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Lesson 228: Nominalizing verbs using の + ability

We can turn a verb into a noun by adding the nominalizer particle after the plain form of the verb. We can then use the verb in constructions where we normally would use a noun.

One thing this allows us to do, is to express that we are good at or bad at a certain activity. To say that we're good at something, we simply use a verb in the plain form + のがじょう. Similarly, if you don’t like something, you can use plain form + のが.

We already knew how to say he is good at Japanese. Now we're also able to say he is good at speaking Japanese.

He is good at Japanese. かれほんじょうです。
kare ha nihongo ga zyouzu desu.
He is good at speaking Japanese. かれほんはなすのがじょうです。
kare ha nihongo wo hanasuno ga zyouzu desu.
(I)'m not very good at eating with chopsticks. はしべるのがあまじょうじゃない。
hasi de taberuno ga amari zyouzu zya nai.
(I) am bad at playing the guitar. ギターをくのがです。
gitaa wo hikuno ga heta desu.
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