Here are two examples of nominalized サ変 verbs.



Given that the stems of サ変 verbs are nouns, is it okay to just drop the する (and こと) in the above sentences? What I am worried about is that 達成する and 試用する above carry objects indicated by を, namely 任務を and 薬を, respectively, and so I am not sure whether the following sentences are valid or problematic.



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    That's definitely not good grammar. If you were to replace the first を with a の it might work, but I'll leave the answer to someone with more confidence than me. Although your second sentence still wouldn't work because your subject, 私たちが, has nowhere to go. May 30, 2021 at 16:15

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Those are not valid sentences.

Removing する from a [N + する] verb has impacts on not only its object but also its subject and adverbs that modify it.

Since the first sentence has no subject, the object 任務 gets marked with の to form the noun phrase 任務の達成. あす and 必ず pose some challenge. If left as they are, they would modify the only verb left in the sentence, namely 約束する. If they are to modify 達成, they would have to be converted into noun-modifying forms. あす could be simply changed to あすの. However, since 必ず has no corresponding adjective form, it would have to be substituted with an adjective with a similar meaning, such as 確実な.


The second sentence has both the subject (私たち) and the object (この薬). While not totally unacceptable, 私たちのこの薬の試用 would sound a bit awkward. This problem could be avoided by marking 私たち with に so it collocates with 認める.


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