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To Become Posted by on Jul 29, 2010 in Grammar

なる can be used to show a change in state :

彼の娘はどうなりましたか = What has become of his daughter?

(かれ/ = him. = possessive particle. むすめ/ = daughter. = particle. どう =how, in what way, about. なりました = became. = question particle.)

When using a noun to show a change in state, use noun + になる

来年、大学院生になります = I will be (literally “become” or “turn into) a graduate student next year.

(らいねん/ 来年. だいがくいんせい/大学院生 = graduate student. になります = become)

You can also use なる in the past tense :

先週、会社員になりました = I became a company employee last week

(せんしゅう/先週 = last week. かいしゃいん/会社員 = company employee. になりました = became)

When using a adjective, leave off the and add になる :

最近、うどんが好きになりました = I have recently grown to like udon

(さいきん/最近 = recently. うどん = udon. = particle. すきになりました/好きになりました = grown to like)

When using an adjective, drop the at the end of the adjective and add the stem to the くなる :

日本語のクラスが詰まらなくなりました = Japanese language class has become boring

(にほん/日本 = Japan. / = language. = possessive marker. クラス = class. =particle. つまらなくなりました/詰まらなくなりました = become)

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