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How impolite is it to call a waitress お姉{ねえ}さん?

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meanings of 「書{か}いてある」 and 「書かれている」

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How to negate "べき"? (ie. "should not")

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what nuance does calling oneself "ふつつかもの" have?

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Is "お寿司屋さん" personification?

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usage cases for「ありがたい」?

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What does it mean when newspapers give furigana for 常用{じょうよう} kanji?

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How should "イモ" be translated?

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How to classify the non-standard reading of "お土産{みやげ}"?

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How to begin a reply to a question?

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When to use "どうぞよろしくお願{ねが}い致{いた}します。" in a greeting?

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「を」 object marker in this 受身形{うけみけい} sentence [duplicate]

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謙譲語{けんじょうご} nouns such as 弊社{へいしゃ}, etc

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Describing a woman with きれい vs. 美しい{うつくしい}?

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meaning of "べつにいいけど"

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Am I the only one who never says "少女{しょうじょ}"?

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Does saying "私は次男坊です" in self-intro sound humorous? why?

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difference between "日欧米で株上昇" and "日米欧で株上昇"?

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At a first meeting, saying お姉さんですか instead of お母さんですか comes off as clever or neutral? never impolite?

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Same kanji compound, with different readings, and meanings depend on the reading? (heteronyms)

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What criteria decides whether to print 「氏」 or 「さん」 at the end of a person's name in newspapers?

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best phrase choice for a derogatory reference to the "young generation"?

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"~において、..." vs. "~にとって、..." differences?

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after saying "ありがとう" to someone, they can't renege without hard feelings?

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can 美化語{びかご} create implied subjects?

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how to say "does not make sense"?

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Can you say "よい夢へ" instead of "よい夢を"?

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"verb+ものです" has an additional meaning?

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「思っているようです。」or 「思っている。」 for describing another person's opinion

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How to say "let's start using our first names when we talk?"