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Use of ら conditional form plus なら

I need some help with the grammar in this sentence: ボストンに居たらなら, 何で会いに来なかったんだい。. I understand the conditional -たら form and the なら conditional alone. But I have not seen the two together. Does the ...
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About the differences between 貯金 and 節約

As the title says, I would like to know differences between 貯金{ちょきん} and 節約{せつやく}. Both mean "saving money" and have the irregular する verb ending: 貯金する{ちょきんする} : To save money 節約する{せつやくする} : ...
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Couple of slangs I've heard when watching anime

In one of the animes I've watched recently (can't recall the title), I heard words like "チーズ" (Not sure if this is how it's spelt in katakana since I only heard the word, but as for how its pronounced ...
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What does 「教えてもえらなかった」 mean? [on hold]

Context: 坂本さんのいとこも、抑留された一人。樺太での様子を「話すと頭が混乱する。残酷だから言えない」と教えてもえらなかった。 Source: https://www.sankei.com/premium/news/190821/prm1908210001-n2.html I first read it as 教えてもらえなかった but I re-read it again ...
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How to use ふと correctly?

I am struggling in understanding how to use ふと ふと: suddenly, unexpectedly, unintentionally Based on the brief explanation on this post, ふと is used to express something unimportant that you don't ...
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Meaning of 棒立ちの様子

I got this sentence from Boku no Hero S01E13 (06m25s) それにどうやら子供らは棒立ちの様子です. Besides, the children appear to be frozen in fear. (translation from the site) I understand everything except the ...
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Two questions: Repeated particle + renyoukei

https://www.spookizthemovie.jp/ I've been going through some early info on the upcoming Spookiz movie and I'm curious what's with the double particle in this line about the human principal: ...
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Why is the る left off すぎる in this sentence?

Here is my sentence. おしろ あんたが頼みすぎなんだよ。 First, I'm not sure what おしろ means, perhaps somewhat could inform me since Jisho and google translate are both giving results that I don't think are correct....
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What is the function of たろ in this sentence?

I found this sentence while I was practicing in Wanikani platform. 「ドタマかち割って脳みそストローでチューチュー吸うたろか!」とお化けは怒って言った。 Translation according to Wanikani: "Do you want me to crack your skull open and suck out ...
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When to omit だ when answering questions?

Maybe this is a stupid question, but in Minna no Nihongo it says to omit だ when giving a positive answer to a question. Question: こんばんひま? Answer: うん、ひま。 But it is not explained if one can omit だ ...
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Can anyone loosely translate a surname?

I'm aware my surname wouldn't change when in Japan but what would its equivalent be or something as close to it as possible.. (just for fun) My surname is Maltman, which is essentially someone who ...
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Why are greetings commonly written in hiragana when kanji is available? [duplicate]

Good morning, good afternoon and good evening are seldom written with kanji is there a reason for this? Are the kanji readings considered outdated?
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もう + た-form AND た-form + こと が ある

What is the difference between these two sentences? 寿司をもう食べた 寿司を食べたことがある Both sentences mean "I've already eaten sushi", right? But what situation would I use もう食べた in? And when would I use ...
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When does the “休憩” occur in this sentence?

For context 4 characters who've decided to go to the beach but are late for the train after drinking all night. 1 character says they can take his car but only 2 people can fit there... Another ...
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〜たことある/ない vs 〜たことあった/なかった

I see these as example sentences on sites, and I cant figure out the nuances between both. When would you use the past form of this phrase?
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てform + よ meaning

https://www.lyrical-nonsense.com/lyrics/haku/shoudou/ In the first line 近づいて気付いてよ 恋の衝動 what is the purpose of putting よ after 気付いて. I would understand it if it was a plain form. Does the line mean "...
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ぐらい + が meaning

https://www.lyrical-nonsense.com/lyrics/haku/shoudou/ From this song: 焦らすぐらいがあなたは好きでしょ? Why is が added after ぐらい? Is it because of omitting the subject (私)? 焦らすぐらい(私)があなたは好きでしょ? And, is my ...
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赤らめる 大それた rule for reading

[大]{だい}それた On’yomi before hiragana in a word looks special. Are there any other examples? If any, how can I know whether it is kun’yomi or on’yomi? Like: [赤]{あか}らめた
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What does どうかと思う mean?

I can't seem to get a good grasp of it. I found a few example sentences and read on weblio that it means: to think (something) is improper; to question; to have a problem with. From the sentences I ...
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The real meaning of の when asking a question

It seems to be the season for asking questions about questions, and with every question and answer I read I get more confused. What is the difference between: 1) どこに行く 2) どこに行くの I'm assuming 1) ...
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という店もあります meaning in that sentence?

I don't get the meaning of という店もあります in that sentence. I understand: "This month sales were 10 times higher than the sales from April last year", then I have no clue for the end of the sentence. ...
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Can かい and ですか be used interchangeably when asking questions? [duplicate]

JACK、日本語の勉強楽しいかい? Jack, do you enjoy studying Japanese? The chatter subsequently responded with JACK、日本語の勉強楽しいですか? Can the terms be used interchangeably when asking questions?
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そっち or そちら What is the difference? [duplicate]

そっち or そちら? The terms are used frequently in chat situations. I know that the terms mean there/you. Is one term preferred over the other?
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Is there a tool like rikaichan for Safari (on a Mac)? [on hold]

Is there a tool like rikaichan for Safari (on a Mac)? Thanks
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Difference between 呼ぶ声がします and 呼びます

The full context of the first original phrase is: 「・・・浦島{うらしま}さん、・・・浦島さん」と、誰かが呼{よ}ぶ声{こえ}がします。 I was just wondering, why is 声がする in the sentence when there is already 呼ぶ? Or rather, what would be ...
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What is the difference between ending a question with んだ?and の?

I thought の when used in questions is for when you’re asking for an explanation or to have a curious tone, but んだ is also for explanation and I’ve seen both used to end questions so what are the ...
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What does “信じて行動する” mean?

Please explain more in detail and clearly that phrase "信じて行動する". Context: 僕とハルはある男を信じて行動していた Am I to understand that definition like "man of word + man of action", a person who is completely ...
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Inscription on rifle stock - Help [on hold]

Need help translating this inscription - Appreciate any help offered!
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Asking if you are there いますか or いるの?

I want to ask if someone is there. Can both terms be used to ask if a person is there/are you there? いますか or いるの?
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Romanizations of Japanese using consonant diacritics?

The Hepburn romanization, to express the different realizations of some consonants before /i/ or /u/, uses different spellings from the other syllables in their groups: /si/ > "shi" /zi/ > "ji" /ti/ >...
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Why is 日本 read as “nihon” but not “nitsuhon”?

If I want to say only 日本 in a sentence then each character is pronounced in its onyomi version isn't it? If this is an exception and one (or all) of the characters is not pronounced in onyomi version ...
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です to すslang amongst japanese natives

I recently noticed some of my rather elderly male (30 to late 30-ish) japanese colleagues (native japanese) loves shortening です to す. Ie: 大丈夫ですか becomes 大丈夫すか. So, I myself have started picking up ...
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お父さんの無念を引き継ぎ糧にすることが出来る。 What's the meaning?

お父さんの無念を引き継ぎ糧にすることが出来る。 I tried to understand what this sentence means, but I am totally confused. It was related to an assets that left behind, but there was 糧 character which means food or ...
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I need help on the meaning and translation of 絶賛不登校 [duplicate]

I came across this word in a manga that I'm translating. I understand that it has something to do with not attending school, but I can't for the life of me figure out what "絶賛" means when placed in ...
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Particle Use When Using Form V-ている/ある at a Location: で or に?

So imagine I get asked this question, perhaps when calling someone: 図書館...何をしている。 Perhaps I am reading a book, so: [僕は]としょかん...本を読んでいる。 Here is the problem. For "...", I am conflicted on whether to ...
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「ようとしない」と「ことがある」の違い

皆さん、こんにちは。 I’m right now learning the pattern 「ようとしない」 but I can’t tell the difference on a negative statement using 「ことがある」. 例 「彼は、自分のことは言おうとしない。」 「彼は、自分のことについて話すことがない。」
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What's the difference between 立ち上がる and 立つ?

They both appear to mean "to stand up".
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So that + adjective? [on hold]

How would you translate something like “so that you are/can be X”? I bought this so that he’ll be safe. I want to do this for you so that you’re happy!
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What is the English translation of the conversation that occurs in the middle of the song “Twiggy Twiggy vs. James Bond”? [on hold]

In the middle of this ridiculous, fun pop song from 1991, a conversation occurs between a woman and a man. For years I've been wondering what they are saying. Any help would be appreciated! https://...
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What is the difference between 「首都【しゅと】」and 「都【みやこ】」? [duplicate]

As far as I know, both mean "capital city". Is there a difference in terms of nuance or usage between both words? よろしくお願いします!
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What is the meaning of キルフェボン? [on hold]

キルフェボン好きの人 雑談好きならココにおいで キルフェボン I dont understand the meaning of this word. The context is the heading of the chatroom. Thank you.
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Romanizing doubled-up kango

I am reading some old prewar books that smush two kango together to create a complex noun, for example 伝説伝統 for "legends and traditions". An academic citation, by an author who I am finding a bit ...
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食べていました meaning “Have eaten” or “Just ate” [duplicate]

I know that the te imashita is the past progressive, yet when asking if my japanese friend had eaten, she often replies with tabetenakatta, and my teacher says the te iru form can also mean " Have ...
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Does こと mean 'thing' in the following context?

The characters are having the following conversation (provided for context), and I'm unsure as to what こと in the last line means. According to a previously asked question, it has a large number of ...
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Using は before 欲しい instead が

I was doing some exercises and the book that I'm using translated: I don't want shoes to 靴は欲しくないです I answered using が particle instead は, since, as far as I know, I should use が before 欲しい. ...
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Why is the term 一期一会 added to the movie title “Forrest Gump”? [on hold]

Why is the term 一期一会 added to the movie title "Forrest Gump"? I know what the term means. Once in a life time. Is there a reason for the changed movie title?
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Is the function of this ある a pre-noun adjectival, or is it a verb that forms a relative clause?

I'm going over my previously done translations to see if any need further editing, and the following comes up. 背後で聞き覚えのある声がして、思わず一歩後ずさってしまった。 I relearned yesterday that a relative clause/...
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Equivalent to “How to” in guides and the like

What is an equivalent expression to "How to" that is used when searching/referring to guides, especially online?
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The difference between transitive verbs 窮める, 極める, 究める and intransitive verbs 極まる, 窮まるand 谷まる?

I'm sorry if this question has been answered before, but I did not find a suitable answer. Please provide reliable link if that is the case. I would like to know the differences between the ...
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What does "やればいける” mean?

Context is 2 friends talking with each other after a night of drinking. The other friend drunk called her ex-boyfriend. The other friend said this. だから言{い}ったっしょ 酒入{さけい}れてガーッとやればいけるって Is this ...

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