Like if I wanted to refer to the 食 in 食べる do I say
- 食べることの漢字 eating's kanji
- 食べるの漢字 eating kanji
- 食べるものの漢字 kanji of eating
or something else entirely? Also are my translations correct?
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In short, you can treat a verb as a noun, when you are mentioning it, not using it, so #2 can work. Trying to nominalize it (#1 and #3) will probably make it more confusing. You might want to insert a very short pause after 食べる, before の.
In general, when you want to discuss kanji in speech, you usually point to highly frequent (and unambiguous or nearly unambiguous) words containing the kanji you want. You can use the on'yomi reading to refer to the kanji itself, but since readings are highly ambiguous, they need to be disambiguated with examples and explanations. Phrases below work:
If you want a sentence:
(I intentionally avoided kanji here to imitate speech.)