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N3 Lesson 3: 11/22


Is famous for


Noun + + Verb + こと(1) + + 有名(ゆうめい)
Noun + + [い]Adjective + こと(1) + + 有名(ゆうめい)
Noun + + [な]Adjective + + こと(1) + + 有名(ゆうめい)
Noun + + Noun + + 有名(ゆうめい)



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About ~は~で有名

In order to describe what certain things/places are famous for, ~は~で有名(ゆうめい) is a common expression that will be used. This construction is made up of the adverbial particle は, the case marking particle で, and 有名(ゆうめい), a noun that may also be used as an な-Adjective.
~は~で有名 is usually translated as '(A) is famous for (B)', but literally means 'with (B), (A) is famous/renowned'. The structure may be broken down in the following way:
(A) は - Presents (A) as the topic.
(B) で - With (B), in で's use as 'with'.
有名(ゆうめい)だ - Is famous.
  • ウサイン・ボルトは(はや)(はし)れること有名(ゆうめい)です
    Usain Bolt is famous for being able to run fast.
  • この学校(がっこう)野球(やきゅう)(つよ)いこと有名(ゆうめい)です
    This school is famous for having a strong baseball team.
  • 日本(にほん)安全(あんぜん)なこと有名(ゆうめい)です
    Japan is famous for being safe.
  • 岡山(おかやま)備前(びぜん)(やき)有名(ゆうめい)です
    Okayama is famous for Bizen-yaki.
As can be seen from these examples, こと (or の) may precede で有名(ゆうめい). This is quite common when an entire phrase is being described as the famous aspect of (A), rather than a single word.
If 有名(ゆうめい) is being used as a な-Adjective, it will appear before the famous thing/place itself. This form will usually be utilized when the speaker wants to give further detail about exactly what (A) is.
  • グランドキャニオンはアメリカ有名(ゆうめい)観光地(かんこうち)
    The Grand Canyon is a famous tourist site in America.
  • 出雲(いずも)大社(たいしゃ)島根県(しまねけん)有名(ゆうめい)神社(じんじゃ)
    Izumo Taisha is a famous shrine in Shimane prefecture.



  • (かれ)憲法(けんぽう)(くわ)しいこと有名(ゆうめい)です。

    He is famous for being knowledgeable about the constitution.

    • 宮沢(みやざわ)賢治(けんじ)素敵(すてき)()()いたこと有名(ゆうめい)です。

      Kenji Miyazawa is famous for writing beautiful poetry.

      • このレストランシェフがハンサムなこと有名(ゆうめい)です。

        This restaurant is famous for its handsome chef.

        • 札幌(さっぽろ)(ゆき)まつり有名(ゆうめい)です。

          Sapporo is famous for the snow festival.

          • 大間(おおま)マグロ有名(ゆうめい)だ。

            Ooma is famous for tuna.

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            ~は~で有名 – Grammar Discussion

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            • CrisH


              このうどん コシがつよい**ことで有名ゆうめい**だ。
              What’s the use of が in this sentence? I understood that it means “but” in such a context, a more formal けど, but the English translation is “This udon is famous for its strong and chewy noodles.” So what kind of が is this?

            • mrnoone



              が is a subject marker here. が (but) is only directly attached to verbs or いadjectives. If it is used with nouns, the “だ” or “です” has to be added. Therefore you can usually easily tell if it’s “but” by simply checking if following いadjectives or verbs conjugations.

              コシ(腰) is a noun meaning body or texture (of hair, noodle).
              コシが強い means that the texture of the noodle is “strong” that is it is “firm” and “chewy”.

              Some adjectives (like 強い) are generally used with nouns that are marked with a subject marker, other examples are Nounが好き and Nounが嫌い。

              I hope it helps,

            • CrisH


              I completely forgot it could be a subject marker! Might as well forget that word…how does it go…T…H…E…?

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