[JLPT grammar] Using verb+こと, you can describe it more specifically

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]

→ 私の仕事は英語を教えることです
My job is to teach English.


「私の仕事 my job」is a noun. If you use 私の仕事 as a topic, the sentence structure should be “A(noun)はB(noun)です:A=B”

However, the B in the sentence is the verb 教えます(to teach);
My job teaches English (???)

By using ことです, the verb can be turned into a noun.

Verb[dictionary-form]+こと=a noun
教える+こと= a noun

My job is to teach English.

Using verb+こと, you can describe it more specifically.

My hobby is yoga.

My hobby is doing yoga.

×わたしのしゅみは「ヨガをします。」(verb only)


I hope my explanation helps you. 😊


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