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Why お寺 but 神社 (not ご神社)?

Why the difference between Buddhist temples, お寺, and Shinto shrines, 神社? (The latter does not take ご神社, お神社 or 御神社.)
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What is the meanings of kanji 手 when it's part of a compound word?

The kanji 手 (not the radical) is very common and i found hundreds of vocbularies are containing it and i thought that its using as a component in words is to refer to ( hand, ability, skill or ...
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Appropriate “No, I don't have” response to “お持ちでしょうか”

I'm regularly asked at shops/supermarkets with something like: ポイントカードはお持ちでしょうか  My understanding is that the person is asking if I have a point card. I've also read What's the difference ...
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How to write a sentence with several verbs associated to different objects?

I have searched the internet for help on using several verbs in one sentence when they are connected with different objects and performed by different people, but every search comes back with an ...
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Difference between つま and おくさん [duplicate]

Going through my Genki textbook I noticed two words for wife. Where should I use each one
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What does × mean in titles of Japanese TV shows and comics? [duplicate]

What does × mean in titles of Japanese TV shows and comics? Whether it's a NHK show like Designer × Artisan or a comic like Hunter × Hunter, I've seen this symbol occur very often in titles. What does ...
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Which is the best way to say sorry in Japanese? [duplicate]

I am new to this language but still I can understand some words of this language. In Japanese I think there are two ways to say sorry to someone. One is Gomen'nasai (ごめんなさい) and the other one is ...
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A question about the kanji 畀?

When I searched for this kanji in japanese dictionaries i didn't found many results just found it in the popular sites like wiktionary page and jisho.org it means "to give" and there is no example ...
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Stroke counts for 子 and the 辶 radical?

Most of the Chinese, Korean and Japanese people that I speak to say that there are only two strokes in 子 and 辶, saying that nobody does it using three strokes. Yet, on every single official source (...
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Past tense …でする vs. past tense copula です confusion

Maybe this is a stupid question, because very likely it is possible for advanced learners to distuiguish this. However, in the present tense ...でする (particle で) and ...です (copula) are distinct, while ...
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Express the idea of something being suitable for something: “a Baby friendly hotel”

I'm just wondering how I can use Japanese to express the idea of something being suitable for something. In my specific case, I was trying to express to a friend that I found a "baby friendly" hotel. ...
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は vs のほうが : when to use each one

In the Genki Workbook, it is asked to translate the sentence "My computer is slower than yours." I did so using the structure AのほうがBより~ and wrote 「私のパソコンのほうがあなたのより遅いです。」 However, in the answer ...
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What is the meaning of the radical 手 as a part of character?

I know that the radical 手 means "hand" but I wanna know meaning does 「手」 contribute as a part of a character If anyone can give me five examples and it could be better if he can bring example with a ...
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I have porridge for breakfast

みなさん! I'm supposed to prepare a small speech for an oral exam I have on Monday based on the meals of the day. I'm just a bit confused as to what the correct structure would be; 私は朝ごはんにオートミールを食べます。 ...
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「を」Vてある - Typo or actual construction?

Seen in the introduction to a book entitled 日本語文法ハンドブック, so it would greatly surprise me if it's a typo. Each section in the book is broken into parts and one is entitled "これだけは", being described ...
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1日 reading, yet again

I was puzzled by this use of "1日," which I had not encountered yet (from tangorin.com): 私たちはたいてい1日の主な食事を晩にとります。 We usually have our main meal of the day in the evening. ...
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Meaning of 以上 and 以下 according to water depth level

Reading a text like: 海の深さが200m以上{いじょう} The first thing that came into my mind was: Above a level of 200m depth But then I realized that my understanding can be wrong and it may mean something ...
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AはBと同じくらい… comparative construction

From this post I learned that I can change subject marker が with を (Aの方がB・・・) and it will be completely fine, but can I do so with 「AはBと同じくらいC」 construction? For example, I need to say "He is as ...
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When I need to say “I develop software” in Japanese which verb is the appropriate one?

I want to say "I develop software" in Japanese so I thought that I should use the verb する. But I can also say "I write software" and use the verb かく. So which of the following sentences is the correct ...
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単語 ヤバイ origin and comparaision

is there any other same words? i mean the origin of this word.
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Where does ドンピシャ come from?

The fact that ドンピシャ (meaning "right on, fitting to a T") is written in katakana makes me wonder if it comes from a foreign phrase, but I can't figure out which one (out of the European languages I ...
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How do I say Every/Each “Noun”

So, the sentence I wanna build here is (talking about reading japanese books): Every/Each line you read, there are lots of new kanjis and words. The only pattern I remember that is a bit similar ...
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How should I call someone in street?

Let say some thing have fall from the someone who walk in front of you in street ! Can I call him/her anata or sumimasen to notice ? In my country we usually say brother to boy and sister to girl .
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How should I read 身体? [duplicate]

I learned from manga to read 身体 as からだ. But I just learned it can also be read as しんたい. How should I read it, is one of the readings more common? Are there context clues?
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What is the story behind “peach kanji” 桃?

I wanna know why this kanji is containing the tree kanji 木 + the omen kanji 兆 ? What is the relation between tree and omen to give us a kanji for the peach ? Is it a historical story?
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How to say “I read the book again yesterday” in Japanese?

I read that また can mean "again", so could the phrase be written as: 昨日本また読んだ(?) (I used a casual form because I was writing for a friend) Please let me know if this phrase would be correct! Thank ...
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Regarding chau and cha contractions, what happens in -って and -んで cases?

When contracting -てしまう or -でしまう to -ちゃう or -ちゃ, what happens in the -って and -んで cases? For example, does 洗ってしまう become あらちゃう or あらっちゃう? Similarly, does 喚んでしまわない become 喚んじまわない or 喚じまわない? I'm trying ...
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Please help with deciphering the meaning of this sentence

お見合いの相手は、理想を絵に描いたような男性だった。 First part is something like: since he/she was/is an omiai partner or since they met in omiai . I’m having difficulty in understanding the second. Explanation says: ...
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What is the あと in 努めてあとを濁さないように

水面から飛び立つ鳥は努めてあとを濁さないように。 Sentence from jisho for 努めて. Can anyone help clarify what the あと here means?
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What is the etymology of 選手 (senshu)?

選ぶ means 'to choose' and 手 means 'hand' or by extension 'ability'. I don't see how this can yield 'athlete'. Is 選 ateji?
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The use o f たり in some Japanese expression

Could some one explain the use of たりin this phrase: 動物を虐待したり捨てることは犯罪です。Thanks.
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What does 黒瞳 means?

I've came across this kanji when reading this fantasy light novel, 黒【こく】瞳【どう】 (the furigana was also in the book), but I can't seem to find the meaning. I've searched for it in both english and ...
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The use of が in this childrens story "さるかに'

I'd really appreciate an explanation for the use of 'が' in the children's story. I'm fact, it's used in almost every sentence. For example 'さるが, かきを食べました。' ' くりが,来ました。はちが,来ました。' Here's the link to ...
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The grammar of Xには我慢がならん

おかしな服を着た連中には我慢がならん。 He couldn't bear folk who wore strange clothes. My translation comes from the obvious context, plus the fact that Jisho says of ならん "Cannot bear not to". But I can't understand ...
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Is 黙って言うこと a set phrase?

I've read today the sentence: お母さんにどなられても,しかられても,羊のように黙って言うことを聞きました。 The part I understand says that even if she was screamed at or scolded by the mother, like a sheep... Now, I can't find a ...
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Can が be interchanged with を?

I've got a sentence which, I believe, has to be translated in Japanese using "Aの方がC" construction. Anna learns Japanese more (than for example English) Can I translate it as 「アンナは日本語の方をたくさん勉強します」? ...
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What is available amount of が in one sentence?

日本海側では太平洋側より雪がたくさん降りますか。 はい、日本海側の方が雪がたくさん降ります。 So, can I use 2 が in 1 sentence, or can there be only one? And which one should stay there? As I learned yesterday, since 雪 was already mentioned ...
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Is it common for Kanjis to have several pronounciation like for 乾?

While doing introductionary courses of Japanese, I stumble on a fact that afrights me about the difficulty of the language. When congratulating each other around a drink: 乾杯 the Kanji 乾 is ...
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「卒業して以来」と「卒業した以来」どちらが正しいですか?

I got the wrong answer when playing the 'JLPT Taisen' game. The question is: "田中さんとは、学校を_____以来、会っていない". I think the answer is "卒業した", but "卒業して" is correct. Please teach me why?
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Meaning of 足に来る in sexual joke

Context: a boxer is giving "advice" to another boxer and his girlfriend. He says: 戦う前にイチャつくとぜって〜モチベに影響するからな―― 彼女[と]【・】は足に来るからそれも要注意な 風俗体験記 After this, the boxer laughs and the girl blushes. I ...
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“My age is a secret”

My online language class taught us how to reply with our age(s) in a sentence. We were also told that you could reply with "naisho" meaning secret if you weren't going to provide your age. However, I'...
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What's the grammar behind 飲み足りる?

I've seen in subtitle of a tv show "ただ飲み足りないだけ" I know there is に足りる form to mean "to be enough" but it should have been 飲むに足りない. Is there any other grammar point I am missing?
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Nominalized verb and connection to noun after が particle

I'm attempting to read a book and I don't understand the grammar 100% here. ジャックはもうすぐ九歳。本を読んだり、自然を観察したりするのが大好きな男の子だ。 Overall, I believe it means: Jack will soon be 9 years old. A lovable boy ...
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How to interpret 同情 in the following sentence

Context: in the manga リクドウ, the boxer that will win the Level A Tournament will get the chance to challenge the Japanese champion. Some journalists are interviewing the champion about this and one ...
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Can someone help me translate this sentence? [closed]

I was studying minna no nihongo 2 中級 and this sentence appeared in the middle of a text. I don't quite understand it. Just the general idea. ロボコンによる教育は、生徒たちを精神的に成長させる人間教育としても注目されるようになった。 This "...
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Word order in a comparative sentence

The original sentence was interrogative and used「AはBよりC」construction in it 九州では東京よりさくらが早くさきますか。 I could have written something, using simpler constructions but I decided to use the construction ...
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の: nominalization vs. 'the one that…'

の can be used as a noun with a relative clause in what appears to be two separate situations. Referring to a thing or person, e.g. '来たのは田中です。' ('The one who came is Tanaka.') Nominalizing a verb (as ...
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What is the function of のは in this question?

きさまがこの時代に来てタマゴからそうなるまで3年間かかったのは...?
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what is the meaning of いやがらずに?

So, this is the sentence I have come across: でも、マルーシャは、少しもいやがらずに働きました。 I understand that Marusha worked without hesitating. I would like, however, to understand the grammar behind it. I have looked ...
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Can you use the が particle in a sentence asking 何ですか?

I've read that が is the particle used when asking a question, but then I see sentences like 一番好きな本はなんですか or 一番いい先生はだれですか. Is there a reason why が is not used in this type of sentence, or is the rule ...

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