Learn JLPT N4 Grammar (koto)

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Verb (casual, non-past)こと

Learn Japanese grammar: (koto). Meaning: verb nominalizer. It allows you to use verbs as nouns.

Here are some basic examples.

Plain FormVerb (acting as Noun)
to doするすること
to comeこと
to meetこと
to seeこと

For example, the verb 食べる (taberu) “to eat” can change to 食べること (taberu koto) “eating”.

From JLPT N3, this word can also be used as an order. See lesson for .

JLPT grammar こと (koto)  - Learn Japanese

- Example Sentences

Each example sentence includes a Japanese hint, the romaji reading, and the English translation.

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Example #1

ほんをよむことがすきです。
hon o yomu koto ga suki desu.
I like to read books.
Example #2

わたしはりょうりをつくることがへたです。
watashi wa ryouri wo tsukuru koto ga heta desu.
I am bad at cooking food.
Example #3

こどものころ、わたしのゆめはかしゅになることでした。
kodomo no koro, watashi no yume wa kashu ni naru koto deshita.
When I was a child I dreamed of becoming a singer.
Example #4

わたしのしゅみはりょうりをつくることです。
watashi no shumi wa ryouri o tsukuru koto desu.
My hobby is cooking.
Example #5

まいにちウォーキングをすることにしている。
mainichi wookingu wo suru koto ni shiteiru.
I go walking every day.

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