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〜というのは、〜とは

Level : Beginner (初級) 〜Intermediate (中級)

* Both expressions are used to topicalize a word or concept that is to be explained in the phrase that follows

Ex:
京大というのは、京都大学のことです。
Kyoudai to iu no wa, kyouto daigaku no koto desu.
Kyoudai is Kyoto University.

この場合の全員とは社員全員のことではなく、プロジェクトのメンバー全員のことです。
Kono Baai no zenin to wa syain zenin no koto de wa naku, purojekuto no membaa no koto desu.
In this case,  “everybody” doesn’t mean “all of the company staff”, but “all of project member”.

*<というのは> can be used to quote hearsay information, as in “the talk/gosip that” or “what they say about ~”
Ex:
村上さん、結婚するというのは本当ですか。
Murakami san, kekkon suru to iu no wa hontou desuka.
Mr. Murakami, Is it true that you’re getting married.

*<とは> can be used to express surprise at something unexpected, as in “I never imagined that  ~” or “I had no idea that ~”
Ex:
彼女がこんなに冷たい人だとは、思わなかった。
Kanojo ga konna ni tsumetai hito da to wa, omowanakatta.
I never imagined that she is a cold person.

参考書:
日本語表現文型辞書

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