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    Registered User 初心者/ Shoshinsha / Beginner
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    Could someone help me with this sentence?

    The sentence is this:

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    息がかかるくらい、 もっと近くに

    I haven't learnt enough Japanese to know enough structures so could someone explain to mean what it means when 'くらい' is put at the end of a verb or any word?

    Thank you for your help!

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    Intl Translator 英雄メンバー / Eiyuu Menbaa / Hero Member Ju-da-su's Avatar
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    Re: Could someone help me with this sentence?

    Kind of hard to explain..."just"? That sentence there, I would t/l it as "Better come closer just to help supporting" (though I know it sounds weird... ._.") Basically, くらい when put after a sentence can be "just to", "just because", "merely"...more or less like an emphasis on the matter (usually to indicate that it's something simple or sometimes unsignificant). Though when put after number, it can mean "about" or "approximately" in term of estimation. Sorry for being bad at explaining...

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    Manga Database 初心者/ Shoshinsha / Beginner DrCoke's Avatar
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    Re: Could someone help me with this sentence?

    I realize this says it's solved... but I don't think Ju-da-su's translation is correct... His explanation for the phrase くらい is correct, though.

    くらい in this context means 'Almost'. I'd translate this sentence as "Closer to you, So I can almost feel your breath." I'm guessing this is a romantic statement.

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