What is the usage of なの in:


To me, it seems to transfer a adverb [有名] to a noun, is that so? Could someone help to explain, thx.


To make the question more clear, the whole sentence is:



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The predicative form of 有名 is 有名だ and its attributive or adjectival form is 有名な. The particle nominalizes (changes) the preceding adjective into a noun.

So 最も有名ながウーロン茶で

is saying that the most famous thing is oolong tea.

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    I don't think this post deserves downvote, though I would explain that the の is simply a pronoun.
    – user4092
    Aug 8, 2015 at 5:06
  • But I am not yet sure. 有名校 can not be explained only with the function of the na-adjective. 有名, Kanji, noun itself is an adjective, I think.
    – user7644
    Aug 8, 2015 at 5:39
  • Because, when I take 有名 as a noun and the な as the 連体形 of the auxiliary だ, then it ( 有名 ) can be more flexible. For example, 有名かも, 有名らしい,有名なり etc, etc...
    – user7644
    Aug 8, 2015 at 5:47
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    Thanks for the edits. I forgot that 有名 is used sometimes as a kanji compound.
    – Ringil
    Aug 8, 2015 at 14:31

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