I have no clue what の has to do in the sentence. Isn't 周りとコミュニケーションです。enough?

  • Could we get your translation to see how you understand the relationship between 周り and コミュニケーション and their roles in the sentence?
    – sbkgs4686
    Jul 25, 2020 at 23:27
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    周りとコミュニケーションです is a common mistake English speakers make. Does this answer your question? using の with と,で, から, まで
    – naruto
    Jul 26, 2020 at 0:57
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    Also related: Grammar of との, what is the meaning
    – naruto
    Jul 26, 2020 at 4:46
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    The 'verb' (です) in your sentence is acting as a copula to say that "a is b". This makes the entire predicate a noun phrase. As the posts narutoさん shared mention, a noun in Japanese cannot be qualified directly by certain particles like と, で, へ, まで, etc.; the particle needs to be followed by の in order to allow for it to qualify a noun.
    – sbkgs4686
    Jul 26, 2020 at 14:57
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    周りとコミュニケーションです is plain wrong. の adds nothing to the meaning; it's just a mandatory particle to make this sentence grammatical.
    – naruto
    Jul 26, 2020 at 23:57

1 Answer 1


NICE Question.

So the の is in it's possessive functionality here.

The Communication is that which is had between the speaker and those around them.

This is a common form when talking about the state of some relationship or some interaction





Hope that helps

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    親との考え方が違うんだ doesn't make sense. 親と考え方が違うんだ or 親との考え方の違いがあるんだ does.
    – naruto
    Jul 26, 2020 at 4:49
  • Good call, 親との考え方の違いがあるんだ is right, thank you.
    – Reed Day
    Jul 27, 2020 at 2:37

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