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I recently bumped into these two sentences

サッカーとか野球とかスポーツをする

'テニスとかサッカーとかアメフトとかの球技が大好きだからね

Which I noticed is that they are very similar and in the latter, after 「とか」we find the particle 「の」. What I want to know is if we could rewrite again these sentences, the former with the particle 「の」and the latter without it as follows:

'サッカーとか野球とかのスポーツをする

'とかサッカーとかアメフトとか球技が大好きだからね

Which is the nuance of the particle 「の」in these exemples? What is the difference between using the particle and not using it?

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In terms of nuance they are pretty much indistinguishable, but とかの is colloquial. A teacher might correct it to とか if you use it in a written assignment etc.

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