Grammar Info

N2 Lesson 2: 23/24


To be interested in, To be concerned about


Noun + ()になる
Verb + こと(1) + ()になる



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About が気になる

One of the many collocations in Japanese based on () 'attention', or 'focus', is ()になる. This is just a combination of the noun (), に, and the う-Verb なる 'to become'. Also, 気になる will come after (A) が, where (A) marks the thing that is drawing the 'attention' or 'focus' of the speaker.
The most common translations for this structure are 'to be interested in (A)', or 'to be concerned about (A)'. This grammar pattern will appear before nouns, and noun-like phrases.
  • (いえ)自体(じたい)()いと(おも)うんですけど、やっぱり値段(ねだん)()になります。なんでこんなに(やす)いんですか?
    I think the house itself is nice, however I am concerned about the price. Why is it so cheap?
  • (わたし)高橋(たかはし)さん()になる
    I am interested in Takahashi-san.
  • やっぱりお(まえ)がさっき()ったこと()になる
    I am still concerned about what you said earlier.
  • (わたし)()きな(ひと)(かんが)えていること()になる
    I am interested in what the person I like is thinking about.
Caution - Unlike ()にする, which implies more that the speaker in intentionally putting their 'focus' on (A) due to it being difficult to ignore, the use of なる just highlights that (A) is 'becoming' something that is being focused on naturally, due to either the speakers concern or interest in the result.
  • (わたし)()にすることは(かれ)()(ひと)かどうかだけです。
    All I care about is whether he is a good person or not.
  • (わたし)()になることは(かれ)()(ひと)かどうかだけです。
    The only thing that I am concerned about is whether he is a good person or not.




    Recently, I have become interested in the entertainment world.


    I am interested in taking a tour of that factory.


    I am interested in people who wear this perfume. (concerned with)


    I am interested in my friend's Japanese accent. I wonder where he is from.


    I am concerned about these tracks. It is possible that they are bear tracks.

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が気になる – Grammar Discussion

Most Recent Replies (2 in total)

  • darkness_rising


    Question about this example sentence:


    気になる is in casual form but かもしれません isn’t. Is this a mistake or is 気になる a set phrase that doesn’t become 気になります?

  • Elliotjoyner3


    This is a very late reply, but I’ve seen 気になります used by native speakers, so it can definitely be used in the polite form aswell!

    I’m not sure why it isn’t used in the example sentence though.

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