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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 は ほん が じょう です。
kare ha nihongo ga zyouzu desu.
He is good at speaking Japanese.かれ は ほん を 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 で べるの が あまり 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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