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I recently realized that 平板 verbs become 尾高 when there is a の after them. For example:

戦うの→たたかうの{LHHHL}

寝るの→ねるの{LHL}

That really does happen right? Or am I mishearing? What are other situations where 平板 verbs change their pitch like that?

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Yes, that does happen. It happens in a couple other places, certainly including ん but also:

  • から
  • けど
  • が (as a conjunction and (verb)がいい etc)
  • many sentences ending particles (ぞ (optional)、わ (male version only)、よ (optional)、さ、 な (negative imperative only)、っけ、 etc.)
  • に違いない
  • も (when it directly follows a verb — you can imagine it as an invisible の almost)
  • か (for compartmentalizer & for sentence-ending question marker in the rhetorical usage)
  • と (quotative particle)、って、なんて
  • と (conjunction particle, optional)

and probably more.

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  • Is と (conjunction particle, optional) the same as conditional ''if''? I think I hear やめちゃうと as やめちゃうと{LHHHLL} in voca.ro/14KSa4RrEFtC. I wonder if this is just the normal traits of ちゃう but I'm not sure there. It seems like she is at least emphasizing because in vocaroo.com/11VHJDm5otaC it sounds like やめちゃう{LHHHH} with no と after it?
    – firuvi
    Apr 12 at 16:03
  • Yes, that's the と I was referring to in that bullet. It's marked as optional because both やめちゃうと ̄ and やめちゃ\うと are fine. The latter doesn't feel like emphasis to me, just alternative way to say it. Apr 12 at 17:28

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