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Why can't I say 「電車に遅刻する」?

To be fair, if you Google that phrase you can actually find a small number of examples of seemingly native speakers using it. They may be using it as a slightly more formal variant of 遅れる, and it is ...
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Why can't I say 「電車に遅刻する」?

You have some good answers to your exact question with your exact sentences at HiNative and Đáp Án. I'll quote them here. HiNative (translation from Japanese and emphasis mine): 「授業に遅刻してすみません」is ...
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What is とりあえず doing in this sentence?

Listing "at once" or "right away" as a translation for とりあえず may be misleading. Typically, とりあえず is used to make a tentative conclusion or suggestion, indicating that the ...
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Does 車輪 really mean tire as well as (vehicle)wheel?

I think Wanikani is being colloquial and a little loose in its translation. Whether that's forgivable, or an inexcusable meaning error, really depends on your use case for the translation. Reading ...
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What meaning does 覚え have in ~る覚えはない?

It's basically a duplicate of the linked question, but supplementing the answer, present tense + 覚えはない is used in "it's none of your business"/"stepping over the line" situation. ...
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How best to translate this もう?

Yes, that’s what it is. And English does have a “positive anymore”; it could be used to say “I’ll be passing my tests anymore”. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Positive_anymore?wprov=sfti1#
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Meaning of はっきりせんかい

~ん is an alternative negative form to ~ない, derived from the old ~ぬ form. する became せぬ with that negative, so せん roughly equals しない. In fiction it's often associated with older, strong-willed speakers. ...
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Can 財布を無くしました be interpreted as 無くする instead of 無くす?

Modern Japanese speakers should always stick to the godan verb なくす. Unless that flashcard app deals with rare vocabulary that is well beyond the JLPT N1 level, it's safe to consider that information a ...
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What is とりあえず doing in this sentence?

I'm a native speaker and I wouldn't have stopped to ask that question myself but I don't know how to answer it when asked. Let me try anyway. Without とりあえず, it would sound like that music was the best ...
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What does せいっ/セイッ mean?

セイ is just another かけ声 meaning nothing in particular. It's one of the variations of "Arrrgh!", "Ha!" or "Hi-yah!", and it has nothing to do with "Say", 性, 勢, ...
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Other meaning of 可愛い?

This entry from the goo dictionary lists 4 meanings for 可愛い, of which the first 3 translates to "cute". The fourth meaning: 4 かわいそうだ。ふびんである。 sort of means "someone that is treated ...
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Is there a difference between these words for “hero”?

I was thinking about this old question recently. 勇者 as 'hero' may seem confusing to people who aren't big into pop culture, but in fantasy, especially fantasy video games (I think Dragon Quest may ...
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Meaning and usage of 刺激(しげき)?

The word 刺激 (shigeki) in Japanese indeed primarily means "stimulation" or "stimulus." However, like many words in any language, its meaning can extend beyond the direct translation ...
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What does 年頃 mean in terms of marrigeable age and adulthood?

お年頃 in this context refers to the age or period which one gains interest in dating or finding romantic partners.
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What is とりあえず doing in this sentence?

While とりあえず is a fixed expression, normally written out in kana, I think the etymology offers useful clues here. The kanji are 取 and 敢. The latter doesn't seem to correspond to be used as a plain verb ...
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