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Is it common to end the sentence with 事 ? (not the imperative case)

I have often encountered sentences such as

我が望みは、爆裂魔法を放つ事。
My only desire is to let off Explosion.

I understand that 事 is the 事 of nominalization and it could be followed by だ or です。

What nuances does the absence bring (if any) when compared to

我が望みは、爆裂魔法を放つ事だ。

or

我が望みは、爆裂魔法を放つ事です。

Due to the usage of 我が, I would be inclined to think it gives more formality, but I am not really sure.

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In this instance it makes it sound more dramatic and possibly pompous.

If the sentence is stand alone (as opposed to being part of a longer text), then it's just briefer and doesn't have this effect. E.g. if you had a list with a sentence 今年の目標はもっと野菜を食べること, then it's not dramatic or pompous - it's just briefer than writing 今年の目標はもっと野菜を食べることだ.

If you write

今年の目標はもっと野菜を食べること。その方が環境負荷が低いのである。

Then it's a writing technique that delivers slightly more impact than writing 今年の目標はもっと野菜を食べることだ。 If you do it a lot it could create a pompous impression (or at least poor style).

It's useful to vary the rhythm. For example, 今年の目標はもっと野菜を食べること。その方が環境負荷が低いのだ。 would be considered a better style than 今年の目標はもっと野菜を食べることだ。その方が環境負荷が低いのだ。 as you avoid repeating だ.

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  • thanks a lot for the explaination ! Indeed the character that pronounced this sentence likes to make dramatic introductions and use elaborate expressions. – Makoto Jan 3 at 15:18

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