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Why is the て-form being used before ん?

誰探してんの is a contracted form of 誰探してるの, which in turn is a contracted form of 誰(を)探しているの ("Who are you looking for?", notice the progressive form). More generally: ている contracts to てる. (See ...
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Why can だって have so many meanings?

1 and 2 are conjunctive だって used at the beginning of a sentence. 買わなかったよ。だって、高かったんだ。 I didn't buy it. [After all / Because] it was expensive. 「買えって言ったでしょう?」「だって、高かったんだ。」 "Didn't I tell you ...
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Meaning of ちはース

This is just "Hi". こんちゃ/こんちわ/ちわ/ちは/etc is a very casual version of こんにちは. Of course this は is pronounced "wa". For "ーす", see: What does っす at the end of a sentence mean? Jisho.org also has an entry ...
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How to say "Ok, then I take X" after your first choice is not available

For casual, which is acceptable as a client I would go with じゃあ、カレーにします。 If you want to be more polite then それなら、カレーにします。 じゃあ means : then; well; so; well then それなら means : if that's the ...
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Omission of く in negative form of い-adjective

There are at least three types of omission of く, which should be distinguished. The "traditional western" euphoric change is called ウ音便 and is described in this question, this one and a chart in this ...
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What does the letter 'P' at the end of an author's pseudonym mean?

That P (simply read ピー) stands for プロデューサー ("Producer"). Traditionally, P has been used like a name suffix for a super-high executive in the showbiz/broadcasting/anime industry (someone even ...
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What is the informal equivalent of いいえ

いえ is definitely used informally for いいえ, though it's not super casual. More casual options include いや, ううん, or 違う. That being said, you don't necessarily need a word that means 'no'; you can reply to ...
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What is the non-slurred version for 叫んどんねん? 叫んでおらない?

叫んどんねん is short for 叫んどるねん, which is short for 叫んでおるねん, which is 叫んでいるんだ(よ) said in Osaka-ben. There is no negation. おる is used instead of いる in many western dialects to denote progressive aspect. ...
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Use of さ as a filler

First, your example, 私さスタバへさ行ったさ, sounds funny because: 行った is a 終止形, so attaching a filler after it sounds weird. True sentence-end さ exists, but it has a different function and tone. さ in 行ってさ ...
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What is the role of というか at the beginning of sentence?

というか っていうか ってか, てか とゆーか, とゆうか, とゆっか ってゆーか, ってゆうか, ってゆっか ちゅーか, ちゅうか つーか, つうか, っつうか つか, っつか These are all variants of というか. They have many roles. Used to make the sentence less certain: "kind of&...
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What does the word 「かまっちって」mean?

かまっち is just the name of a monster in DQ9 (かま is 鎌, and -っち is a kind of suffix). って is a colloquial version of という. かまっちって魔物 monster called Kamatchi
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What's the difference between 自転車 and チャリ?

To refer to bicycles: 自転車: The formal word for bicycles. It includes so-called 電動自転車 (electric-assisted bicycles), but does not include motorcycles with petrol-powered engines. チャリ: A common slang ...
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What's the story behind 小間物屋を開く = to vomit?

As the link in the comment indicates 小間物屋 is a vendor who sells a lot of things like cosmetics, everyday goods, etc. They often displays their goods in very spread out manner on a cloth (風呂敷). You can ...
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What does the phrase 「~てしんぜよう」 mean?

てしんぜよう means "I'll do you a favor", and it is a stereotypical phrase associated with samurais. Generally, it gives an arrogant impression (or, at least it signals that the speaker genuinely ...
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When can 「お前」be endearing?

First of all, the term お前 itself never suddenly inverts to become a word inherently filled with positive endearment. It's simply that it's not polite, and that the absence of politeness sometimes ...
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rationale of するんじゃない as informal negative imperative

Obviously it's not grammatical imperative, but the construction functions as order when used by somebody's betters (senior, superior etc.) to strongly admonish them. If I can ignore context, "You don'...
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Why do people say 'Iru?' alone?

いる? is a colloquial way of asking "Want some?" (or "You there?"). Of course colloquial speech is free to break the usual grammar rules, but even in standard Japanese grammar both object and subject ...
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What does the word 「まかせとき」mean?

まかせとき! I think it's Kansai-ben pronunciation for [任]{まか}せておけ / 任せとけ. Here in Kyoto/Osaka, we often say things like... 「まかしとき(ー)」 or 「まかせとき(ー)」 for 「任せておけ」 「おいとき(ー)」 for 「置いておけ」 「やめとき(ー)」 for 「...
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Is 'うつさい' equivalent to 'うるさい' in this context? Why?

It's 'うっさい' in this context and it's a colloquial style of 'うるさい'.
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Are there trends in Japanese similar to Pig Latin or Martian Chinese?

An interesting slang communication system that's been around since 2009 is Pseudo-Chinese ([偽中国語]{にせちゅうごくご}), which is basically Japanese sentences stripped of all kana (although critical kana content ...
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Grammatical correctness of 〜好きくない

好きくない is indeed not proper grammar. It is sometimes used by children (and hence in fiction for children or childlike characters), reanalyzing 好き which should be a na-adjective 好き(な) as an i-adjective *...
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What is the meaning of バカにはええじゃないか?

I think it might be "バカにはやいじゃないか", where "はええ" is a twisted pronunciation of "はやい". And the sentence means "(You came back) very early, didn't you"
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What does the word「なさんな」mean?

あわてなさんな ≂ あわてるな "No hurry" "Don't panic" なさんな is a contracted pronunciation of なさるな. なさるな consists of: literary honorific 「なさる」 + negative imperative final particle 「な」.
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Meaning of「なんじゃって」

Your first interpretation is correct. In Tokyo metropolitan dialect, ……では is contracted as ……じゃ and ないか in ……じゃないか can be omitted (usually denoted with a ellipsis). Therefore, 「好きなんじゃ……」って思うかな in ...
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