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Why is 人たち preferred over 人々 or 人 in the following sentence?

In both (A) and (B), 人, 人たち and 人々 are all valid options, but I feel 人たち is the least common. You cannot use 人たち as a bare phrase modified by nothing. 人々 focuses on the largeness of the number of ...
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What is the difference between 文本 and 本文 in Japanese?

I've never used "文本" in usual context in Japanese. "文本" comes from Chinese. It pronounces "wénběn" and means text or document. "本文" comes from Japanese. It ...
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Pronouncing while loops in programming

It is not common practice to "translate" such codes into Japanese, at least not among professionals. They just read this mostly in (katakanized) English, token by token. Typically something ...
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Grammar question about song lyrics

Yes, it's a form of ない. ない conjugates like an i-adjective, and なく is the 連用形 (aka ku-form, continuative-form) of ない. This form can work adverbially (i.e., as a verb modifier) in a sentence. For ...
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What is the difference between 感触 and 触感

I think your first paragraph more or less states the difference: (1) 感触 is more common and (2) 感触 can be used in a more abstract sense as in "I have the feeling that....". Another point may ...
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What does 何一つ mean in positive phrases?

Full Lyrics From the context, I feel this 何一つ probably means "(threw away) everything", but the last verse containing this sentence looks a bit like a word salad to me. (Is this even a ...
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適応 vs 同化 for adaptation

Today I finally met the word, which I think the best fits to the situation of my question and this word is: 順応 (じゅんのう)
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Does the Japanese word "akasuki" means "bright improvement" in English?

Akasuki is not a Japanese word. It might be analyzed as a sentence, Aka, suki ("Red, (I) like"), but of course it's not suitable as a name. There is a word akatsuki (あかつき in hiragana, 暁 in ...
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What is the difference between 五大 and 五行?

五大 大 sounds big, or great (as in size, mass, volume, etc). The Five Great Lakes would be 五大湖. 五行 We might want to describe five basic/important things, without emphasizing its "big"-ness. We ...
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