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What does …て…て mean?

I have the following sentence. その白い比いない裸体は、薄暮の背景の前に置かれて輝やいていた 。 I understand the use of ~て in ~ている, but I'm confused by two consecutive verbs using ~て as in 置かれて輝やいていた. Should I understand them ...
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Meaning of だとでもいうかの

I found this sentence, in which I'm not quite sure about the だとでもいうかの part: ところがどういうわけか神町駅前には客待ちのタクシーが一台も停まっていなかった。その代わりだとでもいうかのごとく、駅前広場には何台もの自転車が置かれてあって(そこは駐輪場なのだから当たり前のことなのだが!)、...
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What is the point of 一名 in this sentence?

(Taken from ジョジョ6部) 「女性受刑者が一名頭部を砕かれ変死をとげたというのに…」 I don't really get the point behind 「一名」in this sentence. My guess is that the sentence (badly) translates to something like: "And although one/a ...
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What does 耳 mean in these contexts?

What does 耳 stand for in these sentences? “ パン耳どしてますか” From what I know this means “do you have any bread?” I wanted to use it in another way, just to see if it would form a similar sentence ...
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Question concerning 〜やがる / Imperative in “Slang” [duplicate]

I've come across these expressions in all sorts of anime, manga and light novels and now I am wondering behind the "mechanics" of it... 「勝手に言ってろ」「ほざいてろ」「食らいやがれ」 In these cases the imperative is ...
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A little help with a sentence and also the meaning of だと

I'm having a small problem with the second line said by a character. (context: the two main protagonists came to look for someone, they reach this person's house, but is not there. The protagonists, ...
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What is the difference between ばよかったです and べき?

What is the difference between ばよかったです and べき? あのバスに乗ればよかったです。 I should have taken that bus. あのバスに乗るべきだった。 I should have taken that bus. このバスに乗れるはずじゃなかった。 I wasn’t supposed to get ...
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Why is デレる ichidan? (Etymology of デレる and デレデレ)

I thought modern slangy verbs coined from onomatopoeia and loanwords were all godan verbs (for example, ググる, コピる, ピヨる, ボコる). This has been asked several times: What are the principles behind turning ...
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Why not use 波長が合う

短い人生の中で 最も楽しいことは 自分の心の波長と合う人との 出会いです   稲盛和夫 Why not use 「波長が合う人」, but 「波長と合う」?
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Joint etymology of -san/-chan? [duplicate]

Just a "shower thought" I've had: is there any credence to the theory (mine) that ちゃん is a diminutive/"baby talk" form of さん (like when "ureshii desu" becomes "urechii dechu")?
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Suggestions for Japanese Language schools in Tokyo? [closed]

I am moving to Tokyo in a few months and I really want to learn the Japanese language properly! Can anyone here suggest me good language schools in Tokyo to enrol in? I took some JLPT quizzes and I ...
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What does どおし mean in this song?

In the song Chercher by Kotoko there's the line 心配性{しんぱいしょう}と言{い}われても ハラハラのしどおしよ And in a subtitled video it gets translated to: "Even if you say I'm a worrier, you're anxious with me" It all ...
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What does 普段からmean in this sentence?

中山さんは普段からよく運動するようにしています。 I think it means Mr. Nakayama tries to do exercise regularly But I'm confused about what 普段からactually means and how it differs from 普段and 普通
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How can this sentence be understood?

I'm reading 仮面の告白 by Mishima Yukio, and I came across this sentence: そのほか に縄目は見えず、青年の裸体を覆うものとては、腰のまわりにゆるやか に巻きつけられた 白い粗布があるばかりだった。 I would like to understand how is this sentence made by the ...
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Nominalizing verb with い-ending vs ーの

In my Japanese class today, we were supposed to say a sport we liked. I said: 泳ぎが好きです。 We haven't learned this way of nominalizing verbs or the names of many sports, so my 先生 shook her head no and ...
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Question about Kana writing

Is the name Shinya written as しにゃ or しんや?
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What is 上がり refering to in this sentence?

I came across the following paragraph in a book. 一日の始まりは、まず基礎{きそ}体力の鍛錬{たんれん}。腹筋、屈伸{くっしん}、腕立{うでた}て伏{ふ}せ。お定まりの筋力トレーニングを、呼吸が上がり床{ゆか}に這{は}いつくばるまで 繰{く}り返す。 Is 上がり being used as a noun plus noun ...
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とまで parsing and usage

In no game no life, this is one of the first things that is said about "blank", and it is supposed to translate to: "Among gamers, they're said to be unbeatable. 勝{か}つことは不可能{ふかのう}とまで言われるゲーマーの話を‌ (...
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Omitting the particle? 「時の経つのも忘れさせる」

明快な口調とテンポの良い楽しい授業が時の経つのも忘れさせる。 When I searched the Internet I found the phrase 時の経つのを忘れさせる. So, what is the reason for replacing the particle を with も?
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A question about ~はしない

I do understand what it means, but I want to know if it's mostly used from 1st person perspective because in many examples that's how it translated. "I will never/There is no way I..."<-That is how ...
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Meaning of いやしません [duplicate]

あんなにコチコチな座り方をする猫なんていやしませんぞ。 A cat that sits so rigidly ??? I can't figure out what this いやしません is. Since the negative form of いやす seems like a ridiculous proposition in the context I can only ...
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What does 'し' mean in these scenarios

The sentence in question is: 何しに原宿に来ましたか I understand what the sentence generally means, but I am unclear what し means in the sentence above. Is the し just a conjugation of する, and if so, when ...
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Correct translation for application user roles

I'm working on an application which has user roles such as "admin", "customer", "contractor"and would like to add localisation to the app. On my main menu I have: Users Roles Tenants and the ...
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What does ゴン part in イノゴン mean?

I know what イノ is from イノシシ (wild boar), and I thought maybe ゴン is onomatopoeia for slam sound. Am I right or it's something else?
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Can なになに be used to fill in an unknown word in an example? i.e. なになにともうします。

In English you teach someone how to say their name by saying: My name is ''blah blah'' or My name is ''whatever''. Your voice drops on the words blah blah and whatever to show that your name is not ...
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Trying to create a name but something is strange

I'm trying to create a name for my fictional character and I was trying to translate something like "wolf of the snow" in Japanese. I was using Jisho.org and Google translate (just because it reads ...
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Does わけ as in わけではない and わけがない genuinely mean “reason” or actually means "translation/interpretation?

I've been struggling with the word わけ which is taught as meaning reason, but I am not convinced "reason" is its true meaning because it doesn't make sense, especially with the the expression わけがない, ...
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夕立: why 立 if the word means “a sudden evening shower/rain”?

夕立 means (sudden) evening shower (rain)​. 夕 is for evening, but 立 means to stand, doesn't it? What's the connection between a sudden evening shower and standing?
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How to parse the following から and is the もとで a noun?

The following sentence appears on a page in my book: 悪夢から一夜明け、アインのもとで訓練を重ねる日々が始まった。 I think the above から has the meaning of "after"; but the suspicious possibility of the から being a questioning か ...
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“One step behind” or “one move too late”

I heard this phrase that sounds like 「いいえ、一手のさで、私どもの勝ちです。」, which in the context should mean one is one step behind, or one move too late, or being overtaken by someone else in doing something. But I ...
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Why was on'yomi (音読み) created?

As far as I understand it the Japanese Kanjis are derived from the Chinese ones. This was to introduce a writing system in Japan. But for the on‘yomi reading, the Japanese also took the spoken word ...
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How to use お[構]{かま}いなく?

お構いなく。 Google gives translation please, don't fuss over me. Can this phrase be used at work? If so, then should it be used as お構わないでください? Does this phrase go from bottom (e.g. to 先生), or from top ...
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Can you tell me the difference between に似る and と似る?

So basically I read something saying the difference between に似る and と似る is that と marks one side of a mutual relationship and に only shows the standard of comparison, but I have no idea what that ...
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Differences Between 興味深い & 面白い?

面白い has the meaning of fun or interesting, whereas 興味深い appears to represent a similar state of "interesting". What are the differences between these two adjectives, and when should 興味深い be employed?
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What's the difference between 繁盛 and 隆盛?

According to Jisho they both mean "prosperity; flourishing; thriving", but unfortunately it doesn't give any example for 隆盛 and a Google search isn't helpful, I wasn't able to find any discussion ...
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“No, your taste is (not) good”

I am currently reading the "よつばと!" ("Yotsuba&!") manga, and in the first story (vol 1 page 13) there is an exchange about going to buy greeting gifts (for moving into the neighborhood): よつばの父: ...
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Japanese idiom for “don’t get your meat where you get your bread”?

There is an idiomatic expression in Portuguese: Onde se ganha o pão não se come a carne Literally, it would translate to "where one earns their bread one does not eat the meat" and it relates to a ...
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In kanji 外, why is タ used instead of ソ? [closed]

Why is タ used instead of ソ in 外 despite it's read as ソト?
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The grammar/syntax of 前進あるのみ

今はもう過去を振り返るな。ただ前進あるのみだ。 入学試験に合格するにはただ練習あるのみだ。 I would like to ask if I can replace the bold part with "練習のみ" or "練習するのみ" / "前進のみ" or "前進するのみ" (and if the substitution changes the meaning), and a ...
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Diminutives in Japanese

I was trying to explain the concept of diminutives to my Japanese friend and can't quite find a good analogy in Japanese. I think the ''ko'' prefix acts a bit like a diminutive but I can't think of ...
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一度やると言った◯◯、何があってもやりますよ。What should be included in 〇〇?

This is one of the JLPT questions that I am not sure about (again...). 一度{いちど}やると言った◯◯、何があってもやりますよ。 A. からといって  B. からで  C. からでないと  D. からには For A. からといって, I understand that it can mean "just ...
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Dictionary form vs Teiru form for habits [duplicate]

Some people say the ている form can be used to talk about regular habits. I'm not sure, but sometimes the dictionary form seems to be used in the same way. Is there any difference between them in that ...
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屁の一つをひるのも惜しがるような様子だった

In a short story I'm reading I found this sentence: 人間が死ぬときには多いに泣き騒ぐのに、生まれてきたときには、屁{へ}の一つをひるのも惜しがるような様子だった This is the given translation: The humans cry and generally make a tremendous fuss ...
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いけません in the short form

I understand that the dictionary definition of the expression いけません is "must not do", and that it can be used in conjunction with say なきゃ in a sentence such as the following: 試験があるから、勉強しなきゃいけません。 I ...
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How is this sentence/saying structured?

I have problems understanding the correct grammatical structure of this saying: 金は取れる時に取れるところから取れるだけ取っておくものだ I kind of understand what it is saying. I think its something like "At a time where ...
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What is the etymology of パイセン?

As a slang term for [先輩]{せんぱい}, パイセン doesn't seem to be very popular. I occasionally hear it used among young people. Is it mostly a term used in Tokyo (dialectal)? Where did it come from? My ...
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Use of ございます to describe existence

Why in this dialog is「ございません」the appropriate answer? 「兄弟がありますか。」「いいえ。私は兄弟が(___)。 I understand that ございません would parallel あります in the first sentence, but shouldn't I use the polite form of iru to ...
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What is AはBにCに?

I've seen this construction a few times but couldn't find it in my textbooks, so I'd like to know how it's called and, if possible, how it works. Since it was pretty much unclear, here I add some ...
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昨夜は風が強かった〇〇、庭の木の葉が全部落ちている。What should be included in 〇〇?

While practicing for the upcoming JLPT exam, I came across this question 昨夜は風が強かった〇〇、庭の木の葉が全部落ちている。 A. はずで  B. たびに  C. によって  D. とみえて For B. たびに, I understand that it should be used for ...
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と particle usages in these situations [duplicate]

I've notice と particles being used in these sentences ゆらりと立ち上り and ぐすぐすと鼻をすすった. What is the usage of the particle in these cases? I've never come across と usages like these before, but judging from ...

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