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What is the meaning of 「読むには読んだ」?

「読むには読んだ」 means 'skimmed' a book. You quickly ran through the book, but not intensively. "VるにはVた" means "If I were forced to answer if I did it or not, I did it (but not intensively / seriously)." ...
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Why is Katakana not pronounced Katagana?

This phenomenon is called 連濁 (rendaku). The basic rules for rendaku can be found in the following question, so please take a look at it first: Rules or criteria for 連濁: Voiced or unvoiced syllables ...
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Different meanings of こわい

怖い indeed means both "to be scary" and "to be scared" depending on the context. You may feel this is insane, but English has similar examples, too, so let me explain about this first. In English, "I ...
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Standard mathematical operations, expressed in Japanese

First of all, let me assume: You're only interested in the simple four operations (+, -, *, /) and brackets ( ) Multiplication and division have higher priority, e.g., 1 + 2 * 3 is 7, not 9 Of course ...
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I think that she thinks that I think she is dumb

How about... I think she is dumb. 彼女のことをバカだと僕は思っている。 ↓ She thinks that I think she is dumb. 彼女のことをバカだと僕が思っていると彼女は思っている。 ↓ I think that she thinks that I think she is dumb. ...
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Why can't だ be used after an I-adjective?

だ is the plain-form copula (the "is; to be" word). In the plain form, い adjectives already form a complete predicate (the piece of a sentence or clause that can complete that sentence or clause). In ...
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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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What's the difference between なさい and てください / でください?

Grammatically speaking: 「continuative form (連用形) + なさい」 is for telling / ordering someone to do something. なさい is the honorific form of the imperative "しろ (or せよ)". (In other words, なさい is the ...
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Should: ほうがいい、べき、ことだ

ほうがいい Is used to say that out of a number of possibilities the stated one is preferable. お菓子を食べすぎないほうがいい It would be best if you didn't eat too many sweets. ことだ(です) Is used to say that ...
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What is the たんだ in と思ってたんだ for the sentence in question?

思ってたんだ is a progressive-past form followed by explanatory-の. So it translates to "(It is that) I was thinking ~". Here's the breakdown: 思う: to think 思っている: to be thinking (progressive) 思っていた: was ...
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What form is あり?

The old 終止形 of ある was あり. That means that you could end sentences with あり. Nowadays, あり is to be considered as the antonym of なし. 保育園あり -- There is a nursery 保育園なし -- There is no nursery
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Why can't だ be used after an I-adjective?

Grammatically speaking, there really are no adjectives in Japanese. i-adjectives are just special verbs. i-adjectives have many of the same inflections as do verbs, and they fulfill a grammatical role ...
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Is なんです the same as んです?

I think you have a few things mixed up. Let's start with んです. This is not just one thing. It's two: ん+です where ん is just short for the nominalizer の. Generally, this may be untranslatable when ...
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Can を used with だ/です? 君沢さんを犯人だと思い込む

AをBだ in isolation makes little sense (although there are minor exceptions). This ~を~だと is a common pattern which appears along with various verbs for assuming, regarding, etc. AをBだと見なす to regard A as ...
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How does the particle を relate to the verb 行く in the structure「A を + B に行く」?

The verb is 行{おこな}う not 行く。 They both conjugate to 行った in the past tense so it can look confusing, but as you have just experienced, the context can make it clear which one it is. ...
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Difference between だろうか and ではないだろうか

In the descending order of certainty: ~だろう = "I think (some clause)." The speaker thinks the clause is probably (or almost certainly) true. ~ではないだろうか = "I think (some clause), isn't it?" The speaker ...
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Why does なんてね mean "Just kidding"?

なんて is an informal word that is used after some phrase and implies it is not important. Usage of なんて and なんか as emphasis Basically when you're kind of ignoring the importance of, or even slightly ...
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Is the sentence "何でも忘れた" correct?

何でも generally means “any (one) thing”, not “everything”. 何でもいい → Anything is good. 何でも忘れる → He forgets anything (he gets told). 何でもできる → He can do anything. 全部できる → He can do everything (= all of the ...
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かわりもしますよ what is the meaning of this も?

This type of も does not mean "also". In this case, it adds the nuance of "of course", "it's only natural" or "it's no wonder". It is used with something that ...
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When on earth do you use ごろ (goro)?

In English, ~ぐらい and ~ごろ mean about, around, approximately. ~ぐらい is used for approximate quantities, which include duration. このXはいくらぐらいですか。About how much is this X? そのXは500円ぐらいです。 That X is about ...
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~たいだとか why is there a だ here?

だ between a verb/i-adjective and と/とか/なんて/etc adds an accusatory and/or shocked tone. In this case, this だ implies words like 死にたい and 愛を伝えたい are inappropriate because they are 軽々しい. From 明鏡国語辞典: ...
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