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xminus1

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Hello, everyone:

Chapter 38 of the Minna textbook describes the use of の with various other particles as "の nominalizing".

Minna has two sentences to illustrate examples of のは and のが:
1) テニスをするのは面白いです
2) 東京の人は歩くのが速いです

I don't find Minna explicitly clear on explaining the distinction here between の and の , but looking at the sentences I am thinking that in sentence 1 the topic is the nominal phrase itself, "playing tennis", and so the topic marker は is used with の,

In sentence 2, the topic is "Tokyo people", and the construction with の is similar to a sentence like " 大阪食べ物美味しいです", where a topic is described using another noun with が and an adjective.

Is my thinking correct? :unsure:

If not what is the best way to understand the difference between の and の in these examples?

Many thanks!
 

Toritoribe

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Yes, your understanding is correct. It's quite the same as the difference between "noun + は" and "noun + が".
 

xminus1

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That's a great way to look at it! It's really just the same old "noun + は" and "noun + が" concept! So simple. I love it.

Thank you! (y):giggle:
 
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