"No koto" with non-human object?

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"No koto" with non-human object?

Post by kinokage » Fri 05.18.2018 10:49 am

ちょっとすみませんけど。。。Hi! A friend has just moved to an island, and I want to ask how his life is there (ie, how he's settling in).
I don't want to use

[Island]はどうですか

because I'm not asking about the island's well-being; can I use

[island]のことはどうですか

?

Or is のこと reserved for human subjects? I'm looking for the sense of his overall experience in moving and establishing his new home and studio.

Thanks very much for your help!

木蔭

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Re: "No koto" with non-human object?

Post by clay » Sun 06.10.2018 2:46 pm

Thanks for the post!

Yes, you can use のこと with non-human and even inanimate objects. 机のこと about the desk...

You can ask what someone thinks of the island any number of ways. For example:
[island]島の暮らしは好きですか?
[island]島の生活はどうですか?

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