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Grammar detail: 〜んです/〜のです

〜んです/〜のです - emphasize or soften a phrase
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のです or んです
is used to emphasize the content of the phrase, or to soften the presentation. Either ん or の is acceptable - ん is slightly more casual.
The phrase can be a complete sentence (with plain form verb):
どうやって
つく
です
Can you give me the recipe?
わたし
こうちょう
校長
せんせい
先生
じしん
自身
あったです
I met the principal himself.
もし
わたし
かね
っていれば
それ
える
です
If I had enough money, I could buy it.
Or an い adjective:
くろ
くない
です
Isn't it black?
Or a noun or な adjective (in which case the form is な adjective / noun + なのです):
むりょう
無料
です
Is it free?
どのくらい
びょうき
病気
です
How long have you been ill?
Note: のです is not to be confused with ので.
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Kanji used in this grammar

サク   サ   つく to make   
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シ   わたくし    わたし I, myself   
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コウ    exam   
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チョウ   なが long   
セン   さき ahead   
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セイ   ショウ    life   なま raw   いかす to enliven   いきる to live   いける to arrange flowers   うまれる to be born   う to give birth to   き pure, undiluted   お to grow, to sprout   はえる to grow, to sprout   はやす to grow, cultivate   
ジ   シ   みずか self   
シン   み body, person   
キン   コン   かね gold; money   
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ジ   も to hold, to have   
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バイ   か to buy   
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コク   くろ    くろ black   
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ム   ブ   な not   
リョウ    fee   
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ヘイ   ビョウ   やまい illness   や to fall ill   
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キ   ケ    spirit   
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