View topic - words that can be removed?
The way I would translate would be:
"Sensei says that, due to an occasion where he escaped with his life in a major incident, he decided how he would use his life."
(That was stilted, I know -- any suggestions are most welcome!)
I guess my main question would be: what would be the use of the terms in bold (ある and ことが)? It seems that I can remove them and still come up with a grammatically correct sentence with the same meaning.
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ことが on the other hand is necessary. I think という would be a grammatically correct alternative..?
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where A must be a noun.
The こと here makes the sentence [先生は命拾いをした] as a clause corresponds to a noun.
If you want to remove こと here, the sentence should be modified such as:
(ある)大事件での命拾いがきっかけで instead of (ある)大事件で命拾いをしたことがきっかけで.
命拾い itself is a noun and で must be modified to での to make a noun clause.
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