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What does 「いねえのかよ」mean?

~かよ tends to be a rough way of expressing surprise, like when you look at your watch and see it's already 11:30 PM. もうこんな時間かよ?! Additionally, わかるやつ here does not - and cannot - mean 'I noticed that ...
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Why is the Japanese word for "this year" not kyōnen or konnen but kotoshi?

ko (from older *kə) is native Japonic ancient proximal demonstrative pronoun ("this"), now surviving as prefix. Rarely used kanji spelling for this prefix is 此. Some words with this prefix: ...
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What だってそうだろう means here?

The official(?) translation is correct. だって can be translated as "after all", "(It's) because", "come on", "you know", "hey", "I mean", etc....
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Confusing use of 減る

What decreases is the stock on hand. In other words, Maruko's mother is saying that, since people eat nori on so many occasions, one's supply runs out very quickly, and so one is happy to receive it. ...
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Bad maths or my bad Japanese?

About "1つの病院で" This means "per one hospital", as you suspected, not "in one hospital". I think this is a bit of bad writing; this would be clearer if it were written, "1つの病院あたり(で)". I think the ...
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Understanding きれいに見えるように

The children rotated/turned the bowl so that it looked pretty/nice to their mother, with the (hand) painted design/motif ([模様]{もよう}/[柄]{がら}) facing her (i.e. so that the front of the bowl faced her). ...
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What verb is かまされる?

かます is a slang that can replace almost any transitive verb to make it sound aggressive and/or vulgar, but with no clear meaning in itself. You can translate it using a sort of easy formula such as &...
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Which verb fits in 庭に木をもう一本_?

で marks your location when the verb is being performed. You can be in the garden when you plant a tree and when you cut down a tree. So, if it were 庭で, either verb would be fine. に (amongst many other ...
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What does 曰く mean?

Did you look up 曰く in a dictionary? This 曰く is a noun meaning "story/tale/past/history". It refers to some shady background associated with something/someone. The phrase doesn't specify the ...
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Towards a better understanding of など

It seems to me that you have a perfectly good understanding of など. Generally, I would say that など doesn't need to be translated in the English every time it occurs: it sounds a lot more natural in ...
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How to interpret AとB、Cが違う

You seem to have parsed the sentence a bit incorrectly. 温度が違う場所 is what the computer checks. 部屋の壁の近くと窓の近く as a whole is marked with など, and works as an example of 温度が違う場所. エアコンの中のコンピューターが、{温度が違う場所}...
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Difference between AからBで and AからBまで

You are parsing the sentence incorrectly: The first part is: 沖縄県{おきなわけん}から本州{ほんしゅう}(まで)の // second part: 広{ひろ}い場所{ばしょ}で Translation: from Okinawa prefecture to Honshuu // in a wide area Putting it ...
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Use of ある with animate subject

As predicates, (words used to modify the subject) both ある and いる are used to express the idea of "existence". ある is used for inanimate objects, (living or non-living) and concepts/...
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Understanding のひとつぐらい in this context

Xのひとつくらい is an idiom which means "just one X" rather than "one of X". 穴のひとつぐらい、あげますよ。 It's just a hole, so we can give it to you. Xのひとつやふたつ is another similar idiom that means "just one or two X"...
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ほど translation in this sentence

This ほど is "the more ~ (the more ~)". It's a variation of the ~ば~ほど construction. ストレスの多い人ほどよく夢を見る。 = ストレスの多い人であればあるほどよく夢を見る。 The more one has stress, the more often they dream (or "...
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Confusing use of とたん in 「来たとたん何か用かよ」

The speaker is saying, "I just got here and you're already asking me for a favor?" The use of かよ is a good hint that this is a bit aggressive/sarcastic, definitely not polite. Insert "huh" at ...
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What is the meaning of 「いや、知っていて」 in this sentence?

To me it reads as though いや、知っていて is the author changing his mind mid-sentence: "Even without knowing his daughter's feelings.. no, even knowing them... this is a Hiroshi who has no problem saying ...
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A complex structure: Xが~するYについて、~する者は

しかし彼が 常日頃吐き出す思想について 認める者は誰一人いなかった。 The portuguese translation is like "people doesn't agree with his ideas" The translation is correct. I translated like "he doens't care about people ideas" ...
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Bad maths or my bad Japanese?

平均は、1つの病院で1.86人でした Putting aside whether it's an unambiguous writing style for journalism or not, I must say that I didn't even notice slight weirdness when I read this paragraph. If we consult a ...
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How to understand the last character 枚 in 福田熊治良枚

The kanji is 板, not 枚. It says: 守川音治良画 = designed by 守川音治良 福田熊治良板 = printed/published by 福田熊治良 板 means "board" in modern Japanese, but 板 was used like modern 版 ("print" or "publish") in the past....
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fragmented statement and いつの世も

そんな梟が夜に飛び立ったのを人が知るのは、夜が明けて朝になってから(です)。 It is (only) after dawn breaks and morning comes that people (can) realize the owl has flied off at night. This is a cleft sentence where the ~から part is ...
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Understanding 77の海岸のうち60%で、

77の海岸のうち60%で 77の海岸のうちの60%で 77の海岸の60%で These all mean the same thing, and they are interchangeable. うち is basically a noun, but it can form an adverbial phrase or clause without another ...
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Help identifying a Kanji character from image

I used this website and noticed the left hand side looked like the child radical 子, then counted the strokes as 10 and found this 孫{まご}. Which has a kun-yomi that matches the furigana next to it as まご,...
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