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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?

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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.

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  • 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, 2021 at 1:23

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