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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

Kyoudai to iu no wa, kyouto daigaku no koto desu.
Kyoudai is Kyoto University.

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 ~”
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 ~”
Kanojo ga konna ni tsumetai hito da to wa, omowanakatta.
I never imagined that she is a cold person.


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