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How to express "I like [verb]" in Japanese.

To say I like cookies, you would say something like "私はクッキが好きです。", but how would you say something like, "I like to make cookies," Basically, I'm asking how to say "I like" with a verb. Please help.

November 28, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Justin438716

クッキを作るのが好きです。 

or

クッキを作ることが好きです 。

The の / こと after the dictionary form of the verb nominalizes the verb phrase (makes into a noun). The english gerund (-ing) does this as well.

It is easier to see in a sentence like "I like running", where "running" is nominalized and functions as a noun. "走るのが好きです" works the same way.

Some references for you:

https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/37241/rules-for-nominalizing-a-verb

https://www.wasabi-jpn.com/japanese-grammar/nominalizers-koto-and-no/

November 28, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Fu-anPang

Thank you so much.

November 29, 2018
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