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Concatenated Causatives of Causatives

Some recent posts here reminded me about something from many, many years ago: how do you form concatenated causatives in Japanese? If I want to say, "Make me go", I would say, 行かせて. That ...
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The use of causative + には in this sentence

Upon asking the group if they had a bad experience in the village, they deny and she says this. I understand the first sentence is akin "Starting with the royal family, the village is quite ...
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How are conjugation endings called by Japanese linguists?

How are conjugation endings (たい, た, ない) called by Japanese linguists*? Examples: 食べた tabeta 'ate', 食べない tabenai 'do not eat' According to Wikipedia, and an electronic dictionary, it seems they are ...
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Why is ある preferrable to 残る in the sentence お金があるうちに欲しい物を買っておこう ? Is 残る still a valid option or is it just wrong?

The following sentence belongs to a multiple-choice exercise about the grammar point うちに in the book 新完全マスターN2文法: (  )うちに欲しい物を買っておこう。 a) お金がある  b) 給料をもらう  c) お金が残る I chose c) お金が残る, but according to ...
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Why use に instead of を in 彼に会います/連絡します

Please explain to me why に is used instead of を in these sentences 彼に会います 彼に連絡します Is that because 会います is a transitive verb? Please give me more detail.
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What does this use of まいな mean?

忘れちゃおるまいな From context he seems to be asking "You didn't forget how much I apologize to the dude"? But I'm not sure about this specific use.
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How is the adverb さっそく acting in this sentence?

別に今日だって約束してたわけじゃないし さっそく感が恥ずかしすぎる In the second part, it seems like she's saying it like.. "the feeling of impatience is too embarrassing?" I'm too embarrassed of my impatience?" Edit: ...
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When years are (or were) written using kanji numerals, what are the usual variants/options?

I believe that these days, years would be written almost always using western/Arabic numerals in either the Japanese era or Gregorian calendar. But it must sometimes be written using the kanji ...
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On the direction of もらう

When talking about verbs of giving/receiving, textbooks tent do talk about only the relation between 1st person and the other persons (i.e. くれる 2/3→1, あげる 1→2/3, もらう 1←2/3), and let learners ...
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What does this use of あっていいな mean?

ああ 水車小屋か 風情があっていいな The character said this after stopping in front of a 水車小屋. Why is ていいな here being used here?
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Meaning of まじくは

I've seen this sentence 許すまじくは許さない。俺自身は主義としたそうした一線を持たないが、だからといってそれを持つ人間を軽んじることはしないだろう。 and I would like to know what is the meaning of まじくは so that I can understand the expression 許すまじくは許さない. Making ...
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What does じゃないじゃん mean? Does this count as a double negative?

じゃないじゃん from context she seems to be it's the time to support that girl? and "I don't have more free time. Pull yourself together"
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Example with まじかる

I've tried to find an example of use of まじかる (打消推量の助動詞「まじ」の連体形). However, no matter how much I search, I can't find any sentence from any real text with まじかる. The dictionaries I have consulted do not ...
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Verb て-form + もない meaning

Example sentence, which is a response to someone who is talking like they were already invited to a party: まだ誘ってもないのに。 I'm not able to wrap my head around the grammar used in what looks like a pretty ...
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Can 行う and 施行する be used interchangeably when meaning "to carry out?"

I'd learned 行う as meaning "to carry out" a while back, and had understood it to mean something like carrying an action out, or performing an action. The definition offered in Jisho.org ...
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What does "こうと思っていたことを思い出した" mean?

Context: 今日は午前中家の掃除をして、本を読んだり日記を見直していました。 元々は一日家でのんびりしようと思っていたけど、午後、前から時間があったら近くのお寺に引っ越しの挨拶をしに行こうと思っていたことを思い出したので行きました。 お寺は閉まっていたので近くの神社に行ってきました。 I think there's a little complex structure in that ...
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Adding an adjective before a verb?

In this lyric "隣で歌う声怖がりな背中を押して" I'm confused how the がりな背中を押して works. I know how 背中を押して is used thanks to this post. But what does 怖がりな note. Is the person or the action 怖がりな?
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Are there masculine equivalents to わよ

I have come across わよ as a sentence ending particle with a feminine feel, but are there any masculine equivalents?
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Why don't we say「何にも」, in 「別に何もなりたくない」?

I came across the phrase 「別に何もなりたくなかった」 "I didn't want to become anything in particular", in a conversation about future goals. With [question word / 疑問詞] + も, my understanding is that が or ...
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ごとに, どの〜も, 毎 differences

What is the difference between these three sentences, do they all mean "Every city is big in America." ? アメリカはどの町も大きいです。 アメリカは町ごとに大きいです。 アメリカは毎町が大きいです。
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What does ざらんや mean?

I've found this sentence 百獣の我を見て敢へて走らざらんや。 and I'm trying to understand what it means. Searching on Google, it seems that ざらんや belongs to Kobun language and is paired with 敢へて as explained here. https:...
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What are the grammatical similarities between Mongolian and Japanese?

I am not claiming any Altaic theory or any other linguistic hypothesis so please do not mention that in the answers. I am just a native English-speaker with a Mongolian background trying to learn, so ...
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What does でしょなんでだ mean?

What is the meaning of the sentence on the left exactly? She seems to be given the reason the forest is called like this is because of the fungi?
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What does 何があんだよ mean here?

なんでここに? Why are you here 飯食いに来た以外に何があんだよ "Other than coming to eat..." I'm stumbled on this meaning of 何があんだよ. From context he seems to be saying "what else is there to do here?"...
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Is 'Kimi ga yo' a valid japanese predicate? [duplicate]

I'm currently learning Japanese and struggling at understanding the translation of the japanese anthem 'Kimi ga yo' supposedly translated as 'Your reign'. I heard about double subject construct so I ...
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Is there some rule for when one should pronounce 'te' as 'ta' in a song?

At 0:37 in the OP of the anime Gotoubun no Hanayome, Miku pronounces her lyrics 'kizuite' as 'kizuita'. I wonder if there's some singing rule for when this should be done.
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Understanding「知見ばかりだった」

A person is commenting about his experience working with two well known writers: あのニ人は創作能力で言えば日本で指折りのクリエイターだ 俺じゃ逆立ちしても出てこない知見ばかりだったよ I have trouble understanding the 知見ばかりだった part. I guess 知見 refers ...
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How is this usage of 選ばれる understood?

I encountered an odd use of 選ばれる in the sentences below: 毎年「流行語大賞」が選ばれている 本屋大賞はなぜ選ばれるのですか It is weird to say that "[award] gets selected" in English. How is 選ばれる best understood here?
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Why is ても used here? [duplicate]

お前 何を And his answer 縛り上げるだけだよ まだ襲われてもうっとうしいから I understand he's expressing his displeasure over the possibly of another attack, but why is "も" particle used?
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舞妓さんちのまかないさん what's the meaning of chi here? [duplicate]

舞妓さんちのまかないさん what's the meaning of ち here?
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Which verbs can come with Vていただけませんか and Vていただきたい?

There is somewhat similar question, but mine is not about the degrees of politeness. As far as I understand, Vていただけませんか literally means something like “would I be able to get V from you?”. So, it's ...
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Understanding「さえ」and「いてくれる」in「お前が生きてさえいてくれたら」

I'm watching an episode with subtitle that goes: 「俺 ずっと お前が生きてさえいてくれたら と思ってた」 "I always thought, as long as you live on, (I'm ok)" I have three questions if the translation was correct. Is ...
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How cross-applicable were Classical Chinese second-person pronouns to Japanese kanji?

I'm fairly certain there's a certain stigma surrounding second-person pronouns in Japanese. Even in Chinese, it's generally considered polite to avoid them (and refer to a person by surname, title, ...
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Is 頭上を取る some kind of slang?

I'm sorta stumbled on this meaning here. "A skill level that can touch over the top of my head"?
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Is 「将来が期待される」 idiomatic? Why does it mean "promising future"? Why is the passive form used in the sentence at issue?

I came across the following sentence as an example sentence for the grammar point つつある in 新完全マスター文法N2: この会社は現在発展しつつあり、将来が期待される。 My attempted translation is As this company continues to develop, &...
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キショキショ mean in this sentence?

In the first sentence the character says being in the same class as someone you feel at ease with, is fun. But then he adds こいつは昔からそういう感性なくてキショキショだけど The sentence sounds odd to me. "But this guy ...
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How do you politely refer to a group of people with the pronoun you?

Specifically, if a teacher said "I've finished grading your tests.", adressing the students, would he use あなた? I've seen it been said a couple times that あなた isn't that polite, so would the ...
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What's the difference between Kaigi (会議), Kaigou (会合) and Shuugoo (集合)?

If my understanding is correct, it seems like the three of them is about a groupment of people. Kaigi (会議) is work related, while Kaigou (会合) and Shuugoo (集合) is used in the context of family & ...
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What does causative + もらう + volitonal mean? 使わせてもらおう [duplicate]

(Upon receiving a sword as a gift) ありがたく使わせてもらおう I know させてもらう means "I'll take the liberty of doing x" but does the same a for 使わせてもらおう?
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What is the exact difference between "が世話になって and "に世話になって

So this character says to this girl 課長にはいつもお世話になってます。。。 Aka "The section chief (your husband) is always helping me" But then this girl says to him いつも主人が世話になってます aka "Thanks for always ...
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Why is there を in this sentence? [duplicate]

"夏を今もう一回" What is を doing in this sentence, and what does it even mean? It looks like "do one more time the present to the summer" which doesn't make any sense to me.
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How are が and は used here?

I am a fluent speaker (not a learner) but I can't explain why が and は are used in these lines when asked by a friend. そんな私を拾ってくれたのがその時言い合いとなったお客様シェフなんです (from this video) それを身を挺して助けてくれたのが誠司さん (video)...
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What is the で in the movie name 「地獄でなぜ悪い」? [duplicate]

The English translation on Wikipedia is "What's so bad about hell?" But I'd think that sentence would use は instead of で: 「地獄はなぜ悪い」. So I'm confused what role で is playing. Perhaps it's ...
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What difference does it make when we use 【なる】 in 「辞めたくなることがありますか」 or not?

Sentence A: 日本語が 難{むずか}しくて勉{べん}強{きょう}を 辞{や}めたくなることが ありますか。 Sentence B: 日本語が 難{むずか}しくて勉{べん}強{きょう}を 辞{や}めたことが ありますか。 What type of attribute does なる add to sentence A that is not exist in sentence B?
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Is there an optimal placement for timing/frequency words?

I'm using Duolingo to supplement a 101 course I took and it doesn't really explain that well where timing/frequency words should appear in a sentence. For the sentence "I often play baseball with ...
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Meaning of 「内容をテキストのみに適用」

In the context of a right-click drop-down menu, what does 内容をテキストのみに適用 Apply the contents only as text (?) mean? At first I thought I thought it meant "paste as text only", but clicking ...
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Can a sentence-ending particle like よ be used to express multiple nuances at once?

Example: 知らないよ in response to someone thinking you know, even though you don’t. Using wikitionary for particle lookup, I found these 2 uses of よ that could fit the context: indicating statement of ...
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Why is のに used in this sentence despite the lack of contradictions?

ちょ。。ルーク! まさか、 その柱を登るつもりー あー痛かろう。。。 足場もないのに さすがによじ登れんよ This sentence is all spoken by a single person. He thinks a character will try to climb a pole to catch an animal. Why is のに being used? ...
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What is the difference between the に used here and で when specifying a reason for a future action?

The following passage comes from a word game that's indirectly describing the story of Little Red Riding Hood (赤ずきん) 男に質問を繰り返す女。 とある質問に男は態度を急変させ、 それ以降、 質問されることはなくなった。 何があった? I had the part ...
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What does "来なくなります" mean?

In 人が話す声が熊に聞こえると、熊が近くに来なくなります。 What does "来なくなります" mean? I assume it is くる + ない + なる, then こなくなる, then こなくなります. I have difficulty understand why is なる needed. I searched in dictionary and ...
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