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When is "na" used at the end of a sentence?

な at the end of a sentence usually gives the sentence one of the following five meanings. 1. Seeking confirmation This usage is probably the most common. The addition of な to the end of a ...
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Difference between ぞ and ぜ

In anime and other works of fiction, ぜ sounds more tomboyish, boyish and/or childish. Typical users of ぜ are male kids from so-called 少年マンガ. For example, Satoshi from Pokémon uses ぜ frequently. An ...
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Unknown word and strange use of えと

[長]{なげ}え is a colloquial, masculine and a bit vulgar way of pronouncing [長]{なが}い. (Compare: うるさい→うるせえ, しらない→しらねえ, たべたい→たべてえ) The と in 長いと is a 接続助詞(conjunctive particle), meaning "if~~" or "when~~". ...
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Difference between ぞ and ぜ

Your observation is accurate. There is difference between ぞ and ぜ, though ぜ has almost died out, at least in greater Tokyo. Basically, ぞ just straightforwardly tells one-sided subjective claims, while ...
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Sentence ending in かも・・・ what is the meaning?

かも is short for かも知れない【しれない】, which loosely translates as "probably". In this case, "It might well be the beginning of a solution," would be a good translation.
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How can よ be used as part of a question?

The way I have come to understand よ and ね, is that they mark ownership over a piece of information being used in conversation. よ marks a piece of information as being the speaker's, while ね marks it ...
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What is an emphatic particle?

I think your confusion comes from the fact that there is more than one way to use particles for an emphatic effect. Sentence final particles Sentence final particles よ, ぞ, ぜ, わ and others are ...
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What does it mean to end a sentence with ひとつだけ?

Consider these simpler examples: リンゴは2個です。 The number of apples is two. 参加者は3人です。 The number of participants is three. 「箱の中には何がありますか?」「バナナが2本です。」 "What is in the box?" "Two bananas." ...
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Sentence ending でな

This でな is indeed the te-form of だ, followed by な, a masculine sentence-final particle. A sentence-end で can have several different roles. Here, it may be a reason marker (i.e., explaining to someone ...
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Meaning of やな at the end of a sentence

It means ”だね”, and if I am not mistaken can be heard in the 関西 area. For example, せやな is the same as そうだね. So, いい感じやなぁ would be the same as いい感じだね.
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What are some other common dialect suffixes in Japan?

I think your Japanese friend oversimplified the explanation. It is true that some sentence-final particles are strongly associated with certain regions in Japan (or sometimes even certain foreign ...
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Differences between 一緒に行ってくれればいい, 一緒に行ってくれればいいから, 一緒に行ってくれればその方がいいから

They wouldn't be interchangeable. 一緒に行ってくれればその方がいいから if you (thankfully for me) go with me, it's better 一緒に行ってくれればいい 一緒に行ってくれればいいから it'll be enough/nice if you (thankfully for me) go ...
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〜ほうを as in 準備のほうを

This type of ほう is used to make the sentence sound euphemistic and/or courteous. According to 明鏡国語辞典第2版: 方 ④ 物事をぼかしていったり遠回しにいったりする。多く、ぼかすことで慎み深い気持ちを表す。 「金融の方に勤めています」「お仕事の方は順調ですか」 So 準備のほうを is a ...
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Role of な in といってな

Final particles (ね, よ, な, さ) can be thrown in the middle of a sentence in conversation as if fillers. There are technically two types: follows the first word/chunk of the sentence それがね、本物のマツタケなんです ...
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Nuance of ざんす / ざんしょ as a sentence ender

It's from old 山の手言葉. ざます/ざぁます/ざんす used to be actively used in the past among classy madams in Yamanote regions, but today it's used mainly in fiction as role language of snobbish people and nouveau ...
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In だったっけ, why is the second "っ"(tsu) used when it can't be connected to "け"(ke)?

Despite how it looks, っ doesn't only double the consonant "t" but is an all-around geminator used with most of Japanese consonants. See the Wikipedia article. And for the last part 「っけ」, this page ...
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かな ending in a sentence where the speaker is not uncertain of something

かな can state any degree of probability, from nearly zero to all but certain. Another important feature is that かな conveys intent of communication, thus it could imply request or desire so much as ...
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Is using the particle の at the end of a sentence considered feminine?

It depends. の in a question to make sure is used by both male and female people. So the following lines can be naturally said by a male or female speaker. 「行くの? 行かないの?」 「ディズニーランドに行きたいの?」 「高校で水泳部だったの?」...
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Sentence ending じょ

そんで、いたの? (= それで、いたの?) means "And, was (it) there?" "And, did you see/find (it) there?" そんで is a colloquial, collapsed way of pronouncing それで. The subject for the verb いた(居た) is left out. いたじょいたじょ (= ...
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sentences ending in "を"

(a) Who is the subject? It must be decided from the context. It's perhaps "you", but it can be "he", "they", or whatever, depending on the context. (b) What is the object? The object is 後任, of ...
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The meaning of んや

I am fairly certain that what you encountered is actually part of 関西弁{かんさいべん}, or the regional dialect in Kansai. Sometimes Kansai dialect is used to add a different feeling to a character. ...
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How is な used here?

I think the な is the negative imperative meaning don't do. So, the speaker is telling 鈴木 to not ask his son. The second sentence shows the speaker's reasoning with the explanatory のだ: because there's ...
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