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You can think of it like ◯-ban ↔ no. ◯ ◯-banme ↔ ◯st,nd,rd,th so sanbanme no seki = the third seat hachiban no seki = seat no. 8 There are a few related questions, but they usually use hiragana and kanji: What is the correct way of saying "third" in different contexts? 「二番」 vs. 「二番目」 confusion Why is this [二番目]{に・ばん・め} counter used for a ...


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はよ is a dialectal from of はやく (preserved in the standard language somewhat in お早う{おはよう}). The progression went はやく -> はやう -> はよう -> はよ. You'll see this kind of thing with other i-adjectives too, like よろしゅお願いします or よう聞け. 知らん!急いでるからはよ通せ。 = 知らない!急いでいるから早く通せ。 I don't care! We're in a hurry, so let us through already. (I say dialectal, but sometimes ...


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Sawayaka makes sense as a term to describe a dish. It means "refreshing", and so sawayaka udon sounds like it should be a light udon dish, for example with cold udon and cold broth (as often eaten on hot summer days), maybe with fresh grated ginger, or with raw vegetables like tomato or cucumber, or with other "fresh" flavours like citrus ...


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A simple and unsurprising translation should be 赤い雪 (akai yuki, "red snow"). If you want something more nuanced, "crimson snow" is 深紅の雪 (shinku no yuki) and "blood-soaked snow" is 血に染まった雪 (chi ni somatta yuki). By せきせつ/あかゆき, did you mean 赤雪? How did you come up with this? It's not a word recognized by an average Japanese speaker,...


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クビにする means "to fire someone" as you said. It is rarely used as other meanings. The sentence before you refer to is 朝一のアラームほど許せない輩はいないでしょ. 輩 is used for a person, not for objects. ヤツ is the same as 輩. So this lyricist regards alarm clocks as humans. That is "personification".


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The grammatical subject that corresponds to わかる is actually very explicit; the subject is not "you" nor "they" but どんな虫が原因か, which is an embedded question. 分かる here means "to become known; to turn out" (see the second definition here). For example, 犯人が分かりました means "I found out who the criminal is" rather than "The ...


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私の町は小さく、 The first sentence uses「は」to introduce a new topic, with the added emphasis that it concerns the speaker's home town specifically. As you pointed out yourself, the construction 「小さく、」is a different way to write 「小さくて、」which helps the listener prepare for more information related to 「私の町」. 住んでいる人は30万人以下です。 For the second part of the sentence, the ...


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This type of "you" is called generic you. As you have guessed, how to express generic you depends on the language. In Japanese, it's often best not to specify a subject at all. 人 is a word that can be used to explicitly refer to generic you. あなた/そなた almost never appears in traditional Japanese sayings, but it may be understood in a translated ...


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No, there is no connection between the words. The phonetic sharing of 'ya', 'ku' and 'za' is just a coincidence. The word ヤクザ is thought to have derived from the scoring system of gambling games (see this explanation), with the numbers 8, 9, 3 (= ya, ku, za) being an unwanted or useless combination. This is thought to be the origin of the name of the ...


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Yes, this だって is like "also" or "even". The subject of カッコつけている is 輝いている人 in general. Here 格好付け refers to saying 辛い ("I'm suffering") even though they objectively seem highly successful and happy. The author thinks a successful celebrity saying such a thing may seem pretentious or contrived, but he is saying that the pain ...


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Daijirin (三省堂 スーパー大辞林) lists the meaning of 首にする as: (1) 解雇する (to fire someone) (2) 首を切る (to behead someone) Maybe that second one fits better in the song. Then again, maybe it just means that they dislike the alarm clocks so much that they would just fire whoever made them.


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The words aren't actually combined. Instead, all that's happened is that the question words are put where their answers would normally be. For example, if I did suddenly remember that yesterday I came and ate pizza with Satomi, then I could say 昨日さとみさんと来てピザを食べた。 It's the same sentence structure, but instead of question words like いつ and 誰 it has concrete ...


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