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Hypothetically speaking, if こと is being used as a nominalizing suffix in the following sentence:

その時々の課題をクリアすることに、全力で取り組んでいる間は、何も思い悩んだりせずにすむ。

would the above sentence be able to be re-written as the following?

その時々の課題をクリアに、全力で取り組んでいる間は、何も思い悩んだりせずにすむ。

I'm asking this as I'm certain the こと is only there to nominalize the suru verb, which appears to be made of a noun-suru compound.

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No, this is not possible.

課題をクリアする means "to clear (succeed in solving) a problem". It takes an object (marked by を)問題. This is clearly a transitive verb structure. If you try and change it to a noun then you are left with 課題を and no verb to go with it.

Perhaps you meant to ask about 課題クリアに. This would a least be grammatical, but I think it is also nonsense. 課題をクリアすることに取り組んでいる means "striving to clear (solve) the problem". When you strive you strive to do something. It only makes sense to me that a verb is required.

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  • You know, I was so focused on the hypothetical nominalization of the クリアすること part, the preceding を COMPLETLY slipped my mind. Having a laser focus mind is both a blessing and a curse when it comes to translating even hypothetical translations. – Toyu_Frey Jan 10 at 10:23

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