Decoded Slug: ~こと (〜koto)

Japanese JLPT Grammar Point
~こと (〜koto)

~こと (〜koto)

Short explanation:

Express an action in a nominal (noun-like) form or state fact or experience.


Verb-plain form + こと, Verb-phrase in plain form + こと


Nihongo wo hanasu koto ga dekimasu.
I can speak Japanese.
Mainichi undou suru koto wa kenkou ni ii desu.
Exercising every day is good for your health.
Kare wa piano wo hiku koto ga daisuki desu.
He loves to play the piano.
Eiga wo miru koto ni jikan wo tsukai takunai.
I don't want to spend time watching movies.

Long explanation:

The ~こと grammar point is used to turn a verb or verb phrase into a noun or noun phrase. This allows the verb to be talked about as a general concept, fact, or experience. The formation varies slightly depending on whether it is used with a verb or a verb phrase.

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