Last time I wanted to say "Disturbing someone is bad", so I directly wrote:


But I just came across another way of saying it :


It bothers me a lot not to know the nuance between those two, because it's not the first time I think about it, so what would the difference between the nominalizer の(は) and しては is?

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lit. Disturbing someone is bad

lit. If/should it disturb(s) someone, it is bad

の is but a nominalizer, while ては is a conditional expression. You can translate the latter as "disturbing someone is bad" in some situations too, but the two are different in principle. Maybe a better translation is "I'm afraid of disturbing someone" for the latter.

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