In response to me talking about how guitar hurts my fingers, a native speaker replied


Which I believe means "I'm used to the pain"

How can I generalize this grammar of "い adjective + の + verb (in ta form or other)"

I can't find this on Bunpro or my grammar book, so I'm lost to how it works.

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    Look up の as a nominalizer
    – Angelos
    Jul 17, 2022 at 23:33

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That の is a nominalizer, and a particle is omitted after it.


  • To add onto this slightly, you can think of 「痛いの」as meaning "the fact that it hurts".
    – mamster
    Jul 18, 2022 at 16:57
  • Can you elaborate on this? Can I generalize it to all い adjectives? Like 怖いの "the fact that it's scary"? So maybe 怖いの慣れた makes sense? Like "The fact that it is scary, I'm used to it" or less robotically "I'm use to it being scary"?
    – Catdog
    Jul 18, 2022 at 18:32
  • Is there a difference between this construction, and instead saying 痛みに慣れた or 痛さに慣れた? Jul 18, 2022 at 19:04
  • @Catdog Yes 怖いの慣れた, 暑いの慣れた, 臭いの慣れた and so on make sense, too.
    – naruto
    Jul 18, 2022 at 22:23
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    @JerrySchirmer 痛いの慣れた is much more colloquial. It's rarely used in the narrative part of a novel.
    – naruto
    Jul 18, 2022 at 22:24

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