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天気予報【てんきよほう】によると今年【ことし】の夏【なつ】はあついだろう(ということだ/そうだ)

Both ということだ and そうだ can represent an 'externally induced' opinion/conclusion.
How do we identify the context to choose one over the other then?

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    Could you please double-check what you've typed here? It appears to have a number of errors. For starters, I assume you meant こと rather than こおと all three times. – snailcar Nov 11 '14 at 15:33
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There are two main differences:

  1. 「ということだ」 conveys more certainty in the information than 「そうだ」 does.

  2. 「ということだ」 indicates that the information was heard from a public source, while 「そうだ」 indicates that it was heard from a private source (e.g., your friends or family).

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