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What is the use of で in this sentence?

I have the following sentence, ケータイが大きな音で鳴っています. This sentence is translated to meaning, "The cell phone is ringing loudly." I'm a bit confused as to why で used here? I thought で was the "event" ...
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How does 「あいつは意気地なんだと」 translate into “he's a coward”? [closed]

There's this sentence on Tatoeba: - According to her, he is a coward. For which the following translation was added: - 彼女に言わせれば、あいつは意気地なんだと。 The first part is clear to me (causative + conditional: ...
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How do you write “Lesson (number X)”?

For example, Lesson 19. Would it be: 1) 授業19 2) 十九番目の授業 Would I use 学課, instead of 授業? I'm a complete beginner, as well, I am literally starting from scratch, on my own. Regards.
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Old Japanese vowels in kana

The modern Japanese vowels /e,o/ each represent two Old Japanese vowels, arbitrarily written e ë o ö in romaji. I assume that Japanese philologists don't all use romaji, so is there a convention for ...
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Stroke order of 濃

What is the correct stroke order to write this kanji 濃 in Japanese? How many strokes will it have and in what correct order. Assume a japanese writing exam situation. Also does anyone have a picture ...
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How would you translate 女将さん

if they are just being called out to like 「女将さん!」 I read that it was translated Mr./Ms. followed by their profession and was wondering if Ma'am or the like would be acceptable and what variations ...
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The difference in からandに as location markers in the following

In the sentenced circled below "The 100 yen coin is found under the desk", It usesから to mark the location. so this made me wonder "oh! if it's used like this, then certainly に should work to as it'...
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Meaning of 荷重が乗りきる

Context: a boxer has just landed a great uppercut with an upward movement. His father describes the punch in this way: 荷重が乗りきってからの急激な〝縦〟一閃 I think here 乗りきる means "to overcome", so my rough ...
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Difference between 〜がち and 〜つい?

If both can express habits like things you tend to do, what is the difference between their uses? examples: イケメン*が通るとつい見ちゃう。 昔の話をしていると話がついつい長くなる。 Why was つい used here? Would 〜がち also make ...
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On-/Kun-yomi & Hiragana/Katakana

fellow Japanese lovers! I've been studying Japanese on my own for a few months, and have reached the point where I have a question that I can't find decisively asked or answered anywhere. I'm hoping ...
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からできる vs からできている

These were given as two example sentences on a site and I'm wondering if someone can explain the difference/which is right. スーパーは木曜日にミルクからできている製品のセールをするよ スーパーは木曜日にミルクからできる製品のセールをするよ
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Reason for に particle in sentence instead of の

I have come across sentence and I understand what its trying to say, but I don't understand why に is used with 特別. I was really expecting a の particle instead to modify related noun phrase 旅のサポート Why ...
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multiples noun, noun modifiers other noun?

I have a question multiple nouns ( noun + noun ), noun working as adjective? Recently, I've been researching noun modifiers, I wonder if multiple nouns can modify one as an adjective? for example: ...
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What does コテッと mean?

the sentence it's from コテッと首をかしげる
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Difference between ほど and かぎり

I read the following sentence in an exercise: 私たちの目標は競争に打ち勝つことでもなければお金を儲けることでもありません。可能な____すごい製品を作ることだ。 A. あまり、B. ほど、C. はず、D. かぎり The correct answer was D, but I picked B. I understand the ...
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ろくに and trouble understanding sentence meaning

I came across the following sentence in an exercise: 最近まで_____考えてもみなかったことの数々が、なだれるように頭に浮かんできた。 A. ろくに、B. ようするに、C. ぶりに、D. さらに The right answer was A. I'm having a hard time parsing this ...
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What does と mean in と思います, と言う, and と見る?

愛という光 means "The light which is called Love", but why is と used? Why does 見る mean "to see" but と見る means something like "it was judged to be"? What function is と serving?
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What's the difference between 堪える{こたえる} and 堪える{こらえる}?

to bear; to stand; to endure; to put up with What is the difference between 堪える(こたえる) and 堪える(こらえる)? There is also 堪える(たえる) but it got additional to support; to withstand; to resist; to brave ...
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Meaning of 身分をわきまえず

Context: a martial arts master is talking (offensively, I think) about one of his students: たばこを栽培する山から降りて来たサルですよ。うちの武術学校にスカウトされたからと身分をわきまえず李【り】と組んで演武を狂わす厄介者なんです。 What is the meaning of 身分をわきまえず? ...
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What is the meaning of 今回のように?

If you run 今回のように through google translate, it gives: "As of this time", and "Like this time", but nobody speaks like this in real english. もちろん。 それだけじゃありません。 今回のように有名人を島にお招きするのも村おこしの一環なんです。 Of ...
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Why does japanese have kanji for numbers? [duplicate]

Because when you go to some japanese website you they always type it like 1,2,3,4,5 just normal like in english
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What does ものと見て, mean?

先日の佐伯真一さん殺人事件と、昨夜の四ッ星重工爆発炎上事故…それに、誘拐および殺人未遂事件を調べている警視庁は、この事件の裏で、大掛かりな軍事汚職事件が絡んでいるものと見て、真相の究明に全力を尽くすと発表しています。 The Superior Police Headquarters is investigating the murder ... of Mr. Shinichi Saeki, ...
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When using an adverb, do pronouns come before or after?

I am try to translate “only one you” (only one of you but do not know if would translate correct) using yuiitsu as only one, does anata come before after thank you!
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Is the main character's wife cheating on him in these sentences in Osamu Dazai's 「人間失格」

Context: 自分の部屋の上の小窓があいていて、そこから部屋の中が見えます。電気がついたままで、二匹の動物がいました。  自分は、ぐらぐら目まいしながら、これもまた人間の姿だ、これもまた人間の姿だ、おどろく事は無い、など劇しい呼吸と共に胸の中で呟き、ヨシ子を助ける事も忘れ、階段に立ちつくしていました。 The main character is looking at the ...
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How to interpret the next sentence: 日本の新しい大学を見学します。

I was told in class that 日本の新しい大学を見学します。 Nihon no atarashī daigaku o kengaku shimasu. means I will visit a new university in Japan. I understand this as I am visiting the new Japanese ...
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Padding of 好みの潰さで味ゎぅ [closed]

I'm trying to parse (put spaces between each word) the following sentence in the picture attached: I've tried Recognizing the Characters using an app and got this : 好みの潰さで味ゎぅ I recognize that there ...
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What is the mean difference between 取引先との付き合い方 and 取引先の付き合い方? [duplicate]

What is the mean difference between 取引先との付き合い方 and 取引先の付き合い方? Thank for support me.
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爵 how do the 'elements' combine to result in 'baron'

The 4 elements of this japanese kanji are understood, but I cannot see/intuit any connection between them that might result in the concept of 'baron'. Can anyone shed some light on this mystery?
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Does かえって処理 mean “altered process”

The following text is taken out of a novel. 「お人好しもいいですけど、hIE (インターフェース) が動いているところに手を出したら、かえって処理に負荷をかけますよ」 Kengo knew his computers and machines, though. “Best not interfere when an Interfacer is ...
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If my business card says 〇〇さん, does that mean I'm referring to myself with an honourific?

My company (a Japanese startup) issued me a set of business cards. The information on the card is almost entirely in English. Except for the company address, the only other bit in Japanese is「ムルさん」in ...
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What does なり切ってしまう mean?

I've been reading a book in Japanese in order to learn new kanji, words, etc., but I've come across something I can't seem to translate. The sentence is as follows. 老人にも若者にも、富豪にも乞食にも、学者にも無頼漢にも、...
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Distinguish between homonyms & potential form

How can you distinguish two verbs when the dictionary form of one is exactly the same as the "potential" form of another. E.g: 開く  [Godan verb with ku ending, intransitive verb] (Potential form: 開ける)...
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Particle を with てある

Which particle, が(は)or を、 is correct to use with てある? According to my textbook, が(は)should be used. For example, ヒーターがつけてあります。 But a native Japanese speaker has told me that he'd use を instead of ...
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What does してきてやる mean in this sentence? [duplicate]

I'm reading Yotsuba (1st chapter) and I have come across the sentence じゃあ俺が用意してきてやるおまえ片付けてろ. The sentence translates as "WELL I'LL GO GET SOME STUFF THEN. YOU STAY HERE AND CLEAN UP." I'm having ...
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What does the ending to this する conjugation mean してんなぁ?

Here is my sentence なんか俺 体力低下してんなぁ meaning "I feel like I am getting weaker." 低下 means to fall/decline and it is a noun and can be used as a suru verb. It seems suru is in it's te form here, my guess ...
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adding んー to the end of a phrase (e.g. いつ帰ってくるんー?)

A friend recently texted me 'いつ帰ってくるんー?'. I understand the question, but I don't understand why んー would be added to the end of the verb. Is this to add emphasis or emotional context?
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I don't understand what 兵器転用 and 内容 means in this sentence

I'm learning Japanese, so I've been reading an action story to practice. A scientist sends a pen drive to the news in order to expose some terrorists that were misusing his research for war purposes....
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ambiguity of AにBでCに貸し出してみた

真面目な性格ぶってる巨乳セフレにオレたちの悪ノリでおじさんに貸し出してみたww no context, only a title of an AV video [真面目な性格ぶってる巨乳セフレ]に[オレたちの悪ノリ]で[おじさん]に貸し出してみた what role does the first に serve here?
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Meaning of はいてなかったり?

I recently came across the phrase はいてなかったり which has me stumped. For context, a character utters the phrase after dismissing the possibility of something: Character: Oh, those guys? Yeah, they're ...
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Can 々 stand for a duplicated kanji with a different reading?

The title may not be so clear, here is what I mean: 々 is used to avoid repeating a kanji. In some cases, the two may not be pronounced the same because the first consonant of the second kanji is ...
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Is it possible to preserve the literary style of this English passage in Japanese by rearranging the prepositional phrases?

Given the following English: "A woman's torso, its skin a deathly purple, sat atop an immense arachnid thorax." It's possible to rearrange the prepositional phrases and still have a grammatically ...
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Casual ways to ask meaning?

I know 〜はどう言う意味ですか? but how might you ask this question in a casual setting among friends?
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What does the も particle in this sentence do or perhaps the phrase でも大丈夫です?

The sentence is 水道の水を飲んでも大丈夫です. The English translation is, "You can drink the water from the tap." I have learned ~てもいいです is for giving or asking for permission. Is this just the same thing but ...
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What is “It is x o'clock” in Japanese with subject

I've just started studying Japanese so I'm using Hiragana. In the book it says "It's 1 o'clock" is "いちじです" in Japanese. But if I want to use the form "X はいちじです" then what should "X" be?
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Is で unnecessary for time references or does direct noun modification have different connotations?

I've seen a lot of sentences, where で was omitted, like: 今朝サンタさんが来なかった Here we have 今朝 which is point in time so the sentence should be 今朝でサンタさんが来なかった But it's not. Is there any difference in ...
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What's this word I always hear in anime? “Oh no!” or “not good!” [closed]

Sometimes when a character ends up in a bad situation they'll say a word or phrase that sounds like "matsui!" or "natsui!" It's usually translated as "not good!" or "oh no!" I'm curious as to what the ...
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Using prepositions in relative clauses?

Example: Let's say I want to reference "the bridge that I ran underneath". I would presume that the sentence would be: 下に走った橋 I feel like there's a lot of ambiguity here, but I guess that's ...
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Meaning of “チャラにする”

What does this phrase mean? Here is the context: 死ぬほど悲しかったりすることを全部チャラにする。 I appreciate your help. Thanks!
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past tense vs non-past in a book

I'm reading 大きな森の小さな家 (Little House in the Big Woods). This sequence of sentences are all describing a particular occurrence in the past, but some sentences are in non-past forms: ある晩、父さんは、...
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What meaning does やって add to the following main verbs?

What meaning does the prefix やって give to the main verbs? Is it a constant one can do with some other verbs as well? For example やって来る やって見る やって退ける やって行く

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