I was trying to say "I write slow".

I figured it would be:


But a native speaker didn't understand me and said it was:


Now I understand how の after a verb makes it a noun, but I always thought the verb had to be last. Why would you need to make it a noun if its the only acting verb? Is there a reason why the way I said the sentence is wrong?

Thank you.


In Japanese, the verb (or adjective) has to be at the end of the clause, so it can very well be in the middle of a sentence.


Is wrong because it doesn't make any sense. In this case, が would mean "but".

Even if you wrote:


It would be wrong because you cannot qualify a verb (here かく) with an adjective (here おそい), it would literally mean "slow write".



You first nominalize the verb かく with の as you already know it makes it act like a noun. And then you qualify this nominal group with が/はおそい.

  • 2
    And the full idea is basically "(my) writing is slow", so you can make an English version where the verb becomes a noun too.
    – Leebo
    Dec 29 '18 at 14:42
  • Yes, feel free to edit my answer if you want to add your translation
    – user32204
    Dec 29 '18 at 21:35

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