[JLPT grammar] The difference between ものだ and ことだ

Today I am going to share the homework correction quoted from my JLPT N3 course!
The student’s sentence is not correct. Can you find the mistake?


[Student’s sentence]





[My correction]

When I was a child, I used to fight with my elder sister.

「〜ものだ」 is used to express a sense of nostalgia or fondness when reminiscing about past events, whereas 「〜ことだ」 does not carry that connotation.

Some examples of sentences where “ものだ” is used correctly are:

I used to play soccer a lot when I was young, those were the days.
*The speaker is feeling nostalgic about their younger days.

Back in college, I used to stay up all night playing games with my friends, good times.


I hope my explanation helps you. 😊


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