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Combining multiple verbs

I work in a hotel and I was asking a coworker if we are permitted to drink the coffee in a certain location near the desk. I am trying to be formal with this request. I asked "Are we allowed to take ...
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Using のうちに to construct an adverb

For the full text see here. The fourth line from the bottom of the linked text is: イヤリングをつけ終わると、無意識のうちに、ドアの耳に口をよせた。 When he'd finished attaching the earring he unconsciously put his mouth to the ...
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difference of 湿らす vs 潤す

湿らす and 潤す. Both of them have the same meaning? what's the difference between them? Thanks, Or
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How is とかいた being used in this sentence?

I'm continuing my quest to translate an episode of Terrace House for study purposes.. Naturally I have questions.. This question in particular is in regards to a phrase I got stuck on the tail-end of....
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Understanding ように

How does ように in this sentence work? 忘れた物を取りに帰るように As far as I understand, ように goes after 帰る make the sentence means " I take what is lost in order to go back " but It would make more sense if it ...
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What is the difference between でわありません and 〜くない

I am not sure when でわありません and 〜くない are used. I was given with the sentence この赤いかばんは大きいでわありません (as in "this red bag is not big") and I am not sure why この赤いかばんは大きくないです was not used. Could anyone ...
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What is the difference between 中国人, 華人, 漢人, and 唐人?

I looked at the dictionary definitions of 中国人, 華人, 漢人, and 唐人, and it appears that all of them mean "Chinese person". Questions: What is the difference between them? Why are there so many ways of ...
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How to express “Stone Master” as a compliment

I dabble in Shodo and I am designing a calligraphy to give as a gif to a martial arts master. He is French, and his name is Pierre (Pierre, just like all other derivatives of Latin "Petrus", like ...
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What is the difference between ~たい and ~ことを望む?

I have been trying to translate some English sentences into Japanese. I have been asking people on OKWAVE to translate these sentences. I am happy to say that the results have been mostly satisfactory....
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Utilising というのは

I am trying to write an ambiguous/evasive sentence. The sentence is: [PERSON A],もしかして,あの人は一緒に,というのは,[PERSON B]ー To the effect of "Person A, is it possible, that you and that person, that is to say, ...
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What's the function of に here?

So I have these two line in the book i'm reading, and i'm having a problem understanding the second one: (And for the context, the main character is endlessly walking though a dark and silent ruin, ...
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「だが」は単なる「が」に言い換えることができますか

このリンクにある「ちょっと〇〇するだけのつもりが、つい〇〇してしまった」の「つもりが」は実際は「つもりだが」の意味になっていると思えるんですけど、これは例外なのですか。それともどんな名詞の後ろにでも「だが」ではなく単に「が」が来られるということですか。 よろしくお願いします。
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Meaning of うち in “無意識のうちの行動なのだろう”

Given the context I think that this sentence means "it's probably an unintentional action". But I am unsure of what meaning/nuance the うち adds here. I am used to seeing うち meaning "while" and that's ...
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What are the common practice of reading names of modern Chinese people?

From what I've seen from the Japanese Wikipedia, names of communist figures (Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping, Xi Jinping) seem to be read with on'yomi (Mou Takutou, Tou Shouhei, Shuu Kinpei). On the other ...
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Meaning of 有難 with missing ending

Context: the manager of a boxing gym is arguing with a strong but problematic boy (問題児, he is arrogant and often violently beats other trainees) named Kamishiro and his trainer-sister that train in ...
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Difference between 尽くす and きれる

I know both 尽くす and きれる mean to do something fully/completely eg(these are my own examples) 色々やり尽くす。(I have tried all the methods or I have exhausted all the methods.) generally I have heard of ...
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What does 気が遠くなるほど mean?

神々は何度も何度も何度も, 気が遠くなるほどサイコロを振りました. Having hard time fully understanding this sentence. Especially this part 「気が遠くなるほど」, or how it affects 「気が遠くなる」. My translation would be something along the lines of ...
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How do I greet a group of people in different time zones?

Let's say a group of friends from different countries are in a Skype call. For me, perhaps it's morning, while others are in midday or nighttime hours in their respective countries. When in a one-on-...
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What does 心得もない mean in the following centext?

「いかがですミズ=マッキェネン。 素晴らしい人材とは思いませんか? この少年は訓練を受けているわけではない。 戦術の心得もない。 I'm stumped as to what the もない ending means in the last sentence (research says it could be a negative emphasis on 心得) so I'm ...
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Can みたい refer to a clause in the past?

I was thinking the other day that one of the differences between みたい and そう (meaning "it seems") is that the first can be bound to a sentence in the past while the second forces the verb of the ...
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Why is 知りません the negative form of 知っています?

I'm reading Minna no Nihongo (Chapter 15) and it says what I wrote in the question. I would think the negative would be 知っていません。
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Please Explain the Grammer Pattern and use of 見てんの [duplicate]

Studying Terrace House subtitles. In Episode 1, someone says: どういう気持ちで見てんの? (please correct the following assumptions in case I'm wrong) I understand どういう to be どう言う or "What would you say of" 気持ちで ...
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Why て-form is being used before ん ?

In the following sentence: 誰{だれ}探{さが}してんの What is the grammatical reason for 探{さが}す to be used in て-form before ん?
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Pronunciation Troubles with トラブル and トラブる: Loanwords with both noun and verb ending in ru mora

Following this comment: What is the difference in pronunciation or pitch accent between: トラブル and トラブる ダブル and ダブる What are the regional differences (if any)? Is the pronunciation rule ...
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Is there any clear distinction in Japanese for the words 拉致 and 誘拐?

I'm writing an essay about the North Korean abductions of Japanese citizens. In English literature I found that the concepts "abduction" and "kidnapping" are used interchangeably. I'm not familiar ...
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How to understand ひと断ちにする

私がこの男をたしなめ大差でひと断ちにしてみせます Originally I understood this phrase as "I will rebuke this man, cut him in two with a great difference (in score)" but have not been able to sufficiently break down my ...
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どうして「〜たいくらいだ」には「くらい」が出るのですか

最近「むしろあなたに英語を教えてもらいたいくらいだ」という文を見かけたのですけど、英訳の「I'd rather you teach me English」を言ってみたとしたら、私なら「くらいだ」なしで、「むしろあなたに英語を教えてもらいたい」とかになるでしょうから、「くらいだ」の働きや必要性に悩んでいるのです。この「くらい」は、最低限を表すものと同じなのですか。何か軽蔑を表しているわけですか。 ...
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Using まで together with a negative connotation 帰らないつもりです in a sentence

I am referring Minna no Nihongo 2, Chapter 31 Mondai section. The sentence pair is: Q:夏休みに国へかえりますか。 A:いいえ、クリスマスまで帰らないつもりです。 It would be great if you can tell me why the answer is 帰らないつもりです ...
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What is this grammar meaning and some of the examples: があります/ いま? [on hold]

I am referring Minna no Nihongo 10. This grammar: があります/ いま is really difficult to understand. Can you explain its meaning and give me some example sentences?
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What is different between Polite style and plain style? [on hold]

Polite style and plain style are 2 styles of speech in Japanese. I wonder what is different between these grammars. Can you help me?
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Confusing sentence (~た次第です, passive speech as active, etc)

Note: I sought out uses of 次第 on other posted questions but didn't find anything that fits here. There's a sentence in the introduction to 日本語文法ハンドブック (a book written for teachers of beginning ...
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About …ほど constructions

Here, I already asked about a sentence containing a ほど construction, and chocolate was so kind to give me a nice, comprehensive answer :=) ("Issues with this sentence") However, a follow up question ...
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Any differences between 領収書 and 受領書?

First time asking a question here. I was curious if there is any relevant distinction between these two words that mean receipt: 領収書 and 受領書.
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What does おとくな けいじばん mean?

I was playing ポケットモンスターファイアーレッド (Pokémon fire red) when I noticed that this appears when I start reading most of the signs: I've searched for it in a couple of sites, and it looks like けいじばん is ...
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られる noun phrase

In the sentence : 日本で作られたもの ですが, ハワイに行ったときに買いました the noun phrase 日本で作られた describes もの. Why not use 日本の or 日本が in the noun phrase? From my understanding It would still mean that it is 'made in Japan'. ...
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Grammar: te + verb + shimashita

1) ごはんを食べて、ねました。 2) あさおきて、新聞を読みました。 I was wondering, if the part [食べて] and [おきて] are also past tense, because of [~ました]. So the correct translation would be [I went to bed, after I ate.] or is it [...
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I can't identify this kanji ( kanji 当ても)

I've decided to read manga in japanese again, I left it for a couple of years so now I'm out of practice and in need of help. It must be a really simple one but still I want to understand without ...
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What is the upper radical in the Kanji 悪?

I recognize the heart radical at the bottom of the kanji 悪, but I cannot make my mind about the upper one. Do you know the name of this radical? Do you also know of another Kanji using this radical? ...
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How did 面白 end up meaning “Interesting”?

面 by itself means "face", while 白 by itself means "white". How did these two words combine together to mean "interesting"?
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Question about the particular use of 'か'

今日かあした来てください。 (Please, come today or tomorrow) 行くか行かないか、わかりません。(Go or not, I don't know) I guess in these two cases 'か' means 'or', but why is there no 'か' after 'あした'. In example 2 there is a 'か' ...
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What`s the meaning of のを and だと in this text?

** この羽織は、三輪田のお光さんのおっかさんが織ってくれたのを、紋付に染めて、お光さんが縫い上げたものだと、母の手紙に長い説明がある. ** I can grasp the overall meaning: in mom's letter there is a long explanation about the fact that omitsu's mother wove a ...
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I need your help [on hold]

I recently bought from Japanese website and I would like to understand this sentence: 【注意事項】 擦り傷などの初期傷がある場合がありますので神経質な方はご入札をお控えいただきます。 Does this means there will be scratches? Or they might be ...
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「強さを、孤独を、知る者たち。それは、変わることは無く。」 How do I interpret 変わる here?

Im reading a comic and this is the heading of the chapter. I looked up the english chapter and the translation was "Those who know power and solitude. Know nothing of each other". I'm wondering how ...
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Metaphorical meaning of 買う

Context: in the manga Rikudou, Riku follows his trainer risky instructions in order to win (the trainer had told him to take a lot of punches in order to understand his opponent's fighting style). ...
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How can I express “a particular/a certain” thing?

I am studying vocabulary and I came across the word 然る, either read as さる or しかる (usually written in Kana) and means "A Particular/A Certain" noun. However, there was only one example sentence on ...
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Why does 出る accepts を although it is an intransitive verb?

The JLPT N5 textbook and the Tangorin online dictionary say 出る is intransitive and, as far as I know, should be used with が, but the Genki I textbook says it accepts を when it means "to exit". So, ...
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How to learn Japanese effectively? [on hold]

Japanese is gradually becoming a useful language, the number of people who come to the Japanese also increase. But how to learn Japanese effectively, not all Japanese learners know.
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Why we should use “を” instead of “に” when talking about a place?

I have a question regarding this sentence: かのじょといっしょにこうえんをさんぽします。 If the "を" marks a direct object of a sentance, why we use it the way it looks above. Could we use here "に" instead of "を"? ...
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How to state facts in Japanese?

I was wondering if stating facts in an essay was usually done by using the ます form of an verb, or the ている form? I learned that the て form is, among other things, used to describe state of being of ...
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Why can「うんざり」be used directly preceding「だ」/「です」?

I recently came across 「うんざり」(which dictionaries describe as an "adverb" and "する-verb"), and cannot figure out why it works in sentences where it directly precedes 「だ」/「です」. An example is: 「...

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