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What's the difference between the constructs [adverb] なる (naru) and [adverb] する (suru)?
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Suru is active and implies somebody does something, but naru is passive and implies something happens. For example: 暖かくする / atatakaku suru = make it warm 暖かくなる / atatakaku naru = get warm.

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Words made from strokes of a kanji like 女 toくノ一
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Are there any other words, historical or present, where the characters are made up of strokes of a kanji, along the lines of the 女 etymology theory for くノ一? An example from present-day usage is タヒる ...

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What does this use of kanji in ruby text mean?
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It's just an explanation of the word added like that. "暗器" (anki) is not a common word in Japanese. For example there is no entry in WWWJDIC or in goo dictionary for this word. But most people would ...

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Is Japanese understandable without pitch?
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Japanese is mostly understandable to native speakers with incorrect pitch. There are a few words like "shiro", 城 or 白, which can be confused depending on context. If you are worried about pitch accent,...

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Do demons get any special honorifics?
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As far as I know, there is no particular honorific which is used for demons but not for humans. But it would be possible to add "sama" on to the name of a particularly powerful demon, in the same way ...

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Help with question word だれ
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Will changing the order to だれがあの方ですか。be acceptable or mean something else? Yes, it is OK to put "dare" like that. I think the meaning change can be translated like this: 誰がボスか。= who is the boss? (...

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忙しさもひと休みといったところだ。
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It means that the current level of busyness is at a low ebb. "isogashisa mo hitoyasumi to itta tokoro da" The "to itta tokoro da" part is explained in the textbook you got the phrase from.

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What does ものでして mean?
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It's もの as in person "者" plus "desu" in te form "deshite".

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What's the difference between 真似{まね}る and 真似{まね}する?
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I think "maneru" is a more formal written style and "mane suru" is the conversational version.

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What is the difference between 大事 (daiji) and 大切 (taisetsu)?
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大事 is more formal and 大切 is less formal.

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