I am uncertain if the bolded なり below is the hiragana form of the kanji 鳴り 'ringing, sound' or if its the なる form for the そぞろ. (which would come out as 'to become restless/ to become on edge (and unable to concentrate )/ to become distracted').

Any help provided for me (and others) to learn how to discern which it is would be greatly apricated.


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    I'm curious as to what translation you would make where なり was 鳴り. Mar 14, 2021 at 12:25

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~なり as a grammatical construct comes from the word なる ("to become"). It's often used to join two phrases with a logical sequence to each other.

In your example, the first phrase is


"I found myself getting distracted"

→ As a result of the first phrase:


"the radio broadcast went in one ear and out the other."

Another way this is used is to provide a non-exhaustive list of examples. For example:


  • how did you instantly recognize it as the naru form?
    – Toyu_Frey
    Mar 14, 2021 at 11:24

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