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Cross-linguistically, grammatical words like に and で are often unpredictable or idiosyncratic, and you can't always explain them logically. For example, in English, we say arrive at but not *arrive to. And we say Welcome to X but not *Welcome at X. Why? No reason. It's arbitrary. It seems like the alternatives should be just as logical, but for some ...


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Both 「[映画]{えいが}で[見]{み}る」 and 「映画に見る」 are correct and natural-sounding phrases but they have fairly different meanings from each other. 「映画で見る」 is the simpler and more often used of the two. If you saw a certain thing, town, car, house, actor, etc. in a movie, you 映画で those things を見た. Those tangible objects just physically appeared on the screen and you ...


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に and で can be confusing in other uses as well, but since the example is about location, I will focus on that. に: specifies a location into/toward which a movement takes place: 部屋に入る enter the room 学校に行く go to school specifies a location where something exists (used with verbs いる, ある and 住む, but not only). Focus is on existence, not action: 彼は部屋にいる he ...


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的 makes 世界 into a 形容動詞 ("na-adjective"), which, when functioning as adverb, turns into ~的に. ~的では is simply ungrammatical.


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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 ways you suggested, this is not because they have the function of providing the same meaning with different emphasis. Neither of them inherently add any notable ...


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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 as 行く, 住む, いる, etc. — have this location marked by に. Verbs for which the location is only circumstantial (i.e. additional information) — such as 食べる, 遊ぶ, 勉強する,...


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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, there's popularity. / The singer has popularity. → The singer is popular. その選手は見込みがある。 lit. As for the player, there's prospect. / The player has ...


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I agree with user1016 that に is slightly more literary. But I think that both に and で mean a cause in this context, and に is not necessarily ruled out even in the daily conversation. I cannot pin down the exact difference between に and で, but I would like to point out that there are similar sentences where both に and で are grammatical and have almost the ...


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If you ask why a flag is waving, then you use kazede (風で). But if you are describing a flag's movement, then you use kazeni yureteiru (風に揺れている). 'De' is used for why/method etc. 'Ni' is used for describing a situation/movement etc.


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In sentence 1, に is not functioning as a time expression. It's like for or as. "I have green tea for breakfast." で when used as a time particle can indicate: the age at which something was done: 25歳で日本に行きました。At the age of 25 I went to Japan. the end point of a period of time: 1時間で宿題を終えた。I finished my homework in/after an hour. Neither of these apply in ...


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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 because of the verb ある. ~~の中に here means "[to be/exist / there's~~] among [group of people/things]" and can be used with いる, ある, etc. A few examples: 「...


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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 place where you are sitting" is "near the window", while (2) means that the place where the act of "sitting" is done is "near the window". The "point" of the ...


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朝飯に茶を飲む drink tea as breakfast 朝飯で茶を飲む drink tea at breakfast In case my English is weird, the former sounds as if the tea was the main part of the breakfast. Only drinking tea, eating nothing else, and calling it 朝飯 is not usual, I think. 朝飯にトーストを食べる sounds good, though. "朝飯のみで茶を飲む" means the speaker drinks tea while having breakfast but not during the ...


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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. It's the primary particle that marks a destination. That said, you cannot always expect a logical answer for this kind of question. You may find this ...


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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 typical case where contrastive-wa has to be used. I think there are a bit too many commas, although this is a minor problem. Corrected version: (彼女は)...


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They are different. AにXをみる means you find abstract things against something. For examples, その映画に人生の意味を見た (I found sense of the life in/out of the movie), その人にイエスを見た (I found Jesus in him/her) etc.


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I don't think this is で used as temporal particle. I would read it as でも meaning "either or", "both..." as in AでもBでも. This applies to all nouns, for example: 英語でも日本語でもOKです。 English or Japanese, both are OK. So your sentence could be translated as: 日本では昼間でも夜でもタクシーを拾うことができる。 Day or night, you can catch a taxi in Japan.


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This is a supplementary answer to compliment Chocolate's answer, written to meet the OP's request for technical reference. に vs で is covered in "A Students' Guide to Japanese Grammar" by Naomi McGloin on p62. As Chocolate indicates and this book explains: で marks the location of action, に marks the location of existence. 1) Some verbs characteristically ...


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I agree with Chocolate's answer: で shows where you are when you perform the action of making the friend, に shows where the result of the action ends up. I believe this is described in Roy Miller's "Reference Grammar of Japanese", but I have misplaced my copy. If you can find a copy of this I recommend it. Other examples of に although not quite the same: ...


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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、旅行者たちの間で人気がある I think we native speakers are also confused about things like this because we are using them without knowing the grammar, but I ...


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You use に for a locative case that modifies some kinds of verbs including ある, as you say, so the example sentence goes "…の中に あって" and "どこにでも…ある. However, you basically use で for locative case in general. Now, suppose you are trying to modify the whole closes of 建物の中にあって and どこにでも…ある instead of mere あって and ある with some locative case, you'd use で according ...


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As Szymon says, you have not given an appropriate example: In your sentence でも is being used to give two options but で can be used to indicate when something finishes or a duration: -> finishing time: 仕事は5時で終わります。 My work finishes at 5pm. You could also use に but whereas に is a more general particle that gives the time at which an event occurs (ie ...


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Additional Info I've always thought that if you use ある, you have to use に. I learned recently that this is sometimes wrong. There's a case where using X に or X で depends on what X is. For example: Aセンターで大きなコンサートがある。○ Aセンターに大きなコンサートがある。▽ で is correct here because コンサート is an event. 5階建ビルにオフィスが5つある。(オフィス: Since an office is tangible, に is more ...


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