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Are these two sentences equivalent? 「トイレはあそこです。」、「あそこはトイレです。」

Basically your understanding is correct. Both are natural by themselves, but used in different contexts. Suppose you have a friend in your new house. トイレはあそこです is an answer to the question "...
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How do you define and contrast すっぱり すっぽり さっぱり and すっかり

Each has multiple nuances. I will write typical meanings and example sentences that are often used. すっぱり Cutting things sharply. えだをすっぱり切り落とした。 I hacked off a branch. The act of doing something ...
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お+Vます+ください vs お+Vます+になってください

As you mentioned, the 2nd example 「おすわりになってください(おかけになってください)」 is slightly more polite since 「お〜になってください」is a request expression. 「お〜になってください」is very polite (almost too polite for daily life) so 「お〜...
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Is it wrong to say お姉ちゃんに私のケーキを食べられた instead of 私はお姉ちゃんにケーキを食べられた ? (Passive voice)

The third sentence is fine. お姉ちゃんに私のケーキを食べられた。 I would say it’s more natural than the second as a standalone sentence. 私はお姉ちゃんにケーキを食べられた。 私は stands out in this sentence as if you are contrasting ...
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Is it wrong to say お姉ちゃんに私のケーキを食べられた instead of 私はお姉ちゃんにケーキを食べられた ? (Passive voice)

1 is a cannibalism, as you say. 2 is the so-called 迷惑の受け身 (see this for example). In English, it is usually rendered as I had my cake eaten by my sister. Practically 3 means the same, but due to its ...
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how does te form+ なる(ものか) work?

This なる is fundamentally the same なる as in ~てはならない. For details, see Origin of ~なければ ならない ものか is a rhetorical question version of ものだ. くたばってはならない。 I must not drop dead. くたばってはなるものか。 = くたばってなるものか。 How ...
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Causative use for the verb 習う (sense of achievement)

There are some issues with the post you link to, which I won't delve into too deeply here. Your question suggests a misunderstanding of the main point that other post was making -- comparing a ...
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Need help with a few hard parts in this context - MC is talking with a male classmate, about the final test exam and the summer vacation

うはうは means lucky/happy, typically associated with making a lot of money as seen in examples in the linked entry. In the sentences of the questions, it describes 'having a girl friend'. So the first ...
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Possible missing nuances of card text translation

Here potential form 置ける (can put) of 置く (put) is used. Therefore "you may place". Besides, if you want to say "Place your card etc" you have to use imperative form - 置いてください or ...
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Confused about 1 character's question in this context (MC is discussing with his party members, about the origin of the Demon King)

so I think the point confused you are: からといって. Before that is reason, after is the fact, "just because of the reason, the fact will happen? "is a doubt about this inevitability. Simply, you ...
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Nuances between the various words for direction

Mostly it is a matter of collocations and difficult to give a comprehensive answer, but generally 方向・方角・方位 are 1-dimensional; the specificity increases in this order. 向き is mostly 0-dimensional (...
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What does this sentence means with areka/あれか at the start?

This type of あれ (often written as アレ in katakana) has been discussed in the following questions. Meaning of 〜あれだ Meaning of これってアレ Understanding だった的なアレ So this あれ ("that") vaguely refers ...
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What does this sentence means with areka/あれか at the start?

In terms of translation, I think あれか translates to Ah, I see or Aha in most cases. Explaining how is a bit difficult, but it means of course that and it indicates that the speaker comes to see the ...
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What is the difference between (ない)わけではない and (ない)ことはない?

Not sure if this is what you are looking for, but -タ form seems to behave differently for the two constructions. As I see it, なかったことはない coincides with another construction -たことがある, which takes ...
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What is the difference between (ない)わけではない and (ない)ことはない?

There is very little difference, and they are interchangeable most of the time. Still, I feel the speaker is more aware of the previous context when わけではない is used. That is, a sentence using わけではない ...
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Verbs that "should" be used with に without に

飽きた can take both に and は. E.g., カレーに飽きた カレーは飽きた mean mostly the same I'm fed up with curry (e.g. due to having had it three days in a row). Possibly は adds contrastive nuance. For your question, ...
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Need help with a few very confusing sentences, talking about fortune telling and people's fate/ destiny

世の中はこれ全て、人とのえにし、分けても男女のえにしで成り立っていると聞いたでおす 「分けても」 means 「特に」「とりわけ」「中でも」 "especially" "particularly" "among other things". From 明鏡国語辞典: わけても【分けても】 〘副〙特に。とりわけ。「...
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