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I'm having a little trouble parsing the usage of という when it it has meanings other than 'to call' and so forth.

I often see sentences like いざという時, ということだ and これという問題はない. The Dictionary I use gives the definition: とりたてて言う意を表す。 But I'm still quite unsure about it. If someone could explain How that definition fits into those uses then I'd be grateful.

Thanks in advance.

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という actually has multiple meanings. This part of Tae Kim's Guide should be a good read for you: http://www.guidetojapanese.org/learn/grammar/define

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I believe ultimately it comes down to "say" or "call" itself. これという問題はない can be interpreted as there is no question "said like this" or "called such" = There is no question. Similarly, ということだ is the thing "said" or "called". I have heard どういうことだ which they translate it to "What do you mean?" Taking it very literally, "What is the thing you are 'saying'?" = "What do you mean to say?" Hope someone can make it more clear.

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Also, when someone is explaining something, ends their sentence and then says "ということで, (...)" which means "that being said, (...)" –  Kitet Feb 10 at 19:42

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