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とか in casual speech

IsaacDavid

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I've seen that とか is used very often in casual speech and i want to ask if always it have its usual meaning of: things like that.. or sometimes is used like a filler,with no meaning at all.
 
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I can't recall its use as a filler. Just in the usual manner. Also なんとか (somehow) is a commonly used word. I think I hear this more than とか in other circumstances.

> 間に合ったね → You made it (on time)
> え、なんとか → Yes, somehow
 

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I use it a lot when listing off things, it's like the 〜たり、〜たり、〜たりする of nouns
 

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のだ(んだ) also i see that is used very often.it always have that sense of explanation?
 

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のだ(んだ) also i see that is used very often.it always have that sense of explanation?
it's fair to think of it that way, and if you're using that structure in a question, you're eliciting an explanation or asking for some reasons.

Honestly I use this a lot just because I'm used to speaking casually, and it's super easy to just use the dictionary form and tack a ~んです/ですか at the end of a sentence to make it polite. It doesn't change the meaning of the sentence so much that it would throw people off, depending on the context.
 
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