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Do you have to say consecutive vowels together? Eg 'Koizumi'...and generally koi, ai, mai, etc

Edit: Leave me alone, downvoters. The question is already over. I got downvoted twice after I set this bounty just to award another answer in addition to an answer I already accepted. Unfortunately, I ...
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Meaning of いいように and はからう in a certain context

I am reading the book 鵺の家 by 廣嶋玲子, and I have a question about the usage of the phrases いいように and はからう in the following. 兄達に無性に会いたくなった。巣篭りのお役目が無事におわったら、燕堂に里帰りをお願いしてみよう。兄達の休暇が終わるまで、沖野家に戻っていていいように、...
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Help with this Usage of an Adverb [duplicate]

I came across this sentence: 電話番号を新しく変えたので認証コードが届きません。 I believe it means "I changed my number to a new one, so I can't receive verification codes." My question is, how should I understand ...
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Could you call the い/i - suffix of adjectives a copula?

Now I have seen people call だ the only copula, even excluding its adverbial or attributive forms で and な (and seemingly の), with the argument that only predicative copulas, which are necessary for ...
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Which of the meanings of いい加減 apply in these cases?

I recently came across the word いい加{か}減{げん} for the first time. Here's the definition I found: いい加{か}減{げん}: 1. 無{む}責{せき}任{にん}で、当{あ}てにならない様{よう}子{す}。 例 仕{し}事{ごと}の後{あと}始{し}末{まつ}がいい加{か}減{げん}で困{こま}る。 2. ...
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Double 可能形? 話せるようになれるまで

日本人は完璧にきれいに話せるようにならないと、「会話が成り立たない」「恥ずかしい」と感じ、なかなか外国語で話しかけられない人が多いように思います。(英語もしかり)しかし完璧に話せるようになれるまで、じゃあどこでそれを練習するんですか?という話。(source) 要は、「あなたが英語が話せるようになれるまでの「エネルギーの源泉」が、あなたにあるかどうか?」が重要になってきます。(source) ...
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the use of した to modify nouns

Recently I came across this phrase: 血液型に関係したことって、日本では、すごく人気がある Why is 関係した in the past and not in the present? In this case, is there any difference between them?
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Understanding 「彼を見てるのが気の毒なほど悄気てる。」

The sentence 彼を見てるのが気の毒なほど悄気てる。 apparently means Just seeing him makes me feel bad. But I'm having troubling parsing it. Questions: Is 「彼を見てるのが気の毒な」 a complete unit/logical clause (連体形)? Or is 「...
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Difference between てばかりいる and 辞書形/ている + ばかりだ

One of my teachers gave us some プリント about the uses of ばかり, which is based apparently on the 新完全マスターN3文法 book. I have read her examples and the book's but I can't figure out if there is any difference ...
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紅茶がコーヒーより美味しいと思う

A native speaker corrected a learner's sentence from やっぱり紅茶はコーヒーより美味しいと思う to やっぱり紅茶がコーヒーより美味しいと思う I think 紅茶はコーヒーより美味しい sounds perfectly natural. Using は with 思う also seems to be commonplace which ...
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Potential form with を [duplicate]

My question is pretty straightforward (I think): I was reading a story from an app for learning Japanese and came across this phrase: そしてその友達の輪を、どんどん世界中に広げられるといいですね So far, I have only studied basic ...
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Help Me Understand Muddy Song Lyrics [closed]

This question type may not work here, but I will see what happens. I am currently looking over a song called 夢うつつ, and trying to transpose the lyrics of the song so that I can begin to understand its ...
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Differences between もの こと and の

What is the differecne between, lets say those sentences? 面白いものを教えてください 面白いことを教えてください 面白いのを教えてください
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I don't understand this sentence: 人々は、愛情と尊敬と、人間を超えた才能を持った人という気持ちを込めて、手塚治虫を「マンガの神様」と呼ぶ

人々は、愛情と尊敬と、人間を超えた才能を持った人という気持ちを込めて、手塚治虫を「マンガの神様」と呼ぶ。 So, I have some doubts about this sentence: a) what does the structure nounとnounと means, and how does it relates to the rest of the sentence? b) ...
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How to say "this way" in Japanese?

How to say "this way" in Japanese? I know の様に which means "such as something" (子供の様に "like a child"), and also この様 "such" (この様なホテル "such hotel"). But ...
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ところで as ところ + で

A sentence from this 「神道」が死を排除したところで成り立っているとすれば、その成立は古墳時代以前になかったことになります。 strikes me as a little different from how the collocation is normally used, and amenable to being interpreted as a ...
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why the usage of ないでも in this sentence?

タダならべつに勝たないでもよかろう How would the nuances change if i said タダならべつに勝たなくてもよかろう?
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Is "元気" a grammatical sentence in modern Japanese?

From what I remember reading, a sentence in Japanese must either end with an adjective, a copula or a verb, if we exclude sentence ending particles and inflections. This being the case, I'm under the ...
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The role of どうも in 「犬は好きですが、猫はどうも・・・」

In an IMABI tutorial on the は-particle, the following sentence is presented: 犬は好きですが、猫はどうも・・・ which translates to I like dogs, but cats... What's throwing me off here is どうも. According to the ...
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Can I conjugate 〜もの into れんしゅうする to make れんしゅうもの? Trying to make "basketball practice", does "バスケットボールのれんしゅうもの" work?

Can I conjugate 〜もの into れんしゅうする to make れんしゅうもの? Trying to make "basketball practice", does "バスケットボールのれんしゅうもの" work? And for future reference, can 〜もの be conjugated into any verb ...
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Does だ in 予定だ add emphasis?

I thought <noun>+だ at the end of a casual sentence adds emphasis (unlike the constructions where だ is needed for grammatical reasons such んだ, だから, だけど). So when I want to simply share some ...
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meaning of の after すごい

せっかくならもっとすげえの用意してもらいてえもんだな why is it there?
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What is the meaning of this ものか

いくほどの年を経たものか I know the basic uses of ものか like strong negation etc, but I do not understand this use. Does it have the same meaning here as ことか? Is the speaker wondering about the present or the past?...
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Is 何人ですか a rude question?

「国籍はどこですか」ではなくて「何人ですか」と聞いたことや、名前がカタカナだったので外国人だと思って、在留カードを見せるように言ったことがありました。 There were cases where [the police] asked people "what is your nationality" rather than "what is your ...
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What is the meaning of と in this case

This is one of the meanings according to https://nihongonosensei.net/?p=18330 繰り返し・累加 一人、また一人と辞めていった I found 一人また一人と as an expression on https://nihongonosensei.net/?p=18330 I also found this ...
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What does すくいとる mean?

From Quintessential Quintuplets (Season2,ep.3,12:00) これが俺のすくい取れなかった 姉妹を大切にするが故の 二乃の心理… What does すくいとる mean in this sentence? If I were to try to translate: This is what I failed to understand(?). ...
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What does とは do in this sentence 「ちなみに俺はどちらも見ようとは思わない」 [duplicate]

From Quintessential Quintuplets (Season 2, ep.3, 9:30) Character A was describing movies that they saw to someone when Character B said this about those movies. ちなみに俺はどちらも見ようとは思わない If I were to try ...
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The meaning of (nani ga) 何が + N (something) + なんですか (nan desuka) in this context

I can only guess the meaning like :"What do you mean by mentions N here ?" but I'm not sure Hope someone can help me understand its correct meaning. Context: MC is trying to learn cooking in ...
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A lone 連用形 in song lyrics

The lyrics to 魅惑劇 by ALI PROJECT contain the following fragment: 叶わぬ願いは過去のもの 愛する痛みは傷を閉じ 魅惑劇 I would take the bolded 閉じ to be either continuative or a nominalization, except in the first case there ...
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ところ pitch accent

NHK seems to suggest there are two pitch patterns for ところ but they appear to come with different meanings. The word referring to physical locations seems to be 尾高 ところ\, e.g. いろんなところで{LHHHHHHL} The ...
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The meaning of 存在だ

Example from a dialog: なにか あったら 話すし、なんでも話せる 存在だし Approximate translation: We'd talk whenever something happened, I could talk to you about anything My dictionary says that 存在 means "existence;...
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How does ても function here? It seems like to me as if it was used with たら like meaning, is that possible?

I was looking up the meaning of the phrase "変な気を起こすなよ" when I came by this site https://nic-english.com/phrase/dont-get-any-ideas/ One of the example sentences is: 「I don’t want him getting ...
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Is there contrastive reduplication in Japanese?

Japanese has lots of reduplication and some say it is a trademark of Japanese. It occurs in all kinds of parts of speech, which in English it does not. It is used for some plural, intensity, and more ...
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Is it possible to use が twice in a subordinate clause?

Is it possible to use double が within the same subordinate clause, or is it grammatically incorrect/awkward? For example: 私が目が覚めたとき。。。 私が腹が立つとき。。。 彼が腹が黒いのに。。。 Is there a context in which these may ...
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Is it possible to make a Japanese name from my Chinese name?

my name is 陳銘聲 in Chinese but i'm not sure how to convert that into a Japanese name. I know there are probably a lot of variations. But I'm just interested in the way Japanese names are created.
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Is 77 ななじゅうなな or しちじゅうしち here?

One of the sentences I found in an online paper and put into my Anki deck is 77年前【ねんまえ】、原爆【げんばく】はなぜ長崎【ながさき】に落【お】とされたのか? Why was the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki 77 years ago? How is 77 read? If I ...
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What is the difference between 空気 and 大気?

空{くう}気{き} and 大{たい}気{き} both share the definitions of air or atmosphere as their main definitions. I see they both have distinct additional definitions (the former can be used for mood, and the latter ...
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Is 板 ever read as はん when used as a suffix/prefix?

I have this example sentence and I was wondering if the readings of 板 are always いた: 2chの野球板に書き込みをしたんですが、板違いだと言われてしまいました。
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What does「とこ」mean in this sentence?

学校なんて つまらないとこ すぐやめられると思ってたけど もう少し このままで 未練ができちゃったから I came across these sentences while watching The Quintessential Quintuplets (season 2, episode 1, 5 mins in). My understanding of the context is ...
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Interpretation of もの in ヒーローとは常にピンチを壊していくもの

ヒーローとは常にピンチを壊していくもの! I'm really skeptical about this. The fact とは is used makes me think that もの here means "someone" and the fact that だ is used makes me think he is stating some fact. ...
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Differences of words like 先輩 between Japanese, Chinese, and Korean?

I understand the history of Japan's origin coming from China, which is why Japanese involves Chinese characters. However, I recently realized that there are some words in Japanese that are actually ...
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What is the difference between 言われたまま and 言われるがまま?

I came across this sentence in a light novel by 北川恵海 called 『ちょっと今から人生かえてくる』 言われるがまま就活を終了した。 My translation is something like: " I did what I was told and finished my job hunting. " My ...
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difference between できることなら and できるものなら

is there some difference? is it somehow connected with the difference of もの and こと?
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Difference between 人文科学 and 文系

As the question title says, I can't seem to find what the difference is between 人文科学 and 文系. I've seen both used and JP dictionaries aren't helpful here. Is one more colloquial than the other?
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Problem with the meaning of a phrase

I was reading the first text of Tobira's chapter 7 and I am not sure if I understand this segment: 昔は日本でも、マンガは子供のためのものとと思われていたが、手塚はそれを小説や映画と同じような物語の表現方法の一つとして確立し。。。 My problem is with the latter ...
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Nuances between 悪知恵が働く and ずる賢い and clarifications for 悪知恵が働く

From I know, [悪知恵が働く] means "cunning" and [ずる賢い] also means "cunning". Is there any nuances when I use [悪知恵が働く] or [ずる賢い]? Also for [悪知恵が働く], the kanji 悪知恵 already means "...
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"With" / "together" meaning of the に particle

While studying the basic functions of particles, I came across the following sentence: パンにコーヒーか紅茶を飲みます (I have coffee or tea with / together with bread) I don't know if this is the correct translation ...
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Usage of は and が in 文明が進むと、社会は複雑さを増す

文明が進むと、社会は複雑さを増す。 In this sentence, 1 - What are the reasons for using が and は particles in their respective places? 2 - Could we replace any of these two particles with the other one? If yes, how ...
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What is ''A, hoping to B'' in Japanese?

I'm making Japanese lyrics, and I'm trying to say: I try to escape(wake up) from fate Hoping to open my eyes and ended up writing this: 運命から逃れ(起き)ようとする 目を覚ますように For 逃れ(起き)よう, I'm doing the thing ...
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ハムとチーズが山型パンで、ほうれん草がチャバタです

In this conversation (video clip): 店員:お決まりですか? 客1:私はハムとチーズで山型パン 店員:はい 客2:じゃ私はほうれん草をチャバタでお願いします。 店員:はい、ありがとうございます。 店員:お願いします オーナー:はい 店員:ハムとチーズが山型パンで、ほうれん草がチャバタです。 オーナー:はい、お願いします。 I am not sure why が ...
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