I'm curious about the use of certain particles in combination with nominalizing particles こと and の。I know ことが、のは、etc are acceptable, but can one use particles such as と or など etc.? For instance, would the following sentence be grammatically correct or does it sound very strange?


Is there a better way to express this? Moreover, are ことと or ことなど or のと etc. acceptable particle combos?

Edit: I realize の should be used for experiential verbs, so maybe the following sentence is better:


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    The former one is fine, but the latter one "書くの方が得意だ" should be "書くことの方が得意だ". "書くのの方が得意だ" sounds strange.
    – user27469
    Nov 5, 2018 at 8:03

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Your sentence is nearly perfect, but you need の between こと and ほう, because こと and ほう are both (special) nouns.


(As an aside, you don't necessarily need nominalizers here. より and ほう can follow the dictionary-form of a verb, so you can say 喋ったり聞いたりするより読んだり書いたりする方が上手だ. This question is related.)

It's also possible to use nominalizer-の instead of こと, but it sounds less formal, and the combination of の-and-の (one for nominalization and one for linking) sounds odd to me.

[△]喋るのと聞くのより読むのと書くののほうが上手だ。 (questionable)

ことなど is also an acceptable combination.


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