I know the んだ form is used to give and ask for explanations, but I'm not sure about its usage in this passage; context: a girl asked a boy how much he loves her, he answer and then starts explaining his answer:


It seems like an explanatory usage of んだ and it makes sense, since he is giving an explanation; I'm not sure because that sentence is just part of the explanation the boy gives, and before and after んだ is used just another time (in a なんだ form). So I was wondering: why that sentence uses んだ, while the rest of the explanation doesn't? It's like the character felt the need to stress that part?

For reference, some more of the explanation (if needed I can copy also the following part):


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Yes, this んだ is an explanatory-の followed by だ.

In this paragraph, the weird situation that needs to be explained is 誰もいない, 何も見えない, 物音ひとつ聞こえない, etc. In other words, these are treated as "questions" rather than explanations. And the corresponding "explanation" (or "answer") he suddenly noticed is "僕は誰からも、どこの場所からも引き離されている".

  • 何も見えない。 物音ひとつ聞こえない。
    → I can see or hear nothing. (Why?)
  • そして僕は突然遠く引き離されているんだと感じる
    → I suddenly noticed I'm separated from everything I know! (And that's why I can see or hear nothing!)

By the way, is this whole thing really an answer to "How much do you love me"? Then you can forget that context for now. Obviously, saying 引き離されているんだ does not serve as an explanation to her question. He has started a long story which seemingly has nothing to do with their love.

  • That's the explanation of the answer, the answer is 夜中の汽笛くらい.
    – Mauro
    Sep 30, 2019 at 12:29
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    @Mauro So this whole thing is a part of an explanation for 夜中の汽笛? Either way, he is still in the middle of his long analogy, and this んだ in question has nothing to do with the broader context about 汽笛.
    – naruto
    Sep 30, 2019 at 12:41
  • Yes, basically it's a two pages short story in which he explains why he answered that way. Thanks for the clarification.
    – Mauro
    Sep 30, 2019 at 12:42

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