Questions tagged [nominalization]

名詞化. Turning a grammatical constituent such as a clause into a noun phrase, often using a nominalizing particle or formal noun such as の or こと.

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What is the difference between the nominalizers こと and の?

As Derek mentioned in his postscript, both こと and の are nominalizers that can turn a verb into a noun. ピアノを弾く【ひく】。 I play the piano. ピアノを弾く【ひく】のが好き【すき】です。 I like playing the piano. ピアノを弾く【ひく】ことが好き【すき】...
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What is the difference between -さ and -み suffixes to make a noun out of an adjective?

For example, both 悲しさ and 悲しみ are glossed as “sadness” in JMdict. What's the difference? According to A Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar, 〜み “is more emotive and concrete characterization of some ...
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Zero-nominalisation - Why and When?

Building on from Zhen Lin's answer to "The grammar of ~かれ~かれ", Brief explanation of Zero-nominalisation: Nominalisation refers to the process of turning a word, or more generally a phrase, ...
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What's the difference between 静けさ and 静かさ?

Much to my disbelief (no, I'm kidding, it happens all the time), I found out that my handbook was wrong to tell me we must use 静けさ, because 静かさ doesn't exist. Wiki(tionary) says "For degree, ...
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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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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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Does the nominalizer 〜の require the adnominal form before it? If yes, why?

A while back I was trying to break down 〜なの, and this is what I decided on (with the help of some of Bart Mathias's posts on mailing lists). My hypothesis is that the nominalizer 〜の requires ...
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What conjugation of 願う is 願わくば, and what does it mean here?

This is my first post here, I'm sorry if I didn't follow any formatting or posting rules. Original sentence, from a character's monologue: 願わくばこの時間が少しでも長く続くことを。。。 The English translation I have (...
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Why is 住んでいるのが好きです incorrect?

住んでいるのが好きです is a fragment of a sentence that is incorrectly constructed - the correct way to say "I like living in [place] would be 住むのが好きです. But why is this? In the present tense, the usual way to ...
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Why do we need to use 2 nominalizers もの and こと in the following sentence?

Why do we need to use 2 nominalizers もの and こと in the following sentence? 素数とは、1 より大きい自然数で、正の約数が 1 と自分自身のみであるもののことである。
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Missing nominaliser in this sentence?

Just read this question and it reminded me of something I'd been meaning to ask. 私、そんなに悪いことしてるおぼえないんだけど... I don't remember doing such bad things but... Is the lack of a nominaliser on してる an error ...
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Usage of nan desu?

In a few songs I've heard recently I've noticed that nan desu (without the か) has been used in what seems to be maybe a declarative or emphatic sense (not really sure), is this possible? I'm not ...
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Difference between しては and nominalizer のは

Last time I wanted to say "Disturbing someone is bad", so I directly wrote: 誰かを邪魔するの悪いよ But I just came across another way of saying it : 誰かを邪魔しては悪いよ It bothers me a lot not to know the ...
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Use of Adjective + のも

さらに冬になれば雪が積もって交通の便が悪いし、暮らすにはいささか苦労が多いのも難点だ I'm familiar with Vのは → Vのも for multiple nominalized items, but this use of it has me stumped. "Because of the transportation issues after the snow piles ...
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Why are い-adjectives often used as nouns?

I can't really understand why sometimes い adjectives are transformed to nouns instead of just being used themselves. I.E. 白い鳥 has 300,000 google hits while 白の鳥 has 4 million. 近い家 has 113,000 ...
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Meaning of「残るは」in a sentence

Came across this sentence in a memoir and I have a grammar question about it. For context, a person is thinking about someone sleeping nearby: さっき声をかけてきたヤツは当分寝ないだろ。残るは寝ているか寝ていないかわからない隣の隣。 ...
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Is anything implied, but not written, in this nominalization “遠くを見つめる”?

(1) 遠い所を見つめた。 I think means: "He was looking at some distinct location in the distance." (2) 遠くまで見つめた。 (3) 遠くを見つめた。 I think both mean: "He was looking off into the distance and looking for ...
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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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Question with this sentence わたしはえをみるのがすきです

Just started learning Japanese and have question with the following sentence. わたしはえをみるのがすきです Do I have to use の in this situation? Can I just say わたしはえをみるがすきです without the の?
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Pitch accent of nominalizers

Do the nominalizers "no" and "koto" have recessive accent (i.e. no downstep) or downstep after the first syllable? Or are they enclitic (i.e. unaccented unless following a word with no downstep in ...
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Function of に in 怒るに怒れない [duplicate]

In the book I'm reading, I came across the following sentence: あたしは[怒]{おこ}るに[怒]{おこ}れなくなった。 (furigana added by me) My translation is something like "I couldn't stay angry [at him]". ("My anger ...
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Are there any difference between N and the nominalization of Nする?

I am still confused with whether or not there is difference between A and B given below. A: 結婚に年齢制限がない。There is no age limit for marriage. B: 結婚することに年齢制限がない。 Are there any difference between N and ...
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Use of consecutive particle の

I want to say: The rules on throwing away rubbish/garbage I thought of three possibilities: 1) ごみを捨てることの規則 2) ごみを捨てるのの規則 3) ごみを捨てるの規則 I'm favouring option 1. I think option 3 is just ...
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ぶん after a standard form verb vs ほど or くらい

I came across an example like this: 頼り無さげに 見られるぶん;生徒達に慕って もらえるのは 素直に嬉しい tayorinasage ni mirareru bun; seitotachi ni shitatte moraeru no wa sunao ni ureshii After searching several grammar ...
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When can you use の to replace a noun?

How come the sentence 白いのは、高い is ok, but the sentence 学生じゃないのは、学校に行かない is not? Wouldn't the second sentence just mean "the one who isn't a student does not go to school"? On Tae Kim's grammar guide, ...
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How to turn an independent clause into a subject?

こんにちはみなさん! I was talking to my niece and she told me she was learning to play the piano, so I wanted to say "I want to hear Asuka-chan play the piano!" but then I realized I wasn't entirely certain ...
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Difference between 「ことを伝えて」 and 「と伝えて」

I would like to know the difference between these two sentences : 先生に10分遅れることを伝えてください。: Tell him (about the fact) that I'll be 10 minutes late 先生に10分遅れると伝えてください。 : Tell him I'll be 10 minutes late...?...
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Can anyone explain this exercise about のは and のが in Minna No Nihongo II?

In Minna No Nihongo II みんなの日本語初級II 文型練習帳(Exercise 38 on page 89) there is an exercise about のは, のが and のを, where a list of words is given, and you have to decide which words fit best with のは, which ...
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の versus こと in head-internal relative clauses

I'm sure something similar to this has been asked already, but I'm hoping this is a little different. I imagine the nominalizing usage of の is related to its noun modifying usage, like: 食べるの ...
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Can 私の手伝いをするの mean “the help I do”?

I found an example from an online dictionary as follows. 彼は私の手伝いをするのを露骨にいやがった。 He showed a great reluctance to help me. Because の in the relative clause「私の手伝いをする」 can be replaced by が, so 私が手伝いをするの ...
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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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Verb+のを meaning

I stumbled upon this video and couldn't understand the subtitle at 3:07: 「サッカークラブに迎えに行くのを母が面倒くさがり、バスケ部に入ったのは言うまでもない」 I think it means something along the lines of: 'My mum hated taking me to ...
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Is nominalization necessary in 「彼が戻るのか知らないんです。」?

Do we need to nominalize 彼が戻る with の to create an interrogative clause? Is B not enough? A: 彼が戻るのか知らないんです。 B: 彼が戻るか知らないんです。
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Nominalisation and は

I posted a question a long time ago about why we need の in this sentence: 毎日、同じ物を食べるのは、面白くない Eating the same thing everyday is not interesting. To which I was told that adding の here nominalises the ...
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Sentence ending with こと or もの in mathematics definitions

I'm reading a mathematics textbook, and there are a number of sentences which end with もの or こと. I can work out the intended meaning no problem, so what I would like explained to me, are the rules for ...
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Which particle(s) can be used to list nominalised verbs?

Here's the sentence I'm trying to express in Japanese. "I have changed my life, I've become a cheerful person, all because of him!" And this is how I would translate it. 僕の人生が変わったのや、明るい人になったのは、...
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Should I use “Te-” form or “Koto mo” for this?

If I wanted to list my hobbies, I'm not sure if it'd be better to use... 趣味は書くことも、素敵なノートと文房具を集めることも、テレビゲームをすることもです。 My hobby is writing, collecting lovely notebooks and stationery, and playing (...
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Nominalizing particle combos

I'm curious about the use of certain particles in combination with nominalizing particles こと and の。I know ことが、のは、etc are acceptable, but can one use particles such as と or など etc? For instance, would ...
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Are 「〜のは欲しい」 and 「〜のは出来る」 valid alternatives to 「〜たい」and 「られる」?

Are 「〜のは欲しい」 and 「〜のは出来る」 valid alternatives to 「〜たい」and 「られる」conjugations for desire and potential form? If so, what's the difference? Examples: If 見れる means "can see," does 見るのは出来る mean the same? ...
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The difference between (な形容詞)さ and (な形容詞)性?

I'm in the middle of writing a paper in Japanese, and I can't quite figure out which is right. If I want to nominalize a な形容詞, should I affix さ or 性 at the end? I've been checking on search engines, ...
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「というのである」 basically same as 「ということである」?

I was asked to nominalize 「傾聴」とは耳を傾けて熱心に聞く(--?--)。 These were the options: (1)「傾聴」とは耳を傾けて熱心に聞くということである。 (2)「傾聴」とは耳を傾けて熱心に聞くというのである。 With regard to grammar, I'd think that というのである can be ...
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Is “断ったとは信じがたい” a nominalization?

I'm not comfortable with how ~~とは... is used in my textbook: 彼{かれ}がひどいことをしたとは信{しん}じがたい。 That 信じる is only transitive makes me think that ~~とは... is a nominalization method. But, I've never seen that ...
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what does this のって mean?

For context, Person A admires the new bag of person B. Person B bought it on the internet. here is Persons A's response: えっ、インターネットで買い物するのって危なくないですか。 I don't know what this のって is supposed to mean....
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How to say “that” as in “the cow that ate” in Japanese?

I'm sure there are plenty of resources on this topic, but I don't know what keywords to use to find them. I want to know how you might create a noun by saying that the noun does something. For ...
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Use of ことです in this sentence

This is the example sentence: 私の趣味はギターを弾くことです。 My translation - Playing the guitar is my hobby. However, why is it not: '私の趣味はギターを弾きます。’ Basically I don't understand this use of 'ことです'.
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Nominalizing verb with い-ending vs ーの

In my Japanese class today, we were supposed to say a sport we liked. I said: 泳ぎが好きです。 We haven't learned this way of nominalizing verbs or the names of many sports, so my 先生 shook her head no and I ...
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Nominalized verb and connection to noun after が particle

I'm attempting to read a book and I don't understand the grammar 100% here. ジャックはもうすぐ九歳。本を読んだり、自然を観察したりするのが大好きな男の子だ。 Overall, I believe it means: Jack will soon be 9 years old. A lovable boy that ...
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How to translate nominalised adjectives from Japanese to English (e.g. スイスがきれいなこと)

I am currently struggling with wrapping my head around こと and how it nominalises adjectives/sentences with adjectives to turn them into noun phrases. With verbs, it's easy: べんとうを食べる (I eat bento/...
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Usage of の as nominalizer

Cheers. Some days ago I've been trying to get used in how to use の as nominalizer, but I cant get it even yet. I cant get the part where の changes the sentence into a noun. e.g ブログを読むのが好きです My ...
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What is the difference in usage between nominalized nominal verbs and nouns forming the same nominal verbs?

In the following sentence, why is すること needed? システムメンテナンスにより休止することがあります。 Can it simply be: システムメンテナンスにより休止があります。