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B is called A
  1. B is called A
  2. It's said that A (hearsay, rumor, report, or legend)
  3. A is information about B
    B is often words such as , , , or other terms expressing a collection of information.
  4. All A; every A; this (very) A
    (A and B are the same noun) Gives stronger emphasis than simply listing the noun A by itself.
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   という       こと  あります   
Have you read the novel called 'Heart' ?
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   という          
I can't believe in that thing called 'Love.'
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   という      こと ある   
Have you ever heard the song called "Sakura"?
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 ケンジ  という           
Do you know a person named "Kenji"?

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ワンダというさかな (a fish called Wanda)

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In casual and semi-formal/semi-polite speech, という can be replaced with って:
」といういたことがありますか? could become 「」っていたことがあるの?/あるんすか?/あるんですか?
[see という/って]
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Another English translation with a different nuance is "by the name of." For example: A wizard by the name of Harry Potter. ハリーポッターという使い。
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It's said that A (hearsay, rumor, report, or legend)
  1. B is called A
  2. It's said that A (hearsay, rumor, report, or legend)
  3. A is information about B
    B is often words such as , , , or other terms expressing a collection of information.
  4. All A; every A; this (very) A
    (A and B are the same noun) Gives stronger emphasis than simply listing the noun A by itself.
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 この       いた という  
It's said that there was a kappa (mythical creature) in this pond long ago.
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                  という  
I heard that he graduated from a local university and left for Tokyo.

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A is information about B
B is often words such as , , , or other terms expressing a collection of information.
  1. B is called A
  2. It's said that A (hearsay, rumor, report, or legend)
  3. A is information about B
    B is often words such as , , , or other terms expressing a collection of information.
  4. All A; every A; this (very) A
    (A and B are the same noun) Gives stronger emphasis than simply listing the noun A by itself.
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           いい こと する  いう      
"Ichi nichi ichi zen" means to do a good thing every day.
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      パン     できる という       
Did you hear the talk about the new bakery opening in the neighborhood?

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くじらくわれたというはなし (a story about being eaten by a whale)

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All A; every A; this (very) A
(A and B are the same noun) Gives stronger emphasis than simply listing the noun A by itself.
  1. B is called A
  2. It's said that A (hearsay, rumor, report, or legend)
  3. A is information about B
    B is often words such as , , , or other terms expressing a collection of information.
  4. All A; every A; this (very) A
    (A and B are the same noun) Gives stronger emphasis than simply listing the noun A by itself.
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この     という                  
In this season, every house shines with Christmas decorations.
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この    という           
All the roads in this town are really narrow.

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This is a rare form of という. The other definition on this page is more common, and can handle situations where nouns A and B are not the same.
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It seems that iu in "to iu" is usually written in hiragana rather than in kanji, since its original meaning of "saying" has weakened.
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How do you ask what something is called?
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'What is this called' : これは(なん)というんですか? should work, I believe.
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Mmm. I kind of get it. It's like just replaced the name. Thank you.
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This is sort of a nitpicking point, but for grammatical structures like ‾という and ‾ものだ, you aren't supposed to use kanji. Or so I've been told by my professors in Japan ^^;
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Thanks (you're right); adjusted it so the kanji for う is suppressed.
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for the second meaning, I think instead of 'All' A, it might be better to use 'This' A instead - for example, というせない I can't forgive you this time, or というきた I ran out of patience with him this very day.
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I believe that is an additional way of reading it, instead of a replacement. I did recall seeing sentences like that as well.
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Whenever words written in Kanji or have a Kanji form are used in grammatical ways like in combination with te-form verbs or or the examples above it's usually not written in Kanji because it's really being used for grammar reasons and not vocabulary reasons. A rough equivalent is the kana は pronounced "wa" when used for grammar reasons but "ha" when not.
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I believe Noun A and Noun B should be different such as in コーヒーというという is more of a rare exception to the rule. Other uses are more of a verbal air quote such as in というべたい I want to eat "the fruit"! This was verified after an in depth decision on this grammar point with my native speaker wife.
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Are you referring to the using コーヒーという as a better example for the second definition, or suggesting that it should be marked to suggest that the first definition on the page is the common one, and the second one is rather rare (which is probably why it isn't introduced until the N1 level of the JLPT).
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I think that the first definition should be marked as the common one used and the second with the caveat that it is a rare usage. Also, the example should be changed to something that reflets Noun A という Noun B wherin the nouns are diffrent.コーヒーというという might serve as a better example. という is more of a set phrase.
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I can definitely make those changes - it will add a bit more context to help users distinguish the usages. You talk about the examples: are you suggesting using コーヒーというという as examples for the second meaning? For the second (rare) meaning, you need to keep the nouns the same, correct?
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Yes for the second meaning コーヒーというという could be used as examples for when the nouns are diffrent. For the rare meaning the nouns I believe should stay the same as in という。 I tried to find other examples of this "noun + という + same noun", but came up empty.
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Added a bit on rarity for the second case, and emphasized that it is only for the same nouns, and that the other one handles different nouns.
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This may definitely be me just using it wrong, but I've used という in a different manner and people caught on to the intended meaning easily enough. I guess I'm just checking if I was speaking properly or the people I said it to know me well enough to catch what I meant... or perhaps the meaning is close enough that it works? For example, my wife said she was going to go shopping with her mother, and that it shouldn't take more than half an hour. Did I want to come along? I said 「そうですね。。。30というんですけど。。。」 with the indication that I really didn't believe they'd be shopping for only 30 minutes. My father-in-law and wife caught on to that right away, and I won't deny it might be because they know me well. Or is it somehow different? Sorry, my Japanese expressions used in actual life sometimes don't match what I try to learn online. :P
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I don't think there is any conflict here - in your example, という isn't という as a set piece of grammar, but rather, と and いう - the particle plus いう. I read that sentence with と being the conditional "if that's the case", so "If you're saying that it's (the case that) going to be thirty minutes, then, well...." I would see something like のに as falling into the same potential trap. There is the grammar for のに, and then there is the used of の to nominalize the previous verb and then refer to that in a non-surprising/disappointed way: ケーキのるのにレンジがです。
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In the phrase かがいなくなるという the という can hardly be translated as 'is called'. It is much closer to ということ, but since it doesn't use こと, I'm at a loss, where to put my sentence.
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Just added a new meaning for you!
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Thank you.
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I think the sentence under point 2 (It is said that) doesn't belong there and it belongs on point 3 instead.
The sentence is "らがしたとうもっぱらのだ。" which to me seems that the sentence before という is describing the the same way in the point 3 you have というらせ、という、 という etc... (the ももっぱらの is just additiona description)
So that is という which although is similar in the meaning of the point 2 " It's said that A (hearsay, rumor, report, or legend) " it differs in construction, since in that construction the という is meant to appear at the end.
Quoting DoBJG:

When という is used at the end of a sentence, it means hearsay ("I heard that ~, They say ~, It is said that ~"). The sentence final という is used only in written Japanese, as in (1).

(1)

によるとだという。

According to the students, Professor Yoshida's teaching method is very skillful.

This is why I think that sentence doesn't belong under point 2

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I went ahead and took that one out and replaced it with another example. I'm also double-checking the quiz contents to make sure they line up as well.

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