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疑問文. Concerning the asking of questions in the Japanese language as opposed to making plain statements. Includes the various words and particles used in questions.

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What does じゃあ at the end of a sentence mean?

そろそろ学校に行く時間じゃあ? Is it like ですか? Or like じゃん/じゃない? I've thought it could be that じゃ that is the same as だ used by characters who are old, but this one is young.
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Translating and parsing 'ベッキー泣かせたの お前か'

This tweet contains an image of a Anya and a crying Becky https://twitter.com/daigo_tanosii/status/1536683360395067392 with a caption of Anya saying 'ベッキー泣かせたの お前か' Should this caption be translated ...
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How should I ask for the company/country/school's location?

ミイちゃんのかいしゃはどちらですか The above is asking about the company (name of company). How should I ask for the company's location?
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「どこまで行くんだい?」 「どこまで行くんかい?」

Since だい usually follows sentences with an interrogative word, and かい occurs in polar questions, I thought this would be the most natural wording: どこまで行くん(の)だい? But apparently どこまで行くん(の)かい is also ...
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Can に乗る contain a place/direction and is it the same as [vehicle]で 行く?

In the Busuu course I'm taking I learned the word 乗る and that it means something like "take" or "ride". For that purpose I used the structure [vehicle]で 行く up until now. I ...
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Using i-adjectives at the end of (Or really anywhere in...) a sentence?

For instance, if I wanted to ask if a food was tasty, I want to know all linguistic options that I have and, preferably, the nuances between them. These are all the short, potentially appropriate ...
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Can I use both ましょう and ですか?

I want to ask someone a question as to whether they want to do something. Would you like to play Minecraft on the computer? Would this be written as コンピューターでマインクラフトをあそびましょうか。 OR ...
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Why are some native Japanese words usually written in katakana? [duplicate]

Like ラク that supposedly means "at ease" (correct me if i'm wrong, i just learned this), why insted of writing it in Hiragana or Kanji they write it in Katakana? This is not the first ...
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Explanatory の/ん in questions with interrogatives: Two conflicting rules

I'm working through this grammar book, which goes into a lot of detail about the grammar of questions and when the explanatory の/ん needs to be included. On pg. 284, the book says that a question must ...
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How to use counter question word + か

In Tae Kim's grammar guide, it tell you that question word can be appended with か、も、でも to mean different things(誰か someone, 誰も everyone, 誰でも anyone). Can the same be carried over to counters? For ...
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Trying to make sense of 私の国がオケを見たことについて悪い話をしないでください。そのすべての西洋私は私が嫌いな私は彼らが常に悪い国を与えるために嫌いを見つけるのが嫌い [closed]

I was watching a video about Hana Kimura's suicide. I was scrolling through the comments and I saw this comment: 私の国がオケを見たことについて悪い話をしないでください。そのすべての西洋私は私が嫌いな私は彼らが常に悪い国を与えるために嫌いを見つけるのが嫌い. For ...
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Meaning of のか in this sentence?

The sentence is this one: その音に反応したのか、わたしの耳に一つの声が届いた I kinda understand the connotation that のか has in some sentences, but I just don't understand it in this particular one.
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How do you translate the world "layer" in Japanese? [closed]

Layer as in the ones used in digital art software like Adobe Photoshop, Clip Studio Paint, Manga Studio, etc.
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Can you use 誰(だれ) with animals?

Can you ask a pet's name in this way? For example, この犬は誰ですか。 Who is this dog?
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What is the most natural way (or differences) to ask if someone wants to do something?

(Using the verb "飲む" as an example) 飲みたいですか? 飲みたくないですか? 飲むことが欲しいですか? What are the differences between these forms? Also, is there a more natural way to ask if someone wants to do something?...
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Particle omission in embedded questions [duplicate]

Are there any rules or conventions on when to omit を (as in 1) or が (as in 2) when it comes to embedded questions? この生物は何か教えてください。 どれがおいしいかまずいかさっぱりわかりません。 My gut feeling would be to generalize and ...
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Need to understand the use of どこ

I've just started learning Japanese. And these sentences from Minna No Nihongo N5 book lesson 3, are confusing me. What's the name of your school? Romanji: Gakku wa doko desu ka. In my understanding,...
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の - questioning and confirmation

I learned the grammatical structure of の for questioning (and explaining) things a while ago, but the exact meaning and which gender uses it has kind of confused me. Here are a few varied sentence I'd ...
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Trying to translate an SFX but the characters look confusing

I'm really bad at reading the characters when they're written in a different way, these three ones are the ones I think are in the highlight but I would like to be sure. m(_ _)m Someone kind enough to ...
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Can より be used in questions of comparison?

Reading through several learning resources, questions of comparison are always shown of the following type: XとYと どちら・・・ and statements of comparison are always shown of the following type: Xより Yのほう・...
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Interrogative/Counters with か、も、でも, but also with particles

I know that by attaching か、も、でも to the end of an interrogative word can form a new meaning, but if particles are also used, where should the position of each thing be? Example: Which day? いつの日? Some ...
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Meaning of ''とね''

I was reading a novel and then I saw this following sentence: ''でも、まぁ草薙にはいろいろ迷惑かけてるし、なんか今日はサービスしてあげてもいいかなぁ、とね'' What's the function of とね?
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Understanding questions with ommited words

I'm trying to read an internet novel, but I got stuck on some questions with omitted words. The text and my partial translation is below. It's the very beginning of the novel, so it's all the context ...
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In order to survive: 生きていくために or 生き残るために? what is the diffence?

I am trying to translate the sentence: what are you willing to do to survive? I ended up translating it as: 生き残るために何を喜んでするの? Is this correct? Or have I botched my translation? The other way I ...
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is this そうなんだか a valid sentence?

If そうなんですか (sounandesuka) is formal, how come it's not often that I hear of そうなんだか (sounandaka) as casual version or maybe that I just don't hear enough? thanks.
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How to ask someone if it is okay to do something?

I often find myself wanting to ask if I can do something ie. "Is it okay if I ask you a question?" or "Can I switch seats with you?" Along those lines. I'm not sure if this is ...
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Does every question have to end in ga

I have seen some sentences that are just a subject and are intended questions. I know just saying "nani" still conveys the meaning of "what is this/that." Can this apply to saying ...
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Should interrogative pronouns come in the subject or in the predicate?

Should interrogative pronouns come in the subject or in the predicate? For example: ここ は どこ です か – "Where is this place?" どこ が ここ です か – does this mean the same? うみ は どちら です か - "...
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Special か or basic か for making questions?

Is the か explained in the image below a "normal" question marker, like the one I learned when studying basic Japanese, or does it have some special properties? This is from the TRY textbook for JLPT ...
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What is the proper form of a short question with an i-adjective vs. a na-adjective?

I have read that great answer about i-adjectives being predicates. How does it reflect in questions? Say, I have a dialogue: — Is your city a beautiful one? — Yes, it is. — Is it big? ...
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Context when answering questions

I am going through a Genki exercise (Genki 1, page 163) and there is a picture of a man, with questions on the side. For example, "暇ですか". Would this usually mean it is asking about the man or yourself?...
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わからなくなってしまう Im confused

発音は全部「んー」ですね。でも、書くときにわからなくなってしまうので「うん」、「ううん」、「うーん」と書きます。 What does わからなくなってしまう mean?
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How would you ask "What makes your mouth water?" in Japanese?

I want to ask "What makes your mouth water?" in Japanese, but I'm not quite sure what is the right way. I was thinking of saying: あなたは何でよだれが出る?
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Meaning of 何が悲しくて

当番委員のペアが決まった日なのよ?他のみんなはお祝いしてるのに、何が悲しくて、そんな、さびれ果てたとこへ行かなきゃならないの? What does 何が悲しくて mean here? It seems to mean "What's so sad that we have to go there?" but I feel like I'm missing something.
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What is the right pronunciation of 「何にみえますか」

What is the right pronunciation of 「何にみえますか」? Is pronounced 「なんにみえますか」or 「なににみえますか」? Why?
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Confirm if someone wants to do something

In English, you have some types of question formats such as: Do you want to reserve a meeting room? Is it correct that you want to ask about an employee? Is it correct that you are sad? With these ...
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Choosing correct response to 何か質問はありませんか? (Nanika shitsumon wa arimasenka?)

What is the correct response to the question: 何か質問はありませんか? (Nanika shitsumon wa arimasenka?) Available options are: はい、そうです。 (Hai sou desu.) はい、ありません。 (Hai arimasen.) いいえ、あります。 (...
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'Who got it right?' '3 people got it right'

みなさん、こんばんは! I was just wondering how you would say the phrase or phrases: "Who got it right?" or "who is correct/right" "'Tom got it right" or "3 people got it right" To give some extra context, ...
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What is the correct question 何だろう or 何だろうか

How to ask a question with だろう in the correct way? Should I add か in the end? Like 何だろうか? I saw a lot of examples and almost always guys omit か in the end. And just say 何だろう;いつだろう。。。
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What is the difference between 「何を...ましょうか」, 「何を...ますか」 and 「何を...ませんか」?

What are the differences in meaning between these three sentences? えいがはなにをみましょうか。 えいがはなにをみますか。 えいがはなにをみませんか。 Does the last sentence even make sense?
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What does 幸せになれると信じています mean? [closed]

I was thinking it meant "I believe I can be happy"
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What's the connection between a spoon (匕) and the old age (⺹)? (Kanji: 老)

I was studying some radicals and I found this: ⺹ (old, old-age) and this: 匕. But why this: 老 (old + spoon) means "old man, old age, grow old"?? Do Japaneses think a spoon can make you older in a ...
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The real meaning of の when asking a question

It seems to be the season for asking questions about questions, and with every question and answer I read I get more confused. What is the difference between: 1) どこに行く 2) どこに行くの I'm assuming 1) ...
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Asking a question with a negative verb (見なかった?)

In Yotsubato Ch. 1, Fuuka asks Ena: 変な子みなかった? I understand this to mean "Have you seen a strange kid?" But I'm a bit hung up on the negative form of the verb here. Why not ask: 変な子みた? Is there ...
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Do I have to use nan, ka, or both to ask a question?

I'm going through Genki, and for questions, it gives the example, りゅうがくせいです (I am an international student) can be turned into a question by adding ka to the end. りゅうがくせいですか (Are you an ...
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What is the meaning? -- 誰かいないのか

I need your help. "誰かいないのか" As far as I understand it, this translates to something like, "I want to know, if there somebody, who is available now" The questions are: Is the translation ok? Could ...
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〜か知らない or 〜か不安だ

I came across the following sentence in an exercise: インターネットで注文したセーターは、実際に着てみるまでサイズが_____が、ちょうどよかった。 Although only B and D make sense to me, here are the four propositions: A. 合わなかった B. ...
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Asking informal questions with 何

how do you form informal questions with 何 and without ですか? would 何 just go at the end? 「あなたの大好きな季節何?」 and is it appropriate to leave off です or だ with な adjectives and nouns? i’ve seen 〜なの?used, but ...
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How to say phrases "Can you repeat that" and "can we go to the next question"?

I have a speaking exam coming up and I'm feeling mostly prepared, but after there's an unprepared conversation part which we're also graded on. It's with my teacher but luckily keigo isn't necessary. ...
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Use of の vs か in questions

i’ve seen japanese speakers switch between both の and か in the same conversation or situation. are there certain phrases where it’s better to use one or the other? for example is の better to use with ...
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