よくなる Compound

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よくなる Compound

Post by gassho » Thu 09.17.2009 1:35 am

こんにちは、

A Japanese co-worker said what sounded as this to me: よくなってきた。They said that it meant to be becoming better or to be improving. When I looked in the じしょ I found よくなる classified as an expression usually written in kana. My question is whether I've heard it correctly. Is よくなってくる a set compound verb?

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Re: よくなる Compound

Post by Harisenbon » Thu 09.17.2009 2:35 am

It's not a set compound verb as far as I'm aware.

良い (よい) to be good
なる to become

よくなる to become good.

when you use an い adjective with なる you need to put it into its adverbal form (~く)
暑くなる to becomes hot
寒くなる to become cold

This can also be used with な adjectives (adjective nouns) by adding に
きれいになる to become pretty
大変になる to become difficult
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Re: よくなる Compound

Post by gassho » Thu 09.17.2009 3:03 am

Thanks harisenbon! :)

Sorry to have not been more clear... it was the くる part that I was wondering about. How does that affect the expression? よくなってきた

As well, am I ok assuming that one can use よくなる in a progressive sense?
よくなっていますか?= Are you improving?

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Re: よくなる Compound

Post by NocturnalOcean » Thu 09.17.2009 3:47 am

using なっている usually describe a state that something has become. So 良くなっていますか would be something along the lines of "Has it become good?"

Using てくる is used here with reference to time. 良くなってきた (It has become good). Similar would be ていく but the time goes into the future, so 良くなっていく "It will become good". Ex.  景気はこれから良くなっていく
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Re: よくなる Compound

Post by gassho » Thu 09.17.2009 3:54 am

Nocturnal ありがとうございました! Very helpful. :)

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