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本当に仲のおよろしいことで

What is this ことで ?

About the context, the person said to two people that their relationship looked good. That is the sentence I provided.

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本当に仲のおよろしいことで

This phrase is the short form of 本当{ほんとう}に仲{なか}のおよろしいことで何{なに}よりです.

The function of 「こと」 in this phrase is to make the preceding phrase 本当{ほんとう}に仲{なか}のおよろしい to be a noun clause and also to express the speaker's admiration or exclamation which is written in Chocolate's Answer, and the function of 「で」 is to make the noun clause to be the reason for the following phrase 何{なに}よりです.

Then the whole phrase means: You are 何{なに}よりです because you are 本当{ほんとう}に仲{なか}のおよろしい.

何{なに}よりです is the short form of 何{なに}より素晴{すば}らしい meaning "better than anything else."

本当{ほんとう}に仲{なか}のおよろしい is the polite expression of 本当{ほんとう}に仲{なか}がよい meaning "truely be on good terms with each other."

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本当に仲のおよろしいことで

I think the こと here is used in the sense of:

こと【事】〘名詞〙
❿ ㋑ 感動・詠嘆を表す。
「故郷の山は何と懐かしいことだ」「いやあ、うらやましいことで…」
(表現)「・・・ことです(丁寧語)」「・・・こった」などのバリエーションがある。
「まあ、景色の美しいこと」など、「だ」を伴わない言い方も多い。 (明鏡国語辞典)

The こと expresses the speaker's 感動・詠嘆 (admiration or exclamation).

And, the overly polite およろしい sounds rather sarcastic to me; I'd expect 本当に仲のいいことで or maybe 本当に仲のよろしいことで in a normal situation.

  • I'm a bit confused now, what about mackygoo's answer ? Are both of your answers correct ? – Ushiromiya Apr 24 '17 at 7:07

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