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Understanding 軍服に着られた

It is a rhetorical use of passive voice. 服に着られる basically means the person in the clothes gives a funny impression, e.g. the size is too big, it simply does not go well, etc. (Added) It is less common ...
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Differences between 栽培する, 作る, and 育てる for "grow"?

I guess you can use all three without sounding too odd in gardening contexts. 作る is more common for something edible and may imply growing for crops 育てる may be preferred for flowers (バラを作る is a bit ...
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Am I using the word "Hajimari" correctly in judo?

I am not particularly knowledgeable about judo, but the usual phrases used in Japanese sports or military contexts are: 整列! Sēretsu! ("Line up!") pronunciation 集合! Shūgō! ("Gather!&...
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Am I using the word "Hajimari" correctly in judo?

With all due respect, this seems to be one of those cases where learners can tell what is grammatical but only native (or near-native) speakers can tell what is really idiomatic. Grammatically ...
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Best word for "owner" of a business/restaurant: 経営者, 事業者, オーナー?

Basically 経営する means to own/run/manage (a company) and 所有する is much broader to own, which means the subject have rights to some property (land, car, etc.). So for a privately owned company, 経営者 = オーナー ...
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中心にする vs. 中心とする

IMO 中心とする sounds slightly more pretentious (or at least formal) than 中心にする. E.g. it's natural to say この枝を中心にして焚き火を組み立てよう, but unnatural to say この枝を中心として焚き火を組み立てよう because it's an odd word choice for ...
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Am I using the word "Hajimari" correctly in judo?

Language aspects are answered in existing answers. Just let me share some google searches. I have no experience of Judo either, so take my comments with a grain of salt. This asks more or less the ...
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Are 片隅 and 隅 synonymous?

If the TV was wide enough to span across the two corners, it occupies 両隅. If the room was a quadrilateral, you may put four TV's each on 四隅. The guests would probably not forget about your awesome TV'...
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Are 片隅 and 隅 synonymous?

Did you really see テレビは片隅にあります somewhere? It looks odd to me. 片隅 is a nuanced word that typically has a connotation like "a place that does not receive much attention", "a relatively ...
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Am I using the word "Hajimari" correctly in judo?

These words are all either verbs, or verb-derived nouns. Hajimaru: intransitive verb, "to begin, to start", as in "something starts or begins on its own". Hajimari: noun ...
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Implications of using either が/は in 足跡が/は消えない

If the predicate were 消える instead of 消えない, が would have sounded neutral and 消える would have been understood as referring to a one-time change (that does happen). 君とここまで歩いてきた足跡が消える [one-time change / ...
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どこ vs なん which one is better in the sentence?

Only interrogative word 何{なん} works here, because the reply gives information about the function/nature of the building as opposed to where it is. どこ would work in a context like this: ...
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What's the difference between ending an answer with だ vs だよ・です?

Sentence endings are important but not simple. You'll need to learn by examples. Here's the summary: イギリス出身です: Polite form. Safe in business settings or when talking with a stranger. イギリス出身ですよ: ...
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よね and じゃん: めっちゃ褒めてくれるじゃん

How to parse and interpret them, is determined by so may surrounding elements. Just to prove a point, here's a bad example. I wish I could've come up with a better one: So I went to the zoo yesterday,...
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About the difference in these sentences with のを and のが

の is a nominalizer, が is a subject marker, を is an object marker, and 見る is a plain transitive verb meaning "to see". 俺が走るのが見た is plain wrong because the act of running cannot see something. ...
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Does Japanese have rules like English "Use 'He and I', not 'me and him'"?

If I understand correctly, English speakers are trained to always say "(and) I" last for politeness. However, Japanese has no such rules. 彼と私 and 私と彼 are equally natural, and no one would ...
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終わる to mean closed shop

Yes, it's used, but 終わっていますか may be more natural since you are concerned with the current state rather than the past event. 閉店していますか is a stiffer way of asking the same thing (preferred in emails etc),...
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What is the difference between どの+noun+も vs 毎+noun for “Every (noun)”?

どの can be a translation of "every" or "any" in a lot of cases. Example: どの席も空いている。 (Every/any seat is empty/available.) 毎 for a similar meaning is typically a prefix to form a ...
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Am I using the word "Hajimari" correctly in judo?

Wherever work sends me, I usually find a martial arts class to train with, for a few months. After studying karate in my youth, as well as in my itinerate middle age, I should like to add 'seiretsu', ...
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噓憑き: what is it and how is it different from 嘘つき?

As you guessed, it is an irregular application of 憑き. One of the few words that are actually used with -憑き is 狐憑き, meaning someone/state of being possessed by a ghost of fox. So by analogy with this, ...
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About the difference in these sentences with のを and のが

You shouldn't view your sentence as 俺が走る + のを + 見た Rather, it is 俺が走るの + を + 見た From there, it is easily to see that の is just the 代名詞 that makes 走る(to run) into a noun 走るの(the action of running). ...
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どこ vs なん which one is better in the sentence?

Do you have more context on your question? Additionally, what are your guesses so far? Note that both questions mean different things: "What is that splendid building / Where is that splendid ...
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