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Does this sentence:

「彼女が美しく [...] なりましたね。」

need 「に」 in the marked spot? And why? Can it be used both ways?

I tried searching for the 「に」 usage but it seems to be the most elusive particle as it's used in literally hundreds of different contexts.

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No, this sentence does not need に.

However, に does appear in a similar construction: When you want to use なる "to become" with adjectives, you use the 連用形 ren'yōkei, which is formed as follows,

  1. for na-adjectives add に
  2. for i-adjectives, delete い and add く

So

  1. 彼女がきれいなりましたね。
  2. 彼女が美しなりましたね。
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  • But what is the specific rule that determines why I shouldn't put "ni" in the original sentence, but should in the example sentence you provided?
    – NewProger
    Mar 16 '17 at 8:51
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    きれい is a na-adjective. 美しい is an i-adjective. The ren'yōkei of 美しい, which is 美しく doesn't take に as a particle. 美しくに is ungrammatical (and so is きれいなりました without the に).
    – Earthliŋ
    Mar 16 '17 at 8:56
  • Ah, now that makes sense! Thank you for clarifying that!
    – NewProger
    Mar 16 '17 at 8:58
  • It's better you think of i-adjectives and na-adjectives as completely different parts-of-speech. (I only mentioned them both in the same answer, because I thought that's why you thought there might be a に there.)
    – Earthliŋ
    Mar 16 '17 at 8:59

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