In the song キティ, the first line states:


I really don't understand if it's だ after ballad, or になる, or is it describing 泡沫 or 泡沫のはずバラッド It's probably not 泡沫, and I don't get how after a transitive verb with a object a noun can still describe. How does this structure work?


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A grammatically faithful translation would be:

A ballad where bubbles looking as if drowned in sorrow burst.

  • 泡沫の爆ず ("in which bubbles burst"): A relative clause that modifies バラッド.
  • Lastly, 悲しみに溺れたような ("(looking) as if drowned in sorrow") is an adjectival phrase that modifies 泡沫. It's lyrics, so don't ask me how a bubble can be drowned.

This is a 体言止め "sentence". A noun phrase is forming an entire sentence, and nothing is omitted after バラッド. If you're uncomfortable with this idea, you might choose to translate it assuming some verb like "(I) hear (a ballad)" is implied.

  • I see. My initial thought was so without the I hear but I changed my thinking because as you said, drowning bubbles do not make sense
    – Star Peep
    May 11, 2023 at 0:59

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