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Nuances and context of linking without 〜て / dropped 「て」in linked constructions

(Taken from ジョジョの奇妙な冒険6部: When Jotaro talks to Jolyne about who got her into prison.../ for those who do not know the series: The persons speaking to each other are father and daughter but have a ...
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Does ません sometimes not negate?

I have a text in my learning materials as follows: 彼ら は 自分 の 事 しか 考えて いません。 Its translation is apparently "they only think of themselves". Now it all makes sense to me until the ません at the end. ...
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Understanding めちゃくちゃ and 内容 in this sentence

I saw this sentence on twitter and kind of cannot wrap my head around its meaning... 「男性陣の内容ないのにめちゃくちゃ盛り上がれるの憧れる」 I suppose that 「男性陣」 refers to the males of a certain group; however in connection ...
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「戦って勝たなくたっていい..」 [duplicate]

In this YouTube video from an anime 暗殺教室 渚 殺気② t=44s what I hear the character is saying is the following: 戦{たたか}って勝{か}たなくたっていい、殺{ころ}せば勝{か}ちなんだ。 I don't understand where the part in bold comes ...
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珍 vs 珍しい (na-adjective and i-adjective)

珍 is a noun but also a na-adjective while 珍しい is an i-adjective. In terms of usage, is there some rule of when we should use one and not the other? For words that have a i-adjective and a na-adjective ...
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How to say “Why I started studying Japanese”

I have a Japanese assignment that requires me to write about anything I want. I decided that I wanted to write about why I want to learn Japanese. I think the title should be "Why I want to study ...
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風邪: reading and writing

Why do we write かぜ (cold) as 風邪, not just 風? The second kanji (邪) is left unread, so why isn't it redundant? Perhaps, that's to make sure cold doesn't sound like wind. But then why don't we read it ...
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What are the differences between うちに、間に、同時に, ながら & ついでに

These all generally mean whilst & during but I still (after ages of trying) make mistakes on where to use which one. For anyone who knows the ins-and-outs of these grammar points, please explain ...
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I can’t understand the “の” in the sentence,is this mean the huge man is more bigger or powerful than the universe?

l can’t understand the “の” in the sentence,is this mean the huge man is more bigger or powerful than the universe? why is the の will be here? Thankyou!
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Romaji and Hiragana seem to disagree [closed]

I encountered 道路標識 (どうろひょしき) during my studies today. Google Translate shows romaji dōrohyōji. However, based on the hiragana alone, I was expecting to see dōrohyōshiki. Why is しき romanized as ji ...
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Does the negative ずに form have a connective function like the te form does?

I know ずに is a form of negation for verbs, but I'm uncertain as to how its being used in the following context other than as a negation for the verb わかる. 昨晩アインは夜明けまで時間をくれた。それまでに生きるか死ぬかを決めさせてくれるという。...
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Japanese Name of the て-form without the て

While reading this old question, I began wondering what the て-form without the て (i.e. 書いて→書い、読んで→読ん、行って→行っ) is called in Japanese. Wikipedia calls it 2つ目の連用形. Some other places call it 連用形の促音便形 or ...
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Can a verb be modified too many times?

Several years ago, I was taking a Japanese course and was given an assignment to translate an English sentence of my choosing. (There was probably more to the assignment than that, but I don't recall....
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What’s the difference between 苦手 and 苦い?

I’ve read the words 苦手 and 苦い, but I just don’t understand the difference between them. As far as I know they mean bitter. So what’s the difference between them?
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ようと followed by a noun

I found this sentence in a manga when the main character was trying to make a call from a prison phone; however she is knocked down by another prisoner before she can do so and is said: 『...
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Can you say“ 何が貴方のお名前はですか”?Or does 何 have to come before です?

I’ve read that what’s your name is “貴方のお名前は何ですか“ but can you also put 何 to the beginning or is that incorrect? So can it be: 何が貴方のおなまえはですか。
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Interpretation of にはな in this sentence

I know that based on the title it might sound a bit odd, but thing is, there's a video game I like and it only has an English dub and Japanese subtitles. There's a line (which is spoken by a guy), ...
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Who is performing these actions

In the extract below I am a bit unsure as to who is performing the parts in bold. Story is told from 相葉's point of view. 名残惜しむように doesn't look like something I imagine someone would use to describe ...
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Translation of beady-eyed

いま誰かが窓の外をのぞいても、ビーズのように光る目のダーズリー夫人でさえ、何が起こっているのか、この暗闇ではまったく見えなかっただろう。 If someone were to peer out of the window now, even Mrs Dursley (whose eyes shone like beads) probably wouldn't be able to see ...
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Grammar explanation for ~よし

Studying for the N1 with sample questions I stumbled across this grammar construct ~よし. However I am unable to find any explanation online or in any of my grammar books - probably I am searching for ...
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How to understand 「どこへ振り下ろす」

The entire line is: 今、君はその刃を どこへ振り下ろす? I'm not sure how I'm supposed to understand it. I think it means: towards where will you swing the sword down right now (i.e. where are you aiming at? A ...
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''ga'' or ''wa'' with ''hoshikunai''?

I was taught that ''ga'' precedes both ''hoshii'' and ''hoshikunai''. kuruma ga hoshii desu. kuruma ga hoshikunai desu. But I often see ''wa'' used with ''hoshikunai''. I am aware that ''ga'' and '...
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では vs には in these two sentences

去年 広島に行きました 広島では原爆ドームに行きました。 私の国ではドラゴンロールというすしが人気があります。 In these two sentences why is では being used instead of には? 行きました is a traveling movement so you use に. No action is occurring in the ...
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される and られる confusing meaning

I have some trouble with my Japanese studies. I am stuck on some causative passive meanings. So far, if I am right, there are 3 causative-passive forms: られる: X is being ... by Y させられる: Y forces X ...
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Use of も particle when stating what someone said

I believe the following sentence... メアリーさんも来ると言っていましたから。 ...translates as "Because Mary said that she would come." Can you tell me what the function of the も particle is in this instance? I'm ...
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Alternative reading of 額

In 無情のスキャッツ from 人間椅子, there's the following line, around 2'41": 私の額{ぬか}にも微笑をくれ The furigana are from the video's subtitles, which are not automatically generated by Youtube, so this is definitely ...
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How to translate わからない in the following sentence

Context: a boxer named Yanagi is fighting against an opponent named Hyodo. Although Hyodo is really young, he is considered a very talented boxer and is often called genius (天才). Yanagi is thinking ...
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Connotations and use of 日本晴(れ)

I know that 日本晴れ (にっぽん・ばれ)(it can be にほん, but is most commonly にっぽん) literally means "sunny Japan" and gives the sense of a clear sky, but I was wondering: are there any other connotations of this? I ...
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じゃまた translates as 'see you later' , can anyone please explain 'jya' and it's meaning and uses? [duplicate]

I am very interested in finding out what じゃ means in different contexts. Is it a particle, adjective, marker? If you could provide different uses and/or examples or even refer me to somewhere I can ...
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The usage of が particle in linking nouns

This line is a lyric from a song: 「どっかから現れた 感情が僕だ」 What is the が particle here used for? I've learned that the が particle would usually tie two nouns together as in, A is B, or something to that ...
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Couple of questions about a passage

I was practicing the jlpt n3 audios and found the next passage: 男:山口さん、帰らなくていいんですか。6時までに「みなと市民ホール」に行くって言ってたじゃないですか。 女:市民ホールはみなと駅でしたよね。ここからは電車で二つ目ですから、まだ大丈夫ですよ 1)Why is it saying "Is it okay if you ...
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Casual way to say: ''See you tomorrow at (some time)''

Lets say 11am How would you say: ''See you tomorrow at 11.'' ? All I have is : ashita wa juuichi ji ni ... what now ? ... I found this expression online : 11 のあなたは見てください
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Meaning of ~を~に(して) / ~を~として / ~を~にする / ~を~とする / ~を~にした / ~を~とした

While studying I found this grammar form, which I kinda understand by instinct, but can't actually formalize in my head; this is what the book say: [~を~であると考えて] 1) 祖父は今日も孫のヒロシを話し相手にして散歩に出かけた。 ...
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What is the meaning of “と” here?

I was going through the sentences and explanations of "言っておく" when "言っておくと" caught my eye. It repeatedly showed up as an alternative to "言っておくけど". I think けど here is somewhat like "you know" in ...
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Multiple translations of ある? [duplicate]

With reference to this sentence: 時{じ}間{かん}がありますか。 I understand this can be translated as "Do you have time?" Could it also mean "Is there time?" Edit: It was suggested that the answer to my ...
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Difference between “doko desu ka” and “doko ga”

I've read: Difference between Xはどこ and どこがX. I understand the top answer but I'm unsure of the "why" for why those two statements mean differently. A) 「病院はどこですか。」 B) 「どこが病院ですか。」 They say that ...
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how much use of カタカナis good or bad in Japanese?

While learning Japanese we students have a secrete weapon called カタカナ。We use katakana words even though there are perfectly fitting Japanese words which we obviously don't know. Just because we ...
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Mysterious も in この郊外も地下鉄が来て不便ではなくなった

When casually browsing through A Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar, one of the example sentences for 〜なくなる has left me puzzled. この郊外{こうがい}も地下鉄{ちかてつ}が来{き}て不便{ふべん}ではなくなった。 This suburban area ...
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Disambiguation of 大抵

I am having problems with when to understand 大抵 as: a) 事柄のあらまし。だいたいのようす。また、全体のうちの大部分。おおよそ。おおかた。(https://dictionary.goo.ne.jp/word/大抵/#jn-133918) (or as defined in Apple's dictionary) 全体の中の大部分のもの。...
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Couple of translation questions

I'm on chapter eight of Genki 1 and I'm struggling with a couple of pieces of dialogue and their translations. Here's the first: たけしさん、あしたみんなでバーベキューをしませんか。 The given translation is "Takeshi, ...
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Difference between 「~てからでないと」and 「~ないことには」

Both of these grammar can be translated to English as A~てからでないと/~ないことにはB = Unless A is done, cannot do B From what I can find, ~てからでないと stresses the order or sequence of actions, that until A is ...
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What does 「夢{ゆめ}に触{ふ}れる」 mean?

It's part of the lyrics of a song. The actual line is: どれほど夢{ゆめ}に触{ふ}れている? I checked the definitions of 触れる as an intransitive verb on Weblio and came to the conclusion that this is most likely ...
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The construction をしてほしいものじゃ

若殿の遊び相手をしてほしいものじゃ。 The sentence is from an old folk tale. Is the construction in bold suitable only for the folk tale style? It means "I want you to be...", doesn't it?
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Is my transcription of the handwritten kanji correct? [closed]

I just want to make sure my transcription is correct of the sentence pictured. (it probably isn't, but this is really the closest I could come up with.) 読みとみバーグアフ。微妙... Is that correct? For the ...
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Is 忍者/忍び also used for women?

I was discussing with a friend, who asked me if 忍者 is also used for women, or if くノ一 is used/preferred. I know 者 means "person", so it seems to be neutral; and Weblio defines the word using 者, which ...
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Differences between なり and 〜たとたん

I just found out 〜たとたん, meaning "as soon as"; I already knew なり with (apparently) the same meaning: 今度は横になるなりほぼ即座に寝ついていた As soon as I lay down, I almost immedialy fell asleep 「ミキちゃん、...
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Can someone help me identify the handwritten kanji? [closed]

Hi everyone, can someone please help me identify the kanji in the picture? Just the middle two kanji. 玲音がXXしているもの。 Is the kanji 使用? Also what is the middle katakana/character between ミ and レ?
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Do all な-adjectives come from Chinese?

In this video it is said that "な-adjectives come from Chinese and tend to be written in all kanji or sometimes in hiragana because the original kanji is too complicated." But い-adjectives are written ...
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Metaphorical meaning of ゴミの分別

Context: Riku is a young boxer in Baba's gym. Yanagi, an older boxer, used to be in Baba's gym too in the past, but he moved to another gym because he was not satisfied with Baba's methods. The two, ...
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Syntactic Properties of “Bare Numerals”: 「一」in「其の一」

I am currently attempting to research the syntax of nominal classifiers (i.e. "counter" words like 「〜台」and 「〜個」) and wanted to look for references to the irregular phenomenon of "bare" numerals: ...

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