It's probably easier to explain the situation because I know there are multiple ways in which "about" could be used.

I am speaking with a friend and I tell them I went to a meeting. The next thing I would like to say is "the meeting was about leaving Japan"

To generalize this grammar point even more I guess I'm asking how I would make I sentence that say "this is about this"

I have a super basic understanding of Japanese so I'm trying to learn as I message/slash talk to people.

  • hint: look up Aについて Dec 16, 2015 at 7:46
  • Is there anything special about the way I conjugate the verb? Is it short form?
    – Baby Coder
    Dec 16, 2015 at 7:49
  • You can treat it as a set adverb and not conjugate it at all. For further options you can just look up "regarding" in an English ⇒ Japanese dictionary. Also, the reason why your question is downvoted is probably because it is a translation request, and you haven't shown your work. Dec 16, 2015 at 8:37

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nihon kara shukkoku suru koto ni tsuite no kaigi deshita.

japan from leaving-country doing about in regard meeting was.

The meeting was about leaving Japan.


So if you were to say this: 日本から出国する it would mean "I am leaving Japan", but because you put "koto" to normalise it, then "ni tsuite" to tell them the following words are in regards to it, then "no" to show the meeting was for what came before it.

This is quite complex grammar to get your head around if you're a beginner. If you're having trouble trying to understand it, I'd suggest studying から、について、こと separately to this example, then come back and apply what you've studied to your question.

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