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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, almost always, though I feel it gets lost before かどうか) (for sentence-ending question marker, only in the rhetorical usage)
  • と (quotative particle)、って
  • と (conjunction particle, optional)

and probably more.

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