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I'm solving exercises for N1 level and I came across this question.

新しい家に飾る絵を探しているが、なかなか__というものが見つからない。

A. これか

B. これは

C. これさえ

D. これだけ

The correct answer is B but I think it should be C.

I don't understand what the grammar point of 「これはというもの」is.

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    I think これは can be used as an expression of surprise. – Aeon Akechi May 1 '16 at 20:49
  • @Nothingatall do you have any resources pointing out this usage? – William May 1 '16 at 20:50
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    なかなか「これは…!」というまの… — Does that help? – deceze May 1 '16 at 20:51
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「これは」 is an expression which indicates surprise, or something that's giving the speaker pause, along the lines of "Wait, this one...". Anything coming before a 「という」 should be taken as literal exclamation; so rather than 「はという」, the sentence really is:

なかなか「これは」というものが見つからない。

Which means "I can't really find anything that makes me go 'This is it.'", or "...that I find worth considering."

  • The quote marks really help make clear how this functions grammatically. – virmaior May 2 '16 at 1:12
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    ちなみに、「これだ」という言い方もできます。こっちの方が "this is it" に近いかもしれません。 – broccoli forest May 2 '16 at 13:38

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