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What role does だと play in this sentence?

The copula だ and the quoting particle と. と is used to repeat something someone has said, or what was written somewhere. English uses quotative markers: 'He asked you: "What is a quote?"'. I ...
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あるか確認 vs あるかを確認

Both are grammatical, and it's a matter of preference to a certain degree. Generally speaking, が/を at the end of an embedded question before a verb is usually omitted unless you want to emphasize the ...
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Understanding 時間があるか分かりません

時間があるか分かりません。 You are parsing it incorrectly. Here the subject is omitted, but if restored it should be the speaker themself. 時間があるか is what's known as an embedded question. For more on embedded ...
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Can 何か be a question word?

Can 何か be a question word? 何か here is not a question word. (「何 + か」 can be a question word in different structures.) [何]{なに}か here means "something". 「~か何か」 = "~~ or something similar" "~~ or ...
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Role of か in this sentence

The basic structure of this sentence is: 日本刀と他の刀との違いはXです。 The difference between Japanese swords and other swords is (in) X. The "is" in the translation simply corresponds to the copula です ...
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Can someone help break down this sentence どこにあるか知っていますか?

どこにあるか is an embedded question: Where is it? 知っていますか is the main sentence: Do you know? Putting these two together, you get Do you know where it is?
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Question about the particular use of 'か'

Grammatically speaking, か in Sentence 1 and か in Sentence 2 are a bit different. In Sentence 1, か is simply like "or". In this case, the second か is optional, but is usually omitted in modern ...
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VかV-negか vs. V | V-neg vs. Vかどうか

All of the forms that you have listed have the same effective meaning and are interchangeable, so long as they follow the proper context. Cross-searching these examples on Weblio, they are pretty much ...
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Role of か in this sentence

I would parse it this way: The difference between Japanese swords and other swords is this: How much do they care about "how beautiful are the ripples and iron?"? And since this way there ...
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Usage of で after embedded question

I think the で is indicating the method/way the 5 levels are determined. From 大辞泉 6 動作・作用の手段・方法・材料などを表す。…を使って。「電話で連絡する」「テレビで知ったニュース」「紙で作った飛行機」 「この御馬―宇治河のまっさき渡し候ふべし」〈平家・九〉 The examples don't have an ...
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か in その日も彼は、森の人々が町にやってきて悪さをしないか、森の見回りをしていた

You need to complement an appropriate verb after か, like to see/check/verify if. So the sentence means That day he was patrolling around the woods to see if the people there come to town and behave ...
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How to Use a Relative Clause with か in this sentence?

どのように〜するかの策 is grammatically correct but sounds a bit clumsy. It would sound more natural if you removed の and let the clause ending with か modify the verb. (Not completely sure how it is explained ...
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What's the role of the embedded question in this sentence?

サイズが合うかどうか is not the topic of the sentence because inserting は does not make sense to me. And it's not the object of 着る, either (you correctly described why). This か-clause is not tightly connected ...
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Volitional form + かと

You are right in thinking そうかと is そうかと思って. The relevant meanings of か are the following 4 勧誘・依頼の意を表す。「そろそろ行こう―」「手伝っていただけません―」 7 引用した句の意味やある事実を確かめ、自分自身に言い聞かせる意を表す。「急がば回れ―」「そろそろ寝るとする―」 The particular ...
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Embedded Questions

I know the former is more literal, but I find it a bit difficult to understand. The latter is far easier to understand, but it has completely lost the nuance of "presuppose". Your second attempt looks ...
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How to treat embedded questions and が

The が here emphasises what comes before it. You could imagine it as a response to a question: Speaker A: 何かが分かりませんか。 "Is there something that you don't understand?" Speaker B: ...
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How to treat embedded questions and が

In our daily conversation, we tend to omit が and を. For example, we write ケーキを食べますか? but we say ケーキ食べますか? It is the same for できるかどうか分かりません and できるかどうかが分かりません. The former is casual and the latter is ...
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