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  1. H

    What is the difference in usage between causative and causative-passive?

    I am aware causative can mean to let or to make someone do something. However which is the one all depends on context. More context the better it could be I suppose. I'm still somewhat blurred on this. Then when it comes to causative-passive like the examples below extracted from Causative...
  2. C

    Question about usage of しまう

    Right now I'm working through Nihongo-Sou-Matome for JLPT N3. I recently came across an example sentence that I'm a little confused by. The sentence is: 試験が終わった!今日は飲んじゃおう! I get that this means: The test is done! Let's drink today! What I'm confused about is that I thought that しまうwas only used...
  3. S

    Question 'Noun を verb' vs 'Noun は verb'

    Hey all. I am trying to understand the difference between: 'Noun を verb' and 'Noun は verb'. For instance: 映画を見ます and 映画は見ます I read that turning the を into a は is to contrast the sentence, but since English is not my native language and I learned it, mostly, by watching TV, I have no idea what...
  4. L

    Help!!

    Does anyone Know the answer to this? So.. what's the difference between say か v. カ ん v. ン め v. メ し v. シ よ v. ヨ あ v. ア From what I can tell they all make the same noises (unless there's slight differences I'm not catching) so what the difference, how do you know when to use one instead of...
  5. このかばんはだれですか

    Hey guys, was looking for a forum where I can ask some simple questions where I can hone my love of Japanese. New here like most. Im just beginning and learning grammar and words at the moment, so please forgive me. I've been burning through my genki textbook that I bought and im currently on...
  6. barabaraboop

    「て」 form confusion/clearing up

    In Genki 1 (2nd Edition) Lesson 6. It introduces the 「て」 form and a couple of its uses. One of its uses was 'Describing Two Activities' The example given is: 教科書を忘れて、すみません。 So with an exercise below, the task was to use the 「て」 form, specifically 「~てもいいですか」in certain scenarios. The question...
  7. H

    Help Questions about sentence structure / usages

    I have come across some sentence structures that seem to be similar in usage. 彼は若くて、面白いです。 彼は若いし、面白いです。 What's the difference between these? 彼は日本語の本が読めたり、テニスができたりします。 彼は日本語の本が読めるし、テニスができます。 What's hte difference between these? the use of したり and し 毎朝ジョギングをしています。 毎朝ジョギングをします。 What's the...
  8. OoTmaster

    Help with determining meaning in long sentences

    I was reading an article on NHK easy news. Namely this one: NEWS WEB EASY|男性と女性の差が小さい国のランキング 日本は114番 I understand most of the content here I just need a bit of assistance seeing if I understand a section that seems to be a very long sentence of reasons for Japan's ranking...
  9. T

    Please help! Struggling to understand a few things about the particles- "ga" が and "wa"は

    I started learning japanese about a week ago and have recently just spent a bit of time learning some grammar. I understand all of this from this website- The difference between 「は」 and 「が」 | Tae Kim's Blog Me) 食べた? – Did you eat? You) 食べた。 – I ate. Now, what if I wanted to ask you if Alice...
  10. robeni

    Help Could you help me correct this paragraph I wrote?

    じつわ、私はすべての音楽ジャンルがすきだ。へんなジャンルもよく聞きます。たとえばオペラとヘビーメタルとナイトコアをしります。分かった、ナイトコアはさいてい音楽、たぶん世界でさいあくかな。それはちょうど楽しみのためですから。しかし、オペラはふるい音楽、私の父はオペラにみせた。いつか私と父はイタリアにいきたいと思います。その時いいドレスを着たいです。オペラはすばらしいイベントです。ルチアーノ・パヴァロッティは好きなかしゅでもかれは死にました。さねんですねかれのこえはすばらしかったです。 アンドレア・ボチェッリまだいきているから、いつか彼のコンサートに行きたい。...
  11. D

    To repeat (word, sentence)

    Hi, I've mostly studied Japanese on my own, so I don't have the best reference for when I'm saying things correctly and I could use some help as I start to express more complicated ideas. So, with that in mind, I'd appreciate any help you could give me on the following idea I'm trying to...
  12. N

    Help Words for this/that and how do I use them in a sentence?

    this is a pretty self explanatory question
  13. DolfWantHug

    Help Struggling With Japanese Sentence Structure

    So I Have been studying Japanese for around 3-4 Months now and I am loving all of it and being able to pick up on things in Japanese Music,Anime and Manga etc. But there is one massive problem I am having and that is sentence structure. I feel my vocabulary is growing very quickly as I study...
  14. K

    Conjugating "なる" and "する" with verbs - problems with translation

    Hi there Could someone please tell me what the meanings of these conjuagtions of are. For example what's the difference between "海外に行くことになった" and "海外に行くことにした". Also, when do you use "こと" and when do you use "よう".
  15. K

    How would you say "this book became better halfway through

    Hi there I'm a bit confused on how you'd say "this book became better halfway through", as I'm not sure on how to structure the sentence. Would it be "道半ばにこの本はいいなった", or "道半ばにこの本はいいになった", or maybe something completely different. Any help is appreciated
  16. Vulcan879

    What is this question asking?

    いつ着くの? I don't understand the role of the 'no' particle in this sentence. So far far I've understood it to specify the the type of something (sensei - koukou no sensei) or possession of something (neko - Akira no neko). So, does this mean that the question is asking what kind of "how soon to...
  17. Goldfire20

    Help Particle confusion...

    I came across this sentence that seemed weird to me (It's from a song so it may just be poetic, who knows). The sentence is this: 2人で海を歌う What confuses me is the を. Doesn't that make the sentence: "The two of us, singing the ocean"? Or does it have a different use that makes the sentence...
  18. narutoka

    になろうと言った and になると言った

    What are the differences between になろうと言った and になると言った ?
  19. narutoka

    Is it possible to make ru-verb a subject ?

    If it is, what are the differences between: Verb-ru + の が Verb-ru + こと が Verb-ru + が
  20. S

    Japanese N5 to N1 Vocabulary and Grammar resources

    Hi, I finished rtk, am going to continue with part 2 and have no knowledge of Grammar or Vocabulary. I am shooting for JLPT N1. If my Questions got answered in another thread, please post the link. Kanji Already learned all from the 6th edition of "Remebering the Kanji", I just started with...
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