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English Reference for maa (まあ)


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  1. adverb just (e.g. "just wait here"), come now, now, now
  2. tolerably, passably, moderately, reasonably, fairly, rather, somewhat
  3. well..., I think..., it would seem..., you might say..., Hmmm, I guess so...
  4. interjection female term oh!, oh dear!, oh, my!, wow!, goodness gracious!, good heavens!
Example sentences
"Did you possibly not notice until just now?" "Er, well ... it was just so beyond my imagination that ...
Let's just waste some time around here
Well, for the practical problem, in the midst of those rumours flying around I'm surprised they've been able to keep that club running
"I've heard about it, Koichi" "You don't need to say anything more, I know. It's the summer festival incident at the shrine, right?
Boy, did she have egg on her face when she showed up at the formal party wearing blue jeans
Gosh, what a dirty customer
Oh, you'll get used to it soon
My, but you're nice
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