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What is this sentence using ~たら~たで trying to say about televisions and computers?

I have this sentence in my JLPT practise book:テレビでもパソコンでも、なかったらなかったでなんとかなるものだよ。It's part of a review question about the grammatical form ~たら~たで, which I understand to mean something close to "whether or not"....

Asked on 11/25/2021

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What does て-form plus が mean?

I'm reading 「傘を持たない蟻たちは」and there is a sentence that reads:「その肌の白さが際立ったのは、着ていたタンクトップと肘から手にかけてが黒かったからだった。」What conjugation is て-form plus が?...

Asked on 11/25/2021 by Hayli

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How to understand the pronunciation as listed in Wiktionary

Wiktionary has two transcriptions:私 (Tokyo)¹ わ[たし]{——}² [wàtáshí]³ (Heiban⁴ – [0]⁵) IPA: [[ɰᵝa̠ta̠ɕi]]What is the 1st one called and how is it read?"Tokyo" stands for the Tokyo dialectWhat does the bar...

Asked on 11/25/2021

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Is there any difference between 学園 and 学校?

[学校]{がっ・こう} is usually one of the first words we encounter when learning Japanese, however the use of [学園]{がく・えん} also seems pretty common in media. Is there any practical difference between...

Asked on 11/19/2021 by Gaba

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Usage of は over に to mark seasonal changes

For context, I have the following text speaking about the leaves of a maple tree. これは花ではありません。「かえで」 の葉です。秋は赤いです。夏は緑です。 I understand that the phrase in bold would be translated as something...

Asked on 11/15/2021 by Aridez

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Dakuten used in non-standard ways (like with vowels)?

Sometimes in manga I encounter dakuten used in unexpected ways. For example, I've seen it used after あ. I wonder what effect it has on the pronunciation. Does it basically...

Asked on 11/13/2021

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What is the difference between ~たい and ~ことを望む?

I have been trying to translate some English sentences into Japanese. I have been asking people on OKWAVE to translate these sentences. I am happy to say that the results...

Asked on 11/13/2021

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What is the difference between 振る and 揺る?

Both of these words seem to mean "to shake". From what I got: 振る is "higher frequency" shaking. 揺る is more like a swaying or rocking motion, "lower frequency". Is...

Asked on 11/08/2021 by DD_Owl

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how to interpret きみがそうだったように?

This sentence is from a song's lyric 歌に形はないけれど (Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CV5wVHjMfQ&feature=youtu.be&t=136). How to understand that? There are two Chinese translations:你为我做过的一样 (It's just like you did for me)你是这样的温柔 (You're...

Asked on 11/08/2021 by user39652

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How often and where usually is ずとも encountered?

I encountered this sentence in my Anki app:彼は目が見えずとも素晴らしい演奏をしました。Although the grammar point is fairly simple, I have never encountered ずとも outside my grammar reviews. I also think that なくても can do...

Asked on 11/08/2021 by rebuuilt

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