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Analysis of a sentence with a double -は

I agree that you generally have split the sentence into the right pieces. Certainly you understand the overall meaning correctly. However, structurally I would "bracket" your b) and c). 「...
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Would it be gramatically correct to say 学校は行きます as opposed to 学校に行きます

Yes, 学校は行きます is grammatically correct and natural. But this has a clearly contrastive meaning. The sentence implies something like this: 学校は行きます。 (I said I won't go to the dentist but) I will go (at ...
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Why is ‘は’ instead of 'が' or 'を' used here?

First of all, あなた is never used like the impersonal you in English. It always refers to a concrete person (often someone you don't know the name of). Even when it's used in an advertisement, it's ...
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Are questions ending in は polite or plain?

As the first answer points out, all of your examples are already polite, but it's because the use of honorific prefixes. As I originally wrote in that first answer's comments, another situation where ...
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Why is there a 'は' in these sentences, forming double particles?

This is the contrastive は. This can be readily seen in the first sentence where emphasis is being placed on where in particular the individual is unable to study: neither at home nor in the library. ...
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Difference between ウナギは魚だ and ウナギが魚だ

Contrary to your expectation, ウナギは魚だ is usually the natural sentence that just means "An eel is (a kind of) fish". Topicalization is not a rare phenomenon at all in Japanese. It happens all ...
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Are questions ending in は polite or plain?

This is already polite because of the use the prefix お. This is similar to お[名前]{なまえ}は or お[誕生日]{たんじょうび}は. "What's your name?", "When is your birthday?" ご[出身]{しゅっしん}は ("where ...
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The use of causative + には in this sentence

So you seem to understand 肩身が狭い is an idiom. Apart from this, the remaining part of the sentence is a simple causative expression. に marks the causee, and は is a topic marker. Also note that ~思いをする is ...
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Any difference between とは思う and と思う?

If you heard about the difference between が and は, the existence of は there plays basically a similar role. (Maybe this question helps). One of the functions/meaning of は is 取り立て, which means it ...
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Nonsense sentences with だ

... which must be nonsense because AはBだ means 'A is B'. It's not always appropriate to parse such sentences in this fashion. The topic marker は does not always mark the subject of the sentence, the ...
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Would it be gramatically correct to say 学校は行きます as opposed to 学校に行きます

I don't think the sentence is strictly incorrect from a grammatical point of view, but I doubt anyone would say it. On the other hand, what is definitely used is the following: 学校には行きます。 You would ...
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I'm having trouble understanding the usage of 特に...もっとですね, and 15回以上は

This 特に is working as a sentence adverb, aka disjunct. In your translation, "In particular" is also a disjunct, because it doesn't modify any particular word. This もっとです means "it was ...
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Double/Triple 'wa' particles in a sentence

The sentence puts 女性 and 男性 in contrast with each other with two は’s. 女性はレスリングは好まないが、男性はふつうに好きだ。 The は after レスリング implicitly puts wrestling in contrast with other sports women might like. Replacing ...
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Clarification about particle は

It's the type of “grammatical mistake” that's extremely common in speech. In absolutely proper grammar the “は” should be there, but think of it like “This Chinese?”, people say that all the time but ...
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How does the nounはnounでも works?

It's used to say that something indeed belongs to the general category described by the noun, 揚げ物 in this example, but there is something specific to it, in this case it has a particular name 天ぷら. [N]...
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"I hate him" = 彼が嫌い or 彼は嫌い? Ambiguity regarding the target of the sentence

Either can mean “[something] hates him” or “He hates [something]” depending on the context. “〜は” vs “〜が” in Japanese has nothing to do with subject versus object and in fact “〜が” has surprisingly ...
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Can this case of “〜は” be replaced by “〜を”?

Yes, I think this 客は can be put back into the predicate as 客を (and not が), though an argument followed by は is not always warranted to have grammatical relation with the predicate (topic-comment ...
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Difference between ウナギは魚だ and ウナギが魚だ

One of the factors that determines which of は and が sounds neutral is what type of predicate the sentence has. If it's either nominal or adjectival (i.e. if the sentence ends with either a noun or an ...
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Is this sentence correct「小説は読みます」?

In this sentence, 小説 is the object of 読む, but that doesn't mean it's not the topic of the sentence. Just like a word can be a subject and a topic at the same time, a word can be a topic and an object ...
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Question about には and は

First, if you want to start the sentence with "In Hayashi-sensei's class", the correct particle that corresponds to this "in" is で(は), not に(は). If you have forgotten the ...
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Why is ‘は’ instead of 'が' or 'を' used here?

To me, the difference is like the below. これはオンラインで聞けますか: (straightforward) これをオンラインで聞けますか: 1. It would be convenient for me if this happens to be available on the internet, but is that possible? 2. ...
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Introducing an explicit subject into a sentence with a topic already existing

You can imagine this original sentence with no topic particle: 私が自分でミコトがどんな子かを見定める。 In this context, this topic-less sentence is already perfectly natural because the exhaustive-listing sense of が (&...
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Introducing an explicit subject into a sentence with a topic already existing

The former would force the second topic to become contrastive That’s not necessarily true. ミコトがどんな子かは is clearly shared information and the primary topic in this context whether there’s another topic....
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Why is there a 'は' in these sentences, forming double particles?

It’s because if you drop は, the sentences become topicless, which is not necessarily valid. In other words, a sentence without は is not neutral. 家では勉強できない / 東京にはたくさん人がいる: 1. a straightforward ...
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How does the nounはnounでも works?

でも is often thought of as a single particle, but here it's more easily understood by analyzing it as separate で+も. That is, the て-form of だ, followed by the ordinary も particle. Taking it step by step:...
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Nonsense sentences with だ

These make sense. 私は105号室だ -- I'm in room 105. 東京は初めてだ -- It was the first time in Tokyo. 「ノルウェーの森」は村上春樹だ -- [The author of] Norwegian Wood is Haruki Murakami. Technically, the meaning could be ...
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Clarification about particle は

それは中国語ですか? それ中国語ですか? それ中国語? As you may know, the omission of particles is extremely common in informal speech. Sentence 1 is the "correct" polite form, while Sentence 3 is a casual form ...
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What is the use ようとは + passive?

Your understanding is perfectly fine. The とは is the same as the following Help with お逃げになられるとは Questions about 「とは」and 「思わなんだ」 まだいたとはね meaning よう is the ordinary auxiliary verb meaning to try to... ...
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Can the は particle be a topic and contrast marker at same time?

There are two types of topic, contrasting and non-contrasting, this idea going back to Kuno Susumu, The structure of the Japanese language, 1973. So, depending on context, ビールは飲まない could be ...
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Can the は particle be a topic and contrast marker at same time?

Personally I split it on 3 parts. Topic, contrast, implication. Technically any topic has some degree of contrast, but not always this contrast is used for implication. Fundamentally when we ...
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