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What is the difference between 五大 and 五行?

Furthermore, is there a sensible way to combine either of the above with 龍 or 竜 to form a plausible given name (one that a native speaker would not find out of place) with a meaning akin to "...
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When does は imply contrast when describing something

I’ve learnt that は can have contrastive meaning and can offend people when used wrongly. E.g. Aさん: Bさんは目はきれいです This would imply Bさん’s eyes are pretty but the rest of his features are not or something ...
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ありがとう pitch and intonation

NHK日本語発音アクセント辞典 seems to only list ありがとう{LHLLL}. And I think the polite form is most commonly ありがとうございます{LHLLLLHHHL}? But I think I also hear what sounds to me like ありがとう{LHHHH} or ありがとう{LHLHH}. Is it ...
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Free fonts designed for visually impaired people for japanese language? [migrated]

Are there some free fonts to write japanese specifically designed for visually impaired people? Like these ones for the latin alphabet: https://www.luciole-vision.com/luciole-en.html https://...
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愛してる: 2 pitch accent patterns?

I think I've heard both あいしてる{LHHLL}: (1, 2, 3) and あいしてる{HLLLL}: (4(this seems to be the same person as 3 with a different pronunciation of the same word), 5, 6) Are there any factors that determine ...
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Understanding こと in this context: 『...こと戦技教練の成績は飛び抜けて良かった』 [duplicate]

所詮間に合わせの数合わせに過ぎない特士校で、口減らしに入れられた子供ばかりの候補生の中ではそれなりに優秀、こと戦技教練の成績は飛び抜けて良かった。けれど命令違反等の問題行動もやたら多くて、結局どこぞの試験部隊に転属になった。戦闘属領出身の最下層の人獣どもばかりの、特攻兵器を扱わされる懲罰部隊だという噂の。 86─エイティシックス─Ep.2 ─ラン・スルー・ザ・バトルフロント─〈上〉 安里アサト ...
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What is 「おけなかった」in this sentence? 『風紀を乱しまくる私たちを 野放しにしておけなかったんだ』

I came across this sentence in a show I was watching and I have no idea what to make of it 風紀を乱しまくる私たちを 野放しにしておけなかったんだ What is 「おけなかった」in this sentence?
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What does 白と茶色を基調とする mean in this sentence?

白と茶色を基調とした真新しい洋風の外壁。 I saw that ~を~とする means "as" and that 基調 means "to be the main color in something like a picture" (2nd definition), but I can't link everything in this ...
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のなら: emphasis or hearsay?

What is the additional nuance in meaning when の is inserted before なら? For example: トムが行く(の)なら、私も行きます。 In the Tobira Gateway to Advanced Japanese (p. 69) it says の occurs before なら when the ...
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What does もとになる mean here?

This is from the 日本能力試験直前対策N3 book, page 36. このマークは、区長が親しみやすさと、あたたかさを感じさせるものにしたいと考えてもとになるアイディアを出し、A市に住むデザイナーに頼んで作った Usually when I see sentences with もとになる it has the form "Noun+のもとになる" ...
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Which subject does かわいい describe in this example?

笑顔が無邪気でかわいい子 Hi. Does this clause here mean a child with an innocent and cute smile or a cute child with an innocent smile? Thank you
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Are some 平板 words actually flat?

平板 words are shown in dictionaries as having low pitch for the first mora, and then high pitch for remaining moras. I've read that in practice, the pitch increase from first to second mora is not as ...
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Is the reading 缶【かん】の縁【えん】correct?

Is the reading 缶【かん】の縁【えん】 correct? 缶【かん】の縁【えん】でけがをしないように気【き】を付【つ】けてください Be careful not to injure yourself on the rim of the can. https://www.bosai-nippon.com/article/4242?paged=2 I also found 縁【ふち】 ...
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Why is 人たち preferred over 人々 or 人 in the following sentence?

I have carefully read the following related Q&A: What is 「々」 and how does it affect meaning and pronunciation? What is the difference in usage between a plural using (a) the kanji repetition ...
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How to ask about someone's opinion regarding the future?

I have a question. I wanna ask: "Do You think in the near future/from now on more people will be learning Japanese?". What is the best way to ask that? I have come up with two ideas: ...
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Downward tone within a mora due to intonation in casual speech

I feel like this intonation pattern is common, so I figured I better get it figured out. I believe this is related Pitch accent in combination with the を particle, which is about when accents get ...
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Understanding だけ in this context: 『...ことでもなく。... いいだけじゃないか』

それはたしかに、言うとおりなのだが。自分だって彼以外の『エイティシックス』は──何しろ会ったこともないわけだし──得体が知れないし、ちょっと怖いなと思わなくもない。  でも、そんな大仰に言うことでもなく。普通に声をかけて、話をして、どういう奴なのかわかっていければ、いいだけじゃないかと思うのだけれど……。 86─エイティシックス─Ep.2 ─ラン・スルー・ザ・バトルフロント─〈上〉 安里アサト ...
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Difference between ことのできる and ことができる [duplicate]

I came across this sentence while reading a visual novel (Clannad): そして、クラスの中で、唯一俺が心を許して話すことのできる人間だった。 Why does this sentence use ことのできる instead of ことができる for the potential form? Does it change the ...
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Itsuki nee-chan is changed to Itsuki-san. What does this mean?

Cross-posted: https://anime.stackexchange.com/questions/66848/itsuki-nee-chan-is-changed-to-itsuki-san-what-does-this-mean partly because of comment 'If you can quote Japanese versions, that would ...
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Can I substitute の中で with only で?

Do these pairs of sentences mean the same? あの男の人の中で誰が一番かっこいいですか。 あの男の人で誰が一番かっこいいですか。 日本の中で札幌が一番好きな町です。 日本で札幌が一番好きな町です。
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What’s the pitch of やっぱ (やっぱり)?

In https://sakura-paris.org/dict/%E5%A4%A7%E8%BE%9E%E6%9E%97/exact/%E3%82%84%E3%81%A3%E3%81%B1, it’s listed as [0][3] but for the most part I think [1] やっぱ is more common overall. Which one is it?
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意味的に pitch accent

I always hear 意味: いみ{HL} and 意味的に: いみてきに{LHHHH}. And I'm under the impression 的に heibanfies words. I think I hear 意味的に いみてきに{HLLLL} here, and wonder why. This guy seems to be a native speaking ...
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見るように meaning in this song

The first two lines of Error by GARNiDELiA are 壊れてしまったモノを見るように おかしなことだと誰もが言う I'm fairly confident it means, "Looking at (you) like something broken- everyone says it's strange." This would ...
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その店で去年{○働いていた/×働いている}男性がテレビに出た。 - why is that?

According to this website (I think it is 初級を教える人のための日本語文法ハンドブック), if there are no time adverbs in an adjective clause, you have to use ていた or ている to mean an action in the past. However, if a time ...
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Understanding と勝手が違っていけねえや

スカーフの下のレイドデバイスを外そうとして、後部箱型荷台の整備クルーから知覚同調で通信が入る。 『──ノウゼン少尉』 「伍長、無線のスイッチが入ったままだ」  知覚同調と無線の双方から同じ舌打ちが一つ。 『いけね、そうでした。どうもこの、知覚同調ってのは無線と勝手が違っていけねえや。何でじゃじゃ馬に加えてこれまでうちの隊で実験するんだか……と。弾薬の補充、...
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The generic (you) pronoun

() marks all the personal English pronouns (I) used in writing this post Example: So let’s say a friend asked me in English about what (I) find the most challenging about Japanese and (I) want to ...
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How should I ask for the company/country/school's location?

ミイちゃんのかいしゃはどちらですか The above is asking about the company (name of company). How should I ask for the company's location?
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In the Japanese dub of Frozen, Anna says 'unmei' (fate/destiny; the late Sayaka Kanda) instead of 'true love' (Kristen Bell)?

In frozen Japanese dub, Anna, voiced by the late Sayaka Kanda, says unmei (運命 , うんめい) instead of 'true love' as it was originally said in Kristen Bell's portrayal. Is 運命 just treated synonymously as, ...
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Does maji manji (マジ卍) really translate to based or dope A.F.?

Related I guess: Japanese slang - まんじ、マンジ、卍 From Kaguya-sama: Love Is War: In S02E09, specifically Chapter 82, when Yu (Ishigami) praises Kaguya by describing Kaguya as 'maji manji', the translation ...
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Pitch accent difference: 本当だ! and 本当だよ

I was under the impression that 本当 was 平板型: ほんとうだ{LHHHH}. And the exclamation 本当だ seems to follow this. But the addition of よ seems to change this, as I feel like I hear ほんとうだよ{LHHHLL}. Is that ...
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If a time adverb is used in an adjective clause, you have to use ていた instead of ている - does this rule apply to normal verbs?

According to this website (I think it is 初級を教える人のための日本語文法ハンドブック), if a time adverb is used in an adjective clause, you have to use ていた. https://learn-the-basics-of-japanese.blogspot.com/p/s71-1-123a1-...
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てもいい to ask if someone is allowed to do something

Can the てもいい form be used to ask if someone has the permission to do something? For example to ask if a women has the permission to smoke here : 彼女はここでタバコを吸ってもいいですか
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Is this 方言 or a different pitch pattern in 標準語: 出てくる, その他に

This is what I hear in this video: 日本神話に出てくる神様が一番多いです。その他に自然神だったりとか... I found でてくる{HLLH}, かみさまが{HLLHH}, and そのほかに{HLLHH} kind of strange, because I often hear でてくる{HLLL}, かみさまが{HLLLL}, そのほかに{HLLLL}....
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How to understand context in Japanese [closed]

A: Ambiguous relative clauses I found this sentence on the internet. “させるという文法を使った例文を教えてください” “Please, give (tell) me an example sentence in which (you) used saseru grammar.” (I feel like this was ...
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Is the name ラーメンバー appropriate for this situation? [closed]

I'm drawing an izakaya where a person is eating ramen and having a beer. I was thinking 'ラーメンバー' would be a fitting name for the sign in front. I want to know if this is strange in any way as I don't ...
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Can the "&"-symbol (ampersand) be used in Japanese to connect two language names?

For example, is this correct and commonly understood by Japanese-readers: "日本語 & 英語" which should represent "Japanese & English" and denote a bilingual edition of a ...
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How can I say "I would like to know how to do something"?

I am practicing to compose an inquiry. I read that saying "I would like to~" is させていただきます. There are similar questions about "to know how to do something" but expressing your ...
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Meaning of (せ)にゃ and から(な)

I found the following two sentences: あとで添削せにゃ。- I'll look it over later. この世界にゃ魔法ってのがあるからな - There's magic on this world. I checked the dictionary and some of the meanings of "にゃ" includes &...
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Understanding volitional form+はずがない

連邦の対〈レギオン〉戦術は徹底した部隊戦闘──一機の敵に複数名、複数機で相対する集団戦だ。いかに最新鋭の第三世代多脚機甲兵器〈ヴァナルガンド〉といえど、陸戦の支配者たる戦車型とやりあうには最低でも倍は要る。まして劣勢ともなれば、最早勝ち目などあろうはずもない。 86─エイティシックス─Ep.2 ─ラン・スルー・ザ・バトルフロント─〈上〉 安里アサト I was taught that the ...
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Understanding the 分 in 6~9月分

補正予算案では、政府が4月26日に決めた6・2兆円の緊急経済対策のうち、原油価格高騰対策に1兆1739億円を充てる。ガソリン価格の抑制に向け、石油元売り会社に6~9月分の補助金を支給する。 https://www.yomiuri.co.jp/politics/20220525-OYT1T50102/ I know the bold part means "from June to ...
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Negative adjective grammar

I wonder what is the difference between these two patterns when using negative adjectives: これは面白いマンガじゃありません。 これは面白くないマンガです。
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What does やの mean in 汚れやの匂いがする? [closed]

汚れやの匂いがする I know the sentence means something along the lines of "smells like dirt". But I have no idea what the やの means. The context is that it is talking about the natural forest ...
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Meaning of といえど

In a book I found this sentence: ありえない。そうおもってるつつも、彼は腰からハンマーを引き抜く。亡き師匠から引き継いだハンマー—その名も『万能鉄槌』は、どんな金属の正体も丸裸にする。一見するとただのハンマーだが、使い手の『能力』と結びつくと絶妙な効果を発揮する。そして、世界広しといえどこれを使いこなせる職人はフィーゴ・アンヴィルただ一人だ I ...
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Are these sentences natural? If not, is the grammar at least correct? [closed]

Are these sentences natural? If not, is the grammar at least correct? For 2 years, my goal was to pass the JLPT N3. Since passing in December, I've rarely studied Japanese at all. I've already ...
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What does "平穏とは消耗を以て代わりに成す" mean?

This is a sentence from a song called "ロウワー", but I'm not sure what it's supposed to mean. The wiki translation says it's "Tranquility is exchanged for attribution" but that seems ...
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Difference between として (toshite) & ように (youni)

I Can't understand the difference between として and ように. What is the difference between these word? examples: として: 私は君を友達として愛している。 I love you as friend. ように: 私は君を友達ように愛している. I love you as friend.
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Why the verb has changed into く form

In the following sentence: それ以上その姿勢を続けられなくなった Why is the verb 続けられない transformed into 続けられなく?
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Help understand 俺の腕前がわかったろう。 [closed]

Veterans, please help me understand the following sentence. You can help me by either explaining grammar or providing an accurate and literate translation in English. If you need context information, ...
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Who is the subject of もらう here?

The below is the description of a girl wearing glasses 肩までの長さがある黒髪には、ゆるい内巻きの癖があった。先ほどかけてもらった眼鏡越しに見える瞳は、心なしか憂いを帯びているようにも見える。 I'm uncertain about the subject of this verb かけてもらった. It is either 眼鏡 or 瞳....
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What's the reading of kanji "入" in "入る", "hai" or "hairu"?

If I look up the word "入る" in a dictionary, it would tell me its reading is はい・る, but does that mean the kanji "入" is read as はい? If I look up the kanji in 漢字源, It's obviously ...
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