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Are 突然に and 突然のことで just different ways to say the same thing?

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  • I've never heard the phrase "突然のところで". Could you give me a whole sentence including it ? – user18101 Oct 1 '16 at 13:08
  • I'm really sorry, I messed up. It is こと. – Puevig Oct 1 '16 at 17:43
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  • 突然に (suddenly) is mostly an adverb in the literal sense of the word, which is to say it usually modifies verbs and describes a certain aspect (namely, suddenness) of the way the actions denoted them take place.

チャンスは突然(に)やってくる。(Opportunities come suddenly.)

電車は突然(に)停止した。(The train stopped suddenly.)

As indicated by (), the に can be (and often is) omitted.

  • 突然のことで is an adverbial phrase that modifies clauses and serves to give the reason/cause (that is, the reason/cause of suddenness) for the particular events or situations expressed by them.

突然のことで、なんと申し上げてよいか言葉もありません。(It being so sudden, I have no words at the ready to offer.)

突然のことで申し訳ありません。(I am sorry for it being so sudden.)

突然のことで、驚きました。(I was startled by the suddenness of it.)

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