I'm studying nominalizers and don't understand when to use の/こと and when to use というの/ということ.

For example, in the sentence:


Could I say:


Is there any rule to choose の/こと or というの/ということ?

  • I'm no native speaker, so don't take my word for it, but I wonder, is it similar to "(Often) Coming too late is a problem." VS "That you (often) come too late (that) is a problem." ?
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As far as I know, they are generally identical in meaning and function. However, adding という seems to add emphasis to the meaning of the preceding phrase. I do not believe there is any general rule separating the usage of the two. (As long as you're using の and こと properly, of course.)

It's hard to use Google to find sources to back this up (besides Yahoo Answers, which isn't much of a source).

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