I have problems translating the last part of this sentence, specifically the part of んだようなものだもんね


Let’s go by parts as Jack the Ripper said. Haa! Haaa! I know that the ん means a way to emphasize a phrase, that だ is a casual form of で す

And it gets more complicated with the next word よう(this word scares me when I see it, really), using as reference the online dictionary Jisho.org we have several possible translations




よう=ましょう We discard this for obvious reasons

and other variants that I have learned like ように、ようになります、ようにしています、ないように、etc.

This is followed もの which I suppose comes from 物

And finally we have the もんね. I understand that もん is also a variant of 物, and a second translation of もん is that it carries the sense of exclamation or surprise

After much reflection I reached this conclusion I hope it is correct or I'm wrong and it has a different meaning

寮が個室だからこの学園選んだようなものだもんねっ Well, the fact is that/ the point is that I chose this school because it has individual dormitories.

P.S. sorry if my English is not very good I did the best I could. Un saludo desde México


You can break it down like this:

  • 寮が個室だからこの学園選んだ "We chose this school because the dorm has individual rooms"
  • ~様【よう】な "something like ~", "kinda", "sort of"
  • ものだ "it's that"
  • もん + ね "huh?", "you know", "hey"

ようなものだ can be translated as "It's kinda like ~", "It's almost like ~", "It's as if ~", "So to speak, it's ~", etc. This ような is "like", and もの is just a nominalizer. 寮が個室だ is not a great reason to choose a school, so the speaker "hedged" here.

The second もん at the end of the sentence is etymologically もの, too, but it is more like a sentence-ending particle on its own. It's used mainly by children/girls to convince/persuade someone. See this and this. ね means the speaker wants the listener to agree with her (and this probably means the subject of this sentence is "we" rather than "I").

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