[JLPT grammar] Using こと for More Specific and Pinpointed Expressions

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]

もしかして、彼は私が好きかもしれない。(not incorrect)
→もしかして、彼は私のことが好きかもしれない。(often use)
Maybe he loves/likes me.


They both mean “Maybe he loves/likes me.” but “彼は私が好き” is just a direct object, “彼は私のことが好き” and sounds more pinpointed.



They both mean “Do you know Tanaka-san?” but while 田中さん is a direct object, 田中さんのこと implies things about Tanaka-san and refers to certain memories of one’s experiences in various situations.

I believe my daughter. (I believe what she said / what she does/did)

I believe my daughter. (trying to make clear who you believe.)



I hope my explanation helps you. 😊


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