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Should 私の be omitted?

Since this is a formal statement, it's better to keep 私の. But people can understand the sentence without it because they know it's your profile. What's worse about your sentence is that your sentence ...
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Question about the phrase 心配いりません

心配いりません is the same as 心配はいりません (literally "worry is not needed"), but は is omitted. Here 心配 is a simple noun meaning "worry" or "anxiety". Suru-verbs are essentially nouns followed by する ("to do"), ...
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Is a sentence ending with "か……。" a question or a questionative statement?

The correct term is rhetorical question, and yes, in this case it is a rhetorical question. Also there is no "why" in the Japanese sentence. Japanese people often use か like that, especially ...
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What's the difference between って and って言ってた

Both って and と are quotative particles and are grammatically interchangeable. While the former is colloquial and casual, the latter is not particularly formal nor casual (and it's thus "safer"...
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What is the meaning of 「いや、知っていて」 in this sentence?

To me it reads as though いや、知っていて is the author changing his mind mid-sentence: "Even without knowing his daughter's feelings.. no, even knowing them... this is a Hiroshi who has no problem saying ...
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Meaning of "何もそこまで"

This 何も here (which I will call the "protestive 何も") should be differentiated from the 何も meaning "(not) any". First, the pitch accents are different (at least in standard Japanese)...
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Why can't I shorten 僕の好きな本は to 僕のは?

You could have said 僕は春の雪です instead, although this is colloquial and some teacher might still want to correct it, depending on their stance or your level of Japanese. This type of sentence is ...
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どの言葉がなくなったのですか Which words are missing?

例の文章は省略された言い回しのようなものですけれども、強調されている言葉は「やさしい」です。そして、「やさしい」について考えますと、「誰にとってやさしいのか、何にとってやさしいのか」という疑問が自然に頭の中に浮かんできます。この観点から見ますと、「人に​[作]{●}[ら]{●}[れ]{●}[た]{●}​」のではなく、「何々​[の]{●}[た]{●}[め]{●}[に]{●}​」でもなく、「何々に​[...
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はね。。。at the end of a sentence

The sentence in question is a "partial" sentence in which the main verb is omitted. Similar things happen very often in English, too: よく来たの? Did [you] come (here) often? うん、お父さんがまだ生きてる頃はね......
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Use of どんな with no following noun

大辞泉 lists どんな as 形動=na-adjective, according to which どんなだった is a totally grammatical plain usage. For the particular case, どんな人だった sounds like referring to the personality (the person was gentle or ...
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「もっと早く仕掛けられた」「言ってることが陸上選手だ」

In this case "もっと早く仕掛けられた" means much the same thing as "もっと早く仕掛けられたはずだ" ('I could have moved in sooner'). Even though it lacks an irrealis marker like "たら" or "はず&...
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心配する with implied object

I think one way to see the problem here is to focus on the restrictions when using と to mean "if". In particular, the restriction that what comes after と should not be a volitional sentence. ...
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Colloquial contraction “出しゃ[あ]”

出しゃあ is a contraction of 出せば. Compare すれば → すりゃ, 書けば → 書きゃ, 死ねば → 死にゃ, ..., that is //eba// → //ʲa//. The extra あ could be seen as a lengthening to compensate for the lost mora. (See also 手えふった - ...
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Meaning of ...ていいから and other puzzles

Translating loosely: Matsusaka steak for me? Dear, don't bother about me. Don't bother shopping for me. Don't bother with Matsusaka beef. おかあさん literally means mother, but oftentimes you'll hear ...
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Meaning of "何もそこまで"

(1)ものすごく酸っぱい梅干しを食べたみたいに顏をしかめて、猛烈に残念がった友蔵{ともぞう} に、「何もそこまで」とおかあさんが、みんなの気持ちを代表して、ボンっとつぶやいた。 If you omit modifiers in sentence (1), a sentence would remain as: (2) 残念がった友蔵{ともぞう}に、「何もそこまで」...
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What does the 「をな」mean in this sentence?

It's two particles; を happens to be followed by な. を is a plain object marker, but apparently it marks an object in the previous sentence. Is there a transitive verb without a corresponding object in ...
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どうしてもね potential meaning

It sounds to me as it's B responding. The どうしてもね means "I had to" or "I couldn't help but to" [due to the preceding reasons.] Basically they are saying their opposition to the technology was forced ...
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Ellipsis of の particle

The omission of の works great in book names, organization names and such. (Similar things happen also in English, e.g. "United Nations Human Settlements Programme"). But please note that it ...
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Understanding questions with ommited words

i think i found the short story you’re referring to. what you’ve quoted is from the summary of the story. though in my opinion it reads more like a teaser. the genre is horror or suspense. (...
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Use of どんな with no following noun

This predicative usage of どんな is not very common. Though it seems grammatical, どんなだった sounds to me a bit colloquial. I don’t think I have ever said it in my life. From a very practical point of view, ...
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Use of なる without an indirect object (marked by に)

Your understanding is basically fine. なり is 連用形 of なる (to become) and used as 連用中止 (e.g this question). As for the structure, it is essentially the same as the following. What is the に doing in「...
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どの言葉がなくなったのですか Which words are missing?

たいていの人は、ぱっと見てこれは[倒置]{とうち}(inversion, anastrophe)だと認識すると思います。 「やさしいかわ ひとに ちきゅうに」 (倒置が起こっている) ← 「ひとに、ちきゅうに、やさしいかわ」(もとの語順) 「人にも地球にも優しい革」、「人間にも環境にも優しい革」という意味です。 「~に優しい」は、"to be kind to (someone)" ...
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