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  5. "パーティーをするのはたのしいです。"


Translation:It's fun to have parties.

June 18, 2017





Argh, why couldn't it have just been "It's fun to party"?


Because of [~する]の, which turns this into what is equivalent to the gerund in English, i.e. パーティーをする is "to party", but パーティーをするの is "partying".


Actually, that's accepted at the moment (and it should be). Translations don't have to be literal!


That's what i keep wanting to post in every thread. People just want a 1:1 translation ratio for everythinf for some reason, but languages just don't work that way.


I think the distinction between the infinitive and the gerund when translating from Japanese isn't that clear cut, and the way you've phrased your comment is a little misleading.

For instance, "It's fun to party" and "Partying is fun" are both acceptable translations of「パーティーをするのは楽しいです」and arguably have the identical meaning in English. (A subtle difference in nuance might be a tendency to use the gerund when one is doing said action, but this is by no means a hard and fast rule.) The の has nothing to do with whether to translate using the gerund or the infinitive, but rather the way Japanese "noun-ify" their verbs. English has gerunds and infinitive, while Japanese has するの and すること, neither of which are one to one translations of the other.


すみません, I knew that gerund was て+いる、 what's the difference between this するの thing. Please I'm so confused


Gerund in English is specifically using the "-ing" form of a verb as a noun. For example, "I like studying Japanese." In this case, "studying" is referring to "the act" of studying, which is a "thing" or a noun. In cases like this, you would use するの or すること in the Japanese sentence.

I would usually refer to the "て+いる" structure as "be verb-ing" since it typically corresponds to the present progressive, or present continuative, tense. For example, "I am studying Japanese now." In this case, the "am" (or "be" helping verb) + the "-ing" form indicates that the action is currently in progress and/or continuing in the present.


Gerunds are verb stems that end in て, if you have ている this indicates a progressive or continuing animate action. するの.. Is just an abbreviation of すること..


Is this true? Suruno and surukoto are the same?? I spent ages trying to understand the difference and made a Japanese friend very uncomfortable because she couldn't help me find the grammar rule behind it...


I think they are more or less the same, though using の is seen as less formal, because it is like an abbreviation.

The reason your friend felt uncomfortable is because there isn't really a hard and fast rule for deciding which one to use; rather a few different rules depending on the type of verb you're applying to the normalized verb. In some cases, you have to use one or the other, but in most other cases, both can be used. It's hard to give a concise explanation of the different rules, and in the end it's just something you have to memorize as you learn new verbs.


I always assumed that to have a party is more like to organize a party, and partying is more like only participating in one or celebrating in general.


I put "having a party is fun" and it was accepted


Parties are fun to do. < Also acceptable.


Could you please explain why? It doesn't sound very natural to me. I'm not a native English speaker though.


While it is technically correct, you're right, it doesn't sound natural to me as a native English speaker at all.


Kind of a bad question... Because there's no clear direct translation, there needs to be quite a bit of possible correct answers. I said "going to parties is fun" which could be considered incorrect because there's no direct implication of going to one in the sentence... But one could easily infer that meaning from the Japanese.


Is it though...?

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