hi i found ごと through immersion and when i looked it up it says it is a normalizing suffix can anyone clear this out for me i am still confused of how to use this word.

example sentence if it helps


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    Are you sure this isn't こと as a nominalizer? If not, can you provide more context? Where did you see this and can you provide examples?
    – kandyman
    Aug 3, 2020 at 18:53
  • 他人事 is a set phrase meaning "someone else's business", so it's not a good example to use for your purpose.
    – Jimmy
    Sep 4, 2020 at 21:08

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事【こと】 is used to nominalize (not normalize) verbs, in other words turn a verb like "to eat" 食べる into "eating" 食べること as in 食べることが好き "I like eating".

事 can basically be translated as "thing / matter" and in the case of 他人事 it means "the things concerning other people" / "other peoples affairs". Note that it can also occur in words such as "human resources" 人事【じんじ】.

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