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I am currently learning basic grammar using the Tae Kim's guide to japanese. In one of his examples he roughly translates this sentence:

こんなを本当に食べる?

as "Do you think [he/she] will really eat this type of thing?"

My question is, how does the possessive particle make this sentence different from for example:

こんなを本当に食べる?

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の here is not a possessive の, it's a nominalizer, a formal noun. こんな is adjectival and cannot by itself constitute a noun phrase.

In other words, こんな means "this type of", こんなの means "this type of thing".

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