The difference between み and さ
(Adjective + み and さ : A+mi and A+sa)
The difference between み and さ (Adjective + み and さ : A+mi and A+sa). Hi everyone, to convert from adjectives to nouns, we often add suffixes み or さ behind the adjective.
However, how different are nouns that are tailed with み or さ?
In this article, LearnJapanesedaily would like to introduce to you the difference between み and さ in this situation.
Adjectives which are tailed with い :
→ We leave out the い add then み or さ.
強い（つよい）-> 強さ, 強み（つよみ）、良い（よい）-> 良さ、嬉しい（うれしい）-> 嬉しさ、大きい(おおきい）->大きさ, 広い（ひろい）->広さ.
Adjectives which are tailed with な :
→ We only need to add み or さ behind the adjectives.
Adjective + さ
さ is added to adjectives to indicate the degree, the state of being…, the condition… of the adjectives.
It is added subjectively, especially when being measured, counted by measurement equipment.
重さ（おもさ）、高さ（たかさ）、寒さ（さむさ）… can always be measured by measurement equipment.
さ is the suffix that is used commonly and safely when converting adjectives to nouns.
Adjective + み
み is also used to indicate the degree, the state of being … , the condition… of the adjectives, however, it is less subjective than objectives + さ. objectives + み is often objective, showing the speaker’s point of view. Therefore, objectives + み is more likely objective.
痛み（いたみ : Pain)、苦しみ（くるしみ : Misery）、楽しみ（たのしみ : Happiness）、強み（つよみ : Strength）
There are many adjectives can be used with the suffix さ to convert to nouns as mentioned previously. However, it doesn’t work that way for み.
静かさ（しずか）, 良さ（よさ）, 広さ（ひろさ）, 立派さ（りっぱさ）, 片苦しさ（くるしさ）, 美しさ（うつくしさ）,嬉しさ（うれしさ）, 大きさ（おおきさ）, 静かさ（しずかさ.
Therefore, if you’re confused if you should add み or さ, choose さ because it’s more common and a safe choice. Only use み with words that you know, because they have some certain limits.
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