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日本語能力試験. The Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT), a standardized test used to measure Japanese language skill.

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Difference between 抜きにして and 抜きでは

In my JLPT N2 book I'm learning the grammar point 抜きにして. I'm trying to understand the nuance between using 抜きにして and 抜きでは when discussing not being able to do something without a person. One of the ...
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What’s the difference between 始まっている最中に and 始まろうとしているとき in this context?

I am currently studying for the JLPT N2, and I am confused about the answer for this particular practice question: 会議が(   )リンさんが慌てて入ってきた。 I put 始まっている最中に as the answer, but my textbook tells me that ...
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~するもの vs ~すること grammar difference N3 [duplicate]

I'm studying for taking the JLPT N3 and I've run across this exercise: この用紙は必ず黒か青のペンで記入する(_____) Between the possible answers I had these two: もの and こと. I chose もの but the correct answer is こと. ...
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あからさま: difference with 明らか and its connotation

I was working on a mock JLPT question requiring me to choose one best option where あからさま is used correctly: 1 お酒を飲んだので顔があからさまになっている。 2 あの勝負はあからさまな八百長だ。 3 言い訳をしても事実はあからさまだ。 4 この料理はあからさまに美味しい。 I think ...
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What would be the difference between 書こう and 書きよう when used in this sentence?

EDIT: Apparently I read the answers wrong, and the correct answer is actually the one I chose, i.e. 書こうにも. Then my question would be focused on the difference between these two forms. I guess in this ...
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Difference between ~てばかりいる and ~てばかりだ?

Can anyone please explain the nuances between ~てばかりいる and ~てばかりだ? I've come across several sentences like: カップラーメンを食べてばかりです。 カップラーメンを食べてばかりいます。 and ゲームをしてばかりだ。 ゲームをしてばかりいる。 but don't understand ...
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What is the right order of this sentence? (JLPT N2 practice question)

From Shin Kanzen Master JLPT N2: 新しい店をオープンする _ _ _* _ かたまってきた。 1 の 2 ようやく 3 にあたって 4 方針が The right answer at the starred position is 4. One arrangement I thought might make this answer work is: ...
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「いただきます」 to accept to a food offer?

In this JLPT N3 audio practice question (#3), the correct reply to the statement is 3. コーヒー、もう一杯いかがですか。 けっこうだと思います。 おかげさまで。 いただきます。 If the question translates as "How about another cup of ...
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What's the difference between としたところで and にしたところで and how to use it in a "positive" way

「A に/としたところで B」 is really confusing me. According to my textbook the difference seems to be that にしたところで is used with nouns while everything else takes としたところで。 According to this website, however, ...
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How to differentiate between the usage of the words 'yobi'「曜日」and 'nichi'「日」?

I know that yobi means 'day' of the week and 'nichi' means 'date' I want to translate-> What day is it tomorrow? Which is the correct translation? -> Ashita wa nan yobi desu ka? Ashita wa nan ...
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Time and duration problem from "Nihongo So-Matome N3 - Listening"

One of the questions from Nihongo So-Matome N3 - Listening: 男【おとこ】の人【ひと】と女【おんな】の人【ひと】が話し【はなし】ています。男【おとこ】の人【ひと】は、明日【あす】何時【なんじ】ごろ家【いえ】を出ます【でます】か。 女【おんな】:明日【あした】の飛行機【ひこうき】、何時【なんじ】? 男【おとこ】:えーと、16時半【じはん】...
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Difference between ないからこそ and もいないんだから in practice question

I haven't made sense of the answer to the following question. 試験の点が悪かったことを母に伝えると、「ちゃんと勉強( ) 、良い点をとろうなんて無理でしょう」と言われてしまった。 a) してはいけないのに b) していないからこそ c) してもいないんだから d) しようとしていながら The correct answer ...
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Understanding 「たった三十分のあいだに、高木の変わり様といったらなかった。」

たった三十分のあいだに、高木の変わり様といったらなかった。 I'm not at all clear on the translation or nuance here. Source is a NLPT N1 grammar question. Confusion #1: The use of に in 「たった三十分のあいだに」. If the translation is "in ...
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Question about 際 usage in Shinkansen Master N2

Studying for the JLPT N2, I came across the following question in the Shinkansen Master Grammar book. ( ) 際は、こちらのテーブルをお使いいただけます。 a) お食事の b) ご飯を食べる c) お一人様の I thought that a) and b) are good enough ...
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Is this ~もので a grammar pattern?

I came across this JLPT N1 sentence: 人生はなにが幸いするかわからないもので、たぶん、あれはあれでよかったんじゃないかと思う。 My literal translation: Life is a thing in which we don't know what will prove fortunate, but I think this is ...
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ほど translation in this sentence

How to translate this ストレスの多い人ほどよく夢を見る ? Could someone give me full translation of this whole question ? I currently understand that ほど in this context is used to show an extent but I can't translate ...
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Reading comprehension N3

Firstly, I want to say that my English is not good. So, sorry in advance if it's confusing . The answer is 1,4,5 But, I want to ask about choice 3. このマンションを借りる場合、敷金は3か月前に払わなければならない -> I translated ...
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What is the difference between くらい~はない & ほど~はない?

リーさんぐらい動物好きな人はいない。 リーさんほど動物好きな人はいない。 What is the difference between these two sentences.
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Why does one have to use ながら instead of つつ in this sentence?

I'm going through an exercise book to prepare for the N2 exam, and I got confused by this question: _たばこを吸わないでよ There are choices for 歩きつつ and 歩きながら, and the answer is 歩きながら. What's the difference ...
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Conjugations of verb for sample JLPT question

One of the multiple choice questions in a book I was reading was as follows: まどを_____. はい、おねがいします。 a) 開けましょうか b) 開けてもいいですか c) 開けなさい d) 開けてくれませんか I selected b) as the answer, but ...
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Question about ね particle

I've been doing some JLPT5 grammar practice , and I came across the following dialogue fragment: A:『勉強はどうですか』B:『そうですね。』. The reason I'm confused is I thought 『ね』 was employed as a way to seek ...
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一度やると言った◯◯、何があってもやりますよ。What should be included in 〇〇?

This is one of the JLPT questions that I am not sure about (again...). 一度{いちど}やると言った◯◯、何があってもやりますよ。 A. からといって  B. からで  C. からでないと  D. からには For A. からといって, I understand that it can mean "just ...
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昨夜は風が強かった〇〇、庭の木の葉が全部落ちている。What should be included in 〇〇?

While practicing for the upcoming JLPT exam, I came across this question 昨夜は風が強かった〇〇、庭の木の葉が全部落ちている。 A. はずで  B. たびに  C. によって  D. とみえて For B. たびに, I understand that it should be used for ...
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Choosing correct response to 何か質問はありませんか? (Nanika shitsumon wa arimasenka?)

What is the correct response to the question: 何か質問はありませんか? (Nanika shitsumon wa arimasenka?) Available options are: はい、そうです。 (Hai sou desu.) はい、ありません。 (Hai arimasen.) いいえ、あります。 (...
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JLPT N1 practice question: Usage of この辺で

Taken from https://japanesetest4you.com/japanese-language-proficiency-test-jlpt-n1-listening-exercise-6/, question 4. Select the most appropriate response: では、そろそろ新年会もこの辺でお開きにしましょうか。 ああ、この場所がいいですね。 ...
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Japanese N1 practice questions help

Taken from question 4 and 5 of this URL: https://japanesetest4you.com/japanese-language-proficiency-test-jlpt-n1-listening-exercise-5/ QUESTION 4: The audio starts with: あ~ぁ、やってらんないよなあ。 I usually ...
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文の組み立て JLPT N1 Question about word order

I am currently practicing for the N1 JLPT, where the questions require us to assemble the sentences in the correct order. Although the book provides the correct answer, it doesn't provide the correct ...
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JLPT N1 listening question: Confused about sequence of events

There is a JLPT N1 listening practice question from a third-party website, and I believe its answer is incorrect, but want to make sure. The script is copied below. 農園で男の人が農業体験の参加者に話しています。...
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What does んだもん mean and is used for?

I am currently studying for the JLPT N3 exam and I come across the following rule that I don't really understand. んだもん Although it is not identic, according to this link ~もん is Used to reply ...
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Difference between ようか・まいか and ようが・まいが

So I'm cramming for the N1 test next week and doing grammar exercises in the 日本語パワードリル book. I come across the following question and felt fairly confident in my answer: 友人に真実を_________ 悩んでいる。 ...
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すっごいレンジの音がしてるのが気になる。What does the second の mean in this sentence?

すっごいレンジの音がしてるのが気になる。 What does the second の mean in this sentence?
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Sentence order: Where to put もう

This is the sentential question I found in Sou Matome : 母親「さあ、もうねなさい。」 こども「この_ _ * _ ちょっとまって。」 A. おわる、B. もう、C. ゲームが、D.まで I answered: ゲームがもう終わるまでちょっとまって。 but the answer is : ...
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Confusing translation? 「不慣れな思いをするのは私一人で十分ですよ」

Taken from the linked short passage about living away from one's family for work. I copied the trouble sentence below with the sentences immediately before and after. https://www.mlcjapanese.co.jp/...
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JLPT N3 task explanation

I have been solving the grammar tasks for JLPT N3. I have made a mistake in the following question. お金をいただいてからでないと、商品はお渡し(    )。 ーします ーできます ーなりません ーできません I know the right answer is できません, but I ...
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い adjective + くて + verb

I encountered this sentence: おなかがいたくてたべられません and got confused with くて. Isn't it used for adding いadjectives? Why is it followed by a verb in the example given? Can I use いたく instead? How will it ...
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Nominalized verb without の or こと

I saw this: アンさんはべんきょうをおしえるひとです。 Is this a correct sentence? I got confused with おしえる人. I thought we cannot follow a verb with another noun without nominalizing it with either の or こと. Should ...
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JLPT sentence order section [duplicate]

I keep on trying this type of jlpt questions and I keep on failing. Do you have any recommendation on what to read or what to review? An example question that I answered wrong is : れいぞうこにくだもの__ * ...
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立ってそばを食べる vs 立ちながらそばを食べる

I have a question about grammar and usage. Please help. たち食いそば屋は、座らないで「?」そばを食べる店です。 The question is what grammar form should be inserted there. My book answer is 立って not 立ちながら. But what is wrong ...
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What does 白紙にかえって探さねばならぬ mean in this context

みなさんこんにちは。 I came across this paragraph in japanesetest4you site. 妻の掃除と整理の仕方、これはもう極端に偏執的である。たとえば自分の好きなところはピカピカ光るほど磨き上げるが、興味のないところは何年もほこりが積み放しになっている。家の中のある部分は精神質なくらい整然と物が並び、...
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When to use ところ / て+いるところ / た+ところ

In this sentence: 「もしもし、今、駅に向かって(_______)ところです。 あと5、6分でつきます。」 What should be the correct tense of the verb 歩く? Should I base my answer on the word 今 or the てform of 向かう? If there is 今 does that ...
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Word Order: 国で日本語を2カ月勉強しました vs 国で2カ月日本語を勉強しました [duplicate]

Question. What is the diff between A. 国で日本語を2カ月勉強しました。 B. 国で2カ月日本語を勉強しました。 On minna no nihongo B. is used but why not A? Why is the 2カ月 not before verb? What are the rules?
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Sentence Structure JLPT question 「日本語がかんたんな本」

Please help. I found this question on the N5 practice exam: ヤン 「私はこの本を買います。アンナさんはどんな本がいいですか。」 アンナ 「 私はもうすこし ( _ _ ☆ _) がいいです。」 A. 本 B. かんたんな C. が D. 日本語 Please explain why ...
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How does this passage change the topics of discussion so quickly?

I am trying to understand a passage that I found in a JLPT N2 practice book. I will quote the passage bit by bit, giving my interpretation. 自分の考えに自信を持ち、これで良いのだと自分に言い聞かせるだけでは充分ではない。他の人の考えにも、...
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Difference between ものだ, ことだ and ものがある?

Note that this is not a duplicate of this. I am taking about the ものだ and ことだ that expresses exclamation and strong feelings. My textbook says that 〜ことだ means: 本当に〜だ(驚き・感動・皮肉などを表す) and 〜ものだ means: 〜...
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What's the response to あなたにもっと早くしてなんて言われる覚えはないですよ。?

I found this conversation from a JLPT listening section. Here goes the question. あなたにもっと早くしてなんて言われる覚えはないですよ。 There are 3 choices. Pick one that is the proper response. 1 すみません。失言でした。 2 そうですか。...
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What is the difference between プログラム and 日程 in the context of a スポーツ大会?

I was doing some JLPT N2 practice and got this question wrong: スポーツ大会のプログラムはさておき、( )。 a 日程を決めよう b 準備はすべて整った c わたしも参加したい When I saw option "a", I immediately thought that it was wrong, ...
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Difference between 上、のみならず、ばかりか

I was doing some JLPT N@ practice, and I got this question wrong: 留学中は日本の言語や文学を学ぶ( )、自分の国のことも伝えていこうと考えている。 a 上 b のみならず c ばかりか I chose "a" while the correct answer is "b". According ...
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What kind of periods can I put before にわたって?

I came across this question when doing some JLPT N2 practice. ( )にわたってこの町には観光客が大勢きた。 a 五月 b 五月の連休 c 一週間 I think that all three options are correct syntactically. All three are ...
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Why is くなかった wrong and ではありません preferred in this sentence?

I was taking a n5 grammar test and I came across the question: あの人{ひと} は有名{ゆうめい} ____ The answer I chose was くなかった. However, the quiz said the correct answer was ではありません. Why is that?
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Why is わるいそうです similar to わるいといっています?

I am practicing for N4, the question prompt is this: I am confused why 3 is the correct answer for the following question: My understanding is as follows: Yamada-san's convenience is "evil" it ...
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