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Difference between と感じる and ように感じる

This nuance is quite simple: Look at the following sentences: I feel that a tornado is coming I feel as if a tornado is coming The difference is the strength of the assertion. よう adds a bit of ...
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What does「とこ」mean in this sentence?

Your initial guess is correct. This とこ is a colloquial variation of ところ, and it just means "place" here. It can be safely modified by an adjective; つまらないとこ is "a boring place". ...
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What is the difference between 言われたまま and 言われるがまま?

verb + がまま is a fixed phrase from classical Japanese. This が is an old possessive particle (see this question). A phrase like this often has a deeper nuance than what's written literally. Here, がまま ...
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Difference between chiisai (小さい) and komakai (細かい)?

Some additional detail, from the perspective of word derivations and related terms. 😄 小さい Modern ちいさい comes from older ちひさし. This word appears in the 日本書紀【にほんしょき】 of 720, one of the oldest texts ...
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Difference between chiisai (小さい) and komakai (細かい)?

There are many differences, but a rule of thumb is that 小さい is about size while 細かい is about granularity. As such, 細かい tends to imply that you are talking about many/repeated small things (of the same ...
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Onomatopoeia/Mimetic Words

Not a complete answer, hopefully it helps. 4. Onomatopoeias in general are less likely to be used if the register is formal. For example, 明確に回答する may be better than はっきり答える in business documents. But ...
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Difference between chiisai (小さい) and komakai (細かい)?

Adding to 悪戯猫さん's explanation: I've often heard the phrase 「細かいことまで聞いてすみません」 when you ask questions down to the smallest detail and you are worried you would annoy the listener with it.
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Difference between chiisai (小さい) and komakai (細かい)?

小さい 小さい = small (not to be big/wide etc.), 小さい部屋 → small room It can also carry the nuance of: short (small height) (彼は)小さいです。 → He is small (size/age) young (small age) (彼は)まだ小さいです。→ He is ...
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What is the difference between 当惑する , 戸惑う, はっとする and 度肝を抜く

当惑する (noun + verb) common word Originally 当惑 is a noun which means "bewilderment", it can be used as a verb when connecting する or just as a noun (its main function). 戸惑う (verb) common word ...
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The meaning of a sentence with いっちょ in this context

いっちょ is a form of 一丁: [名] 4 勝負事などの一回。ひと勝負。「もう―やろう」 [副]《4から》物事を始めるときに言う語。ひとつ思いきって。それでは。さあ。「―とりかかるか」 It is an interjection for starting something. Practically it is correct to interpret it as let's go ...
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