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172 What's the difference between wa (は) and ga (が)? 2011-05-31T19:13:38.343

126 What is the こと in sentences such as あなたのことが好きだ? 2011-07-21T13:02:35.843

120 Differences among -たら、なら、-んだったら、-えば, etc 2011-06-02T05:12:11.927

109 What is the difference between the nominalizers こと and の? 2011-06-21T20:06:08.470

94 How should I choose between [知]{し}る and わかる? 2011-06-30T17:40:01.210

78 What is the difference between "に" and "には"? 2011-06-14T06:19:27.017

76 When to use ください (kudasai) or お願いします (onegaishimasu) in requests? 2011-06-01T08:47:27.273

74 What are the differences between じ and ぢ, and ず and づ? 2011-06-17T00:11:40.603

69 でも (demo) versus けど (kedo) to mean "but" 2011-08-18T17:06:37.257

68 Difference between -ていく and -てくる 2011-06-06T14:16:35.030

66 When is Vている the continuation of action and when is it the continuation of state? 2011-09-13T08:11:55.543

64 What is the difference between the negative forms -ず and -ぬ? 2011-06-01T04:11:21.647

63 Particles: に vs. で 2011-05-31T20:36:57.090

63 When going somewhere, is there any difference between e (へ) and ni (に)? 2011-05-31T21:46:23.797

63 Is じゃないです equally correct as じゃありません? 2011-08-10T12:15:47.987

62 Why are the particles "は" (ha⇒wa), "へ" (he⇒e), and "を" (wo⇒o) not spelled phonetically? 2011-06-02T03:38:02.493

61 Why were ゐ and ゑ eliminated? 2011-05-31T22:20:42.663

61 What does the internet slang "草生えた" mean? 2013-01-09T00:04:46.240

60 Why does Japanese have two kinds of adjectives? (-i adjectives and -na adjectives) 2011-06-13T06:07:23.047

58 ことができる versus V~える form 2011-08-17T03:49:12.670

54 How to choose between "よん" (yon) vs "し" (shi) for "四" (4) and "しち" (shichi) vs "なな" (nana) for "七" (7)? 2011-06-01T14:55:18.173

53 The difference between が and を with the potential form of a verb 2011-06-05T03:59:20.480

53 Why are katakana preferred over hiragana or kanji sometimes? 2011-07-14T13:56:22.927

51 What is the difference between 〜となる and 〜になる? 2011-05-31T23:21:40.987

51 Usage of すみません (sumimasen) versus ごめんなさい (gomen'nasai) 2011-06-01T13:36:38.707

51 When is the katakana form of wo (ヲ) used? 2011-06-08T00:11:10.837

49 What does っす at the end of a sentence mean? 2011-05-31T19:36:31.970

49 What are the rules regarding "mute vowels" ("u" after "s" and "i" after "sh")? 2011-06-14T06:12:20.800

48 Is there any reason a lot of body parts use the Month/Moon radical? 2017-03-22T10:03:43.997

47 What is the meaning of ~んです/~のだ/etc? 2012-05-01T09:31:51.200

46 i-adjectives used as na-adjectives: is there a difference? (e.g. 大きい versus 大きな) 2011-07-11T09:21:22.497

45 What exactly is "なの" (nano)? 2011-06-03T18:06:43.047

45 How important is one's pitch when speaking Japanese? 2011-06-06T02:38:48.130

43 Is it proper to thank waitstaff, cashiers, etc. for their service? 2011-06-03T03:10:19.730

43 What's the difference between なぜ、どうして and なんで when meaning 'why'? 2011-08-16T15:01:35.247

42 What's the difference between 女性 and 女の人? 2013-12-18T11:55:57.080

42 What is the meaning of 「読むには読んだ」? 2016-06-01T23:33:44.940

41 How did "little tsu" become a lengthener? 2011-06-07T22:34:44.623

41 Usage of たくさん vs. 多い 2011-06-09T05:12:43.197

41 How indistinguishable is blue from green really? 2011-06-13T12:36:26.320

41 What is the difference between -さ and -み suffixes to make a noun out of an adjective? 2011-06-22T20:40:50.077

41 How does the の work in 「日本人の知らない日本語」? 2013-09-14T22:14:20.507

40 What is the difference between 大事 (daiji) and 大切 (taisetsu)? 2013-02-19T02:12:35.033

40 How do parents obscure spoken messages in front of their children in Japanese? 2014-02-05T19:49:08.557

40 Why was "一匹" used for Godzilla? 2014-08-03T09:19:58.080

40 If Kanji are necessary to disambiguate homophones, how come it's still used, being that Japanese people seem to know the difference when speaking? 2017-07-26T03:35:31.327

39 What does -komu (~込む) at the end of a word mean? 2011-05-31T20:01:17.110

39 Arabic numbers: half-width or full-width? 2011-06-07T08:41:07.613

39 What is the difference between いえ and うち? 2011-11-13T22:11:53.470

39 Why was both katakana and hiragana created? 2012-01-15T02:07:11.200

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