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What is the meaning of ~たのは? For context, the song bluebird by いきものがかり says


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「の」 is a nominalizer; It nominalizes the preceding verb or adjective.

「目指したの」= "what I/we ran toward" = "my/our destination"

Other examples: 「[赤]{あか}いのがほしい。」= "I want a red one."

「[行]{い}きたいのは[京都]{きょうと}です。」= "Where/The place I want to go to is Kyoto, (not another town)."

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But so when nominalizing something with た at the end, isn't there an added meaning? I know with たもの that implies some nostalgia, right? – user3457 Dec 20 '13 at 22:49
@Anonymous 目指した in 目指したのは/目指したものは is the past tense form. The present tense form would be 目指すのは or 目指すものは. – user1016 Dec 21 '13 at 3:45

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