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ないで欲しい or なくて欲しい?

First, we need to establish that both なくて and ないで are the proper te-forms of negative verbs. We know that negative verbs function just like i-adjectives, and that it mostly true, 良い[adj] -> 良く[...
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What is the difference between とは限らない and とは言えない?

This is my subjective impression, but Aとは限らない implies that A is true in most cases (if not always), whereas Aとは言えない sounds like A is admittedly false. 上司が男性とは限らない implies the boss is typically male (...
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What is the difference between とは限らない and とは言えない?

限らない means "not limited to". On the one hand, 壊れないとは限らない expresses the idea that just because the watch is sturdy it's not necessarily the case that it can't be broken. On the other hand, ...
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what is the difference between ごたえ and かい/がい

The suffix かい/がい are about the beneficial outcome of an action, while ごたえ is about the impact, effort or challenge of the action itself. 聞きがいがある (or 聞く甲斐がある) suggests you'll gain something worthwhile ...
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confused about て無かったら

しか takes a negated verb to produce a meaning of only. Though when you translate it, the negative is absorbed into the meaning of しか (only). So, something like, ひとりしかいない means, "there's only one&...
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How is the grammar working in いや、何かしないとな?

と normally means that the sentence is a conditional: if you do that, then something happens: 何かをしないと、問題がある。 It's common in Japanese to keep the first part (ending with と) and remove the second part, ...
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How does 別にいいですよ mean "It doesn't matter" or "I don't mind"?

This usage of いい is similar to なんでもいい,meaning "anything would be good". It is sometimes translated into English as "I don't care", because you have not expressed a preference. 別 ...
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How does 別にいいですよ mean "It doesn't matter" or "I don't mind"?

In this usage, 別に has the sense of "nothing special". いいですよ could be rendered as "it's OK". So the whole sentence could be parsed as, "nothing special, it's OK" which is ...
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How does 別にいいですよ mean "It doesn't matter" or "I don't mind"?

別にmeans"separately" which can be negative or not; it depends on your expectation. Simply: "I don't care if"
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"掛ける" vs. "電話する"

かける by itself does not mean "to make a call". It only corresponds to the "make" part of the English phrase "make a call", and that's why "a call" is put in ...
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Usage of もんなんだ in this sentence? What kind of nuance does it give?

It's (言葉が)浮かぶ, followed by ものだ, followed by ん+だ. The subject of this 浮かぶ is 言葉. もんだ (ものだ): This has many meanings, but here it's used to express 浮かぶ is a general tendency or common occurrence based ...
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"掛ける" vs. "電話する"

As a nonnative speaker here, I'm going to go out on a limb here a bit. 掛ける has a lot of meanings. Spoken alone it could mean many, many different things. I don't think anyone uses 掛ける alone ever to ...
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「先生の選考は英語ではありませんでした。」or 「先生の選考は英語ませんでした。」?

ませんでした must always follow the masu-stem (aka pre-masu-form) of a verb, such as 食べ, 歩き, and 言い. However, 英語 is not a verb but a simple noun, and that's why you cannot directly connect 英語 and ません. To ...
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Why using た途端 instead of 次第 in this example

次第 would be weird in this sentence. [V ます-stem]-次第 is used, usually in the non-past tense, to talk about something you will do upon the completion of some event. (私は)仕事が終わり次第、帰る。 The focus of this ...
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Usage of 舟 in this context?

Takoyaki use 船皿{ふなざら} or alternatively, 舟皿{ふなざら} as their dish. Note the resemblance of its shape to that of a ship. So in this case, the comic is shortening 舟皿 to just 舟, and is simply counting how ...
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今晩/今夜: "tonight" or "evening"?

The word/kanji 晩 mainly refers to several hours after the sunset ("evening"), while 夜 generally refers to the time after the sunset and before the dawn ("night"). We say 夜が明ける (&...
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今晩/今夜: "tonight" or "evening"?

The 今 character refers to the present time (by itself, it's いま). 晩 can refer to both the evening time and nighttime in general. So together you get the sense of evening or nighttime that's happening ...
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夢中にする vs 夢中になる の違い

They have very different meanings. 夢中になる means "to become crazy/obsessed". 彼女は彼に夢中になった means she became obsessed with him. 夢中にする means "to make someone crazy/obsessed", i.e., to ...
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Difference between 何かしますか and 何をしますか

They are simply different phrases. 何かしますか is a colloquial form of 何かをしますか and 何か means something 何 means what Thus 何か(を)しますか means Are you going to do something? 何をしますか means What are you going to ...
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どうにも、どうにか、いかにも、どうか、どうもの中にパターンが潜在していますか?

歴史的にはもちろん、これらの単語は関連していますが、結論から言うと、残念ながら現代語ではそれぞれ個別の慣用句となってしまっており、「どうか」「どうも」の一部の意味を除いて、文法的に説明することはできません。 まず、「に」は格助詞であり、今の文法では名詞にしか接続できません。「どう」は副詞のため、現代語では「どう」+「に」という形を作ることは、もはやできません。少し古い時代では「どうに」を現代語の「...
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Do 果物/野菜 follow the scientific definition (e.g. an eggplant is a 果物), or the casual definition (e.g. an eggplant is a 野菜)?

Most people are vaguely aware of controversies around this topic, but in daily life, they just use "traditional" classifications without thinking much about the definitions. That is, people ...
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Do 果物/野菜 follow the scientific definition (e.g. an eggplant is a 果物), or the casual definition (e.g. an eggplant is a 野菜)?

The answer to the question of the title is, there are no definitions regarding what is 野菜 and what is 果物. So rather than the distinction being scientific or casual, there's no strict distinction (...
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