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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
I had a quarrel with him over money
Is it possible for you to come to the office an hour earlier than usual tomorrow
He makes it a practice to take a walk every morning
Ironically it is war that has brought a great many useful inventions into being
However hard I try, I can never catch up with him
And so, Reiko, it's nothing for you to panic about
I have nothing to do this afternoon
My favorite pastime is strolling along the shore
I think it is good for students to clean their classroom
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