I have this sentence 隣の席が私なのを、感謝しなさい

What does 私なの mean in this case? Why is there a を with a comma right after?


It's nominalizing. The sentence means "be thankful that the person in the seat next to you is me." But more literally, something like "be thankful for the thing/fact/way that, the seat next to you is me."

You could express the same thing as 私であること, but this sounds much more formal.

  • To add to this, part of the confusion may be that だ / です becomes な when used with things like (the nominalizer) の, so the statement「隣の席が私だ」("the (person in) the next seat is me") gets turned into a noun by changing the だ to な and tacking on の:「隣の席が私なの」("the fact that the person in the next seat is me"), which then gets used as the object (を) of the larger sentence.. – Foogod Jul 13 at 1:23

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