[JLPT grammar] In a noun-modifying clause, は is replaced with が

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


[Student’s sentence]





[My correction]

The place I most want to go now is Tokyo.


In a noun-modifying clause, は is replaced with が. This is because the noun-modifying clause as a whole serves as the main topic of the sentence. As a result, there should only be one instance of は in the sentence, which comes after the noun-modifying clause.

今私は一番行きたいです。where is the place?→東京

「今が(inside a clause)一番行きたいところ(a noun “place”)」(=main topic)、東京です。


This is a bag my mother bought on a trip.
=「母(inside a clause)旅行で買ったかばん(a noun “bag”)」(=main topic)これです。


The reason my older brother is angry is because I broke his computer.
=「兄(inside a clause)怒っている理由(a noun “reason”))」(=main topic)私が兄のパソコンを壊したからです。


I hope my explanation helps you. 😊


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