I don't understand why に is used in this sentence I saw this sentence in the second episode of the anime k-on


the English subs said that it meant

She's all independent already.It makes me both happy and sad

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    Which に? If you are talking about the 自立した子に part, なる implicitly follow.
    – Jimmy Yang
    May 4, 2021 at 3:21

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As others pointed out, this is a case of omission. In Japanese, if the intent of the statement is free of ambiguity, you can cut out the rest.

いつの間に【この子は】こんな【に】自立した子に【なったのだろう 】。【私は】うれしいような悲しいような【気持ちです】。

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