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I came across this phrase example in my grammar book, but I don't know if I fully understand the meaning.

留学したとき、クラスの友達のやさしさがとてもうれしかった。

Can やさしさ be described as うれしい?
And what does that exactly mean?

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やさしさがうれしい means "to be glad about kindness". That is "She(He) was glad about her(his) classmates' kindness".

  • I understand the meaning but can が be used in that way too? Because it is the first time I see it – ヌビア Jun 16 '18 at 8:52
  • Yes, it can. You can think that like 私は is omitted. It is 私は、クラスの友達のやさしさがとてもうれしかった. 私は is the subject, うれしかった is the predicate, クラスの友達のやさしさ is the object. Generally, a object marker is を, but when predicate is an adjective, it become が. For example, 私は、彼の結婚が悲しかった. – Yuuichi Tam Jun 16 '18 at 10:26

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