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Can 混む and 込む be used interchangeably to mean "to be crowded?"

I knew of 混{こ}む to mean "to be crowded," but recently came upon a different kanji (込) being used to convey the exact same meaning, and with the exact same reading. Looking it up on jisho.org,...
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Difference between のは and のも? [duplicate]

I came across this sentence: この齢で言うのもなんですが、私は幼さなど とっくに捨て切っていたつもりでした。 Could のは also be used here? And if so, what's the difference in nuance?
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What is the actual nuance of 初だし here?

Context: This is a box from a video game artwork, where the director describes the creation of the character. Most of it is clear to me, however toward the end I run into this puzzling line: The line ...
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Understanding a sentence with a conjunctive form of an adjective, ため, 中, and ということになる

I understand this might be a bad question, but I'm trying to understand the following part of a sentence from the following question (or the following Wikipedia article): ...
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"At the end of the day..." と同意の日本語表現はありますか?

例えば、"At the end of the day, what do you work for?" と日本語で言いたい場合、下記の空白はどんな表現で埋めますか? "______、何のために働くのでしょうか?" 「結局」だと思うのですが、違いますか。
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(place)に(noun)を(verb)に行きます construction

is there much of a difference between these two sentences: 山にハイキングに行きます 山にハイキングをしに行きます Also, can 'ni' be replaced with 'de' in sentences such as 町(に・で)映画を見に行きます
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Nuances of 遵守 and 甘受

Can someone please elaborate on the different nuances between 遵守 and 甘受 I've seen in many sentences (like the following) that 遵守 means "to comply to; to abide by" 規則を遵守する。- Abide by/Comply ...
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Trying to understand ともなく and ともなし

I’ve understand the construction is verb(dictionary form) + ともなく To mean did something unintentionally But the I’m just a little confused when it comes to interrogative words I know the construction ...
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Readings of the word 何ぞ with meanings "what" or "why"

According to what I have understood from reading multiple sites (I hope not wrongly), when 何ぞ has the meaning "something", it is read as なんぞ. In fact, from the few times I encountered this ...
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〜など as a more formal version of 〜なんて

“〜など” is often explained as introducing vagueness such as, say “本当の自由などない” for “There is no such thing as true freedom.” whereas “〜なんて” is typically first explained as expressing scorn and strong ...
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Difference between に受ける and から受ける

From Oshi no ko chapter 142, She's reading a movie script and commented on how a character Ai appears to share some resemblance to Ruby. I have doubts about the difference between ルビーから影響を受ける and ...
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Understanding [name]も[name]よ

From Oshi no ko chapter 142, She wondered why Ruby decided to accept to take part in a kissing scene for a movie. I don't get the nuance of ルビーもルビーよ here. It literally means "Ruby is Ruby." ...
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Should I use いている?

E.g.: When I want to inform/ask someone regarding their current, would it be better to say 「今、駅にいています。」 or do I stick to 「今、駅にいます。」? I know for other verbs I should conjugate to the ~ている form but is ...
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くれ behind a sentence

Does adding くれ behind a sentence make it sound more angry/irritated?I’ve heard it in a song where it said 何も言わないでくれ with an angry tone
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とも means and usage in this context

傘もなくて、二人ともずぶ濡れ状態だ Does it relate to the first も Also is it common to add an adjective before 状態 do describe appearances
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What does 夜の街道の先 mean in this context?

並んで歩く夜の街道の先は、暗くて何も見えない 夜の街道の先 Does it mean beyond the road at night? If so how does the の mean at and can words like morning, tomorrow also be followed by の could it mean night road?
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Kuru past tense conjugation

While doing DuoLingo today, I came across a section where the app pronounced 来なかった as kinakatta. When I selected that in the dictionary on my iPhone and had it pronouce it, it also said kinakatta. ...
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Ending a sentence with っていう

I read in a grammar guide that "っていう can be used at the end of a sentence in casual language when making a point about something, especially when saying that a result is different from what you'...
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Ending a sentence with にな

Does it mean anything when a sentence ends with にな? I've come across this several times, and have listed some examples below. ああ ツイてねえことにな ヤツは扉を塞いだ 馬が通れない程度にな まるで 最初からいなかったみたいにな 生活のために 金品を借りて回ってたときにな ...
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Question about 何も [duplicate]

In the following sentence, what does なにも mean? まあ なにも隠し事があるのは 彼らだけではないからな
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Meanings and etymology of the word キザ

There's a character in this game whose bio describes him as a "キザでお調子者な優男", which I currently understand to mean "pretentious, kind man who tends to get carried away easily." ...
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Any silly Japanese sentences like the "buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo..." one in English?

I made one up, but I was wondering if there were any other good ones. The one I made up: "王を追う王を追う" (Ou wo ou ou wo ou) ("I chase the king that chases a king"). For those who don't ...
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Can you use は twice in a sentence? [duplicate]

Can you say 'アンナさんの性格は明るくなくて、少しつめたいので、新しい友達ができるのは難しいです。’ or does it sound a little awkward? Can you use は twice here in a sentence? What I'm trying to say here is that because Anna does not have a ...
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What does おんなし mean?

I came across this in a song called FoolFor日記 by Kaho Nakamura. A section of the song goes like this: 帰らんとってほしくて 変な顔やったかも ねぇ ねぇ ねぇ ねぇ 欲しい? 帰さないって言われたら 帰らへんよ もっかいおんなししよう
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Respect keigo: Why is ご利用になる OK but お料理になる isn't?

I often come across the respect keigo conjugation "ご/お + [base word] + になる" when used with する verbs. For example, a cashier might say: 「レジ袋は有料ですが、ご利用になりますか?」 However according to this ...
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What is the meaning of 日か

Full sentence: マイケルの日かは、毎朝同僚全員に前日に見たアニメの感想を話すことです。 Michael's daily routine is to tell all of his colleagues his thoughts on the anime he watched on the previous day. This sentence is from Wanikani and ...
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Is ツリ目 (slant-eyes) considered offensive at all to native Japanese, or are they basically fine with it?

In Koi wa Ameagari no You ni EP08, a guy in a conversation is trying to reference a girl, and says "前はよく一緒にいたろう。ツリ目の" (You were with them often before. The one with the slant-eyes), further ...
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Usage of 誰が in a sentence like this one

Context: The character A made B favorite's food, B is sorta tsundere and didn't want to eat this. So after B takes a bite, A said this: はは……。好きものめ。銜えただけで、顔がとろけているぞ "Haha, you really love it. Just ...
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Use of なる without an indirect object (marked by に)

One of a list of facts Harry Potter learns about Quidditch from a book: ...シーカーは普通一番小さくて速い選手がなり、大きな事故といえばシーカーに起きやすいこと、... He learnt that ... the Seeker is normally the smallest and fastest player, ...
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「ようとしている」vs.「そうになっている」についての質問です

「〜ようとする」は無意志動詞と一緒に使うと「もうすぐ〜になる(状態)」という意味になりますね。 太陽が沈もうとしている この例文の「ようとしている」を「そうになっている」に置き換えると、語感はどうなるでしょう? 太陽が沈みそうになっている 「ようとしている」と「そうになっている」 のニュアンスの違いを教えてください。
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How can I distinguish これ (this) and それ (that) in practice while learning Japanese?

I would like to learn some tips to distinguish these two words, because I'm having difficulty in understanding them while communicating with individuals; any advice is greatly appreciated. I know that ...
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Pitch accent of ~回

I have a question regarding pitch accent of 二回. As far as I am aware of ~回 accent goes ~か\い. However tokoboto and japandict shows 二回 as (に/かい) and ojad lists it as (にか\い) like I expected it to be. So ...
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俺で悪かった meaning?

Context: Two characters are about to kiss, when the guy leans in the girl stops him and says it 知ってますよね? 私こういうのしたことないって! Don't you know it? I never did these kinds of things So the guy start to ...
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「とらわれた くつじょく は はんげき の こうし だ」Would a Japanese person understand こうし in this spoken line WITHOUT kanji? [Attack on Titan]

In the legendary first opening of Shingeki no Kyojin (aka Attack on Titan), from 0:46 to 0:53, there's a line: とらわれた くつじょく は はんげき の こうし だ。 Almost all of that is easily understandable. Except for &...
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Topic particle for the location of existence [duplicate]

I read it on a grammar website that the following sentence: あかりはカバンに本があります。 can be translated like this: Akari has a book in her bag. And I was wondering if it was possible to include the word &...
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struggling to understand a sentence with であろうとしていない

I was watching 弱キャラ友崎くん 2nd STAGE episode two with Japanese subs and I could not understand this after all of my searching. This is because I need to learn more about grammar and given time, studying ...
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What is "we" (speaker and listener) in Japanese?

How do you say "we" (as in the speaker and listener) in Japanese?
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「としては」と「にしては」の違い&交換する可能?

彼女は、女性としては力が強い 上の文には「としては」を「にしては」にチェンジする可能がありますか? なかなか難しいですが、ご解説いただけますでしょうか。
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Song lyric reads 愛 as "ito"

I was listening to the Song "Miracle Maker" by Spirit of Adventure (better known as the opening song to Digimon World 3 in the Japanese version). The youtube video I was listening it to on ...
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Three different particles for same object

I am a bit confused by the sentences in the below image, especially the third one where が follows お酒. Surely お酒 is still either the topic or the object in that sentence, so why is the subject marker が ...
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How can the mentioned sentence can be shortened

文が長くて、短くする可能がありますでしょうか?(文法とか使って) data source A, B, C あります. 以下を日本語で説明したいです。 "Application should get data from source A, but if source C has data available, then it reads data from Source C, and ...
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Can a young adult woman, who is 20, call themselves 乙女 or otome?

I saw this image: This character is at least 20 years old and they refer to themselves as otome. Is this correct or can one be called that?
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Usage of 期待してくれる in a romantic context

Context: The two characters are on a date and the guy invites the girl to his home and she says "yes." Upon hearing her "yes" the guy says this 期待してくれるって思っていいの? Her answer is 。。...
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Where is the pun in 22 and "nyan"?

Can someone please explain the pun? I don't see the relation between 22 and nyan. 猫【ねこ】の鳴【な】き声【ごえ】「ニャン」の語呂合【ごろあ】わせから「猫【ねこ】の日【ひ】」とされる2月【がつ】22日【にち】を前【まえ】に、調査【ちょうさ】結果【けっか】をまとめて公表【こうひょう】した The survey ...
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This particular usage of はたまた after the subject

I sometimes encounter sentences such as: 不安ははたまた無邪気な夜に簡単に消されるのだ。 妄言はいつまで長々お喋り 公然の噂がはたまた目隠し、 それははたまた何百年後の話か? But I have no idea what “はたまた” means here. I know it can be used essentially ...
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What is written here that implies calling on the phone?

At the end of Golden Boy Episode 2, there's a message written by a girl to MC-kun. The subs say it translates to "Call me any time". But I can't make out the "call me" part in ...
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Can "当人" be used for an animal?

Context: A character is searching for a bird. Speaker: どこにも いないや 考えて みれば、広い世界で 自由にくらすほうが・・・・・。 当人のためには幸せかもね。 Does 当人 refer to the bird?
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What does あって当然のもの mean?

あって当然のものがたりない。 It's one of the meanings of 欠ける. Is "To lack a thing taken for granted" right? I don't understand あって当然のもの grammatically, though. Is あって from 有る?
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Confusing use of はじめる and how to "start being something"

In the anime 神様はじめました the first line of the opening song is 「女の子はじめました」 and -- like the title of the anime -- the last line is 「神様、はじめました」. I've seen translations like "I've started being a girl/...
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Usage of これでって時

あんな時はにいちゃん就職してすくだったよね His answer ばあちゃんと二人で年金生活苦しかったし。 やっとこれでって時だったな。。。やっと幸せにしてあげられると思ったんだけどな Two cousins are talking, the first one points out "Back, then you immediately got a job (after ...
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