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Explanation

When do you use this expression?
  • ・You are grinning but you are not making any laughing sounds.
  • ・You think of something happy or pleasant and grin. If other people see you, they may feel you look strange.
for example
  • ・Erin and Megumi are ginning, seeing that Saki looks so happy.
  • ・Saki thinks of her senior colleague at her part-time workplace and makes a silly smile.
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Explanation

When do you use this expression?
  • ・You are grinning but you are not making any laughing sounds. You smile slightly with your mouth and your eyes.
  • ・Something advantageous for you happened and a grin breaks out on your face.
  • ・You are grinning slightly because you are thinking of doing bad things or you have found out someone else's mistake.
for example
  • ・The man grinned broadly when he heard that his plan had worked.
  • ・During a game, the champion noticed his opponent's mistake and made the next move with a grin on his face.