Noun + に + する
Part of Speech
- 俺はビールにする。I'm going to decide on this beer.
Sometimes the particle と is used instead of に. Although this has the same meaning, it changes the nuance slightly. When と is used, it takes away the feeling of being a direct decision. とする tends to be used in more formal situations, but this is only because と is less 'definite', so results in the phrase sounding less pushy.
- 今日はここまでとする。Today, I will decide to make this the end. (Why don't we call it a day, if that's ok)
- 今日はここまでにする。Today, I will decide to end it here. (I'm going to call it a day)
に - I'll buy a burger. (A burger is the direct target of 'buy')
と - I'll go with a burger. (You aren't 'going' anywhere, it just sounds softer)
This grammar point may be used for more abstract nouns, and does not specifically need to be 'items'.
- ハイキングへ行くの日曜日にする?Is Sunday ok for hiking? (Literally, 'as for heading hiking, will you make it Sunday?')
What will you decide on?
What have you decided on for today's dinner?
To decide on this bag.
To decide on fish for breakfast tomorrow.
To decide on this restaurant.
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にする – Grammar Discussion
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DBJG has a useful distinction on the difference between にする and に決める which might be worth mentioning.image706×153 16.5 KB
I got a review on this together with “shall” (ましょうか), but this item comes after にする, so I was a bit lost on that.
is this an error? shouldn’t this only show up after I review ましょうか?
We will likely replace the sentence, by the way, if you tap on the ましょうか it will show the definition
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