I study japanese on my own, so i dont really have a teacher to correct my sentences. I am trying coming up with some sentences to help me fixating things on my mind.

So I want to make the following sentence "everyone said she is not intelligent because she is beautiful"

I had already the compound sentence:

彼女はきれいだから賢くない です

And then I turned it into:


Is it right? Also, can i replace こと for の or のこと? Will it change the meaning of the sentence?

One more thing, is it okay to make such posts on the forum, asking for help on sentences and not exactly a grammar aspect? If not please let me know.

  • We don't generally do translation checks, but I think this type of question is okay as long as you focus on a specific grammar aspect in the sentence and give a specific title to your question.
    – naruto
    Commented Aug 10, 2016 at 0:34

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Do you know the と particle (aka the quotative particle)? When you quote someone's statement, you need to use と instead of を or こと. This sentence should at least be:


This still sounds unnatural because 皆さん is a fairly polite and formal word, whereas 話した is not polite and the content of the talk itself is not polite. This is a problem about register, and it's always a difficult part of learning foreign languages. Anyway:

  • 皆さん、彼女はきれいだから賢くないと話していました。
    (when you politely report to your boss what you've heard)
  • 彼女はきれいだから賢くないとみんな話した。
    (when you say this not particularly politely)

Actually I feel native speakers will choose different phrases to make this sound more funny, rude, sarcastic, etc. But perhaps you need to learn the basic grammar first.

As an aside, when you say "talk about (some-topic)", you cannot use と because it's not a quotation. Instead, you can use ~のこと like this:

皆さん彼女のことを話しています。 Everyone is talking about her.

  • I didn't really know about と working as quotation, the only thing I knew it worked that way was って. Also I'm a bit confused about why you used the "te form" in ‘‘‘話していました‘‘‘, i dont really get why not use ‘‘‘話しました‘‘‘ is the te form meaning "they were saying" instead of "they said"? But that's on me, I'm still beginning in the te form aspects(sorry for the lack of line beaks, I'm posting from mobile). Thanks again. Commented Aug 10, 2016 at 15:44

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