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Grammar detail: 〜んです/〜のです

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JLPT:
〜んです/〜のです - emphasize or soften a phrase
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phrase + んです is used to emphasize the content of the phrase, or to soften the presentation. The phrase can be a complete sentence (with plain form verb), or a noun or な adjective (in which case the form is な adjective / noun + なのです).
れんちゅう
連中
いつからテニスしているんですか。
How long has the group been playing tennis?
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Kanji used in this grammar

レン   つれる to take, to lead   
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チュウ   ジュウ   なか middle   
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