

Can somebody explain to me the difference beetween these two grammatical forms? They both seem to have the same meaning of "it doesn't mean that" ,and also they are both used at the end of the ...
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Shin Godzilla/ シン・ゴジラ/ Shin Gojira/ Godzilla: Resurgence [duplicate]

What does シン mean in シン・ゴジラ? My dictionary says "thin." Online comments imply that it "could mean true, new, God, shaking, and so on." That's a long stretch away. I assume that 'shin gojira' is just ...
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今はなんでもない is asking for location?

The guy wakes up inside an airplane, asks 今はなんでもない (translated as: Where are we now?) and the response is above some city in Swiss. My question is: How is this sentence transformed to a question about ...
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How do I use に and を with 繋ぎ留める?

I've been reading web novels and found the word "繋ぎ止める"here. https://syosetu.org/novel/47581/34.html. I'm not really sure how に and を can be used here? 君に私を繋ぎ留められてる Does this mean "I'm being bound/...
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What does 自由課題 mean?

I recently came across the term 自由課題 in this context: アイスの棒で作ったおうち 自由課題はこれでクリア!! For reference, a character just finished building a house made of popsicle sticks. I assume it roughly means summer ...
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Which kind of literary genre of the following belongs to? [on hold]

子{ね}子{こ}子{のこ}子{こ}子{ね}子{こ}、 子{し}子{し}子{のこ}子{こ}子{じ}子{し}。 P.S. It's not necessary limited into one category. It's somewhat similar to special antithetical couplet below: 種花種,種種種,種種種來種種香; 調琴調,調調調,...
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Difference between 付き合いが悪い and ノリが悪い

In a manga, a girl is reproaching her friend for not being very sociable since she became friend with a guy from the school cinema club: あんた あの映研のメガネとつるむようになってからつきあい悪いしノリも悪い I read on Kenkyusha ...
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What does “知らないより” mean here?

I was watching this Japanese drama called Nagareboshi where a girl confessed her feelings for some guy but regrets not having said her feelings sooner. Her lines confuse me. It was something like this....
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圧が強い what's the meaning?

What exactly means to describe someone saying "圧が強い" (atsu ga tsuyoi) . I know that's something related with "the person has a strong pressure" or "the pressure in that person is strong" but I was ...
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What does ドロドロしてた mean in 生徒会はこんなにドロドロしてた

To provide some context, if not apparent, they are looking to take part in the school election and have just been shown all the other groups that they are competing with. From what I can see there ...
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What is the proper way of saying “can” about an action?

出来る is a verb meaning "Can/be able to". Which ways of attaching a verb to it is correct? 〜で出来る i.e. 覚えて出来ます。 の/ことが出来ます i.e. 覚えるのが出来ます。 I feel, like both should be correct, but I'm just still ...
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Is なきにしもあらず~なきに a set phrase?

This sentence recently appeared in one of my N1 training books: 彼女が合格する可能性はなきにしもあらずだが、彼がパスする可能性はなきにひとしい。 My translation: While she may have a slight chance of passing the exam, it is hopeless ...
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What does 行けそうなら mean?

In the song Diver by Nico Touches the Walls there is this line, そこまで行けそうなら. I have been scratching my head on this for years actually, just remembered it recently. I don't think I've seen anywhere ...
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What's the difference between にしては、 わりに and くせに?

Can somebody explain to me the difference in usage of these three forms. Sometimes it feels as if there are cases where they are interchangeable. If you could add also some examples it would be ...
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How to determine the meaning of a Kanji?

I just finished studying Heisig's "Remembering the Kanji". I would often look up Kanji in order to figure out their meaning when the English keyword was ambiguous. To my surprise, many of the keywords ...
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What is the best way to learn Kanji? [on hold]

I am trying to teach myself Japanese and I was wondering what the best method of learning Kanji is. Thanks in advance!

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