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 at 3:21
  • thanks i didnt think of it like that im still a beginner also i should have specified the に
    – k-on fan
    May 4 at 4:29

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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