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〜く+あります inflections?

In this post, it was verified that indeed the origin of the い-adjective ending 〜かった stems as a fusion of the ending 〜く and the inflection あった of ある (that is, 〜かった comes from 〜くあった). This makes me ...
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Meaning of ひらっと

銀河鉄道の夜から. 電燈の向こう側の暗い小路から出て来て、 ひらっとジョバンニとすれちがいました. Dictionary says flat, plain, may be it can be coldly?
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What does the に in でしょうに mean?

Recently I was talking to a friend and the topic of credit cards came up. I asked my friend (xx) if they had a credit card: ところで、xxはクレジットカードを持ってる? and got the following response: そりゃあ持っているでしょうに。...
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Origin of 〜かった?

Is it by any chance the case that, historically, the い-adjective ending 〜かった is a contraction originating from 〜くあった, where あった is the past inflection of ある? To me, it sure sounds plausible, and ...
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Why is a different particle used with the positive and the negative version of 必要がある/必要はない? [duplicate]

In the expression V必要がある / V必要はない, which I came across in my textbook, I would expect that both use the particle が. What is the reason why は is used only in the negative case? This is the source: ...
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What is the meaning of this な?

少なくともあなた自身は 見たら抜かずにはいられないほど嫌い、な様ではないようですし So , what does this な in {な様} mean ?
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What is the meaning of 奥手 here?

Ok ,so this is frome a mange where two couple have been dating for a while but did not hold hand,yet . 奥手すぎて手も繋げていない So what does {奥手すぎて} means ? I tried to look it up but did not found any thing ...
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Offensive/negative meaning of 雑草

Context: a boxer called Hyodo is going to fight against an opponent called Yanagi, whose nickname is Sniper. A friend of Hyodo tells him not to worry and then says this: ...
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What is the difference between these 2 expressions?

Whose car is it? A: Kuruma wa dare no desu ka? B: Dare no kuruma desu ka? I'm just a beginner but I'm sure these two expressions mean the same thing. viz. Whose car is it? I feel that A is more ...
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Which verb can I use with the word “散文”?

So basically, what I want to say is something along the lines of, "He begins his story with a rhyme" or, "He tells a poem and begins his story". What's the word for "tell" here? Is there a verb phrase ...
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Help with a lyric from Psycho Pass Ending

I was reading the lyrics from All alone with you by EGOIST, helping myself with translations to learn some japanese, but there's something that confuses me. When it says 神さま気取りの人が言うの ねえ 人は強いって ...
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Why is being indirect more polite than being direct in Japanese?

In Japanese, the more indirect a question (or a sentence in general) is, the more polite it is considered. Is there a reason for this?
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What’s the difference between “書けるか” and “書けますか“?

What’s the difference between “書けるか“ and “書けますか” (Can you write?). I read the rule for the potential form, but then in an example it said ます on the end instead of る. So do both work and what’s the ...
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Meaning of particle and word in provided sentence

What is the meaning of this sentence 高橋ですが、今よろしいでしょうか, is が being used to indicate that the speaker has more to say. Also what is the meaning of でしょう in this sentence?
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その without a following noun?

A: あの~、すみません。 B: はい。 A: このへんにこうしゅうでんわはありますか。 B: こうしゅうでんわですか? A: ええ。 B: えーっと...ああ、コンビニのまえにじどうはんばいきがありますね。 こうしゅうでんわはそのとなりにありますよ。 Image In the sentence こうしゅうでんわはそのとなりにありますよ, why その allowed ...
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Why is が not being used in this sentence?

A: あの~、すみません。 B: はい。 A: このへんにこうしゅうでんわはありますか。 Image In the third sentence, は is used instead of が, but こうしゅうでんわ is something new being added to the conversation, which is a function of が.
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てっきり「知らん」ってほっておくものとばかり… I can't understand the meaning of ばかり here [duplicate]

I was reading a manga, and I came across that sentence and I can't understand the use of ばかり, I read some grammar guides but I can't find an explame or explanation that fits this sentence. I ...
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〜ていない vs 〜ないでいる

I read many times this question but I'm still confused about the differences between these two grammars. The first answer says that 〜ていない has a possible third meaning not used, "I eat my meal and I am ...
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What is the meaning of 選任 in the following sentence?

I am translating a Japanese business document and unable to understand a kanji. 取締役7名選任の件 取締役7名 is 7 directors, の件 is about, I am unable to understand this kanji 選任. My search led me to some ...
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What is the most casual way to ask ''What do you reckon ?'' in Japanese?

I want to know a colloquial way to ask: What do you reckon/think ? For example: I just cooked a meal and I turn to my Japanese friend and say: What do you reckon ? (I'm seeking approval whilst ...
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プレゼント買う心配がありません without particles

I heard the sentence プレゼント買う心配がありません from a Japanese, meaning "We don't worry with buying presents [during Christmas]"; I was wondering about the 買う心配 part, with a な-adjective directly following a ...
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Usage of 上で in this sentence [duplicate]

There is a question in the Kanzen Master N2 Textbook: この薬は、_____上でお飲みください a. 食事が終わった b. 医師が説明した c. 説明書をよく読んだ According to the answer sheet, the answer is c. But I don't understand ...
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Confirm if someone want to do something

In English, you have some type of question formats such as: Do you want to reserve a meeting room ? Is it correct that you want to ask about an employee ? Is it correct that you are sad ? With these ...
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What is the meaning of のだと in this context?

これが学習者にとっては妙なのだと気付くには慣れが必要かもしれませんが What does のだとmean here ?
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What is the meaning of に対して in this sentence ?

一年生が三年生に対して──それも部のエースに向かって『雪乃さん』などと呼びかけてしまったのだ。無礼だと注意されても仕方がないだろう。 What does に対して refers to here?
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What does 私はお願いしたいんですけど mean in this context?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4WlniHylrU&t=143s This is a part of a legendary speech made by the former president of Nintendo at SpaceWorld. From my understanding, he is talking about the ...
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Use of ママ as suffix to a name?

I've seen ママ used as as sort suffix to names before. Like here: https://more.hpplus.jp/odekake/o-news/43298/1/ 彼ママと初対面 What I'm asking here is: Can I add ママ after any name and that will mean I'm ...
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What is the meaning or usage of the に at the end of the following sentence?

あなたもできる対処法とは? 不安から日常安心できる生活に 。 So what does the に here refer to? Is it になる?
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How to use adjectives to qualify nouns in between the の particle?

For example, how would I say "my dad's old car's broken wheel"? Where does the adjective go w.r.t the の particle? 父の古い車の駄目な車輪 ? Is it right for the adjective to appear near の? It sounds odd
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The exquisite depths of 和菓子's mind

Consider the following quote from this article: 和菓子は季節とともに変化するもの。パッと見て何を模したかわかる形もあれば、どんな意味が込められているのか考えるものもあり……。 As I understand it, the last clause is supposed to mean "there are ones (ie. certain ...
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What does “バッチい手” mean?

そんなバッチい手でボタンを触りたくる… I know バッチ means batch but what does it mean with 手 here? It's from this blog btw. https://ameblo.jp/sakurajyuubee/entry-11443690096.html
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What does “ワルよのぉ” mean?

From here. https://renta.papy.co.jp/renta/sc/frm/item/153164/ お主もワルよのぉ Is this different in meaning from just "悪い”? Or is this something else entirely?
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“服を汚した” vs “服を汚くした”

Now that I know it's not natural to say “服を汚くした” given no results found, I am just wondering is it more common to directly use the verb itself than to change its adjective form into an adverb to ...
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What is the meaning of 出るべきところ here?

首から下に目を向ければ、すらりと伸びきった四肢や、引き締まっていながらも胸や腰など出るべきところはきちんと出ているメリハリの利いたグラマラスボディ。 What does 出るべきところ mean here ? Also what does メリハリの利いたグラマラスボディmodify here?
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Translation of the “Immortal Words” from the “Stormlight Archive”

I want to join two passions of mine in a single tattoo I want to get to commemorate something important to me. One of these is the love for the Digimon series I had since I was very little and still ...
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What is the meaning of うなじや in the following passage?

雪乃の汗で濡れ光っている白いうなじや、上衣の合わせ目から覗くほっそりとした鎖骨は、清楚な容貌とは裏腹に淫靡な色香を漂わせている。 what does うなじや mean here ? 清楚な容貌とは裏腹に淫靡な色香を漂わせている。 Also what does 裏腹に refer to in this context?
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「報告書」と「日報」の違いは何?

I have been working in Japanese office since 2 months. And my boss ask me for report(報告) of what I did that entire day in written format in Excel(日本だったらしょうがない). But he asked me to keep last day report ...
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What is the meaning/usage of に in the following sentence?

ある事柄について感じた事(が、発表できる程度にまとまったもの)。 So, I understand the first sentence, but I'm a little confused about the second one. My translation is: to have a feeling about a certain matter to the extent of ...
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What is the function of の in 「私があんた連れ出したのなんでだと思う?」

I tried to think about all the possible meanings of の but I really couldn't understand the sentence above. I don't know if の is connected with なんで, or if it's the explanatory の, or something else.
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What's a good onomatopoeia for “suddenly realizing, in a flash of genius”?

In a sentence like: While I was in the bath, (suddenly / in a flash of genius / …) I thought of a great plan. 風呂に入っている時に、____とすごい計画を思いついた。 Is there a good [擬情語]{gijōgo} word to fill in the ...
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Why is the sentence, “毎日、AからBに通います。” incorrect?

In the exam, my sentence was corrected from, 毎日、A から B に通います。 to, 毎日、A から B に通っています。 ...and no explanation was made. I am still very confused.
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Causative and the particle に + how to properly translate

I came across this sentence in the Yugioh Manga: 「最大の誤算は貴様ごときに神を拝ませることになろうなぁんてねぇ」 (the preceding sentence: 「俺は貴様を多少みくびっていた....」) I used Please help me identify who does what in this sentence and ...
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Is it necessary to repeat に in the following sentence?

I gave my wife a mobile phone at Christmas. 私はクリスマスに妻にケータイをあげました。 Now there're two "に" in the sentence. Any method to avoid repetition? Is it necessary?
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What is the sentence structure in Japanese and how do you know the correct order?

Let’s say we have “この建物にいいレストランがあります”。Why does “建物に“come before “レストランが”?How do you know in what order the words are to be said and does it matter?
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How to message or mail to teacher for making a appointment? [closed]

I need to send a message to my teacher for asking an appointment. But I don't know how to. He is gonna check my homework tomorrow and he wants a message. > 先生こんにちは。 作文をチェックのために7日に予約したいです。 ...
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What is the difference between 北 and 北部 [duplicate]

What is the main difference between 北 and 北部? I heard that's words that contain 2 kanji sounds more polite, but not sure that it's the current situation.
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Help with でも functions

I have this sentence: "どんなスポーツでもこの三つがなければ上手にならないと考えられている。" But I can't figure it out what sense でも is giving to the sentence. In my head is something like "although it's expected sports to be good, ...
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What is the difference between 初めは and 初めに?

What is the difference between 初めは and 初めに? I see that both mean "at first," but it seems like the phrases are not interchangeable. Thank you for your explanation!
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〜ほうを at the end of a sentence

彩音{あやね} was doing something and 砂子{すなこ} reminded her that she should prepare herself for something else, saying: 彩音さん 準備のほうを She just answered は〜い But I didn't understand that ほうを. Is it the ...
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I can't quite parse this sentence about not remembering something

そうか そういや [ペッパー]{おまえ}は 昔のユトを なにひとつ 思い出せねえん だったっけ。 So the first part, そうかそういや is preamble, "Is that so? come to think of it..." ペッパー is the name of the protagonist who's being addressed. ...

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