100 Grammar Points


82. The Explanatory “んです”

You may have heard this quite a lot and wondered what it’s all about! It is most often used, informally, when:

1) To explain something
2) To show emphasis

  • んです is short for のです
  • Informal usage;

plain form verb + んです

nani o shite iru n desu ka .
Whatcha doing?

terebi o mite iru n desu.
Watching TV.

-i Adjective + んです

kono eiga wa omoshiroi n desu.
This movie was great!

And it can be used as a way to stress a point

pa-ti ni ikanai deshou
You won’t be able to make it to the party, right?

iie, boku wa iku n desu.
No, I’m going!

ittai, doushita n desu ka.
Just what exactly happened (to you)!!!?

100 Grammar Points


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