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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 「だと」 and 「であること・なの」

I was looking at example sentences for 「気づく」 to determine which particle it uses and I found that it takes 「に」. For example: 「彼はそれに間もなく気づくだろう」. However, I also found these sentences: 「私は彼が有名人だと気づく」 ...
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Incorporating a verb phrase into a noun: "Object + を + Verb dictionary form + noun" (波を越す遊び) vs. "Object + Verb masu form + の + noun" (波越しの遊び)

Here's an example: 何も忘れてしまって波越しの遊びを続けさまにやっていました。 For the 波越しの遊び part, is there some nuance involved in writing it the way it is, versus writing it as 波を越す遊び? Thanks in advance!
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Verb Stem vs. の Nominalizations

I've been wondering about the difference between verb stem (e.g. 話) vs. の (e.g. 話すの) nominalizations. From what I gather, they refer to different things. It seems the verb stems refer to the objects ...
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What’s the difference between のは and こと? [duplicate]

I have been very confused lately between these two and not knowing when to use each😭I know that both nominalise a verb but that’s as far as it gets!
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How to use the addition particle も on a whole sentence?

A: 先週の試験で一人だけ悪い成績だったのは、Cさんだそうだ。On last week's exam, (I heard) only one person had bad results: Mr.C. B: そうか。Cさんといえば、彼女と別れたらしい。Really. Talking about Mr.C, (I heard he) broke up with (his) girlfriend. B:...
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How do you use もの? [duplicate]

I'm not very familiar with もの and have never been able to understand it well. I came across this phrase recently: 付き合い悪いもんあいつ Why was もの used?
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テストが( )を知りませんでした。 - what to put inside parenthesis?

The correct answer is 明日なの, not 明日. Why is that? My reasoning is that テストが明日を would mean "the test is performing an action on tomorrow", but we want to apply を to the whole テストが明日, so we ...
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Why nominalize words instead of using them directly as verbs, adverbs or adjectives? [duplicate]

My question is focused particularly on verbs ending in て form nominalised with の and adverbs ending in く also nominalised with の: かねての instead of かねる 近くの instead of 近くある/近い My understanding of nouns ...
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Use adjective or adverb for clause + こと

As I understand it, when you make a clause and then put こと at the end of it everything is transformed into a noun (e.g. 食べましたこと is eaten thing.) If it's a noun, it should be modified by an adjective, ...
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Nominalization of verbs in japanese [duplicate]

What is the purpose of verb nominalization in Japanese? How do I know when to nominalize a verb and when not to? Still, knowing there are different ways of nominalizing i.e using the i form of the ...
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When to use adjective+の over adjective+こと/もの?

In this anwser https://japanese.stackexchange.com/a/39042/55243 it says that の after adjectives is interchangable with こと/もの. It gives an example: の after an adjective is mainly もの, but it can be こと ...
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Understanding ことのが

幸い、アネットはそう遠くまで行ってしまったわけではなかった。  交差した廊下の、角の壁に背を預け、小さな子供みたいにふてくされた顔をしている。 「……もういい。ほんとに、最後に喧嘩した時のことなんて全然覚えてないみたいだから」 レーナが近寄ると、こちらを見ないまま拗ねた口調で吐き捨てた。 「あたしはシンを助けてあげられなくてそれがずっと辛くて、でも、...
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英語とフランス語の勉強をしたいのと海外の友達を作りたい

英語とフランス語の勉強をしたいのと海外の友達を作りたい This is a line I saw online in a supposed native Japanese speaker's bio. What seems new/unusual to me is how they nominalize the first part and connect it with the second ...
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痛いの慣れた! How is particle の working here?

In response to me talking about how guitar hurts my fingers, a native speaker replied 痛いの慣れた! Which I believe means "I'm used to the pain" How can I generalize this grammar of "い ...
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〜ような or 〜ように before V-stem + 方 [closed]

I encountered the following multiple-choice question in a JLPT N3 grammar practice test: 仕事と生活の(   )働き方がしたい。 1 バランスをとるらしく     2 バランスをとるらしい 3 バランスがとれるような    4 バランスがとれるように I chose 「3 バランスがとれるような」, but ...
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Can we replace the ものか with ことか? And why?

その中間、デスクの前に『休め』の姿勢で立つシンは眉一つ動かさない。独断専行の数々と軍規違反。必要だったからしたこととはいえ、詰問も懲罰もむしろ当然のことだ。  違反の内容からして拘束くらいはされるだろうと思っていたが、今のところ尋問程度で済んでいるのは、扱いを測りかねているものか。 86 ─ エイティシックス ─ Ep.2 ─ ラン・スルー・ザ・バトルフロント ─〈上〉 安里アサト Is the ...
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What's the origin of "さ", the nonsubjective (dunno how to call it nominalizer)

So, I know that the subjective nominalizer み comes from the imperfective/irrealis form of む, apparently the subjective particle that makes things into subjective verbs?? I just heard this on a website....
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Problems understanding なの in this sentence

I remember once I have seen 「なの」 was not placed at the end of a sentence (meaning it was not a question) ever since then I wondered what it meant but didn't have any clear examples. Today I saw this ...
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What exactly does the の do in this sentence? [duplicate]

What exactly does the の do in this sentence? 男役ばかりな[の]{L}を気にしてんのか
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How do I connect verbs with nominalisation?

For example: I like dancing and singing. My hobby is studying Japanese and playing guitar. How do I connect "studying and playing"? Do I have to use te form? I'm really confused 😃 upd. ...
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How exactly are 準体助詞 and 形式名詞 different? In what regard? And where does の stand?

I have read several definitions (e.g. here and here) and explanations (here for example), but I am not sure any real differences are drawn except one is 助詞, the other 名詞. The list given for 形式名詞: ...
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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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What does こと mean in this context? そとで、ものをうっていることが多いです

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 usually ...
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What does のに比べて mean? In "一人の相手を幸せにするのに比べて"

一人の相手を幸せにするのに比べて、倍の時間を彼女のために使える必要があるはず Compared to giving only one of your partner happiness, you need twice the time to make your partners happy. Is this の used as a nominalizer? Can の be replaced ...
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I-Adjective nominalization

For 面白い, why is the noun form commonly 面白 instead of 面白さ? Isn't さ supposed to be the way to take i-adjectives and make them nouns?
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Nominalizing a sentence ending in サ変 verbs

Here are two examples of nominalized サ変 verbs. あす必ず任務を達成することを約束する。 彼らは私たちがこの薬を試用することを認めた。 Given that the stems of サ変 verbs are nouns, is it okay to just drop the する (and こと) in the above sentences? ...
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Another こと usage question

I'm trying to translate the sentence "Food is an easy topic for me to write about" to Japanese, but I'm struggling. Some thoughts / questions: (1) I know could say "Writing about food ...
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When do I use の/こと as a nominalizer, and when do I use 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}をするのは[問題]{...
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Difference between であること and ということ when nominalizing a noun?

Let's take this example from wasabi-jpn: 田中さんが女優であることは言わない. What is the difference if we were to use ということ or even simply ってこと instead. Is the difference perhaps simply that it's less formal and more ...
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Does the legality/idiomaticness of verb+のの+方 depend on the verb?

Today when discussing language learning, I was corrected by a heritage Japanese speaker friend who changed what I said 多分書くのの方が難しいと思う to 多分書くのの方が難しいと思う However, the discussion emerging from this ...
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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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I don't understand 私なのを

I have this sentence 隣の席が私なのを、感謝しなさい What does 私なの mean in this case? Why is there a を with a comma right after?
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Is it necessary to use the の particle (along with が) when saying "I like (something)"?

I have read this sentence: 私は絵を見るのが好きです。 and I don't understand why is the の required. As far as I understand, が is used to indicate the subject of the sentence, in this case a picture (what is liked)....
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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 does の in this sentence do/mean?

最近、忙しくて。昨日だって帰ったの12時すぎだったよ。 Please explain the use of の in the above sentence.
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Problem with choosing のは or は with と思います

So in my textbook there are examples like あまり便利じゃないと思います いいと思います But I was wondering, how would you say something like "I think it's ok to eat food". From my knowledge it should be ...
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Syntactic structure of "what is something which is done"

What is this sentence syntactic structure? お国では何語を話すのですか。 If what the sentence is all about is "which language", why does the action verb ("to talk") need to be nominalized? I ...
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Meaning of の in this sentence [duplicate]

The sentence is それがいかなる彼女の琴線に触れたのかはわからない I believe that かは is embedding the question (as seen here) but I'm a little confused at what role の is playing here. Is it simply nominalizing the previous ...
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Why does noun-connecting form (の、こと)work in this example?

So my tutor and I have been talking about this example and I still can't ascertain an answer I understand from him as to why it works (the piece in bold). ただ走るのではなくて サーかを しながら走るのがいいです What I ...
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Nominalization and conjugated form

As far as I understood, the nominalization is made with the neutral form of the verb followed by の or こと, as in the example 私は読むことが好きです。I like to read. Though, I found this example where the verb is ...
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What's the origin of ~み following a 形容詞?

I found a HiNative question where someone asked about the difference between [痛]{いた}さ and [痛]{いた}み. A native Japanese speaker gave this answer: 「痛さ」は形容詞「痛い」が名詞化した名詞です。 「痛み」は動詞「痛む」の連用形が名詞化した名詞です。 I ...
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Usage of nan desu?

In a few songs I've heard recently I've noticed that なんです(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 embedded question and noun phrase [duplicate]

Inspired by this question, I thought of two ways to talk about checking the truth of something, though I think my question applies much more generally than with just the verb 'to check'. ...
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Is my understanding of こと correct?

While translating a book, I noticed early on that こと is often used as a nominalizer when its placed behind a dictionary-form verb and written in hiragana. Having jumped back on the translation ...
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What are the grammatical roles of the two のs in the following sentence?

What are the roles of the two の particles in the following sentence? 彼はこういうのがうまいのです。
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Is なんです the same as んです?

I know what んです and its inflections mean, however, I've seen some set expressions such as そうなんです use exclusive なんです, I've never seen そうんです. Do both なんです and んです mean the same? If so, is there some ...
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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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What does "でいる" mean? [duplicate]

I've heard the sentence "一人でいるのが好きです", meaning "I like to be alone". Is this a substitute of "です", could I for example say "学生でいるのが好きです"? If so, how is it different from "である"? Thanks in advance.
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I don't understand Genki1's explanation of using の after verbs [duplicate]

Can someone explain? I just don't quite understand it. Thanks.
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How did 優しさ derived from 優しい? The rule is? [duplicate]

How did 優しさ derived from 優しい? The rule is?