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Particle と with へ; ~へと
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へと is used when you are directing your audience's attention to the content that comes after the と for emphasis. 「やや強意の副詞的表現に属することを表す」 Example: 透【す】き通【とお】るような青【あお】空【ぞら】の中【なか】へと白【しろ】いボールが吸【す】い込まれていく ...

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How does the particle を relate to the verb 行く in the structure「A を + B に行く」?
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The verb is 行{おこな}う not 行く。 They both conjugate to 行った in the past tense so it can look confusing, but as you have just experienced, the context can make it clear which one it is. ...

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How do these 3 ways of saying "It can't be helped" differ?
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仕方がない 仕方:し is the conjunctive form of する (to do) and 仕 is 当て字. 方 means way or method. 仕方がない:(lit.) する手段・方法がない There is no way to do a thing. From this idea comes these idiomatic meanings: 1) ...

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How to read 死神界?
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That kind of furigana is not for telling the reader the reading of the kanji, but what the character actually said. The kanji tell the reader what they meant. It would be incorrect to read it ここ every ...

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Exclusive or, does it exist in Japanese?
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または and どちらか (いずれか is more the formal version, どっちか is more casual) can only be exclusive. AまたはB、一つだけ選んでください。 This a pretty strong way to say only choose one. In cases where you don't have to be so ...

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Need help reading old hand-written japanese
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Thanks to naruto, I was able to verify that 社 does get contracted into the shape in the image using this 電子くずし字字典 website. 電気会社員 I found the first two characters of the second line on this page from ...

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Usage of 腱 vs 筋
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腱 would generally be read けん and is the word (generally and medically speaking) that means tendon. The kanji 筋 itself has numerous meanings and uses, so I'll limit this answer to biology. 筋 is much ...

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What is the difference between どころか or ものか?
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I would like to propose that the answer book is wrong. In the example sentence ものか could only be used to express complete disbelief or rejection of the idea that the economy will improve. ものか is used ...

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onomatopoeia for cluelessness
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ポカーン seems like the closest to me. It is often associated with a blank stare. jisho.org has vacantly; blankly; absentmindedly (​Onomatopoeic or mimetic word) as the definition of the root ぽかん. ...

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How best to respond to 「ご無沙汰しています」
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If you were speaking then こちらこそ alone would be fine, but since it is email, I think it would be best to add ご無沙汰しています。 こちらこそ、ご無沙汰しています。 This is to avoid the disconnect of "こちらこそ about what?" If ...

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Meaning of はいてなかったり?
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This is a very, very context dependent question. Not just a matter of a few sentences, but over volumes of the comic. I have never read it myself, but the みつどもえ fansite contained enough circumstantial ...

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What/Where usage English vs Japanese
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This is the difference between what a word means according to a bilingual dictionary and what a word means within its native language. According to the 日本国語大辞典 その土地またはその学校などから世に出ること。また、それまで過ごした経歴{...

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Using appropriate old characters with people's names
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This site about wedding manners specifically says it is rude to mistake the characters of people's names. 名前を書く際は、旧字体、人名外字などを間違えて失礼とならないように何度もチェックしてください。 Also, if you are willing to accept this as ...

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Rust: 錆 vs 銹 vs 鏽 vs 鏥
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The character most commonly used for rust is 錆 (written with 月 instead of 円 in the 漢字源 dictionary) and it originally meant: 1) 金属の澄みきった色 - the pure, clear color of metal 2) 金属の澄みきった音の形容。また、その音。- adj. ...

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How to interpret this mismatched furigana?
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メイン means "main dish" in this context. From the Wikipedia entry on main course: The main dish is usually the heaviest, heartiest, and most complex or substantial dish in a meal. So it goes ...

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What is the expression/word for "going against traffic (flow)"?
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逆走する is the most common expression for that. Often heard on the news. Because of the aging society, incidents of elderly people accidentally getting on highways in the wrong direction, going ...

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What does 三角や四角 mean in this sentence?
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I have not read the story, but apparently the character pictures emotions as squares, triangles and circles. I got that from a comment found here, which says よかった(語彙力)。たしかに、Amaz○nのレビューにあるように、...

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えっと。。美琴ひどい人だなって思われるかもしれないけど、下手にかかわらない方がいいんじゃないかと、思ったり
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Based on your explanation of the context, really it boils down to 美琴 being afraid of 望. 美琴 is concerned about what would happen to the listener (and potentially other related parties) if the listener ...

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How does atsui (あつい) sound like English 'hot'?
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Note the author's pronunciation guide [ott-SOO-ee] is only on the word あつい. He is indicating that the sound of "hot" and あつい are similar because of the "ott" sound. To see the similarity, try saying 「...

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When do you use は/に for どようびは/に?
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どようびは ほんを よみます。 -> I read books on Saturdays OR I will read a book on Saturday. は, as the topic marker, can be used to refer to Saturdays in general or the next Saturday from the time the sentence is ...

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What are the correct symbols for kozumi?
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The term for "claws" is 爪{つめ} tsume, not kozumi. It could be a mistake stemming from 小爪{こづめ} kozume. These two websites about swords (www.touken-world.jp, kougetsudo.info) both only refer to ...

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The meaning of 石松 in 待ってください用心棒なら この石松が
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石松 is the speaker's name. He's offering his service as a 用心棒. You said he got cut off, so the sentence could have ended something like 待ってください用心棒なら この石松がやります or つとめます。 Or, if he is using 敬語、 ...

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Is this topical tangent really as abrupt/unconnected as it feels to me?
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In the sentence この機械はナスカ地方にいくとでっかいイラストがあるので、ひまな人はみにいってみるとよい。 ナスカ地方にいくとでっかい is all modifying イラスト, so in its most basic form it says この機械はイラストがあるので... Roughly translating to There is an ...

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Meaning of Calligraphy Phrase "sumi tsugi"
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Wikipedia has a list of calligraphy terms in which sumi tsugi is 墨継ぎ(すみつぎ)とは、文の途中で筆に墨を付けること。 Which means dipping the brush into ink a second time while writing one sentence. The 日本国語大辞典 confirms ...

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The meaning of "そうかかんない" in this sentence
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The verb is かかる meaning to take time in this case. In the sentence it is そうかからない So it means to not take time. The そう modifies it to mean "not so much" like the "that" in "...

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What is this usage of と at the end of a sentence in this song? And in general?
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Perhaps it would help to rearrange it into a more standard word order? 私{わたし}がすぐあなたのこと探{さが}し出{だ}すと約束{やくそく}する This と is just the standard quotative particle associated with 約束する. In the lyrics she ...

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Reading per kanji / irregular readings
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The short answer is no, it's not possible. While most kanji can be mapped to their most common readings, as you have already shown in the question, there are exceptions where it's not so simple. 今日 ->...

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What is the upper radical in the Kanji 悪?
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The upper part of 悪, 亜{あ} itself is not a radical, but if you take the kanji 亜, it's radical is 二.

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I do not understand らさん in this sentence
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夫は涎{た}らさんばかりの喜びようだ。 This is an example of bending the rules for a literary aesthetic. The kanji 涎{よだれ} does not have the 垂{た}らす reading, but the meaning and unusual way the author wanted the reader to ...

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Showing gratitude for omiyage yet to be completely finished (ごちそうさまです?)
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If I understand your situation correctly, you received the omiyage, ate a couple of them and will be meeting the person that gave them to you before finishing them all. As naruto has answered ...

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