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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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JLPT sentence order section

Rather than just solving your exercise (which is not the point of this website anyway) I'll try to give you general suggestions about how to approach this kind of problem. 1. Understand the context. ...
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What's the meaning of 「これはというもの」?

「これは」 is an expression which indicates surprise, or something that's giving the speaker pause, along the lines of "Wait, this one...". Anything coming before a 「という」 should be taken as literal ...
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ならでは vs. ぐらいのもの

~ならではの + noun is a set phrase meaning "(noun) only seen in ~", "(noun) unique to ~", "(noun) that can be done only by ~", etc. For example, you can say 渡辺先生ならではの手術, which means "surgery that can only ...
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Difference between 折る and 折れる

This is an example of a [自他]{じ・た} pair. These pairs are an important concept to learn in Japanese because there are a ton of them! [Here]{LLLL} [are]{LLL} [several]{LLLLLLL} [resources]{LLLLLLLLL} ...
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Confusion with だけに vs. だけあって

Sometimes だけあって and だけに are interchangeable sometimes they aren't. In the case they are interchangeable is when the result is what is to be expected. For example, 彼が自慢するだけあって、彼女は美しい and 彼が自慢するだけに、...
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meaning of word + 上にて

This is an example of how 〜上{じょう} can be suffixed to various kinds of media, similar to how we say “on television” or “on the internet” in English. Note that 〜上 can also be used for books/magazines, ...
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What is the meaning of 「読むには読んだ」?

According to the definition of には 3 (多く「…には…が」の形で、動詞や形容詞を繰り返して)一応その動作や状態は認めるが、それに関連して起こる動作や状態については関知したり容認したりしない意を表す。「推薦状は、書くには書くが、あまり期待しないでくれ」「涼しいには涼しいが、ちょっと冷えすぎる」 It's saying that you recognize ...
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JLPT N3 task explanation

your confusion stems from the fact that you are mis-translating でない as "can't come off". However this is actually a portion of a standard sentence fragment: てからでないと which is a phrase meaning "...
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Placement of adverbs

"大声で" isn't an adverb, but rather a noun followed by the particle で, which indicates the means by which something is done. The difference is like the English "There was even a person who was singing ...
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Why is くなかった wrong and ではありません preferred in this sentence?

有名 is a na-adjective and thus is followed by だ・で・な・に (or by じゃ < では) あの人は有名だ lit. that person is famous あの人は有名な人だ lit. that person is a famous person あの人はきっと有名になる lit. that person is surely going ...
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What does んだもん mean and is used for?

Although んだ and もん are often used together, it's better to think of them as two separate grammatical elements. んだ is a colloquial version of のだ, and this の is known as explanatory-の. What is the ...
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Question about usage of 「のでは」

You are close. The omitted phrase is その知識が生かせるのではないか, where か is the question marking particle you must know well. It says "Can't I make use of the knowledge? (I can!)" rather than saying "I can't ...
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Jlpt/n5q5: 弟は部屋◯掃除をしました。◯: の versus に option

It is because there is a を after 掃除. If the verb of a sentence is a "suru verb", you can split apart the verb (掃除 in this case) and する. If you do, 掃除 will be interpreted as a noun and will be the ...
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How to use に限って【かぎって】 correctly

"In a negative manner" does not mean the sentence must be a grammatically negative one. "~に限って" tends to be followed by a phrase which denies something previously implied by the context, but not ...
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Difference between 回復【かいふく】, 修復【しゅうふく】, 復旧【ふっきゅう】 and 復興【ふっこう】

回復 is a general word for recovery, though it's often used for economics, healing from injuries / diseases, and the weather getting better: [景気]{けいき}の回復が[急務]{きゅうむ}とされている。 [怪我]{けが}のほうもすっかり回復しました。 ...
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