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If Vて+いる isn't a gerund, then what is it?

I always thought that a verb ending in the て form along with the いる suffix was the English equivelent of the "ing" form of a verb. Thus: see = 見{み}る, seeing = 見{み}ている do = する, doing = している ...
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Nominalization with のが、のを

I've just learned to nominalize verbs with のを but as I was looking for more info on the web I saw that this is also done with のが and こと. The question "What is the difference between the nominalizers ...
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It's time to [verb]

I know this is dangerously close to a translation question, but bare with me. Today I found out a co-worker of mine is studying Japanese as well. And at the end of the conversation I wrote: Jikan wa ...
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How to say something is 'easy to learn'?

Is there a grammar pattern to attach a adjective to a noun in this way?
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“No ga” … — what's this grammar rule?

What are the grammar rules here? 何【なに】をするのが好き【すき】ですか? Nani wo suru no ga suki desu ka? Why "no ga"? Why before "suki"? Where can I read about this?
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の (no) vs. こと (koto)

What's the difference? How do you know when to use one vs. the other? I'm asking because I said 「話{はな}すことを止{や}める」, but was corrected to 「話{はな}すの...」 and I don't understand why. (I searched for this ...
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Role of の in そんなの

Naruto found out that another character had been given a tempting offer and Naruto said: そんなの答えはNOだってばよ What is の doing here, grammatically? is it nominalization? I think I've heard stuff before ...
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Why is で used in 「大英雄が無職で何が悪い」

大英雄が無職で何が悪い (What's wrong with a great hero being unemployed) (?) I think understand the meaning of the sentence but I equate the "で" with the English "with", rather than think about why で is ...
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So what is the difference between の and こと in this sentence?

So Sawa in another thread says that こと cannot be used in the example below. Even though it performs the same function as の (as far as I can see). 料理が(前より(もっと)) {上手だ/上手い/上手になった/上手くなった} 料理するのが(...
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What does ~んじゃなかった do in this sentence? [duplicate]

The following sentence was translated in the following ways: 窓を開けたままで寝るんじゃなかった。 I shouldn't have slept with the window open. I regret (that) I was sleeping with the window open. But why does ~...
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Can someone explain the use of こと in these types of sentences?

Ok, still a newbie to Japanese. I've run across the word こと more and more recently. I'm having a hard time understanding what effect it's having on the sentence. For example, although I know the ...
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What does こと mean in this context?

I'm going through ekubo basic japanese lessons and there's a recurring use of the word こと I don't understand, like in this sentence: そとで、ものをうっていることが多いです Translated in the video as People ...
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I am confused about nominalisation and the usage of の、こと、物 after verbs and adjectives. Can someone help me?

So I've changed my question in regarding these so called nominalisation and the usage of の, こと, 物。My confusion stems from what I learned or lacked from this specific website that explains about の ...
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When choose の/こと or というの/ということ

I'm studying nominalizers and don't understand when to use の/こと and when to use というの/ということ. For example, in the sentence: こんなによく[遅刻]{ちこく}をするというのは[問題]{もんだい}ですよ。 Could I say: こんなによく[遅刻]{ちこく}...
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How to say “I want to see A doing this”?

I want to say "I want to see A doing this" to my Japanese friend, I know that これ = This やっている = doing 見たい = want to see but I'm not sure how should I put them together? I tried ...

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