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What does "the" mean here? (As used in Japanese)

ザ (or "the") used like this means "stereotypical" or "quintessential". "The 甘々ガーリーコーデ" means "the quintessential sweet and girly outfit", and she's ...
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本来なら in this sentence

本来 refers to a natural, inherent or original state of something, as opposed to its special or modified state. For example: この場所は本来は森の中でしたが、ダムのせいで湖になりました。 This place was originally a forest, but it ...
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Meaning of にしておく here

I think it's not (-て)おく but ~にする that is throwing you off here. This Xにする does not mean "to turn someone into X" but "to treat/regard as X". It's the same にする as in 大切にする ("to ...
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What does 深いパーソナリティー mean?

This 深い is an antonym of 表面的な ("superficial"). 深いパーソナリティー is not a set phrase, but it can be understood as referring to a hidden/true part of someone's personality that is revealed only ...
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Understanding に挟まれる

Generally speaking, the particle に can mark both: the agent of a passive verb (≈ "by") the destination or indirect object of an action (≈ "to/into") This can sometimes lead to an ...
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Understanding 詰めの甘いお上品

詰めが甘い is a set phrase, and in this scene, it refers to the fact that he could not hide what he was about to say (レジに山田さんがいる). 詰め means "checkmating" (of shogi/chess). This お上品 is used as a ...
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What does 設定盛りすぎた mean here?

設定 refers to any interesting trait or backstory that characterizes a fictional person. For example, キャラの設定を決める means "deciding the character's backstory/profile/attributes/etc." It's similar ...
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How does おめでとう become 'to congratulate'?

Sorry in advance if I tell you things that you already know about Chinese characters. I want to explain what I can for everyone - specifically, how the characters are used in Japanese. おめでとう is an ...
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Understanding 旅行やゆーてえらいイキッとんなあ

Yes, やゆーて is roughly the same as だと言って. や is a copula in Kansai-ben. The basic meaning of 旅行だと言って is simply "saying (because) it's a trip", but you can forget the literal meaning of "...
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Meaning of 牽制 in this news

牽制する means letting someone know that they're being watched in the hope that their next actions will be discouraged or deterred. In this context, China said "A certain country is selling weapons ...
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What does 貴重 mean in this context?

This 貴重 means "precious", "scarce" or "rare and valuable". You may be misunderstanding not the word 貴重 itself but the other parts of the sentence or the context? ...
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Understanding たらね in そりゃあそんな夜遅くに女の子が一人でシミュレーションゴルフに来てたらね

That たら-clause serves as the explanation for the previous conversation as a whole. But note that he is trying to generalize the situation to justify his doubts. You can translate this using "I&...
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Does “〜でいたい” assume already being in that state?

元気でいたい does not explicitly state the speaker's current status. While it indeed indicates being in a healthy state for a certain period, whether its "starting point" is in the past, present, ...
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Meaning of 挨拶も無視かよ

This is not a rhetorical question. This か(よ) is more of an exclamation marker rather than a genuine question marker. It's the same か(よ) as in そうか ("I see") or お前かよ ("Oh it's you!")....
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Meaning of はっきりせんかい

~ん is an alternative negative form to ~ない, derived from the old ~ぬ form. する became せぬ with that negative, so せん roughly equals しない. In fiction it's often associated with older, strong-willed speakers. ...
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Meaning of 声にして

It sounds to me like "to articulate", "to express", or "to put into words". The full phrase is 素直な気持ち 譲れないもの 正直な言葉 全て 声にして伝える事ができたなら The singer is listing several ...
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How best to translate this もう?

Yes, that’s what it is. And English does have a “positive anymore”; it could be used to say “I’ll be passing my tests anymore”. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Positive_anymore?wprov=sfti1#
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Difference between 時限目 and 時限

It’s using 4限 as a label, like “Period 4”. Similarly in English we might refer to it as “Fourth Period” as distinct from “the fourth period”. 一日の内にに4時限あります。 There are four periods in the day. ...
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Why is 重宝する used in the passive here?

重宝する is a transitive verb, so it behaves the same way as 使う. In your context, it's in the passive form because the fat is used by everyone in her community. Compare the following. ケルピーの脂は使っている。 I use ...
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Understanding 優等生と言われても通る気がするけど

The subject for 言われる is either the speaker himself or "generic you/someone". The implied subject of 通る is either Fujinami or the information (that she is a 優等生). If the subject of 通る is her, ...
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What does the word 歪む mean in this context?

The speaker basically says that the players might develop weird tendencies due to how cute the character is in the game, somewhat jokingly. 性格が歪む is a common collocation for developing weird [...
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What does マジだりいな mean in this Takayan song?

It is a slurred version of おーおー マジ怠{だる}いな.
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What かまって means in かまって新卒ちゃんが毎回誘ってくる

Yes, かまって新卒ちゃん is a combination of 構ってちゃん and 新卒. It could have been 新卒(の)かまってちゃん, too. The order doesn't make much difference, but maybe かまって新卒ちゃん may look a bit more "unique".
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How is それでも used here?

There is no strict time limit. As long as the listener can understand what それ refers to, you can use それ. Otherwise, suddenly saying それでも would just sound puzzling. It's hard to explain the second use ...
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meaning of だからさ in this context

This だから is "because". This さ is a filler particle that adds little to the semantics of the sentence. Instead, it's used to keep the listener's attention and maintain the flow of the ...
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Using 否応なし(に) as "Whether (we) like it or not"

応 is "accept" or "okay" rather than "like", so 否応なしに (or 否応なく) is closer to "without (a chance to say) no or okay". Typically, it's used in contexts where ...
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Understanding またしても掌を返すように賛同した

賛同した means to agree/support, in this context the class bullied 将也 for bulling 硝子 but as soon as 硝子 changes schools they started to agreed and supported 将也. When I say they I mean 担任とクラスメイト together. ...
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What is the meaning and background of やうな

The やう is simply the old spelling of よう(様), used before the war. In any dictionary, the old kana spelling is listed alongside the modern spelling, such as 思{おも}う[おもふ], 快楽{かいらく}[くわいらく], 醤油{しょうゆ}[しゃうゆ]. ...
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