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My course book states that plain form + なあ can be used to express feelings, eg. うらやましいなあ I envy you. My question is how to use a ~な adjective with -なあ. eg. would it be 上手なあ or 上手だなあ?

  • i believe that both 上手なあ and 上手だなあ are both ok. the difference being the first one is used by women and the second by men. – A.Ellett Jun 7 '17 at 15:06
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    ^ 「[上手]{じょうず}なあ」とは言いません・・(「上手ねえ」とは言いますけど) – Chocolate Jun 7 '17 at 15:19
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According to A Dictionary of Intermediate Japanese, ~なあis constructed one of three ways

  • Sentence with informal ending ~なあ (includes questions ~かなあ)
  • Sentence that ends with an informal negative verb ending ~かなあ
  • Sentence that ends with informal past verb ~なあ

Examples:

高いなあ。

高いかなあ。

山田さんは来ないかなあ。

あのけちの吉田がよく金を出したなあ。

車があったらいいなあ。

Informal ending for ~な adjectives is だ、so to answer your question, we use the informal sentence ending for the sentence and attach ~なあ

彼は日本語上手だなあ。

Hope it helps.

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