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「X」と「Y」と - how does the second と affect the sentence?

I've seen some titles like this, for example an episode of an anime series that was called 敵{てき}と味方{みかた}と, or a manga that was called エルフと少年{しょうねん}と. I'm curious, how does the second と affect those ...

particles particle-to  
asked by kuchitsu 9 votes
answered by Locksleyu 2 votes

"Strike while the iron is hot" - Japanese equivalent

Is there an equivalent expression in Japanese for "strike while the iron is hot"? I've seen a few questions on here with phrases and their equivalents. Does anybody know of a site where these are ...

set-phrases phrase-requests  
asked by VictorySaber 8 votes
answered by Yoichi Oishi 8 votes

ない in つまらない and similar adjectives and their conjugation with すぎる

The usual path for conjugation would be: 高い → 高すぎる  (drop い, append すぎる) ない → なさすぎる (drop い, append さ, append すぎる) Is ない in つまらない treated as the negative ない which conjugates as 2.? Or is つまらない a ...

grammar conjugations adjectives negation  
asked by Flaw 7 votes
answered by Yuuichi Tam 6 votes

をも: Is this sentence grammatically correct?

日本で英語を教えたい。彼も教えたい。 I want to teach English in Japan. He also wants to teach. But if I were referring to myself in both sentences and talking about two different activities that I want to do: ...

particle-wo particle-mo  
asked by BJ Peter DeLaCruz 7 votes
answered by choco 11 votes

What's the difference among [停]{と}める、[止]{と}める、and [留]{と}める?

How are they different in meaning and usage? I also would like to see samples of how each can be used in a sentence.

word-choice usage kanji  
asked by Kevin Boucher 6 votes
answered by A.Ellett 0 votes

How to turn an independent clause into a subject?

こんにちはみなさん! I was talking to my niece and she told me she was learning to play the piano, so I wanted to say "I want to hear Asuka-chan play the piano!" but then I realized I wasn't entirely certain ...

grammar particles verbs nominalization  
asked by pinkbubblegum 5 votes
answered by l'électeur 5 votes

Should I repeat -san to refer to someone whos name ends in san?

My friend's name is Allisan, how can I make it clear that her name is オーリサン and the honorific 'san' is not included and furthermore how can she introduce herself without sounding like a smug to ...

asked by Mr D 5 votes
answered by l'électeur 3 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

When should I replace kanji with hiragana?

When should I write 海山 and when should I write うみやま?

kanji hiragana  
asked by jim 14 votes
answered by istrasci 17 votes

What's the difference between "さけ" (sake) and "しゃけ" (shake)?

Today I saw onigiri claiming to contain "しゃけ" (shake). When I asked my friend what that was, she said it was the same as "さけ" (sake), "salmon". So are these two just different readings of a kanji, ...

word-choice synonyms food animals  
asked by hippietrail 16 votes
answered by Tsuyoshi Ito 20 votes

Can you answer this?

The role of the particle に in ばかものに考えているに思えた。

I came across the following sentence: ばかものに考えているに思えた。 Which was tranlated as: Seemed to believe in stupid things. Now, the first に states IN WHAT someone seemed to believe. We can put this one ...

asked by Gabu 2 votes
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