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Is 寝るの朝 a set phrase?

In a manga I am reading, I found this sentence: "私も最近は寝るの朝の9時くらい" I understand its meaning from context: I also sleep around 9 in the morning these days. But I don't get why there is の ...
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The meaning of 以外 in this sentence? [on hold]

すぐにそのことに思い至らなかったのが自分でも以外だった。 Is he saying that he is surprise by the fact that EVEN to him, not realising this immediately was/is something bad? Noun + 以外 : with the exception of; excepting Is ...
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Spaces and end of sentences in まんが

Up until now, I think have I never seen a space in the Japanese textbook I'm using (Genki). However, when I started trying to read this まんが, I realised that, sometimes, there are spaces. Since this ...
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Pronunciation of 年

The general rule to choose between kun (とし) and on (ネン) readings does not seem to work here. Are 今年, 去年, 来年, 毎年, 半年, etc. different kinds of compounds justifying using different readings? Is this the ...
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What does here 家庭での means? [duplicate]

I have encountered a sentence: それができないのは、家庭での「しつけが悪い」ということになります From 日本人の心がわかる日本語 森田 六郎 What I don‘t get is 家庭での. I have not seen での before. Shouldn‘t it just be 家庭のhere? If not, what is the ...
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何を食べても美味しくない vs 魚を食べてもいい

歯が痛くて何を食べても美味しくない vs 魚を食べてもいい The first example seems to me as though 何ても - anything and in the middle is 食べ So basically reading as Anything Eaten is not delicious but the second example ...
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Polite form of apology with tense form?

After missing an appointment, which would be more appropriate for asking for forgiveness or apologizing? ごめんなさい でした or 本当にごめんね。ほんとうに ごめんね In particular, considering the difference between the ...
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Translating あくまで一応ですけどね

Translators say: あくまで means: doggedly、insistently、persistently、stubbornly、to the bitter end、to the end、to the last、to the utmost 一応 means: tentatively、for the time being、in outline、just in case、once、...
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Saying お疲れ様でした to teacher at the end of a lesson?

I'm taking beginner Japanese lessons. Would お疲れ様でした be an appropriate thing one might say to the teacher at the end of a lesson? We're "colleagues" in a sense since I'm an academic at the same ...
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what is the best kanji for the word EDGE that means an advantage that makes someone something? [on hold]

please help me find the best kanji for EDGE that means an advantage that makes someone something... "the edge over someone/something" like hardwork can give you the edge over dilemmas... please help :...
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Difference between よる/よって

A: 事故による死者が増えている。 B: 帰る時間は、曜日によって違います。 C: 佐藤さんによれば、田中さんは会社をやめるということです。 D: 関西空港はイタリア人によって設計されました。
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What does the で do in this phrase?

I'm trying to translate this phrase: 「全ての生物をブッチ切りで超越したのだ!。」 which I believe roughly comes out to be: "I have surpassed all living beings!" My question is: how is で used in this sentence? It is ...
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Is the で in という理由だけで a form of だ or the instrumental particle?

I'm trying to figure out how to say "Maybe it's just because ____, but..." in Japanese, but I'm not sure how to place 'just because' in its own clause that way. If I'm not mistaken, the expression '...
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These characters were in series I watched and I'd like to know what they mean. Any clue? [on hold]

Already tried with jisho.org but I'm having a hard time cause it's an image of drawn characters.
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Is しかたない a characteristically Japanese response to a question?

It has been suggested in a comment here: How is しかたない an opinion about a product feature? that しかたない might be a characteristically Japanese response to a question (that a Western person might never ...
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Meaning of オレンジ in オレンジは右側です [on hold]

I couldn't find the answer to this. Sometimes when I'm on the subway in Japan when getting close to the next stop in some trains it can be heard オレンジは右側です, not sure if it's オレンジ though. Meaning the ...
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How is しかたない an opinion about a product feature?

I have done my best to research the meaning of しかたない and I have discovered "It can't be helped", "It is unavoidable" and "Oh well". These are all expressions of resignation in the face of ...
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What is the difference between 「どんぶり」and「ちゃわん」

I understand both are some kind of bowl but I would appreciate if someone could explain about the uses for each one. Can a "ちゃわん" be used for cooked rice? Can a "どんぶり" be used for ramen?
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meaning of なく followed by なし

In the context of a very well fortified place, what does 入る者なく出る者なし mean? It seems like it would mean: none may enter, none may leave, but I'd like to make sure, and understand the naku form better. ...
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Etymology of ~かもしれません

So, today one of the topics boarded in the lessons I'm taking was the form ~かもしりません Now, I'm thinking the しれません part comes from the potential form of 知る. That way, in the sentence, it would mean ...
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The different 害? [duplicate]

What's the difference between 損害 and 被害. After reading sample sentences, these seem interchangeable?
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Subject and extra information

I'm learning Japanese on Duolingo. I was wondering: 学校は日本にあります means 'The school is in Japan' What is the difference between 学校は日本にあります and the Japanese translation of 'There is a school in Japan'? ...
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Value-augmenting なれば

The following quote is from this article. 神苑にこれほどの梅が植えられたのも、そんなふうに訪れる人々の憩いになればという思いから。 I wonder what になれば means here. What value does it bring over having simply になる?
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passive ambiguity in this sentence

そう言って今度は頭を下げられる俺。 After saying that, she directs a bow at me. the other party is making a request so there is no doubt in context who is bowing. In isolation i find rearanging this relative ...
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why has 当り前 been translated as “must-be” here?

For a research project I am trying to understand a paper that originally appeared in Japanese and that also has an official English translation. In the original, 当り前 appears. In the official ...
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~ことがある for more than one thing

In the Genki II textbook, there is a phrase that goes like this: うめぼし,のりなどを見たことも聞いたこともありませんでした。 Now, I understand that this roughly means that "I've never seen or heard of pickled plums or nori ...
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Meaning of メリ and メリ子

Context: in the manga Dead Tube, a girl is being raped while being filmed. Among the comments on the video, some users wrote メリメリメリメリ and メリ子メリ子. What is the meaning of the two comments? To me it ...
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o'clock kanji pronunciation 時

Is 時 read as "toki" or "ji"? Duolingo and Google Translate don't seem to be in agreement.
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Trying to understand what does 見え mean in this short sentence

I'm new to japanese and I'm having a hard time trying to figure what "彼女のいう天使に見え" means. I don't know if the correct interpretation is either "She looked like an angel" or "She saw an angel". I'm ...
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Verb + そうです to express the past

When we want to use the そうです construction with verbs, we have to use the verb stem: 雨が降りそうです。 Is it possible to express the past with そうです? (it looks like it has rained/rained) Or is it only ...
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Difference between 泊まる and 留まる [duplicate]

I'm just studying Japanese, and i know that 泊まる is like you Staying a night like hotel / some place that temporary , but i just found 留まる is also meaning stay/staying too in Basic Kanji book , but i ...
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How to write こたえ: 答え or 答?

In the microsoft IME keyboard, and my cellphone's as well, when I write こたえ it is suggested 答え. However, in the Genki I textbook, I've seen it written as 答{こたえ} Are both of these valid? If so, ...
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Clarification on comparative constructions is needed

Here's a sentence: シベリアより東の地域はシベリアの中部ほど寒くないです。 I understand what it says but I don't understand why 「より」 is used right after 「シベリア」, and why the word order is not like this: ...
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Difference between の間で and 間で?

These two sentences seem to use the same pattern, yet differently: 親族間で複雑な対立関係がある。 使用人たちの間でも、そう囁かれています。 I found that 間 could mean ''among'' in this case, but what is the difference between ...
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Negative adjectives + です vs adjective + ではありません

For example, to translate : This dog is not cute. We can use : この犬{いぬ}は可愛{かわい}くないです。 or : この犬{いぬ}は可愛{かわい}いではありません。 Is there a difference between those two sentences? Are there conditions ...
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おつかれさまでした vs おつかれさまです

I learned おつかれさまでした (otsukaresama deshita) as a form of good bye, used in the office. But I often hear my Japanese colleagues say おつかれさまです (otsukaresama desu) instead, or at least that's what I think ...
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Confused on verb conjuation U-verbs ru-verbs or godan ones?

I am doing japaneese N5 lessons for second time and I get REALLY confused. As far as I know there are 3 categories of verbs: Irregular verbs Ichidan verbs Godan verbs But the sensei tells us that ...
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What does こと mean in this context? 2

余はライダー。こと脚に関しては他のサーヴァントより優位におるぞ。 https://soundcloud.com/felipem-ller/wed-feb-13-2019-1 So, sorry for repeating the title, but the question is simple, what does こと mean in this context?
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Confused with より

I'm translating a song from 池森秀一 DEEN and I came across this sentence: 生きてゆきたい 今日より明日へ And I got confused because my translation was 'I want to keep living, from today to/towards tomorrow'....
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量、数 and 数量 (amount). Is there any of them that is used far more frequently than the other ones or are they pretty much equally used?

Assuming all of the three words are used to convey the same meaning, is there any of them that is used far more frequently or on the other hand they are equally used but differ depending on the ...
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Contraction of ~ている

I've seen some examples of ~ている contractions, like この世は腐{くさ}ってる。 1) Is this a common occurrence? 2) How does this affect the formality of the sentence? 3) Is there a "rule" for the いる verb? ...
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How to use 彼 and 彼女?

The first time I saw these two terms, they were used in a love context, to mean "boyfriend/girlfriend". Later, I came to know that you can also use these to refer to "that guy/girl". So, what I ...
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What does ことがないように express?

I've come across this sentence quite a few months ago, but I never understood the meaning of "ことがないように", I've searched and found about ことのないように, but I think it has not the same meaning. This is the ...
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The use of たち in the sentence [duplicate]

Can  たち mean "and the others"? メアリーさんたちはいつ神戸に行くつもりですか。 I know that たち is a pluralizing suffix: 私たち、子供たち、etc. But I'm listening to 2 people talking about Mary and her friends. I am confused by ...
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Verb form before そうです

今、新しい仕事を探しているみたいですよ。奥さんとも離婚するそうですよ。 I'd say 離婚しているそうですよ. Why is the form する used here? If he has already got divorced, perhaps, it's better to say 離婚したそうですよ. Does this make sense?
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Omission of the particle は

山本さん、会社を辞めるそうですよ。 In the sentence above there is no は after 山本さん. Can we say 山本さんは会社を辞めるそうですよ? If we can, does the omission of は mean lack of formality? I have come across another sentence similar ...
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Meaning of「残るは」in a sentence

Came across this sentence in a memoir and I have a grammar question about it. For context, a person is thinking about someone sleeping nearby: さっき声をかけてきたヤツは当分寝ないだろ。残るは寝ているか寝ていないかわからない隣の隣。 ...
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About the affix ごっこ

I've been wondering about the affix ごっこ when it's a prefix and when it is a suffix. There's the word ごっこ遊び, for example, that means "children's game" or "game of make-believe"; but there's also a song ...
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What is grammar of strange form of やめる verb like “やめたくなったら”?

I found the word やめたくなったら. I think it's a conditional past form of やめる. Or maybe it's やめた conjugated with なったら (conditional form of なる). But the く in the middle distracts me: I can't find this form in ...
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What is the difference between なさいます and いたします?

お飲み物はどうなさいますか。 お飲み物はどういたしますか。 I can't understand how one might be used instead of the other.

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