The expression のがじょうず (
no ga jouzu) means
to be good at doing something.
Its antonym is のがへた which we use to say
be bad at,
In this post we learn more about the meaning of のがじょうず, how it is formed and when のがじょうず is used through real example sentences.
Expressing ability through the noun
Let's start with the basic and short form that expresses
skill in some field or in our daily activities.
It consists of:
He is good at baseball.
が上手 with the Verb する
Many expressions and verbs of common use are formed by: a Noun + the verb する
The verb する is omitted and only the noun is used.
Be good at cooking.
We find the same form with various other adjectives:
- が下手だ the antonym of 上手だ:
not being good at something
- が好きだ to indicate what we
- が嫌いだ to express what we
- が苦手だ to represent our
You can speak Japanese very well!
You're really good at Japanese!
Expressing ability through the verb
のが上手 is used when we want to express ability in a certain field or as we have anticipated in actions of our daily life.
She is good at dancing.
How to form のが上手
In the structure we are analysing in this post we find the な Adjective: 上手な meaning
We have seen by studying adjectives the attributive function in which the adjective precedes the noun and maintains the syllabe な.
A skilled student
In the predicative function the adjective loses the particle な and is followed by the copula だ
He is skillful.
The form のが上手 consists of:
- the verb in its plain form
- the particle の that nominalises, transforms the predicate into a noun
- the particle が which indicates the subject
- the adjective 上手な
She is a good chanson singer.
The structure のが上手 can be followed:
- by the copula だ:
I am good at
- by になる:
become good at,
- by a noun: のが上手な + noun
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上手 and 上手い
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上手 and 得意
上手 is not used in the first person or referring to
uchi, the sphere of family members and intimate persons. When we want to say that we or a member of our family is skilled at something we use 得意 tokui.
My mum is good at cooking.
得意 can also be used when talking about other people.
He is good at Mathematics.
Akiko, you're good at cooking!
Thank you, I'm good at it.
Examples of のがじょうず
You are good at praising!
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