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The difference between に and で when focusing on location vs. action

I think you seem to be a little confused about the respective functions of に and で. While it's true that their use in the sentences you provided could be seen as altering the emphasis in some of the ...
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The use of で and に with 座る

For 座る, the place where (or object on which) one sits is marked with に. I would say that ~の近くで座る is unnatural ~の近くに座る is natural. Explanation Verbs which are inherently linked to a location — such ...
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Which verb fits in 庭に木をもう一本_?

で marks your location when the verb is being performed. You can be in the garden when you plant a tree and when you cut down a tree. So, if it were 庭で, either verb would be fine. に (amongst many other ...
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紙に書きます or 紙で書きます – which is correct?

Because this で is interpreted as "with" which marks a "method", as in 鉛筆で書く (to write with a pencil). So 紙で書きます is unnatural. However, 家で書きます makes sense. This で is interpreted as "at" which marks "...
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The use of で and に with 座る

English (1) 窓{まど}の近くに座っています。 (2) 窓{まど}の近くで座っています。 I'll answer the question based on the explanation here. Both (1) and (2) are correct. However, the nuance is slightly different. (1) means "the ...
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when to use 〜の中で、中には

You use locative に ("[to be/exist / there's ~~] in [place]") with verbs ある, いる, 住む, 泊まる, etc., eg: お金は銀行にあります。 山田さんは東京にいる。 Hence your second example: ここの蔵書の中には、お金で買えない貴重な本もあるんだって。 に is used ...
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Why is で used instead of に alongside ある?

そのホテルは安くて清潔なので、旅行者たちの間で人気がある。 The sentence sounds perfectly natural with で. 旅行者たちの間 is not the place 人気 exists. Actually, 人気 is present in そのホテル. Compare: その歌手は人気がある。 lit. As for the singer, ...
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What does 「で」mean in 「試合で 失敗しました」? Why not use 「に」?

X に失敗する means "fail to X" or "fail to achieve success in X", in other words, your objective is met with failure trying to do X. Otherwise, it just means intransitive fail, or "...
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What is the difference between ところに/へ and ところで?

A simple explanation about the difference between ところに/へ and ところで is that the former takes not only time but space aspect of an event into consideration. X ところで Y: Y at the same moment X happens X ...
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use of に or で for 寄ってください as a location particle

As for 待つ, it's always used with で. I don't know when to use に. As for 寄る, に is used in the same way as ~に行く ("go to ~"), ~に来る ("come to ~"), ~に向かう ("head to ~"), ~に送る ("send (something) to ~"), etc. ...
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What does '家に、とてもおしゃべりですが、学校に、ぜんぜん話しません' translate to?

As a place marker, you have to use で instead of these two に. に is used with motion verbs (such as 行く, 来る, 動く) and verbs that describes existence (such as いる, ある, 住む). See: Particles: に vs. で This is a ...
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Why is で used instead of に alongside ある?

I am wondering as to why で was used after 間 instead if に as I would expect because it is talking about popularity being present. What is the general definition for this usage of で? そのホテルは安くて清潔なので、...
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Usage of に or で in the following sentence

私は車の中に座っている is more natural. When you use the verb 座る, the particle に is used to mark the thing on/in which the sitting is happening. I can understand your confusion because 座る is a tricky example. ...
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Is there a difference in using で and に in these two example sentences?

When a word takes で even without 以外, it still takes で with 以外: 現金以外で支払えますか? 東京以外で働きたい。 炊飯器以外でお米を炊く方法 Notice that we can say 現金で支払う, 東京で働く, 炊飯器でお米を炊く. This explains 病気などの理由以外で, too (理由 safely takes で)...
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紙に書きます or 紙で書きます – which is correct?

Edited: Only 紙に書きます is correct, when you mean "write on paper". 紙で書きます is by no means a normal saying. This is because when they are used to indicate a location, で means "static" place while に means "...
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Why is に marking time and not で?

Target of the verb is one of many usages of particle に. It is also used to mark a place, a point in time, originator of action in passive sentences and more While dictionary is not a primary source ...
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What's the difference between に and で when speaking of time of an action?

(1) 朝ご飯を食べた後にテレビを見る。 (2) 朝ご飯を食べた後でテレビを見る。 I think it is a very interesting question. (+1) There are various answers about the difference between "に" and "で", but I'll answer the difference only ...
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Difference between では and には when the final verb is still ある?

I think the crucial point here is that both では and には have a meaning and life on their own, independent of what verb the phrase contains. "xでは" conveys "as for x", and "xには" conveys "in x": "アメリカではA、...
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