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English Reference for koto (こと)

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  1. noun thing, matter
  2. incident, occurrence, event, something serious, trouble, crisis
  3. circumstances, situation, state of affairs
  4. work, business, affair
  5. after an inflectable word, creates a noun phrase indicating something the speaker does not feel close to
  6. noun (suffix) nominalizing suffix
  7. pretending to ..., playing make-believe ...
  8. noun noun (suffix) usually kana alias, aka, nickname, alternative name, also known as
Example sentences
Was this somebody else's idea
Pepperberg can show Alex two objects (for example, a green square and a red square) and ask, "What's different?
He persisted in accomplishing his original plan
The thought of her going alone left me uneasy
My father had never been abroad until then
Building a tunnel from Japan to China is out of the question
It is dangerous to wield an edged tool in such a way
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