Read the Kanji on this page with      

  XML RSS feed
  XML RSS feed
  XML RSS feed
  XML RSS feed
  XML RSS feed

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License

<< kotonashini | kotoni-group >>

〜ことに 「は」 [〜ことに 「は」] (kotoni)
    Meaning: Very; Quite; The 〜 thing is that....
    Example: To my great surprise...
    JLPT Level: 2
    Category: grammar
    Author: dc

  [ Edit This Grammar Entry ]
いA + ことに
なA + な + ことに
Vた(past plain form) + ことに
This grammar should be used at the head of the sentence. It should be used to emphasize feelings, emotions, or sentiments. 

[ Add Note(s) ]
Note: visit WWWJDIC to lookup any unknown words found in the example(s)...
Alternatively, view this page on

ex #310   嬉しいことに4月から、給料が1割りほど上がる。 
It is a totally great thing, from April my salary goes up by 10%  
ex #5256   残念な ことに、ポケットの穴から全部のお釣りを落としてしまいました。 
Unfortunately , I've lost all my change through a hole in my pocket.  
ex #5935   ボスは猿を拷問することで快感を得る . 
My boss gets his kicks out of torturing monkeys .  
ex #6115   残念なことに、ストで新幹線が止まり、旅行は中止になってしまった。 
Quite unfortunately, the bullet trains have been stopped because of a strike, and our trip got cancelled.  
ex #6116   驚いたことには、彼女は7か国語が話せるそうだ。 
Quite surprisingly, I heard that she can speak seven foreign languages.  
ex #6419   驚いたことになくした財布が無事に警察に届けられていた。 
To my great surprise, my lost wallet made it to the police intact.  
ex #6822   残念なことに、楽しみにしていたキャンプが雨で中止になった。 
The unfortunate thing is that the camp I had looked forward to was canceled due to rain.  

Help JGram by picking and editing examples!!
  See Also:  
    [ Add a See Also ]
    I think the English translation should be better with 「The 〜 thing is that, .....」for 「〜ことに」. So for
    ex#310 嬉しいことに、四月から給料が一割ほど上がる
    「The happy/hearthening thing is that, from April onwards my salary will go up by around 10%.」I prefer to use "hearthening" in this case.
    Notice the comma is at the ことに

    ex#5256「The unfortunate thing is that, I dropped and lost all my change through a hole in my pocket.」 
    rubyhatchetExample #5935 does not belong in this entry. This must be "koto ni (ha)." Also, you can only use the plain past tense of a verb before it, not plain dictionary form. 

    Add Comment

    Due to some problems with spam comments, we have had to make the Add Comment feature available to members only. Please login or register.

    Add Entry to Your Study List
    Choose the priority of studying you want to assign to this item from the drop-down select list and then hit the save button. This will be used for sorting your personal study list. If you wish to delete an entry that's already in your list, just set the difficulty to '0'


    jgram 2018